About Hezekiah, we read in 2 Kings 18:5-6:
Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the LORD and did not cease to follow him; he kept the commands the LORD had given Moses.
But then about Josiah a couple chapters later in 2 Kings 23:25:
Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the LORD as he did—with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength, in accordance with all the Law of Moses.
How can the reigns of Hezekiah and Josiah both be the greatest, especially when it is said of both that neither before nor after him was there a king like him? Is this a contradiction?
The text describes them differently, so perhaps each was the best ever at a particular thing but those things are different:
- Hezekiah "held fast to the Lord and did not cease to follow him"
- Josiah "turned to the Lord...with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength"
Hezekiah is a dedicated servant; Josiah is committed spiritually/emotionally. Both follow the commandments given to Moshe, but they do it in different ways.
This is just my own interpretation (no sources).
Please note: This answer was written for a neutral, academic audience and is not intended to be interpreted in the context of a religious belief or doctrine.Tweet