New Defender's Study Bible Notes
35:19 this passover. This uniquely great Passover (see II Chronicles 35:18), plus the repairs of the temple, the rediscovery and reading of the Scriptures, and the purging of the pagan practices of the land were apparently all accomplished during Josiah’s eighteenth year as king, when he was only twenty-six years old (note II Chronicles 34:8). That was truly a momentous year, but it could not prevent the coming judgment of God (II Chronicles 34:24-25) on the land and its people. Although the reforms were extensive, and Josiah’s efforts sincere, they seem to have been only superficial, and did not take root. With Josiah’s death thirteen years later, the people soon returned to their pagan ways.