Chapter 23 (2 Kings 23)

We have here, I. The happy continuance of the goodness of Josiah?s reign, and the progress of the reformation he began, reading the law (2 Kgs. 23:1, 2), renewing the covenant (2 Kgs. 23:3), cleansing the temple (2 Kgs. 23:4), and rooting out idols and idolatry, with all the relics thereof, in all places, as far as his power reached (2 Kgs. 23:5-20), keeping a solemn passover (2 Kgs. 23:21-23), and clearing the country of witches (2 Kgs. 23:24); and in all this acting with extraordinary vigour, 2 Kgs. 23:25 II. The unhappy conclusion of it in his untimely death, as a token of the continuance of God?s wrath against Jerusalem, 2 Kgs. 23:26-30 III. The more unhappy consequences of his death, in the bad reigns of his two sons Jehoahaz and Jehoiakim, that came after him, 2 Kgs. 23:31-37

- Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary