Who was Huldah in the Bible?

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    What do you know about Huldah in the Bible?

    Huldah was a Prophetess during King Josiah’s Reign who prophesied that Israel will be punished for  their disobedience, but the punishment shall be delayed till after the death of Josiah.

    So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asaiah went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe (now she lived in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter), and they talked with her. 2 KINGS 22:14 ESV

    Everyone wants a straight shooter when in a tight spot, because the only words that have a chance of bringing real help are those that give an honest assessment of the situation. The prophetess Huldah was just the person Josiah needed when all Israel was in a tight spot.
    In the years leading up to Josiah’s time, the people of Israel had been sinning rampantly and repeatedly, and their actions were leading God to bring the judgments warned about in Deuteronomy 27–28. Things had gotten so bad that apparently even a book of the Law (what we would call the Bible) had been completely lost (2 Kings 22:8–13).
    When this book was found during extensive temple renovations, it was read to King Josiah, and it told of the terrible judgments that awaited God’s people because of their disobedience. Josiah knew right away that this was serious, and he needed someone who could tell him the truth about just what the nation was facing – he needed to hear the words of the prophetess Huldah.
    Huldah told Josiah’s officials that the nation would indeed experience judgment, but Josiah himself would be spared this judgment, as it would occur after his death. After this, Josiah went throughout the country, tearing down pagan shrines and abolishing idolatry wherever he found it. Eventually the Lord still brought judgment on the nation because of the sin of the people and their leaders, but Josiah was able to delay this punishment and promote godliness in his lifetime.
    The Bible says that Huldah lived in the second district of Jerusalem.
    This was a relatively new section of the city that had developed as the city expanded westward. Hezekiah had enclosed this portion of the city with a new wall many decades earlier.

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