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  1. Also Douay Bible, Jo·si·as [joh-sahy-uh s] /dʒoʊˈsaɪ əs/. a king of Judah, reigned 640?–609? b.c. II Kings 22.
  2. a male given name.
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Origin of Josiah

Hebrew Yōshīyāh God upholds
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  1. died ?609 bc, king of Judah (?640–?609). After the discovery of a book of law (probably Deuteronomy) in the Temple he began a programme of religious reformDouay spelling: Josias (dʒəʊˈsaɪəs)
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