So Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam, and Achbor, and Shaphan, and Asaiah, went unto Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe; (now she dwelt in Jerusalem in the second quarter;) and they talked with her.
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George Leo Haydock
Holda. She is known only by this honourable embassy. It is rather wonderful that Jeremias was not consulted, as he had began to prophesy five years before. But he probably resided at Ana Thoth. Sophonias appeared, perhaps, only towards the end of the reign of Josias. (Calmet)
The Second, a street, or part of the city so called; in Hebrew, Massem. (Challoner)
The Septuagint retain this word, (Menochius) or rather, "in Masena "Hebrew mishne. (Haydock)
Manasses inclosed Jerusalem with a second wall, (2 Paralipomenon xxxiii. 14.; Calmet) unless this was done by his father, 2 Paralipomenon xxxii. 5. (Tirinus)
Here Holda is said to have kept a school. (Calmet)
Chaldean, "the house of doctrine "a place next in importance to the temple. (Vatable)
St. Jerome speaks of this Second, as of a gate, or part of Jerusalem, between the inner and the outer wall. (Contra Pelag, 2 Irad. in 2 Par. and in Sophon. i. 10.) (Menochius)
We need not wonder that Huldah, the prophet and wife of Shallum, was consulted by Josiah, king of Judah, when the captivity was approaching and the wrath of the Lord was falling on Jerusalem: since it is the rule of Scripture, when holy men fail, to praise women to the reproach of men. - "Against Jovinianus 1.25"