27 since your heart was softened and you humbled yourself before Hashem when you heard His words concerning this place and its inhabitants, and you humbled yourself before Me and tore your clothes and wept before Me, I for My part have listened, declares Hashem.
YA-an rakh l’-va-v’-KHA va-ti-ka-NA mi-lif-NAY e-lo-HEEM b’-shom-a-KHA et di-va-RAV al-ha-ma-KOM ha-ZEH v’-al yo-sh’-VAV va-ti-ka-NA l’-fa-NAI va-tik-RA et b’-ga-DE-kha va-TAYVK l’-fa-NAI v’-gam a-NEE sha-MA-tee n’-UM a-do-NAI
כז יַעַן רַךְ־לְבָבְךָ וַתִּכָּנַע מִלִּפְנֵי אֱלֹהִים בְּשָׁמְעֲךָ אֶת־דְּבָרָיו עַל־הַמָּקוֹם הַזֶּה וְעַל־יֹשְׁבָיו וַתִּכָּנַע לְפָנַי וַתִּקְרַע אֶת־בְּגָדֶיךָ וַתֵּבְךְּ לְפָנָי וְגַם־אֲנִי שָׁמַעְתִּי נְאֻם־יְהֹוָה׃
34:27 When you heard His words
According to the Sages, the Torah scroll that was found during Yoshiyahu’s reign was opened to the section in Sefer Devarim (28:15-68) which describes the punishments for idol worship and abandoning God in the Land of Israel. The Radak (II Kings 22:11) explains that Yoshiyahu understood this as a divine message: Even though he has put tremendous effort into abolishing idolatry, bringing the people closer to Hashem and renewing their covenant with their Creator, it seems that there is more work to be done, and Hashem is still angry with His people. Instead of giving up, Yoshiyahu is motivated to redouble his efforts to bring the people back to God. Hearing Hashem’s “words concerning this place and its inhabitants,” meaning that God is still planning to punish the people and exile them from Eretz Yisrael, is enough to motivate Yoshiyahu to intensify his efforts and to humble himself before Hashem.