18 Since the time of the Navi Shmuel, no Pesach like that one had ever been kept in Yisrael; none of the kings of Yisrael had kept a Pesach like the one kept by Yoshiyahu and the Kohanim and the Leviim and all Yehuda and Yisrael there present and the inhabitants of Yerushalayim.
v’-LO na-a-SAH FE-sakh ka-MO-hu b’-yis-ra-AYL mee-MAY sh’-mu-AYL ha-na-VEE v’-khol mal-KHAY yis-ra-AYL lo a-SU ka-PE-sakh a-SHER a-SAH yo-shi-YA-hu v’-ha-ko-ha-NEEM v’-hal-vi-YIM v’-khol y’-hu-DAH v’-yis-ra-AYL ha-nim-TZA v’-yo-sh’-VAY y’-ru-sha-LA-im
35:18 No Pesach like that one
Like his great-grandfather Chizkiyahu, Yoshiyahu incorporates the Pesach ritual into the process of renewing the covenant with Hashem. However, the verse implies that the Pesach celebration in the time of Yoshiyahu was even greater than that of Chizkiyahu, stating that there had not been a Passover celebration like it since the days of Shmuel. Radak suggests that what made Yoshiyahu’s celebration greater than Chizkiyahu’s was the fact that it was celebrated by “all Yehuda and Yisrael there present.” Whereas many of the remaining members of the kingdom of Yisrael had scorned Chizkiyahu’s invitation to celebrate the Pesach holiday together with the kingdom of Yehuda in Yerushalayim (II Chronicles 30:10), in Yoshiyahu’s time, members of both kingdoms came together wholeheartedly in the service of Hashem. The unity of the Children of Israel is what enhanced the celebration beyond any that had taken place throughout the entire period of the kings.