MOST apparent contradictions are easily resolved by a careful reading of the passages in question in their contexts, and by clearly defining what is, and what is not, said. For example, it is written of both Hezekiah and Josiah that “after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him” (2 Kings 18:5; 23:25). As these statements read, they appear contradictory until it is noted in what respect “after him was none like him … nor any that were before him”. It will be seen that Hezekiah was commended because he trusted, and Josiah because he turned to the Lord. Since mutually exclusive statements are not made, the two statements are not contradictory. The problem is resolved by merely noting precisely what the records do say.
RON ABEL, Wrested Scriptures, page 238.