Young Joash Influenced by Jehoiada
1 aJoash° [was] seven° years° old° when he became° king°, and he reigned° forty° years° in Jerusalem°; and his mother’s° name° [was] Zibiah° from Beersheba°. 2 aJoash° did° what was right° in the sight° of the LORD° all° the days° of Jehoiada° the priest°. 3 Jehoiada° took° two° wives° for him, and he became° the father° of sons° and daughters°.
4 ¶ Now it came° about after° this° that Joash° Idecided°°° ato restore° the house° of the LORD°. 5 He gathered° the priests° and Levites° and said° to them, “Go° out to the cities° of Judah° and collect° money° from all° aIsrael° to Irepair° the house° of your God° IIannually°°, and you shall do° the matter° quickly°.” But the Levites° did not act° quickly°. 6 So the king° summoned° Jehoiada° the chief° [priest] and said° to him, “Why° have you not required° the Levites° to bring° in from Judah° and from Jerusalem° athe levy° [fixed by] Moses° the servant° of the LORD° on the congregation° of Israel° bfor the tent° of the testimony°?” 7 For athe sons° of the wicked° Athaliah° had broken° into the house° of God° and even° Iused° the holy° things° of the house° of the LORD° for the Baals°.
 ILit was with a heart a2Ch 24:7
 ILit to strengthen IILit from year to year a2Ch 21:2
 aEx 30:12-16 bNu 1:50
 ILit made a2Ch 21:17
8 ¶ So the king° commanded°, and athey made° a chest° and set° it outside° by the gate° of the house° of the LORD°. 9 aThey made° a proclamation° in Judah° and Jerusalem° to bring° to the LORD° bthe levy° [fixed by] Moses° the servant° of God° on Israel° in the wilderness°. 10 All° the officers° and all° the people° rejoiced° and brought° in their levies and Idropped° [them] into the chest° until° they had finished°. 11 It came° about whenever° the chest° was brought° in to the king’s° officer° by the Levites°, and when athey saw° that there was much° money°, then the king’s° scribe° and the chief° priest’s° officer° would come°, empty° the chest°, take° it, and return° it to its place°. Thus° they did° daily° and collected° much° money°. 12 The king° and Jehoiada° gave° it to those who did° the work° of the service° of the house° of the LORD°; and they hired° masons° and carpenters° to restore° the house° of the LORD°, and also° workers° in iron° and bronze° to Irepair° the house° of the LORD°. 13 So the workmen°° labored°, and the repair° work° progressed° in their hands°, and they Irestored° the house° of God° IIaccording° to its specifications° and strengthened° it. 14 When they had finished°, they brought° the rest° of the money° before° the king° and Jehoiada°; and it was made° into utensils° for the house° of the LORD°, utensils° for the service° and the burnt° offering°, and pans° and utensils° of gold° and silver°. And they offered° burnt° offerings° in the house° of the LORD° continually° all° the days° of Jehoiada°.
 a2K 12:9
 a2Ch 36:22 b2Ch 24:6
 ILit threw
 a2K 12:10
 ILit to strengthen
 ILit set up IILit upon its proportion
15 ¶ Now when Jehoiada° Ireached° a ripe°° old° age° he died°; he was one hundred° and thirty° years° old° at his death°. 16 They buried° him ain the city° of David° among° the kings°, because° he had done° well° in bIsrael° and Ito God° and His house°.
17 ¶ But after° the death° of Jehoiada° the officials° of Judah° came° and bowed° down° to the king°, and the king° listened° to them. 18 They abandoned° athe house° of the LORD°, the God° of their fathers°, and bserved° the IAsherim° and the idols°; so cwrath° came° upon Judah° and Jerusalem° for this° their guilt°. 19 Yet aHe sent° prophets° to them to bring° them back° to the LORD°; though they testified° against them, they would not listen°.
Joash Murders Son of Jehoiada
20 ¶ aThen the Spirit° of God° Icame° on Zechariah° the son° of Jehoiada° the priest°; and he stood° above°° the people° and said° to them, “Thus° God° has said°, ‘bWhy° do you transgress° the commandments° of the LORD° and do not prosper°? cBecause° you have forsaken° the LORD°, He has also forsaken° you.’” 21 So athey conspired° against° him and at the command° of the king° they stoned° him Ito death° in the court° of the house° of the LORD°. 22 Thus Joash° the king° did not remember° the kindness° which° his father° Jehoiada° had shown° him, but he murdered° his son°. And as he died° he said°, “May athe LORD° see° and Iavenge°!”
 ILit clothed a2Ch 20:14 bNu 14:41 c2Ch 15:2
 ILit with stones aNe 9:26; Mt 23:34, 35
 ILit seek, or require aGn 9:5
Aram Invades and Defeats Judah
23 ¶ Now it happened° at the turn° of the year° that athe army° of the Arameans° came° up against° him; and they came° to Judah° and Jerusalem°, destroyed° all° the officials° of the people° from among the people°, and sent° all° their spoil° to the king° of Damascus°. 24 Indeed° the army° of the Arameans° came° with a small° number of men°; yet athe LORD° delivered° a very° great° army° into their hands°, bbecause° they had forsaken° the LORD°, the God° of their fathers°. Thus they executed° judgment° on Joash°.
25 ¶ aWhen they had departed° from him (for they left° him very° sick°), his own servants° conspired° against° him because of the blood° of the Ison° of Jehoiada° the priest°, and murdered° him on his bed°. So he died°, and they buried° him in the city° of David°, but they did not bury° him in the tombs° of the kings°. 26 Now these° are those who conspired° against° him: Zabad° the son° of Shimeath° the Ammonitess°, and Jehozabad° the son° of Shimrith° the Moabitess°. 27 As to his sons° and the many° Ioracles° against° him and athe IIrebuilding° of the house° of God°, behold°, they are written° in the IIIbtreatise° of the Book° of the Kings°. Then Amaziah° his son° became° king° in his place°.
 ISo some ancient versions; Heb sons a2K 12:20, 21
 IOr burdens upon IILit founding IIIHeb midrash a2Ch 24:12 b2Ch 13:22
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Joash reigneth well all the days of Jehoiada.
1 ¶ Joashº [was] sevenº yearsº oldº when he began to reign,ºª and he reignedºª fortyº yearsº in Jerusalem.º His mother'sº nameº also [was] Zibiahº of Beersheba.º² 2 And Joash¹² didºª [that which was] rightº in the sightº of the LORDº all² the daysº of Jehoiadaº the priest.º 3 And Jehoiadaº tookºª for him twoº wives;º and he begatºª sonsº and daughters.º
 2K 11:21; 12:1; 1Ch 3:11.
 2K 12:2; 2Ch 24:17; 25:2; 26:4; Ps 78:36; 106:12; Is 29:13; Mk 4:16.
 Gn 4:19; 21:21; 24:4; 2Ch 24:15; Mt 19:4.
He giveth order for the repair of the Temple.
4 ¶ And it came to pass² afterº this,² [that] Joashº was² mindedº² to repairºª² the houseº of the LORD.º 5 And he gathered togetherºª² the priestsº and the Levites,º and saidºª to them, Go outºª unto the citiesº of Judah,º and gatherºª of all²² Israelº moneyº to repairºª² the houseº of your Godº fromº² yearº to year,º and see that ye² hastenºª the matter.º Howbeit the Levitesº hastenedºª [it] not.² 6 And the kingº calledºª for Jehoiadaº the chief,º and saidºª unto him, Why² hast thou not² requiredºª of² the Levitesº to bring inºª out of Judahº² and out of Jerusalemº²² the collection,º [according to the commandment] of Mosesº the servantº of the LORD,º and of the congregationº of Israel,º for the tabernacleº of witness?º 7 For² the sonsº of Athaliah,º that wicked¹ woman,² had broken upºª² the houseº of God;º and also² all² the dedicated thingsº of the houseº of the LORDº did they bestowºª upon Baalim.º 8 And at the king'sº commandmentºª they madeºª aº chest,º and setºª it withoutº at the gateº of the houseº of the LORD.º 9 And they madeºª a proclamationº through Judahº and Jerusalem,º to bring inºª to the LORDº the collectionº [that] Mosesº the servantº of Godº [laid] upon² Israelº in the wilderness.º 10 And all² the princesº and all² the peopleº rejoiced,ºª and brought in,ºª and castºª into the chest,º until² they had made an end.ºª 11 Now it came to pass,² that at what timeº² the chestº was broughtºª unto² the king'sº officeº by the handº of the Levites,º and when they sawºª that² [there was] muchº money,º the king'sº scribeºª and the highº priest'sº officerº cameºª and emptiedºª² the chest,º and tookºª it, and carriedºª it to² his placeº again.¹ª Thus² they didºª dayº by day,º and gatheredºª moneyº in abundance.º 12 And the kingº and Jehoiadaº gaveºª it to² such as didºª the workº of the serviceº of the houseº of the LORD,º and hiredºª² masonsºª and carpentersº to repairºª the houseº of the LORD,º and also² such as wroughtº ironº and brassº to mendºª² the houseº of the LORD.º 13 So the workmenººª wrought,ºª and the workº was¹ª perfectedº² by² them,¹ and they setºª² the houseº of Godº in² his state,º and strengthenedºª it. 14 And when they had finishedºª [it], they broughtºª² the restº of the moneyº beforeº the kingº and Jehoiada,º whereof were madeºª vesselsº for the houseº of the LORD,º [even] vesselsº to minister,º and to offerºª [withal], and spoons,º and vesselsº of goldº and silver.º And they offeredºª² burnt offeringsº in the houseº of the LORDº continuallyº all² the daysº of Jehoiada.º
 2Ch 24:5.
 2K 12:4, 6; 2Ch 29:3; 34:8.
 Ex 30:12; Nu 1:50; 17:7; 18:2; 2S 24:3; Ac 7:44.
 Dt 32:15; 2K 12:4; 2Ch 21:17; 22:1; 28:22; Es 7:6; Pv 10:7; Ezk 16:17; Dn 5:2, 23; Ho 2:8, 13; 2Th 2:8; Rv 2:20.
 2K 12:8; Mk 12:41.
 2Ch 24:6; Mt 17:24.
 1Ch 29:9; Is 64:5; Ac 2:45; 2Co 8:2; 9:7.
 2K 12:10; 1Co 16:2.
 1K 5:15; 2Ch 34:9.
 1Ch 22:5; Ne 4:7; Hg 2:3; Mk 13:1.
 Ex 29:38; Nu 28:2; 1K 7:50; 2K 12:13; 2Ch 24:2; Pv 27:22.
Jehoiada's death and honourable burial.
15 ¶ But Jehoiadaº waxed old,ºª and was fullºª of daysº when he died;ºª an hundredº and thirtyº yearsº oldº [was he] when he died.º 16 And they buriedºª him in the cityº of Davidº among² the kings,º because² he had doneºª goodº in Israel,º both toward² God,º and toward his house.º
 Gn 15:15; 25:8; 47:9; 1Ch 23:1; Jb 5:26; Ps 90:10; 91:16.
 1S 2:30; 1K 2:10; 2Ch 23:1; 31:20; Ne 13:14; Ac 2:29; He 6:10.
Joash, falling to idolatry, slayeth Zechariah the son of Jehoiada.
17 Now afterº the deathº of Jehoiadaº cameºª the princesº of Judah,º and made obeisanceºª to the king.º Then² the kingº hearkenedºª unto² them. 18 And they leftºª² the houseº of the LORDº Godº of their fathers,º and servedºª² grovesº and idols:º and wrathº came² upon² Judahº and Jerusalemº for this² their trespass.º 19 Yet he sentºª prophetsº to them, to bring them againºª unto² the LORD;º and they testifiedºª against them: but they would not² give ear.ºª 20 And the Spiritº of Godº came¹ª upon²² Zechariahº the sonº of Jehoiadaº the priest,º which stoodºª above²² the people,º and saidºª unto them, Thus² saithºª God,º Why² transgressºª ye²² the commandmentsº of the LORD,º that ye cannot² prosper?ºª because² ye have forsakenºª the LORD,º he hath also forsakenºª² you. 21 And they conspiredºª against² him, and stonedºª him with stonesº at the commandmentº of the kingº in the courtº of the houseº of the LORD.º 22 Thus Joashº the kingº rememberedºª not² the kindnessº which² Jehoiadaº his fatherº had doneºª to² him, but slewºª² his son.º And when he died,¹² he said,ºª The LORDº look¹ª upon² [it], and requireºª [it].
 Dt 31:27; 2Ch 10:8; 22:3; Pv 7:21; 20:19; 26:8, 28; 29:5, 12; Dn 11:32; Ac 20:29; 2P 1:15.
 Jsh 22:20; Jg 5:8; 2S 24:1; 1K 11:4; 14:9, 23; 2Ch 19:2; 21:13; 24:4; 28:13; 29:8; 32:25; 33:3; 36:14; Ho 5:10, 14; Zp 1:4; Ep 5:6.
 2K 17:13; 2Ch 36:15; Ne 9:26; Ps 95:7; Is 28:23; 42:23; 51:4; 55:3; Jr 7:25; 25:4; 26:5; 44:4; Mt 13:9, 15; Lk 11:47; 16:31; 20:9.
 Nu 14:41; Dt 29:25; Jg 6:34; 1S 13:13; 2S 12:9; 1Ch 12:18; 28:9; 2Ch 15:1, 2; 20:14; 23:11; Jr 2:19; 4:18; 5:19, 25; Zc 7:11.
 Jr 11:19; 18:18; 38:4; Mt 21:35; 23:34; Ac 7:58.
 Gn 9:5; Ps 10:14; 109:4; Pv 17:13; Jr 11:20; 26:14; 51:56; Lk 11:51; 17:15; Jn 10:32; 2Ti 4:14, 16; Rv 6:9; 18:20; 19:2.
Joash is spoiled by the Syrians, and slain by Zabad and Jehozabad.
23 ¶ And it came to pass² at the endº of the year,º [that] the hostº of Syriaº came upºª against² him: and they cameºª to² Judahº and Jerusalem,º and destroyedºª² all² the princesº of the peopleº from among the people,º² and sentºª all² the spoilº of them unto the kingº of Damascus.º 24 For² the armyº of the Syriansº cameºª with a small¹ company² of men,¹² and the LORDº deliveredºª a veryº greatº hostº into their hand,º because² they had forsakenºª² the LORDº Godº of their fathers.º So they executedºª judgmentº against² Joash.º 25 And when they were departed¹ª² from² him, (for² they leftºª him in greatº diseases,)º his own servantsº conspiredºª against² him for the bloodº of the sonsº of Jehoiadaº the priest,º and slewºª him on² his bed,º and he died:ºª and they buriedºª him in the cityº of David,º but they buriedºª him not² in the sepulchresº of the kings.º 26 And these² are they that conspiredºª against² him; Zabadº the sonº of Shimeathº an Ammonitess,¹² and Jehozabadº the sonº of Shimrithº a Moabitess.º
 Dt 32:35; 1K 20:22, 26; 2K 12:17; 2Ch 24:17; Ps 2:10; 58:10; 82:6.
 Lv 26:8, 25, 37; Dt 28:25, 48; 32:30; 2Ch 16:8; 20:11; 22:8; Is 10:5; 13:5; 30:17; Jr 37:10; Hab 1:12.
 2K 12:20; 14:19; 2Ch 21:16, 18, 20; 22:6; 24:16, 21; 28:27; Ps 10:14; Rv 16:6.
 2K 12:21.
Amaziah succeedeth him.
27 ¶ Now [concerning] his sons,º and the greatnessº¹ªª of the burdensº [laid] upon² him, and the repairingº of the houseº of God,º behold,² they [are] writtenºª in² the storyº of the bookº of the kings.º And Amaziahº his sonº reignedºª in his stead.²
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