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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.

[1] a2K 11:21; 12:1-15
[2] a2Ch 26:4, 5

Faithless Priests

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.

[4] ILit was with a heart a2Ch 24:7
[5] ILit to strengthen IILit from year to year a2Ch 21:2
[6] aEx 30:12-16 bNu 1:50
[7] ILit made a2Ch 21:17

Temple Repaired

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.

[8] a2K 12:9
[9] a2Ch 36:22 b2Ch 24:6
[10] ILit threw
[11] a2K 12:10
[12] ILit to strengthen
[13] 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.

[15] ILit became old and satisfied with days
[16] ILit with a2Ch 21:20 b2Ch 21:2

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.

[18] II.e. wooden symbols of a female deity a2Ch 24:4 bEx 34:12-14 cJsh 22:20
[19] aJr 7:25

Joash Murders Son of Jehoiada

20aThen 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!”

[20] ILit clothed a2Ch 20:14 bNu 14:41 c2Ch 15:2
[21] ILit with stones aNe 9:26; Mt 23:34, 35
[22] 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.

[23] a2K 12:17
[24] a2Ch 16:7, 8 b2Ch 24:20

25aWhen 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.

[25] ISo some ancient versions; Heb sons a2K 12:20, 21
[27] 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 ¶ Joash [was] seven years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also [was] Zibiah of Beersheba. 2 And Joash did [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest. 3 And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and he begat sons and daughters.

[1] 2K 11:21; 12:1; 1Ch 3:11.
[2] 2K 12:2; 2Ch 24:17; 25:2; 26:4; Ps 78:36; 106:12; Is 29:13; Mk 4:16.
[3] 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 pass after this, [that] Joash was minded to repair the house of the LORD. 5 And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said to them, Go out unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year, and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the Levites hastened [it] not. 6 And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto him, Why hast thou not required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, [according to the commandment] of Moses the servant of the LORD, and of the congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness? 7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the house of the LORD did they bestow upon Baalim. 8 And at the king's commandment they made a chest, and set it without at the gate of the house of the LORD. 9 And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in to the LORD the collection [that] Moses the servant of God [laid] upon Israel in the wilderness. 10 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end. 11 Now it came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought unto the king's office by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that [there was] much money, the king's scribe and the high priest's officer came and emptied the chest, and took it, and carried it to his place again. Thus they did day by day, and gathered money in abundance. 12 And the king and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the work of the service of the house of the LORD, and hired masons and carpenters to repair the house of the LORD, and also such as wrought iron and brass to mend the house of the LORD. 13 So the workmen wrought, and the work was perfected by them, and they set the house of God in his state, and strengthened it. 14 And when they had finished [it], they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels for the house of the LORD, [even] vessels to minister, and to offer [withal], and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the LORD continually all the days of Jehoiada.

[4] 2Ch 24:5.
[5] 2K 12:4, 6; 2Ch 29:3; 34:8.
[6] Ex 30:12; Nu 1:50; 17:7; 18:2; 2S 24:3; Ac 7:44.
[7] 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.
[8] 2K 12:8; Mk 12:41.
[9] 2Ch 24:6; Mt 17:24.
[10] 1Ch 29:9; Is 64:5; Ac 2:45; 2Co 8:2; 9:7.
[11] 2K 12:10; 1Co 16:2.
[12] 1K 5:15; 2Ch 34:9.
[13] 1Ch 22:5; Ne 4:7; Hg 2:3; Mk 13:1.
[14] 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 Jehoiada waxed old, and was full of days when he died; an hundred and thirty years old [was he] when he died. 16 And they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done good in Israel, both toward God, and toward his house.

[15] Gn 15:15; 25:8; 47:9; 1Ch 23:1; Jb 5:26; Ps 90:10; 91:16.
[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 after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them. 18 And they left the house of the LORD God of their fathers, and served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their trespass. 19 Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the LORD; and they testified against them: but they would not give ear. 20 And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the LORD, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the LORD, he hath also forsaken you. 21 And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the LORD. 22 Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said, The LORD look upon [it], and require [it].

[17] 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.
[18] 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.
[19] 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.
[20] 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.
[21] Jr 11:19; 18:18; 38:4; Mt 21:35; 23:34; Ac 7:58.
[22] 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 pass at the end of the year, [that] the host of Syria came up against him: and they came to Judah and Jerusalem, and destroyed all the princes of the people from among the people, and sent all the spoil of them unto the king of Damascus. 24 For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men, and the LORD delivered a very great host into their hand, because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. So they executed judgment against Joash. 25 And when they were departed from him, (for they left him in great diseases,) his own servants conspired against him for the blood of the sons of Jehoiada the priest, and slew him on his bed, and he died: and they buried him in the city of David, but they buried him not in the sepulchres of the kings. 26 And these are they that conspired against him; Zabad the son of Shimeath an Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith a Moabitess.

[23] Dt 32:35; 1K 20:22, 26; 2K 12:17; 2Ch 24:17; Ps 2:10; 58:10; 82:6.
[24] 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.
[25] 2K 12:20; 14:19; 2Ch 21:16, 18, 20; 22:6; 24:16, 21; 28:27; Ps 10:14; Rv 16:6.
[26] 2K 12:21.

Amaziah succeedeth him.

27 ¶ Now [concerning] his sons, and the greatness of the burdens [laid] upon him, and the repairing of the house of God, behold, they [are] written in the story of the book of the kings. And Amaziah his son reigned in his stead.

[27] 2K 12:18, 21; 1Ch 3:12; 2Ch 9:29; 16:11; 20:34; 24:13; 25:1.


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