2 Chronicles 23

CHAPTER 23

Joash Reigns in Judah

And in the [2year 1seventh] Jehoiada determined, and [3took 1the 2commanders of hundreds] Azariah son of Jehoram, and Ishmael son of Jehohanan, and Azariah son of Obed, and Maaseiah son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat son of Zichri, with him in covenant. And they encircled Judah, and gathered the Levites from out of all the cities of Judah, and the rulers of the families of Israel, and they came to Jerusalem. And [4ordained 1all 2the 3assembly] a covenant in the house of God with the king. And he said to them, Behold, the son of the king, let him reign! as the  lord spoke concerning the house of David. And now this is the word what you shall do. The third of you [6enter 7on the 8Sabbath 1of the 2priests 3and 4of the 5Levites], and go unto the gates of the entrances; and the third unto the house of the king; and the third unto the gate the one in the middle! And all the people will be in the courtyards of the house of the  lord. And let no one enter into the house of the  lord, except the priests and the Levites, and the ones officiating to the Levites! They shall enter, for they are holy. And all the people let guard the watches of the  lord! And [3shall encircle 1the 2Levites] the king round about, each man and his weapon in his hand, and the one entering into the house shall die. And they will be with the king for his entering and exiting. And [6did 1the 2Levites 3and 4all 5Judah] according to all as much as [4gave charge 1Jehoiada 2the 3priest]. And [2took 1each man] his men entering on the Sabbath, unto exiting of the Sabbath, for [4did not 5rest up 1Jehoiada 2the 3priest] the daily rotations. And [4gave 1Jehoiada 2the 3priest] the commanders of hundreds orders, and the swords, and the large shields, and the small shields which was of king David in the house of God. 10 And he stationed all the people, each with his weapons, from the protrusion of the house at the right, unto the protrusion of the house at the left by the altar, and at the house by the king round about. 11 And he led out the son of the king, and put upon him the crown, and the testimony, and they made him to reign. And [6anointed 7him 1Jehoiada 2the 3priest 4and 5his sons], and they said, Let [3live 1the 2king]! 12 And Athaliah heard the sound of the people, of the ones running, and acknowledging, and praising the king. And she entered to the king, into the house of the  lord. 13 And she beheld, and behold, the king stood at his station, and at the entrance were the rulers and the trumpets. And the rulers were around the king. And all the people of the land were being glad and trumpeting with the trumpets, and the ones singing with the instruments of the odes, the singers and ones singing praise. And Athaliah tore her robe, and yelled and said, Conspiracy, conspiracy. 14 And came forth Jehoiada the priest, and he gave charge to the commanders of hundreds, and to the chiefs of the force. And said to them, Lead her outside of the house, and go forth after her, and let her die by the sword! For [3said 1the 2priest], Let her not die in the house of the  lord!

Athaliah Put to Death

15 And they placed [2upon 3her 1hands], and she went through the gate of the horsemen of the house of the king, and they put her to death there. 16 And Jehoiada ordained a covenant between he and between the people, and between the king, to be for a people to the  lord. 17 And [6entered 1all 2the 3people 4of the 5land] into the house of Baal, and tore it down, and his altars; and his images they ground fine; and [2Mattan 3the 4priest of Baal 1they put to death] before his altars. 18 And [4committed 1Jehoiada 2the 3priest] the works of the house of the  lord in the hand of the priests and Levites. And he reestablished the daily rotations of the priests and the Levites, as David separated for the house of the  lord, to offer to the  lord whole burnt-offerings, as is written in the law of Moses, with gladness and with odes by the hand of David. 19 And [3stood 1the 2gatekeepers] at the gates of the house of the  lord, that there shall not enter [3unclean 1in 2anything]. 20 And he took the patriarchs, and the mighty ones, and the rulers of the people, and all the people of the land, and they conducted the king into the the house of the  lord; and he entered through the inner gate into the house of the king. And they sat the king upon the throne of the kingdom. 21 And [6were glad 1all 2the 3people 4of the 5land], and the city was still. And Athaliah they put to death by the sword.
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