2 Chronicles 24


Joash Repairs the House of The LORD

[2was 4years old 3seven 1Joash] in his taking reign, and forty years he reigned in Jerusalem. And the name of his mother was Zibeah from Beer-sheba. And Joash did the upright thing before the  lord all the days of Jehoiada the priest. And Jehoiada took two wives to himself, and he engendered sons and daughters. And it came to pass after these things, that it came upon the heart of Joash to repair the house of the  lord. And he gathered the priests and the Levites, and he said to them, Go forth into the cities of Judah, and gather from all Israel money to repair the house of the  lord your God until fit, year by year! And hasten to speak! And [3hastened not 1the 2Levites]. And [3called 1the 2king] Jehoiada the ruler, and he said to him, Why did you not require concerning the Levites, so as to carry in from Judah and Jerusalem the adjudged concern by Moses the man of God, for the assembly of Israel in the tent of the testimony? For Athaliah was lawless, and her sons tore down the house of God; and also all the holy things of the house of the  lord they appointed to the Baals. And [3said 1the 2king], Let there be a container, and let it be put at the gate of the house of the  lord outside! And let them proclaim in Judah and in Jerusalem, to carry in to the  lord as [4said 1Moses 2the servant 3of God] unto Israel in the wilderness. 10 And [3were glad 1all 2the rulers] and all the people; and they carried in, and cast into the container, until of which it was filled. 11 And it came to pass in the time to bring in the container to the superintendents of the king by the hand of the Levites, that when they beheld that [3was superabundant 1the 2money], that [5came 1the 2scribe 3of the 4king], and the superintendent of the great priest; and they emptied out the container, and they lifted and placed it upon its place. Thus they did day by day, and they gathered [2money 1much]. 12 And [7gave 8it 1the 2king 3and 4Jehoiada 5the 6priest] to the ones doing the works for the work of the house of the  lord. And they hired quarriers and fabricators to repair the house of the  lord, and braziers of iron and of brass to strengthen the house of the  lord. 13 And [5did so 1the 2ones doing 3the 4works], and there ascended the length of the works by their hands. And they reestablished the house of the  lord in its position, and they strengthened it. 14 And as they completed, they brought to the king and to Jehoiada the rest of the money, and they made with it items for the house of the  lord, items for the ministry, and of the whole burnt-offerings, and incense pans, and [4vessels 1gold 2and 3silver]. And they offered whole burnt-offerings in the house of the  lord continually all the days of Jehoiada. 15 And Jehoiada grew old, and was full of days. And he came to an end [2a son 1being] a hundred and thirty years at his coming to an end. 16 And they entombed him in the city of David with the kings, for he did goodness with Israel, and with God, and his house. 17 And it came to pass after the decease of Jehoiada, [4entered 1the 2rulers 3of Judah] and did obeisance to the king. Then [3heeded 1the 2king] them.

Judah Abandons the House of The LORD

18 And they abandoned the house of the  lord the God of their fathers, and they served to Ashtoreth and the idols. And there came anger against Judah and against Jerusalem in their trespass. 19 And he sent to them prophets to turn them to the  lord. And they testified to them, and they hearkened not. 20 And spirit of God was put on Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, and he rose above the people, and said to them, Thus says the  lord, Why do you pass by the commandments of the  lord, and your way shall not prosper? For you abandoned the  lord, and he shall abandon you.

Joash Kills the Son of Jehoiada

21 And they assailed against him, and stoned him with stones by command of Joash the king in the courtyard of the house of the  lord. 22 And [4did not 5remember 1Joash 2the 3king] the mercy of which [3performed 1Jehoiada 2his father] with him, and he put [2to death 1his son]. And as he died, he said, The  lord behold even to judge! 23 And it came to pass at the completion of the year, [3ascended 4against 5him 1the force 2of Syria], and came against Judah, and against Jerusalem, and they utterly destroyed all the rulers of the people from among the people; and all their spoils they sent to the king of Damascus. 24 For [4with 5a few 6men 3came 1the force 2of Syria], but God delivered up into their hands [3force 2vast 1an exceedingly], for they abandoned the  lord the God of their fathers. And with Joash they executed judgments. 25 And after their going forth from him, in abandoning him with [2infirmities 1great], that [2assailed 3against him 1his servants] because of the blood of the sons of Jehoiada the priest; and they killed him upon his bed, and he died. And they entombed him in the city of David, but they did not entomb him in the tomb of the kings. 26 And the ones assailing against him -- Zabad son of Shimeath the Ammonitess, and Jehozabad son of Shimrith the Moabitess. 27 And his sons, and the greatest concerns about him, and the groundwork of the house of God, and the rest, behold, it is written upon the writing of the scroll of the kings. And [3reigned 1Amaziah 2his son] instead of him.
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