2 Kings 12

1In the seventh year of Jehu, Joash became king and reigned 40 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Zibiah, who was from Beer-sheba. a 2 Throughout the time Jehoiada b the priest instructed c him, Joash did what was right in the Lord’s sight. d 3 Yet the
high place(s): An ancient place of worship most often associated with pagan religions, usually built on an elevated location
high places were not taken away; the people continued sacrificing and burning incense on the high places. f

Repairing the Temple

4 Then g Joash said to the priests, “All the dedicated money brought to the Lord’s temple, h census money, i money from vows, j and all money voluntarily given k for the Lord’s temple, 5 each priest is to take from his assessor
Hb obscure
and repair whatever damage to the temple is found.”
Lit repair the breach of the house wherever there is found a breach

6But by the twenty-third year o of the reign of King Joash, the priests had not repaired the damage
Lit breach in 2Kg 12:5-12
to the temple. q
7So King Joash called Jehoiada r the priest and the other priests and said, “Why haven’t you repaired the temple’s damage? Since you haven’t, don’t take any money from your assessors; instead, hand it over for the repair of the temple.” 8So the priests agreed they would not take money from the people and they would not repair the temple’s damage.

9Then Jehoiada the priest took a chest, s bored a hole in its lid, and set it beside the altar on the right side as one enters the Lord’s temple; in it the priests who guarded the threshold put all the money brought into the Lord’s temple. t 10Whenever they saw there was a large amount of money in the chest, the king’s secretary u and the high priest would go to the Lord’s temple and count the money found there and tie it up in bags. v 11Then they would put the counted money into the hands of those doing the work – those who oversaw the Lord’s temple. They in turn would pay it out to those working on the Lord’s temple – the carpenters, the builders, 12the masons, and the stonecutters – and would use it to buy timber and quarried stone to repair the damage to the Lord’s temple w and for all spending for temple repairs.

13 However, no silver bowls, wick trimmers, sprinkling basins, trumpets, or any articles of gold or silver x were made for the Lord’s temple from the money brought into the temple. 14 Instead, it was given to those doing the work, and they repaired the Lord’s temple with it. 15 No accounting was required from the men who received the money to pay those doing the work, since they worked with integrity. y 16The money from the
restitution offering(s): An offering that was a penalty for unintentional sins, primarily in relation to the tabernacle or temple; traditionally trespass or guilt offering
restitution offering and the
sin offering(s): Or purification offering, the sin offering was the most important OT sacrifice for cleansing from impurities. It provided purification from sin and certain forms of ceremonial uncleanness.
sin offering was not brought to the Lord’s temple since it belonged to the priests. ab

Aramean Invasion of Judah

17 At that time Hazael ac king of Aram marched up and fought against Gath and captured it. Then he planned to attack Jerusalem. ad 18So King Joash of Judah took all the consecrated items that his ancestors – Judah’s kings Jehoshaphat, Jehoram, and Ahaziah – had consecrated, along with his own consecrated items and all the gold found in the treasuries of the Lord’s temple and in the king’s palace, and he sent them to Hazael king of Aram. ae Then Hazael withdrew from Jerusalem.

Joash Assassinated

19 The rest of the events of Joash’s reign, along with all his accomplishments, are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings. af 20Joash’s servants conspired against him and killed him ag at Beth-millo ah on the road that goes down to Silla. 21His servants Jozabad
Some Hb mss, LXX read Jozacar; 2Ch 24:26 reads Zabad
son of Shimeath and Jehozabad son of Shomer struck him down, and he died. aj Then they buried him with his fathers in the city of David, and his son Amaziah became king in his place. ak
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