2 Chronicles 24

Young Joash Influenced by Jehoiada

1 a  Joash 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 b  Joash did what was right in the sight of the  Lord all the days of Jehoiada the priest. 3Jehoiada took two wives for him, and he became the father of sons and daughters.

Faithless Priests

4Now it came about after this that Joash
Lit was with a heart
decided d  to restore the house of the  Lord.
5He gathered the priests and Levites and said to them, “Go out to the cities of Judah and collect money from all e  Israel to
Lit to strengthen
repair the house of your God
Lit from year to year
annually, and you shall do the matter quickly.” But the Levites did not act quickly.
6So 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 h  the levy fixed by Moses the servant of the  Lord on the congregation of Israel i  for the tent of the testimony?” 7For j  the sons of the wicked Athaliah had broken into the house of God and even
Lit made
used the holy things of the house of the  Lord for the Baals.

Temple Repaired

8So the king commanded, and l  they made a chest and set it outside by the gate of the house of the  Lord. 9 m  They made a proclamation in Judah and Jerusalem to bring to the  Lord n  the levy fixed by Moses the servant of God on Israel in the wilderness. 10All the officers and all the people rejoiced and brought in their levies and
Lit threw
dropped them into the chest until they had finished.
11It came about whenever the chest was brought in to the king’s officer by the Levites, and when p  they 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. 12The 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
Lit to strengthen
repair the house of the  Lord.
13So the workmen labored, and the repair work progressed in their hands, and they
Lit set up
restored the house of God
Lit upon its proportion
according to its specifications and strengthened it.
14When 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.

15Now when Jehoiada
Lit became old and satisfied with days
reached a ripe old age he died; he was one hundred and thirty years old at his death.
16They buried him u  in the city of David among the kings, because he had done well in v  Israel and
Lit with
to God and His house.

17But after the death of Jehoiada the officials of Judah came and bowed down to the king, and the king listened to them. 18They abandoned x  the house of the  Lord, the God of their fathers, and y  served the
I.e. wooden symbols of a female deity
Asherim and the idols; so aa  wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their guilt.
19Yet ab  He 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 ac  Then the Spirit of God
Lit clothed
came on Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest; and he stood above the people and said to them, “Thus God has said, ‘ ae  Why do you transgress the commandments of the  Lord and do not prosper? af  Because you have forsaken the  Lord, He has also forsaken you.’”
21So ag  they conspired against him and at the command of the king they stoned him
Lit with stones
to death in the court of the house of the  Lord.
22Thus 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 ai  the  Lord see and
Lit seek, or require
avenge!”

Aram Invades and Defeats Judah

23Now it happened at the turn of the year that ak  the 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. 24Indeed the army of the Arameans came with a small number of men; yet al  the  Lord delivered a very great army into their hands am  because they had forsaken the  Lord, the God of their fathers. Thus they executed judgment on Joash.

25 an  When they had departed from him (for they left him very sick), his own servants conspired against him because of the blood of the
So some ancient versions; Heb sons
son 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.
26Now these are those who conspired against him: Zabad the son of Shimeath the Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith the Moabitess. 27As to his sons and the many
Or burdens upon
oracles against him and aq  the
Lit founding
rebuilding of the house of God, behold, they are written in the
Heb midrash
,
at  treatise of the Book of the Kings. Then Amaziah his son became king in his place.
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