2 Chronicles 24
24 1Joash was seven years old when he began to reign; and he reigned
forty years in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Zibiah, of Beer-sheba.
2And Joash did that which was right in the eyes of Jehovah all the days
of Jehoiada the priest.
3And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and he
begat sons and daughters.
4And it came to pass after this, that Joash was
minded to restore the house of Jehovah.
5And 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.
6And 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 tax of Moses the servant of Jehovah, and of the assembly of
Israel, for the tent of the testimony?
7For the sons of Athaliah, that
wicked woman, had broken up the house of God; and also all the dedicated
things of the house of Jehovah did they bestow upon the Baalim.
king commanded, and they made a chest, and set it without at the gate of the
house of Jehovah.
9And they made a proclamation through Judah and
Jerusalem, to bring in for Jehovah the tax that Moses the servant of God laid
upon Israel in the wilderness.
10And all the princes and all the people
rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an
11And it was so, that, at what time the chest was brought unto the
king's officers by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there was
much money, the king's scribe and the chief priest's officer came and emptied
the chest, and took it, and carried it to its place again. Thus they did day
by day, and gathered money in abundance.
12And the king and Jehoiada gave
it to such as did the work of the service of the house of Jehovah; and they
hired masons and carpenters to restore the house of Jehovah, and also such as
wrought iron and brass to repair the house of Jehovah.
13So the workmen
wrought, and the work of repairing went forward in their hands, and they set
up the house of God in its state, and strengthened it.
14And when they
had made an end, they brought the rest of the money before the king and
Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels for the house of Jehovah, even vessels
wherewith to minister and to offer, and spoons, and vessels of gold and
silver. And they offered burnt-offerings in the house of Jehovah continually
all the days of Jehoiada.
15But Jehoiada waxed old and was full of days,
and he died; a hundred and thirty years old was he when he died.
they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done
good in Israel, and toward God and his house.
17Now after the death of
Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the
king hearkened unto them.
18And they forsook the house of Jehovah, the
God of their fathers, and served the Asherim and the idols: and wrath came
upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their guiltiness.
19Yet he sent
prophets to them, to bring them again unto Jehovah; and they testified
against them: but they would not give ear.
20And the Spirit of God came
upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest; and he stood above the people,
and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of
Jehovah, so that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken Jehovah, he hath
also forsaken you.
21And they conspired against him, and stoned him with
stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of Jehovah.
22Thus 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, Jehovah
look upon it, and require it.
23And it came to pass at the end of the
year, that the army of the Syrians 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.
24For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men; and
Jehovah delivered a very great host into their hand, because they had
forsaken Jehovah, the God of their fathers. So they executed judgment upon
25And when they were departed for him (for they left him very
sick), 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
26And these are they that conspired against him: Zabad the son of
Shimeath the Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith the Moabitess.
27Now concerning his sons, and the greatness of the burdens laid
upon him, and the rebuilding of the house of God, behold, they are written in
the commentary of the book of the kings. And Amaziah his son reigned in his