1In the seventh year Jehoiada strengthened himself, and took the
captains of hundreds, Azariah the son of Jeroham, and Ishmael the son of
Jehohanan, and Azariah the son of Obed, and Maaseiah the son of Adaiah, and
Elishaphat the son of Zichri, into covenant with him.
2They went about in
Judah, and gathered the Levites out of all the cities of Judah, and the heads
of fathers’ houses of Israel, and they came to Jerusalem.
the assembly made a covenant with the king in the house of God. He said to
them, Behold, the king’s son shall reign, as Yahweh has spoken concerning the
sons of David.
4This is the thing that you shall do: a third part of
you, who come in on the Sabbath, of the priests and of the Levites, shall be
porters of the thresholds;
5and a third part shall be at the king’s
house; and a third part at the gate of the foundation: and all the people
shall be in the courts of the house of Yahweh.
6But let none come into
the house of Yahweh, save the priests, and those who minister of the Levites;
they shall come in, for they are holy: but all the people shall keep the
charge of Yahweh.
7The Levites shall compass the king round about, every
man with his weapons in his hand; and whoever comes into the house, let him
be slain: and be you with the king when he comes in, and when he goes
8So the Levites and all Judah did according to all that Jehoiada the
priest commanded: and they took every man his men, those who were to come in
on the Sabbath; with those who were to go out on the Sabbath; for Jehoiada
the priest didn’t dismiss the shift.
9Jehoiada the priest delivered to
the captains of hundreds the spears, and bucklers, and shields, that had been
king David’s, which were in the house of God.
10He set all the people,
every man with his weapon in his hand, from the right side of the house to
the left side of the house, along by the altar and the house, by the king
11Then they brought out the king’s son, and put the crown on
him, and gave him the testimony, and made him king: and Jehoiada and
his sons anointed him; and they said, Long live the king.
Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and praising the king, she
came to the people into the house of Yahweh:
13and she looked, and,
behold, the king stood by his pillar at the entrance, and the captains and
the trumpets by the king; and all the people of the land rejoiced, and blew
trumpets; the singers also played on instruments of music, and led
the singing of praise. Then Athaliah tore her clothes, and said, Treason!
14Jehoiada the priest brought out the captains of hundreds who
were set over the army, and said to them, Have her forth between the ranks;
and whoever follows her, let him be slain with the sword: for the priest
said, Don’t kill her in the house of Yahweh.
15So they made way for her;
and she went to the entrance of the horse gate to the king’s house: and they
killed her there.
16Jehoiada made a covenant between himself, and all the
people, and the king, that they should be Yahweh’s people.
people went to the house of Baal, and broke it down, and broke his altars and
his images in pieces, and killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.
18Jehoiada appointed the officers of the house of Yahweh under the hand
of the priests the Levites, whom David had distributed in the house of
Yahweh, to offer the burnt offerings of Yahweh, as it is written in the law
of Moses, with rejoicing and with singing, according to the order of David.
19He set the porters at the gates of the house of Yahweh, that no one who
was unclean in anything should enter in.
20He took the captains of
hundreds, and the nobles, and the governors of the people, and all the people
of the land, and brought down the king from the house of Yahweh: and they
came through the upper gate to the king’s house, and set the king on the
throne of the kingdom.
21So all the people of the land rejoiced, and the
city was quiet. Athaliah they had slain with the sword.