S E C O N D C H R O N I C L E
We have here the history of the reign of Joash,
the progress of which, and especially its termination, were not of
a piece with its beginning, nor shone with so much lustre. How
wonderfully he was preserved for the throne, and placed in it, we
read before; now here we are told how he began in the spirit, but
ended in the flesh. I. In the beginning of his time, while Jehoiada
lived, he did well; particularly, he took care to put the temple in
good repair, ver. 1-14.
II. In the latter end of his time, after Jehoiada's death, he
apostatized from God, and his apostasy was his ruin. 1. He set up
the worship of Baal again (ver.
15-18), though warned to the contrary, ver. 19. 2. He put Zechariah the
prophet to death because he reproved him for what he had done,
ver. 20-22. 3. The
judgments of God came upon him for it. The Syrians invaded him,
ver. 23, 24. He was
struck with sore diseases; his own servants conspired against him
and slew him; and, as a mark of infamy upon him, he was not buried
in the burying-place of the kings, ver. 25-27.