2 Chronicles 22-24 New American Standard Bible

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The Reign of Ahaziah of Judah

22 Then the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah , his youngest son , king in his place , for the band of men who came with the Arabs to the camp had slain all the older sons. So Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah began to reign . 2  Ahaziah was twenty-two e years old when he became king , and he reigned one year in Jerusalem . And his mother's name was Athaliah , the granddaughter of Omri . 3  He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab , for his mother was his counselor to do wickedly . 4  He did evil in the sight of the Lord like the house of Ahab , for they were his counselors after the death of his father , to his destruction . 5  He also walked according to their counsel , and went with Jehoram the son of Ahab king of Israel to wage war against Hazael king of Aram at Ramoth-gilead . But the Arameans wounded Joram . 6  So he returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds which they had inflicted on him at Ramah , when he fought against Hazael king of Aram . And Ahaziah , the son of Jehoram king of Judah , went down to see Jehoram the son of Ahab in Jezreel , because he was sick .

Jehu Kills Ahaziah

7  Now the destruction of Ahaziah was from God , in that he went to Joram . For when he came , he went out with Jehoram against Jehu the son of Nimshi , whom the Lord had anointed to cut off the house of Ahab . 8  It came about when Jehu was executing judgment on the house of Ahab , he found the princes of Judah and the sons of Ahaziah's brothers ministering to Ahaziah , and slew them. 9  He also sought Ahaziah , and they caught him while he was hiding in Samaria ; they brought him to Jehu , put him to death and buried him. For they said , "He is the son of Jehoshaphat , who sought the Lord with all his heart ." So there was no one of the house of Ahaziah to retain the power of the kingdom .

Athaliah Usurps the Throne

10  Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead , she rose and destroyed all the royal offspring of the house of Judah . 11  But Jehoshabeath the king's daughter took Joash the son of Ahaziah , and stole him from among the king's sons who were being put to death , and placed him and his nurse in the bedroom e . So Jehoshabeath , the daughter of King Jehoram , the wife of Jehoiada the priest (for she was the sister of Ahaziah ), hid him from Athaliah so that she would not put him to death . 12  He was hidden with them in the house of God six years while Athaliah reigned over the land .

23 Now in the seventh year Jehoiada strengthened himself, and took captains of hundreds : Azariah the son of Jeroham , Ishmael the son of Johanan , Azariah the son of Obed , Maaseiah the son of Adaiah , and Elishaphat the son of Zichri , and they entered into a covenant with him. 2  They went throughout Judah and gathered the Levites from all the cities of Judah , and the heads of the fathers' households of Israel , and they came to Jerusalem . 3  Then all the assembly made a covenant with the king in the house of God . And Jehoiada said to them, "Behold , the king's son shall reign , as the Lord has spoken concerning the sons of David . 4  "This is the thing which you shall do : one third of you, of the priests and Levites who come in on the sabbath , shall be gatekeepers 5  and one third shall be at the king's house , and a third at the Gate of the Foundation ; and all the people shall be in the courts of the house of the Lord . 6  "But let no one enter the house of the Lord except e the priests and the ministering Levites ; they may enter , for they are holy . And let all the people keep the charge of the Lord . 7  "The Levites will surround e the king , each man with his weapons in his hand ; and whoever enters the house , let him be killed . Thus be with the king when he comes in and when he goes out." 8  So the Levites and all Judah did according to all that Jehoiada the priest commanded . And each one of them took his men who were to come in on the sabbath , with those who were to go out on the sabbath , for Jehoiada the priest did not dismiss any of the divisions . 9  Then Jehoiada the priest gave to the captains of hundreds the spears and the large and small shields which had been King David's , which were in the house of God . 10  He stationed all the people , each man with his weapon in his hand , from the right side of the house to the left side of the house , by the altar and by the house , around the king . 11  Then 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 said , " Long live the king !"

12  When Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and praising the king , she came into the house of the Lord to the people . 13  She looked , and behold , the king was standing by his pillar at the entrance , and the captains and the trumpeters were beside the king . And all the people of the land rejoiced and blew trumpets , the singers with their musical instruments leading the praise . Then Athaliah tore her clothes and said , "Treason ! Treason !" 14  Jehoiada the priest brought out the captains of hundreds who were appointed over the army and said to them, "Bring her out between e e the ranks ; and whoever follows e her, put to death with the sword ." For the priest said , "Let her not be put to death in the house of the Lord . 15  So they seized e her, and when she arrived at the entrance of the Horse Gate of the king's house , they put her to death there . 16  Then Jehoiada made a covenant between himself and all the people and the king , that they would be the Lord'S people . 17  And all the people went to the house of Baal and tore it down , and they broke in pieces his altars and his images , and killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars . 18  Moreover, Jehoiada placed the offices of the house of the Lord under the authority of the Levitical priests , whom David had assigned over the house of the Lord , to offer the burnt offerings of the Lord , as it is written in the law of Moses - with rejoicing and singing according to the order of David . 19  He stationed the gatekeepers of the house of the Lord , so that no one would enter who was in any way unclean 20  He took the captains of hundreds , the nobles , the rulers of the people and all the people of the land , and brought the king down from the house of the Lord , and came through the upper gate to the king's house . And they placed the king upon the royal throne . 21  So all of the people of the land rejoiced and the city was quiet . For they had put Athaliah to death with the sword

The Reign of Joash of Judah

24 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  Joash did what was right in the sight of the Lord all the days of Jehoiada the priest . 3  Jehoiada took two wives for him, and he became the father of sons and daughters . 4  Now it came about after this that Joash decided e e to restore the house of the Lord . 5  He gathered the priests and Levites and said to them, "Go out to the cities of Judah and collect money from all Israel to repair the house of your God annually e , and you shall do the matter quickly ." But the Levites did not act quickly . 6  So 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 the levy fixed by Moses the servant of the Lord on the congregation of Israel for the tent of the testimony ?" 7  For the sons of the wicked Athaliah had broken into the house of God and even used the holy things of the house of the Lord for the Baals . 8  So the king commanded , and they made a chest and set it outside by the gate of the house of the Lord . 9  They made a proclamation in Judah and Jerusalem to bring to the Lord the levy fixed by Moses the servant of God on Israel in the wilderness . 10  All the officers and all the people rejoiced and brought in their levies and dropped them into the chest until they had finished . 11  It came about whenever the chest was brought in to the king's officer by the Levites , and when 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 . 12  The 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 repair the house of the Lord . 13  So the workmen labored , and the repair work progressed in their hands , and they restored the house of God according to its specifications and strengthened it. 14  When 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 .

15  Now when Jehoiada reached a ripe e old age he died ; he was one hundred and thirty years old at his death . 16  They buried him in the city of David among the kings , because he had done well in Israel and to God and His house . 17  But after the death of Jehoiada the officials of Judah came and bowed down to the king , and the king listened to them. 18  They abandoned the house of the Lord , the God of their fathers , and served the Asherim and the idols ; so wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their guilt . 19  Yet He sent prophets to them to bring them back to the Lord ; though they testified against them, they would not listen . 20  Then the Spirit of God came on Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest ; and he stood above e the people and said to them, "Thus God has said , ' Why do you transgress the commandments of the Lord and do not prosper ? Because you have forsaken the Lord , He has also forsaken you.' " 21  So they conspired against him and at the command of the king they stoned him to death in the court of the house of the Lord . 22  Thus 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 the Lord see and avenge !" 23  Now it happened at the turn of the year that 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 . 24  Indeed the army of the Arameans came with a small number of men ; yet the Lord delivered a very great army into their hands , because they had forsaken the Lord , the God of their fathers . Thus they executed judgment on Joash . 25  When they had departed from him (for they left him very sick ), his own servants conspired against him because of the blood of the 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 . 26  Now these are those who conspired against him: Zabad the son of Shimeath the Ammonitess , and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith the Moabitess . 27  As to his sons and the many oracles against him and the rebuilding of the house of God , behold , they are written in the treatise of the Book of the Kings . Then Amaziah his son became king in his place .

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