12:2 And Jehoash did [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD all his days wherein a Jehoiada the priest instructed him.
(a) As long as rulers give ear to the true
ministers of God, they prosper.
12:3 But b
the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt
incense in the high places.
(b) So hard a thing it is for them, that are in
authority, to be brought to the perfect obedience of God.
12:4 And Jehoash said to the priests, All the
money of the dedicated things that is brought into the house of the LORD, [even]
the money of every one that passeth [the c
account], the money that every man is set at, [and] all the money that cometh
into any man's heart to bring into the house of the LORD,
(c) That is, the money of redemption (Exodus
30:12), also the money which the priest valued the vows at (Leviticus
27:2), and their free gift.
12:5 Let the priests take [it] to them, every man
of his acquaintance: and let them repair the d
breaches of the house, wheresoever any breach shall be found.
(d) For the temple which was built a hundred and
fifty-five years before, had many things decayed in it, both by the negligence
of the king's predecessors, and also by the wickedness of the idolaters.
12:7 Then king
Jehoash called for Jehoiada the priest, and the [other] priests, and said unto
them, Why repair ye not the breaches of the house? now therefore e
receive no [more] money of your acquaintance, but deliver it for the breaches of
(e) He takes from them the ordering of the money,
because of their negligence.
12:9 But Jehoiada the
priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid of it, and set it beside the
altar, on the f right side as one cometh
into the house of the LORD: and the priests that kept the door put therein all
the money [that was] brought into the house of the LORD.
(f) That is, on the south side.
12:11 And they gave
the money, being told, into the hands of them g
that did the work, that had the oversight of the house of the LORD: and they
laid it out to the carpenters and builders, that wrought upon the house of the
(g) For the king had appointed others who were
fit for that purpose, (2 Kings
12:13 Howbeit there
were h not made for the house of the
LORD bowls of silver, snuffers, basons, trumpets, any vessels of gold, or
vessels of silver, of the money [that was] brought into the house of the LORD:
(h) For these men only had charge of the
repairing of the temple, the rest of the money was brought to the king who
caused these to be made later, (2 Chronicles
And Jehoash king of Judah took all the hallowed things that Jehoshaphat, and
Jehoram, and Ahaziah, his fathers, kings of Judah, had dedicated, and his own
hallowed things, and all the gold [that was] found in the treasures of the house
of the LORD, and in the king's house, and i
sent [it] to Hazael king of Syria: and he went away from Jerusalem.
(i) After the death of Jehoiada, Joash fell to
idolatry: therefore God rejected him, and stirred up his enemy against him,
whom he pacified with the treasures of the temple: for God would not be served
with those gifts, seeing the king's heart was wicked.
12:20 And his
servants arose, and made a conspiracy, and k
slew Joash in the house of l Millo,
which goeth down to Silla.
(k) Because he had put Zachariah the son of
Jehoiada to death, (2 Chronicles
(l) Read (2 Samuel