The Reign of Jehoash of Judah
12 1 In the seventh year of Jehu , Jehoash became king , and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem ; and his mother's name was Zibiah of Beersheba . 2 Jehoash did right in the sight of the Lord all his days in which Jehoiada the priest instructed him. 3 Only the high places were not taken away ; the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places .
4 Then Jehoash said to the priests , "All the money of the sacred things which is brought into the house of the Lord , in current money , both the money of each man's assessment and all the money which any man's heart prompts e him to bring into the house of the Lord , 5 let the priests take it for themselves, each from his acquaintance ; and they shall repair the damages of the house wherever e e any damage may be found ." 6 But it came about that in the twenty-third e year of King Jehoash the priests had not repaired the damages of the house . 7 Then King Jehoash called for Jehoiada the priest , and for the other priests and said to them, "Why do you not repair the damages of the house ? Now therefore take no more money from your acquaintances , but pay it for the damages of the house ." 8 So the priests agreed that they would take no more money from the people , nor repair the damages of the house . 9 But Jehoiada the priest took a chest and bored a hole in its lid and put it beside the altar , on the right side as one comes into the house of the Lord ; and the priests who guarded the threshold put in it all the money which was brought into the house of the Lord . 10 When they saw that there was much money in the chest , the king's scribe and the high priest came up and tied it in bags and counted the money which was found in the house of the Lord . 11 They gave the money which was weighed out into the hands of those who did the work , who had the oversight of the house of the Lord ; and they paid it out to the carpenters e and the builders who worked on the house of the Lord ; 12 and to the masons and the stonecutters e , and for buying timber and hewn stone to repair the damages to the house of the Lord , and for all that was laid out for the house to repair it. 13 But there were not made for the house of the Lord silver cups , snuffers , bowls , trumpets , any vessels of gold , or vessels of silver from the money which was brought into the house of the Lord ; 14 for they gave that to those who did the work , and with it they repaired the house of the Lord . 15 Moreover, they did not require an accounting from the men into whose hand they gave the money to pay to those who did the work , for they dealt faithfully . 16 The money from the guilt offerings and the money from the sin offerings was not brought into the house of the Lord ; it was for the priests .
17 Then Hazael king of Aram went up and fought against Gath and captured it, and Hazael set his face to go up to Jerusalem . 18 Jehoash king of Judah took all the sacred things that Jehoshaphat and Jehoram and Ahaziah , his fathers , kings of Judah , had dedicated , and his own sacred things and all the gold that was found among the treasuries of the house of the Lord and of the king's house , and sent them to Hazael king of Aram . Then he went away from Jerusalem . 19 Now the rest of the acts of Joash and all that he did , are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles e of the Kings of Judah ? 20 His servants arose and made a conspiracy and struck down Joash at the house of Millo as he was going down to Silla . 21 For Jozacar the son of Shimeath and Jehozabad the son of Shomer , his servants , struck him and he died ; and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David , and Amaziah his son became king in his place .