17 After the death of Jehoiada, the officials of Judah came and paid homage to the king, and he listened to them.
17 Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.
17 Now after the death of Jehoiada the princes of Judah came and paid homage to the king. Then the king listened to them.
17 But after the death of Jehoiada things fell apart. The leaders of Judah made a formal presentation to the king and he went along with them.
17 Now after the death of Jehoiada the leaders of Judah came and bowed down to the king. And the king listened to them.
17 But after Jehoiada's death, the leaders of Judah came and bowed before King Joash and persuaded him to listen to their advice.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on 2 Chronicles 24:17
Commentary on 2 Chronicles 24:15-27
(Read 2 Chronicles 24:15-27)
See what a great judgment on any prince or people, the death of godly, zealous, useful men is. See how necessary it is that we act in religion from inward principle. Then the loss of a parent, a minister, or a friend, will not be losing our religion. Often both princes and inferior people have been flattered to their ruin. True grace alone will enable a man to bring forth fruit unto the end. Zechariah, the son of Jehoiada, being filled with the Spirit of prophecy, stood up, and told the people of their sin. This is the work of ministers, by the word of God, as a lamp and a light, to discover the sin of men, and expound the providences of God. They stoned Zechariah to death in the court of the house of the Lord. Observe the dying martyr's words: The Lord look upon it, and require it! This came not from a spirit of revenge, but a spirit of prophecy. God smote Joash with great diseases, of body, or mind, or both, before the Syrians departed from him. If vengeance pursue men, the end of one trouble will be but the beginning of another. His own servants slew him. These judgments are called the burdens laid upon him, for the wrath of God is a heavy burden, too heavy for any man to bear. May God help us to take warning, to be upright in heart, and to persevere in his ways to the end.