2Ch 24:1Joash was seven years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Zibiah of Beer-sheba.

2Ch 24:2And Joash did what was right in the sight of Jehovah all the days of Jehoiada the priest.

2Ch 24:3And Jehoiada took two wives for him, and he begot sons and daughters.

2Ch 24:4Now after this it came up in Joash’s heart to restore the house of Jehovah.

2Ch 24:5And he gathered the priests and Levites and said to them, Go out to the cities of Judah, and collect from all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year; and you shall do the matter quickly. But the Levites did not act quickly.

2Ch 24:6So the king called for Jehoiada the chief priest and said to him, Why have you not required of the Levites to bring from Judah and from Jerusalem the tax levied by Moses the servant of Jehovah on the congregation of Israel for the Tent of the Testimony?

2Ch 24:7For the sons of the wicked Athaliah had broken up the house of God and even used all the holy things of the house of Jehovah for the Baals.

2Ch 24:8And the king gave orders, and they made a chest and put it outside, by the gate of the house of Jehovah.

2Ch 24:9And they made a proclamation in Judah and in Jerusalem to bring to Jehovah the tax levied by Moses the servant of God on Israel in the wilderness.

2Ch 24:10And all the officers and all the people rejoiced, and they brought their taxes and cast them into the chest until they had finished.

2Ch 24:11And whenever the chest was brought to the king’s officer by the Levites, and whenever they saw that there was a large amount of money, the king’s scribe and the officer of the chief priest would come and empty the chest and take it and return it to its place. They did so daily, and they collected a large amount of money.

2Ch 24:12And the king and Jehoiada would give it to those who did the work of service of the house of Jehovah, and they would hire stone hewers and carpenters to restore the house of Jehovah, and also workers in iron and bronze to repair the house of Jehovah.

2Ch 24:13And those who did the work worked, and the restoration work progressed in their hands; and they restored the house of God to its proper proportions and strengthened it.

2Ch 24:14And when they had finished, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada and made with it vessels for the house of Jehovah, vessels for service and for offering up burnt offerings, and cups and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered up burnt offerings in the house of Jehovah continually all the days of Jehoiada.

2Ch 24:15And when Jehoiada became old and full of days, he died; and he was one hundred thirty years old when he died.

2Ch 24:16And they buried him in the city of David with the kings, because he had done well in Israel and with God and His house.

2Ch 24:17And after the death of Jehoiada the captains of Judah came and bowed down to the king; then the king listened to them.

2Ch 24:18And they forsook the house of Jehovah, the God of their fathers, and they served the Asherahs and the idols; so wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this guilt of theirs.

2Ch 24:19And He sent prophets to them to bring them back to Jehovah; and they testified against them, but they did not pay attention.

2Ch 24:20Then the Spirit of God clothed Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest; and he stood above the people and said to them, Thus says God, Why do you transgress the commandments of Jehovah, so that you do not prosper? For you have forsaken Jehovah, and He has forsaken you.

2Ch 24:21So they conspired against him, and at the command of the king they stoned him with stones in the court of the house of Jehovah.

2Ch 24:22Thus Joash the king did not remember the kindness which Jehoiada his father had shown him, and he slew his son; and when he died he said, May Jehovah see and avenge!

2Ch 24:23And at the turn of the year the army of the Syrians came up against him and came to Judah and Jerusalem and destroyed all the leaders of the people from among the people and sent all their spoil to the king of Damascus.

2Ch 24:24Although the army of the Syrians had come with a small number of men, Jehovah delivered into their hand a very great army, because they had forsaken Jehovah, the God of their fathers. Thus they executed judgment on Joash.

2Ch 24:25And when they went from him — for they left him in great sickness — his servants conspired against him because of the blood of the sons of Jehoiada the priest and slew him on his bed; and he died, and they buried him in the city of David. However they did not bury him among the tombs of the kings.

2Ch 24:26Now those who conspired against him were Zabad the son of Shimeath the Ammonitess and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith the Moabitess.

2Ch 24:27And concerning his sons and the many oracles against him and his laying the foundations of the house of God, indeed these things are written in the commentary of the book of the kings. And Amaziah his son reigned in his place.

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