1 And the inhabitants
of Jerusalem made Ahaziah his youngest son king in his stead:
for the band of men that came with the Arabians to the camp
had slain all the eldest. So Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king
of Judah reigned.
2 Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign,
and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother's name also
was Athaliah the daughter of Omri.
3 He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab: for his mother
was his counseller to do wickedly.
4 Wherefore he did evil in the sight of the LORD like the house
of Ahab: for they were his counsellers after the death of his
father to his destruction.
5 He walked also after their counsel, and went with Jehoram
the son of Ahab king of Israel to war against Hazael king of
Syria at Ramoth-gilead: and the Syrians smote Joram.
6 And he returned to be healed in Jezreel because of the wounds
which were given him at Ramah, when he fought with Hazael king
of Syria. And Azariah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went
down to see Jehoram the son of Ahab at Jezreel, because he was
7 And the destruction of Ahaziah was of God by coming to Joram:
for when he was come, he went out with Jehoram against Jehu
the son of Nimshi, whom the LORD had anointed to cut off the
house of Ahab.
8 And it came to pass, that, when Jehu was executing judgment
upon the house of Ahab, and found the princes of Judah, and
the sons of the brethren of Ahaziah, that ministered to Ahaziah,
he slew them.
9 And he sought Ahaziah: and they caught him, (for he was hid
in Samaria,) and brought him to Jehu: and when they had slain
him, they buried him: Because, said they, he is the son of Jehoshaphat,
who sought the LORD with all his heart. So the house of Ahaziah
had no power to keep still the kingdom.
10 But when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son
was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal of the
house of Judah.
11 But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, took Joash the
son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king's sons that
were slain, and put him and his nurse in a bedchamber. 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 slew him not.
12 And he was with them hid in the house of God six years: and
Athaliah reigned over the land.
1 And in the seventh
year Jehoiada strengthened himself, and took the captains of
hundreds, Azariah the son of Jeroham, and Ishmael the son of
Jehohanan, and Azariah the son of Obed, and Maaseiah the son
of Adaiah, and Elishaphat the son of Zichri, into covenant with
2 And they went about in Judah, and gathered the Levites out
of all the cities of Judah, and the chief of the fathers of
Israel, and they came to Jerusalem.
3 And all the congregation made a covenant with the king in
the house of God. And he said unto them, Behold, the king's
son shall reign, as the LORD hath said of the sons of David.
4 This is the thing that ye shall do; A third part of you entering
on the sabbath, of the priests and of the Levites, shall be
porters of the doors;
5 And a third part shall be at the king's house; and a third
part at the gate of the foundation: and all the people shall
be in the courts of the house of the LORD.
6 But let none come into the house of the LORD, save the priests,
and they that minister of the Levites; they shall go in, for
they are holy: but all the people shall keep the watch of the
7 And the Levites shall compass the king round about, every
man with his weapons in his hand; and whosoever else cometh
into the house, he shall be put to death: but be ye with the
king when he cometh in, and when he goeth out.
8 So the Levites and all Judah did according to all things that
Jehoiada the priest had commanded, and took every man his men
that were to come in on the sabbath, with them that were to
go out on the sabbath: for Jehoiada the priest dismissed not
9 Moreover Jehoiada the priest delivered to the captains of
hundreds spears, and bucklers, and shields, that had been king
David's, which were in the house of God.
10 And he set all the people, every man having his weapon in
his hand, from the right side of the temple to the left side
of the temple, along by the altar and the temple, by the king
11 Then they brought out the king's son, and put upon him the
crown, and gave him the testimony, and made him king. And Jehoiada
and his sons anointed him, and said, God save the king.
12 Now when Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and
praising the king, she came to the people into the house of
13 And she looked, and, behold, the king stood at his pillar
at the entering in, and the princes and the trumpets by the
king: and all the people of the land rejoiced, and sounded with
trumpets, also the singers with instruments of musick, and such
as taught to sing praise. Then Athaliah rent her clothes, and
said, Treason, Treason.
14 Then Jehoiada the priest brought out the captains of hundreds
that were set over the host, and said unto them, Have her forth
of the ranges: and whoso followeth her, let him be slain with
the sword. For the priest said, Slay her not in the house of
15 So they laid hands on her; and when she was come to the entering
of the horse gate by the king's house, they slew her there.
16 And Jehoiada made a covenant between him, and between all
the people, and between the king, that they should be the LORD's
17 Then all the people went to the house of Baal, and brake
it down, and brake his altars and his images in pieces, and
slew Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.
18 Also Jehoiada appointed the offices of the house of the LORD
by the hand of the priests the Levites, whom David had distributed
in 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
with singing, as it was ordained by David.
19 And he set the porters at the gates of the house of the LORD,
that none which was unclean in any thing should enter in.
20 And he took the captains of hundreds, and the nobles, and
the governors of the people, and all the people of the land,
and brought down the king from the house of the LORD: and they
came through the high gate into the king's house, and set the
king upon the throne of the kingdom.
21 And all the people of the land rejoiced: and the city was
quiet, after that they had slain Athaliah with the sword.
1 Joash was seven
years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years
in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Zibiah of Beer-sheba.
2 And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD
all the days of Jehoiada the priest.
3 And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and he begat sons and
4 And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to repair
the house of the LORD.
5 And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and
said to them, Go out unto the cities of Judah, and gather of
all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to
year, and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the Levites
hastened it not.
6 And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto
him, Why hast thou not required of the Levites to bring in out
of Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, according to the
commandment of Moses the servant of the LORD, and of the congregation
of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness?
7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up
the house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the house
of the LORD did they bestow upon Baalim.
8 And at the king's commandment they made a chest, and set it
without at the gate of the house of the LORD.
9 And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem,
to bring in to the LORD the collection that Moses the servant
of God laid upon Israel in the wilderness.
10 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought
in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end.
11 Now it came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought
unto the king's office by the hand of the Levites, and when
they saw that there was much money, the king's scribe and the
high priest's officer came and emptied the chest, and took it,
and carried it to his place again. Thus they did day by day,
and gathered money in abundance.
12 And the king and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the work
of the service of the house of the LORD, and hired masons and
carpenters to repair the house of the LORD, and also such as
wrought iron and brass to mend the house of the LORD.
13 So the workmen wrought, and the work was perfected by them,
and they set the house of God in his state, and strengthened
14 And when they had finished it, they brought the rest of the
money before the king and Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels
for the house of the LORD, even vessels to minister, and to
offer withal, and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. And
they offered burnt offerings in the house of the LORD continually
all the days of Jehoiada.
15 But Jehoiada waxed old, and was full of days when he died;
an hundred and thirty years old was he when he died.
16 And they buried him in the city of David among the kings,
because he had done good in Israel, both toward God, and toward
17 Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah,
and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto
18 And they left the house of the LORD God of their fathers,
and served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem
for this their trespass.
19 Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the
LORD; and they testified against them: but they would not give
20 And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada
the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them,
Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the LORD,
that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the LORD, he
hath also forsaken you.
21 And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones
at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of
22 Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada
his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died,
he said, The LORD look upon it, and require it.
23 And it came to pass at the end of the year, that the host
of Syria came up against him: and they came to Judah and Jerusalem,
and destroyed all the princes of the people from among the people,
and sent all the spoil of them unto the king of Damascus.
24 For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of
men, and the LORD delivered a very great host into their hand,
because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. So
they executed judgment against Joash.
25 And when they were departed from him, (for they left him
in great diseases,) his own servants conspired against him for
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,
but they buried him not in the sepulchres of the kings.
26 And these are they that conspired against him; Zabad the
son of Shimeath an Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith
27 Now concerning his sons, and the greatness of the burdens
laid upon him, and the repairing of the house of God, behold,
they are written in the story of the book of the kings. And
Amaziah his son reigned in his stead.