Jehoshaphat Reigns in Judah

17 Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his place and strengthened himself against Israel. He placed forces in all the (A)fortified cities of Judah and set garrisons in the land of Judah, and in the cities of Ephraim (B)that Asa his father had captured. The Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the earlier ways of his father David. He did not seek the Baals, but sought the God of his father and walked in his commandments, (C)and not according to the practices of Israel. Therefore the Lord established the kingdom in his hand. And all Judah (D)brought tribute to Jehoshaphat, (E)and he had great riches and honor. His heart was courageous in the ways of the Lord. And furthermore, (F)he took the high places and the Asherim out of Judah.

In the third year of his reign he sent his officials, Ben-hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah, (G)to teach in the cities of Judah; (H)and with them the Levites, Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tobadonijah; and with these Levites, the priests Elishama and Jehoram. And (I)they taught in Judah, having the Book of the Law of the Lord with them. They went about through all the cities of Judah and taught among the people.

10 (J)And the fear of the Lord fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were around Judah, and they made no war against Jehoshaphat. 11 Some of the Philistines (K)brought Jehoshaphat presents and silver for tribute, and the Arabians also brought him 7,700 rams and 7,700 goats. 12 And Jehoshaphat grew steadily greater. He built in Judah fortresses and store cities, 13 and he had large supplies in the cities of Judah. He had soldiers, mighty men of valor, in Jerusalem. 14 This was the muster of them by fathers' houses: Of Judah, the commanders of thousands: Adnah the commander, with 300,000 mighty men of valor; 15 and next to him Jehohanan the commander, with 280,000; 16 and next to him Amasiah the son of Zichri, (L)a volunteer for the service of the Lord, with 200,000 mighty men of valor. 17 Of Benjamin: Eliada, a mighty man of valor, with 200,000 men (M)armed with bow and shield; 18 and next to him Jehozabad with 180,000 armed for war. 19 These were in the service of the king, besides (N)those whom the king had placed in the fortified cities throughout all Judah.

Jehoshaphat Allies with Ahab

18 Now Jehoshaphat (O)had great riches and honor, (P)and he made a marriage alliance with Ahab. (Q)After some years he went down to Ahab in Samaria. And Ahab killed an abundance of sheep and oxen for him and for the people who were with him, and induced him to go up against Ramoth-gilead. Ahab king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat king of Judah, “Will you go with me to Ramoth-gilead?” He answered him, “I am as you are, my people as your people. We will be with you in the war.”

And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, “Inquire first for the word of the Lord.” Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, four hundred men, and said to them, “Shall we go to battle against Ramoth-gilead, or shall I refrain?” And they said, “Go up, for God will give it into the hand of the king.” But Jehoshaphat said, “Is there not here another prophet of the Lord of whom we may inquire?” And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the Lord, Micaiah the son of Imlah; but I hate him, for he never prophesies good concerning me, but always evil.” And Jehoshaphat said, “Let not the king say so.” Then the king of Israel summoned an officer and said, “Bring quickly Micaiah the son of Imlah.” Now the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah were sitting on their thrones, arrayed in their robes. And they were sitting at the threshing floor (R)at the entrance of the gate of Samaria, and all the prophets were prophesying before them. 10 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made for himself horns of iron and said, “Thus says the Lord, ‘With these you shall push the Syrians until they are destroyed.’” 11 And all the prophets prophesied so and said, “Go up to Ramoth-gilead and triumph. The Lord will give it into the hand of the king.”

12 And the messenger who went to summon Micaiah said to him, “Behold, the words of the prophets with one accord are favorable to the king. Let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably.” 13 But Micaiah said, (S)“As the Lord lives, (T)what my God says, that I will speak.” 14 And when he had come to the king, the king said to him, “Micaiah, shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I refrain?” And he answered, “Go up and triumph; they will be given into your hand.” 15 But the king said to him, “How many times shall I make you swear that you speak to me nothing but the truth in the name of the Lord?” 16 And he said, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, (U)as sheep that have no shepherd. And the Lord said, ‘These have no master; let each return to his home in peace.’” 17 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “Did I not tell you that he would not prophesy good concerning me, but evil?” 18 And Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: (V)I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left. 19 And the Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab the king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead?’ And one said one thing, and another said another. 20 Then a spirit came forward and stood before the Lord, saying, ‘I will entice him.’ And the Lord said to him, ‘By what means?’ 21 And he said, ‘I will go out, and will be (W)a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets.’ And he said, ‘You are to entice him, and you shall succeed; go out and do so.’ 22 Now therefore behold, the Lord has put a lying spirit in the mouth of these your prophets. The Lord has declared disaster concerning you.”

23 Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near (X)and struck Micaiah on the cheek and said, “Which way did the Spirit of the Lord go from me to speak to you?” 24 And Micaiah said, “Behold, you shall see on that day when you go into an inner chamber to hide yourself.” 25 And the king of Israel said, “Seize Micaiah and take him back to Amon (Y)the governor of the city and to Joash the king's son, 26 and say, ‘Thus says the king, (Z)Put this fellow in prison and feed him with meager rations of bread and water until I return in peace.’” 27 And Micaiah said, “If you return in peace, the Lord has not spoken by me.” And he said, (AA)“Hear, all you peoples!”

The Defeat and Death of Ahab

28 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went up to Ramoth-gilead. 29 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “I will disguise myself and go into battle, but you wear your robes.” And the king of Israel disguised himself, and they went into battle. 30 Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of his chariots, “Fight with neither small nor great, but only with the king of Israel.” 31 As soon as the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, they said, “It is the king of Israel.” So they turned to fight against him. And Jehoshaphat cried out, and the Lord helped him; God drew them away from him. 32 For as soon as the captains of the chariots saw that it was not the king of Israel, they turned back from pursuing him. 33 But a certain man drew his bow at random[a] and struck the king of Israel between the scale armor and the breastplate. Therefore he said to the driver of his chariot, “Turn around and carry me out of the battle, for I am wounded.” 34 And the battle continued that day, and the king of Israel was propped up in his chariot facing the Syrians until evening. Then at sunset he died.

Jehoshaphat's Reforms

19 Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned in safety to his house in Jerusalem. But (AB)Jehu the son of (AC)Hanani (AD)the seer went out to meet him and said to King Jehoshaphat, “Should you (AE)help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Because of this, (AF)wrath has gone out against you from the Lord. Nevertheless, (AG)some good is found in you, for (AH)you destroyed the Asheroth out of the land, and have (AI)set your heart to seek God.”

Jehoshaphat lived at Jerusalem. And he went out again among the people, from Beersheba to (AJ)the hill country of Ephraim, and brought them back to the Lord, the God of their fathers. He appointed (AK)judges in the land in all (AL)the fortified cities of Judah, city by city, and said to the judges, “Consider what you do, (AM)for you judge not for man but for the Lord. He is with you in giving judgment. Now then, let the fear of the Lord be upon you. Be careful what you do, for (AN)there is no injustice with the Lord our God, (AO)or partiality or taking bribes.”

Moreover, in Jerusalem Jehoshaphat (AP)appointed certain Levites and priests and heads of families of Israel, (AQ)to give judgment for the Lord and to decide disputed cases. They had their seat at Jerusalem. And he charged them: (AR)“Thus you shall do in the fear of the Lord, in faithfulness, (AS)and with your whole heart: 10 (AT)whenever a case comes to you from your brothers who live in their cities, concerning bloodshed, law or commandment, statutes or rules, then you shall warn them, that they may not incur guilt before the Lord and (AU)wrath may not come upon you and your brothers. Thus you shall do, and you will not incur guilt. 11 And behold, Amariah the chief priest is over you (AV)in all matters of the Lord; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the governor of the house of Judah, in all the king's matters, and the Levites will serve you as officers. (AW)Deal courageously, and may the Lord be with the upright!”[b]

Jehoshaphat's Prayer

20 After this (AX)the Moabites and Ammonites, and with them some of the Meunites,[c] came against Jehoshaphat for battle. Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “A great multitude is coming against you from Edom,[d] from beyond the sea; and, behold, they are in (AY)Hazazon-tamar” (that is, (AZ)Engedi). Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face (BA)to seek the Lord, and (BB)proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah assembled to seek help from the Lord; from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.

And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court, and said, “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not (BC)God in heaven? You (BD)rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. (BE)In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you. Did you not, our God, (BF)drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel, and give it forever to the descendants of (BG)Abraham your friend? And they have lived in it and have built for you in it a sanctuary for your name, saying, (BH)‘If disaster comes upon us, the sword, judgment,[e] or pestilence, or famine, (BI)we will stand before this house and before you—(BJ)for your name is in this house—and cry out to you in our affliction, and you will hear and save.’ 10 And now behold, the men of (BK)Ammon and Moab and (BL)Mount Seir, whom (BM)you would not let Israel invade when they came from the land of Egypt, (BN)and whom they avoided and did not destroy— 11 behold, they reward us (BO)by coming to drive us out of your possession, which you have given us to inherit. 12 O our God, will you not (BP)execute judgment on them? For we are powerless against this great horde that is coming against us. We do not know what to do, but (BQ)our eyes are on you.”

13 Meanwhile all Judah stood before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. 14 And (BR)the Spirit of the Lord came[f] upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. 15 And he said, “Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the Lord to you, (BS)‘Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, (BT)for the battle is not yours but God's. 16 Tomorrow go down against them. Behold, they will come up by the ascent of Ziz. You will find them at the end of (BU)the valley, east of the wilderness of Jeruel. 17 (BV)You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ (BW)Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, (BX)and the Lord will be with you.”

18 Then Jehoshaphat (BY)bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the Lord, worshiping the Lord. 19 And the Levites, of the (BZ)Kohathites and the (CA)Korahites, stood up to praise the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.

20 And they rose early in the morning and went out into (CB)the wilderness of Tekoa. And when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem! (CC)Believe in the Lord your God, and you will be established; believe his prophets, and you will succeed.” 21 And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the Lord and praise him (CD)in holy attire, as they went before the army, and say,

(CE)“Give thanks to the Lord,
    for his steadfast love endures forever.”

22 And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set (CF)an ambush against the men of (CG)Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed. 23 For the men of Ammon and Moab rose against the inhabitants of Mount Seir, devoting them to destruction, and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, (CH)they all helped to destroy one another.

The Lord Delivers Judah

24 When Judah came to the watchtower of the wilderness, they looked toward the horde, and behold, there[g] were dead bodies lying on the ground; none had escaped. 25 When Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their spoil, they found among them, in great numbers, goods, clothing, and precious things, which they took for themselves until they could carry no more. They were three days in taking the spoil, it was so much. 26 On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Beracah,[h] for there they blessed the Lord. Therefore the name of that place has been called the Valley of Beracah to this day. 27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat at their head, returning to Jerusalem with joy, (CI)for the Lord had made them rejoice over their enemies. 28 They came to Jerusalem with harps and lyres and trumpets, to the house of the Lord. 29 (CJ)And the fear of God came on all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard that the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel. 30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet, (CK)for his God gave him rest all around.

31 (CL)Thus Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah. He was thirty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-five years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Azubah the daughter of Shilhi. 32 He walked in the way of Asa his father and did not turn aside from it, doing what was right in the sight of the Lord. 33 (CM)The high places, however, were not taken away; (CN)the people had not yet set their hearts upon the God of their fathers.

34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, from first to last, are written in the chronicles of (CO)Jehu the son of Hanani, (CP)which are recorded in the Book of the Kings of Israel.

The End of Jehoshaphat's Reign

35 (CQ)After this Jehoshaphat king of Judah joined with Ahaziah king of Israel, who acted wickedly. 36 He joined him in building ships to go to (CR)Tarshish, and they built the ships in Ezion-geber. 37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavahu of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, (CS)“Because you have joined with Ahaziah, the Lord will destroy what you have made.” And the ships were wrecked and were not able to go to Tarshish.

Jehoram Reigns in Judah

21 (CT)Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David, and Jehoram his son reigned in his place. He had brothers, the sons of Jehoshaphat: Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah, Azariah, Michael, and Shephatiah; all these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of (CU)Israel.[i] Their father gave them great gifts of silver, gold, and valuable possessions, together with (CV)fortified cities in Judah, but he gave the kingdom to Jehoram, because he was the firstborn. When Jehoram had ascended the throne of his father and was established, he killed all his brothers with the sword, and also some of the princes of (CW)Israel. (CX)Jehoram was (CY)thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. (CZ)And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, for (DA)the daughter of Ahab was his wife. And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. Yet the Lord was not willing to destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and since he had promised to give (DB)a lamp to him and to his sons forever.

In his days Edom revolted from the (DC)rule of Judah and set up a king of their own. Then Jehoram passed over with his commanders and all his chariots, and he rose by night and struck the Edomites who had surrounded him and his chariot commanders. 10 So Edom revolted from (DD)the rule of Judah to this day. At that time Libnah also revolted from his rule, because he had forsaken the Lord, the God of his fathers.

11 Moreover, he made high places in the hill country of Judah and led the inhabitants of Jerusalem (DE)into whoredom and made Judah go astray. 12 And a letter came to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, “Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father, (DF)‘Because you have not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat your father, or (DG)in the ways of Asa king of Judah, 13 (DH)but have walked in the way of the kings of Israel and have enticed Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem (DI)into whoredom, (DJ)as the house of Ahab led Israel into whoredom, and also you (DK)have killed your brothers, of your father's house, who were better than you, 14 behold, the Lord will bring a great plague on your people, your children, your wives, and all your possessions, 15 and you yourself will have a severe sickness (DL)with a disease of your bowels, until your bowels come out because of the disease, day by day.’”

16 (DM)And the Lord stirred up against Jehoram the anger[j] of the Philistines and of (DN)the Arabians who are near the Ethiopians. 17 And they came up against Judah and invaded it and carried away all the possessions they found that belonged to the king's house, and also his sons and his wives, so that no son was left to him except (DO)Jehoahaz, his youngest son.

18 And after all this the Lord struck him (DP)in his bowels with an incurable disease. 19 In the course of time, at the end of two years, his bowels came out because of the disease, and he died in great agony. His people made no fire in his honor, (DQ)like the fires made for his fathers. 20 (DR)He was thirty-two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem. And he departed (DS)with no one's regret. (DT)They buried him in the city of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.

Ahaziah Reigns in Judah

22 (DU)And the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah, his youngest son, king in his place, for the band of men that came with (DV)the Arabians to the camp had killed all the older sons. So Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah reigned. Ahaziah was twenty-two[k] years old when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Athaliah, (DW)the granddaughter of Omri. He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother was his counselor in doing wickedly. He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, as the house of Ahab had done. For after the death of his father they were his counselors, to his undoing. He even followed their counsel and went with Jehoram the son of Ahab king of Israel to make war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramoth-gilead. And the Syrians wounded Joram, and he returned to be healed in Jezreel of the wounds that he had received at Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. And Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was wounded.

But it was ordained by[l] God that the downfall of Ahaziah should come about through his going to visit Joram. For when he came there, (DX)he went out with Jehoram to meet Jehu the son of Nimshi, (DY)whom the Lord had anointed to destroy the house of Ahab. (DZ)And when Jehu was (EA)executing judgment on the house of Ahab, he met the princes of Judah and the sons of Ahaziah's brothers, who attended Ahaziah, and he killed them. (EB)He searched for Ahaziah, and he was captured while hiding in Samaria, and he was brought to Jehu and put to death. (EC)They buried him, for they said, “He is the grandson of Jehoshaphat, (ED)who sought the Lord with all his heart.” And the house of Ahaziah had no one able to rule the kingdom.

Athaliah Reigns in Judah

10 (EE)Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal family of the house of Judah. 11 But Jehoshabeath,[m] the daughter of the king, took Joash the son of Ahaziah and stole him away from among the king's sons who were about to be put to death, and she put him and his nurse in a bedroom. Thus Jehoshabeath, the daughter of King Jehoram and wife of Jehoiada the priest, because she was a sister of Ahaziah, hid him[n] from Athaliah, so that she did not put him to death. 12 And he remained with them six years, hidden in the house of God, while Athaliah reigned over the land.

Joash Made King

23 (EF)But in the seventh year Jehoiada took courage and entered into a covenant with the commanders of hundreds, Azariah the son of Jeroham, Ishmael the son of Jehohanan, Azariah the son of Obed, Maaseiah the son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat the son of Zichri. And they went about through (EG)Judah and gathered the Levites from all the cities of Judah, and the heads of fathers' houses of Israel, and they came to Jerusalem. And all the assembly made a covenant with the king in the house of God. And Jehoiada[o] said to them, “Behold, the king's son! Let him reign, (EH)as the Lord spoke concerning the sons of David. This is the thing that you shall do: (EI)of you priests and Levites who come off duty on the Sabbath, one third shall be gatekeepers, and one third shall be at the king's house and one third at the Gate of the Foundation. And all the people shall be in the courts of the house of the Lord. Let no one enter the house of the Lord except the priests (EJ)and ministering Levites. They may enter, for they are holy, but all the people shall keep the charge of the Lord. The Levites shall surround the king, each with his weapons in his hand. And whoever enters the house shall be put to death. Be with the king when he comes in and when he goes out.”

The Levites and all Judah did according to all that Jehoiada the priest commanded, and they each brought his men, who were to go off duty on the Sabbath, with those who were to come on duty on the Sabbath, for Jehoiada the priest did not dismiss (EK)the divisions. And Jehoiada the priest gave to the captains the spears and the large and small shields that had been King David's, which were in the house of God. 10 And he set all the people as a guard for the king, every man with his weapon in his hand, from the south side of the house to the north side of the house, around the altar and the house. 11 Then they brought out the king's son and put the crown on him and gave him (EL)the testimony. And they proclaimed him king, and Jehoiada and his sons anointed him, and they said, (EM)“Long live the king.”

Athaliah Executed

12 When Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and praising the king, she went into the house of the Lord to the people. 13 And when she looked, there was the king standing by his pillar at the entrance, and the captains and the trumpeters beside the king, and all the people of the land rejoicing and blowing trumpets, and the singers with their musical instruments leading in the celebration. And Athaliah tore her clothes and cried, “Treason! Treason!” 14 Then Jehoiada the priest brought out the captains who were set over the army, saying to them, “Bring her out between the ranks, and anyone who follows her is to be put to death with the sword.” For the priest said, “Do not put her to death in the house of the Lord.” 15 So they laid hands on her,[p] and she went into the entrance of (EN)the horse gate of the king's house, and they put her to death there.

Jehoiada's Reforms

16 And Jehoiada made a covenant between himself and all the people and the king that they should be the Lord's people. 17 Then all the people went to the house of Baal and tore it down; his altars and his images they broke in pieces, (EO)and they killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. 18 And Jehoiada posted watchmen for the house of the Lord under the direction of (EP)the Levitical priests and the Levites (EQ)whom David had organized to be in charge of the house of the Lord, to offer burnt offerings to the Lord, (ER)as it is written in the Law of Moses, with rejoicing and with singing, (ES)according to the order of David. 19 He stationed (ET)the gatekeepers at the gates of the house of the Lord so that no one should enter who was in any way unclean. 20 And he took the captains, the nobles, the governors of the people, and all the people of the land, and they brought the king down from the house of the Lord, marching (EU)through the upper gate to the king's house. And they set the king on the royal throne. 21 So all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was quiet after Athaliah had been put to death with the sword.

Joash Repairs the Temple

24 (EV)Joash[q] was seven years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Zibiah of Beersheba. (EW)And Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all the days of Jehoiada the priest. Jehoiada got for him two wives, and he had sons and daughters.

After this Joash (EX)decided to (EY)restore the house of the Lord. And he gathered the priests and the Levites and said to them, “Go out to the cities of (EZ)Judah and gather from all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year, and see that you act quickly.” But the Levites did not act quickly. So the king summoned Jehoiada the chief and said to him, “Why have you not required the Levites to bring in from Judah and Jerusalem (FA)the tax levied by Moses, the servant of the Lord, and the congregation of Israel for (FB)the tent of testimony?” For (FC)the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken into the house of God, and had also used all (FD)the dedicated things of the house of the Lord for the Baals.

So the king commanded, and they made a chest and set it outside the gate of the house of the Lord. And (FE)proclamation was made throughout Judah and Jerusalem to bring in for the Lord (FF)the tax that Moses the servant of God laid on Israel in the wilderness. 10 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced and brought their tax and dropped it into the chest until they had finished.[r] 11 And whenever the chest was brought to the king's officers by the Levites, when they saw that there was much money in it, the king's secretary and the officer of the chief priest would come and empty the chest and take it and return it to its place. Thus they did day after day, and collected money in abundance. 12 And the king and Jehoiada gave it to those who had charge of the work of the house of the Lord, and they hired masons and carpenters to restore the house of the Lord, and also workers in iron and bronze to repair the house of the Lord. 13 So those who were engaged in the work labored, and the repairing went forward in their hands, and they restored the house of God to its proper condition and strengthened it. 14 And when they had finished, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada, and with it (FG)were made utensils for the house of the Lord, both for the service and for the burnt offerings, and dishes for incense and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the Lord regularly all the days of Jehoiada.

15 But Jehoiada grew old and full of days, and died. He was 130 years old at his death. 16 And they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done good in Israel, and toward God and his house.

17 Now after the death of Jehoiada the princes of Judah came and paid homage to the king. Then the king listened to them. 18 And they abandoned the house of the Lord, the God of their fathers, and served (FH)the Asherim and the idols. And (FI)wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this guilt of theirs. 19 (FJ)Yet he sent prophets among them to bring them back to the Lord. (FK)These testified against them, but they would not pay attention.

Joash's Treachery

20 (FL)Then the Spirit of God clothed Zechariah (FM)the son of Jehoiada the priest, and he stood above the people, and said to them, “Thus says God, (FN)‘Why do you break the commandments of the Lord, so that you cannot prosper? (FO)Because you have forsaken the Lord, he has forsaken you.’” 21 But (FP)they conspired against him, (FQ)and by command of the king they stoned him with stones in the court of the house of the Lord. 22 Thus Joash the king did not remember the kindness that Jehoiada, Zechariah's father, had shown him, but killed his son. And when he was dying, he said, “May the Lord see (FR)and avenge!”[s]

Joash Assassinated

23 At the end of the year (FS)the army of the Syrians came up against Joash. They came to Judah and Jerusalem and destroyed all the princes of the people from among the people and sent all their spoil to the king of Damascus. 24 Though the army of the Syrians had come with few men, (FT)the Lord delivered into their hand a very great army, (FU)because Judah[t] had forsaken the Lord, the God of their fathers. Thus they (FV)executed judgment on Joash.

25 When they had departed from him, leaving him (FW)severely wounded, (FX)his servants conspired against him because of the blood of (FY)the son[u] of Jehoiada the priest, and killed him on his bed. So he died, and they buried him in the city of David, (FZ)but they did not bury him in the tombs of the kings. 26 Those who conspired against him were Zabad the son of Shimeath the Ammonite, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith the Moabite. 27 Accounts of his sons and of the many oracles against him and of (GA)the rebuilding[v] of the house of God are written in the (GB)Story[w] of the Book of the Kings. And Amaziah his son reigned in his place.

Footnotes

  1. 2 Chronicles 18:33 Hebrew in his innocence
  2. 2 Chronicles 19:11 Hebrew the good
  3. 2 Chronicles 20:1 Compare 26:7; Hebrew Ammonites
  4. 2 Chronicles 20:2 One Hebrew manuscript; most Hebrew manuscripts Aram (Syria)
  5. 2 Chronicles 20:9 Or the sword of judgment
  6. 2 Chronicles 20:14 Or was
  7. 2 Chronicles 20:24 Hebrew they
  8. 2 Chronicles 20:26 Beracah means blessing
  9. 2 Chronicles 21:2 That is, Judah
  10. 2 Chronicles 21:16 Hebrew spirit
  11. 2 Chronicles 22:2 See 2 Kings 8:26; Hebrew forty-two; Septuagint twenty
  12. 2 Chronicles 22:7 Hebrew was from
  13. 2 Chronicles 22:11 Spelled Jehosheba in 2 Kings 11:2
  14. 2 Chronicles 22:11 That is, Joash
  15. 2 Chronicles 23:3 Hebrew he
  16. 2 Chronicles 23:15 Or they made a passage for her
  17. 2 Chronicles 24:1 Spelled Jehoash in 2 Kings 12:1
  18. 2 Chronicles 24:10 Or until it was full
  19. 2 Chronicles 24:22 Or and require it
  20. 2 Chronicles 24:24 Hebrew they
  21. 2 Chronicles 24:25 Septuagint, Vulgate; Hebrew sons
  22. 2 Chronicles 24:27 Hebrew founding
  23. 2 Chronicles 24:27 Or Exposition

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