Does he who fashioned the ear not hear?
    Does he who formed the eye not see?(A)
10 Does he who disciplines(B) nations not punish?
    Does he who teaches(C) mankind lack knowledge?
11 The Lord knows all human plans;(D)
    he knows that they are futile.(E)

12 Blessed is the one you discipline,(F) Lord,
    the one you teach(G) from your law;
13 you grant them relief from days of trouble,(H)
    till a pit(I) is dug for the wicked.
14 For the Lord will not reject his people;(J)
    he will never forsake his inheritance.
15 Judgment will again be founded on righteousness,(K)
    and all the upright in heart(L) will follow it.

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Joash Repairs the Temple(A)

12 [a]In the seventh year of Jehu, Joash[b](B) became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem forty years. His mother’s name was Zibiah; she was from Beersheba. Joash did what was right(C) in the eyes of the Lord all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him. The high places,(D) however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.

Joash said to the priests, “Collect(E) all the money that is brought as sacred offerings(F) to the temple of the Lord—the money collected in the census,(G) the money received from personal vows and the money brought voluntarily(H) to the temple. Let every priest receive the money from one of the treasurers, then use it to repair(I) whatever damage is found in the temple.”

But by the twenty-third year of King Joash the priests still had not repaired the temple. Therefore King Joash summoned Jehoiada the priest and the other priests and asked them, “Why aren’t you repairing the damage done to the temple? Take no more money from your treasurers, but hand it over for repairing the temple.” The priests agreed that they would not collect any more money from the people and that they would not repair the temple themselves.

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  1. 2 Kings 12:1 In Hebrew texts 12:1-21 is numbered 12:2-22.
  2. 2 Kings 12:1 Hebrew Jehoash, a variant of Joash; also in verses 2, 4, 6, 7 and 18

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