23 In the spring of the year[a] the Aramean army marched against Joash. They invaded Judah and Jerusalem and killed all the leaders of the nation. Then they sent all the plunder back to their king in Damascus.24 Although the Arameans attacked with only a small army, the Lord helped them conquer the much larger army of Judah. The people of Judah had abandoned the Lord, the God of their ancestors, so judgment was carried out against Joash.
25 The Arameans withdrew, leaving Joash severely wounded. But his own officials plotted to kill him for murdering the son[b] of Jehoiada the priest. They assassinated him as he lay in bed. Then he was buried in the City of David, but not in the royal cemetery.26 The assassins were Jozacar,[c] the son of an Ammonite woman named Shimeath, and Jehozabad, the son of a Moabite woman named Shomer.[d]
27 The account of the sons of Joash, the prophecies about him, and the record of his restoration of the Temple of God are written in The Commentary on the Book of the Kings. His son Amaziah became the next king.
24:23Hebrew At the turn of the year. The first day of the year in the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar occurred in March or April.
24:25As in Greek version and Latin Vulgate; Hebrew reads sons.
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