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2 Kings

JOASH king of Judah.  2Kgs.12.1-21 835/34bce (Judah) - 2Chr.24.1-16

1In the seventh year of Jehu Jehoash began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Zibiah of Beer-sheba. 2And Jehoash did what was right in the eyes of Yahweh all his days, because Jehoiada the priest instructed him. 3Nevertheless the high places were not taken away; the people continued to sacrifice and burn incense on the high places.

4Jehoash said to the priests, "All the money of the holy things which is brought into the house of Yahweh, the money for which each man is assessed - the money from the assessment of persons - and the money which a man's heart prompts him to bring into the house of Yahweh, 5let the priests take, each from his acquaintance; and let them repair the house wherever any need of repairs is discovered." 6But by the twenty-third year of King Jehoash the priests had made no repairs on the house. 7Therefore King Jehoash summoned Jehoiada the priest and the other priests and said to them, "Why are you not repairing the house? Now therefore take no more money from your acquaintances, but hand it over for the repair of the house." 8So the priests agreed that they should take no more money from the people, and that they should not repair the house.

9Then Jehoiada the priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid of it, and set it beside the altar on the right side as one entered the house of Yahweh; and the priests who guarded the threshold put in it all the money that was brought into the house of Yahweh. 10And whenever they saw that there was much money in the chest, the king's secretary and the high priest came up and they counted and tied up in bags the money that was found in the house of Yahweh. 11Then they would give the money that was weighed out into the hands of the workmen who had the oversight of the house of Yahweh; and they paid it out to the carpenters and the builders who worked upon the house of Yahweh, 12and to the masons and the stonecutters, as well as to buy timber and quarried stone for making repairs on the house of Yahweh, and for any outlay upon the repairs of the house. 13But there were not made for the house of Yahweh basins of silver, snuffers, bowls, trumpets, or any vessels of gold, or of silver, from the money that was brought into the house of Yahweh, 14for that was given to the workmen who were repairing the house of Yahweh with it. 15And they did not ask an accounting from the men into whose hand they delivered the money to pay out to the workmen, for they dealt honestly. 16The money from the guilt offerings and the money from the sin offerings was not brought into the house of Yahweh; it belonged to the priests.

17At that time Hazael king of Syria went up and fought against Gath, and took it. But when Hazael set his face to go up against Jerusalem, 18Jehoash king of Judah took all the votive gifts that Jehoshaphat and Jehoram and Ahaziah, his fathers, the kings of Judah, had dedicated, and his own votive gifts, and all the gold that was found in the treasuries of the house of Yahweh and of the king's house, and sent these to Hazael king of Syria. Then Hazael went away from Jerusalem.

19Now the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 20His servants arose and made a conspiracy, and slew Joash in the house of Millo, on the way that goes down to Silla. 21It was Jozacar the son of Shimeath and Jehozabad the son of Shomer, his servants, who struck him down, so that he died. And they buried him with his fathers in the city of David, and Amaziah his son reigned in his stead.


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