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 2 Chronicles 24
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   Book of 2 ChroniclesClick Verse Reference for Study Notes
    24:1-27 - Study Chapter  - Click for Chapter Audio

Young Joash Influenced by Jehoiada

1 Joash R437 was seven years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem; and his mother's name was Zibiah from Beersheba. 2 Joash R438 did what was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest. 3 Jehoiada took two wives for him, and he became the father of sons and daughters.

Faithless Priests

4 Now it came about after this that Joash decided F207 to R439 restore the house of the LORD. 5 He gathered the priests and Levites and said to them, "Go out to the cities of Judah and collect money from all Israel R440 to repair F208 the house of your God annually, F209 and you shall do the matter quickly." But the Levites did not act quickly. 6 So the king summoned Jehoiada the chief priest and said to him, "Why have you not required the Levites to bring in from Judah and from Jerusalem the R441 levy fixed by Moses the servant of the LORD on the congregation of Israel for R442 the tent of the testimony?" 7 For the R443 sons of the wicked Athaliah had broken into the house of God and even used F210 the holy things of the house of the LORD for the Baals.

Temple Repaired

8 So the king commanded, and they R444 made a chest and set it outside by the gate of the house of the LORD. 9 They R445 made a proclamation in Judah and Jerusalem to bring to the LORD the R446 levy fixed by Moses the servant of God on Israel in the wilderness. 10 All the officers and all the people rejoiced and brought in their levies and dropped F211 them into the chest until they had finished. 11 It came about whenever the chest was brought in to the king's officer by the Levites, and when they R447 saw that there was much money, then the king's scribe and the chief priest's officer would come, empty the chest, take it, and return it to its place. Thus they did daily and collected much money. 12 The king and Jehoiada gave it to those who did the work of the service 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 F212 the house of the LORD. 13 So the workmen labored, and the repair work progressed in their hands, and they restored F213 the house of God according F214 to its specifications and strengthened it. 14 When they had finished, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada; and it was made into utensils for the house of the LORD, utensils for the service and the burnt offering, and pans and utensils of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the LORD continually all the days of Jehoiada.

15 Now when Jehoiada reached F215 a ripe old age he died; he was one hundred and thirty years old at his death. 16 They buried him in R448 the city of David among the kings, because he had done well in Israel R449 and to F216 God and His house.

17 But after the death of Jehoiada the officials of Judah came and bowed down to the king, and the king listened to them. 18 They abandoned the R450 house of the LORD, the God of their fathers, and served R451 the Asherim F217 and the idols; so wrath R452 came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their guilt. 19 Yet He R453 sent prophets to them to bring them back to the LORD; though they testified against them, they would not listen.

Joash Murders Son of Jehoiada

20 Then R454 the Spirit of God came F218 on Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest; and he stood above the people and said to them, "Thus God has said, `Why R455 do you transgress the commandments of the LORD and do not prosper? Because R456 you have forsaken the LORD, He has also forsaken you.' " 21 So they R457 conspired against him and at the command of the king they stoned him to F219 death in the court of the house of the LORD. 22 Thus Joash the king did not remember the kindness which his father Jehoiada had shown him, but he murdered his son. And as he died he said, "May the R458 LORD see and avenge!" F220

Aram Invades and Defeats Judah

23 Now it happened at the turn of the year that the R459 army of the Arameans came up against him; and they came to Judah and Jerusalem, destroyed all the officials of the people from among the people, and sent all their spoil to the king of Damascus. 24 Indeed the army of the Arameans came with a small number of men; yet the R460 LORD delivered a very great army into their hands, because R461 they had forsaken the LORD, the God of their fathers. Thus they executed judgment on Joash.

25 When R462 they had departed from him (for they left him very sick), his own servants conspired against him because of the blood of the son F221 of Jehoiada the priest, and murdered him on his bed. So he died, and they buried him in the city of David, but they did not bury him in the tombs of the kings. 26 Now these are those who conspired against him: Zabad the son of Shimeath the Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith the Moabitess. 27 As to his sons and the many oracles F222 against him and the R463 rebuilding F223 of the house of God, behold, they are written in the treatise R464 F224 of the Book of the Kings. Then Amaziah his son became king in his place.

F207: Lit was with a heart
F208: Lit to strengthen
F209: Lit from year to year
F210: Lit made
F211: Lit threw
F212: Lit to strengthen
F213: Lit set up
F214: Lit upon its proportion
F215: Lit became old and satisfied with days
F216: Lit with
F217: I.e. wooden symbols of a female deity
F218: Lit clothed
F219: Lit with stones
F220: Lit seek, or require
F221: So some ancient versions; Hebrew sons
F222: Or burdens upon
F223: Lit founding
F224: Hebrew midrash

R437: 2 Kings 11:21; 12:1-15
R438: 2 Chronicles 26:4,5
R439: 2 Chronicles 24:7
R440: 2 Chronicles 21:2
R441: Exodus 30:12-16
R442: Numbers 1:50
R443: 2 Chronicles 21:17
R444: 2 Kings 12:9
R445: 2 Chronicles 36:22
R446: 2 Chronicles 24:6
R447: 2 Kings 12:10
R448: 2 Chronicles 21:20
R449: 2 Chronicles 21:2
R450: 2 Chronicles 24:4
R451: Exodus 34:12-14
R452: Joshua 22:20
R453: Jeremiah 7:25
R454: 2 Chronicles 20:14
R455: Numbers 14:41
R456: 2 Chronicles 15:2
R457: Nehemiah 9:26; Matthew 23:34,35
R458: Genesis 9:5
R459: 2 Kings 12:17
R460: 2 Chronicles 16:7,8
R461: 2 Chronicles 24:20
R462: 2 Kings 12:20,21
R463: 2 Chronicles 24:12
R464: 2 Chronicles 13:22


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