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2 Chronicles 24:21 ASV
And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of Jehovah.
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2 Chronicles 24:21 BBE
But when they had made a secret design against him, he was stoned with stones, by the king's order, in the outer square of the Lord's house.
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2 Chronicles 24:21 CEB
But the people plotted against Zechariah, and at the king's command stoned him to death in the courtyard of the LORD's temple.
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2 Chronicles 24:21 CJB
But they conspired against him and stoned him to death at the order of the king in the courtyard of the house of ADONAI.
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2 Chronicles 24:21 RHE
And they gathered themselves together against him, and stoned him at the king’s commandment in the court of the house of the Lord.
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2 Chronicles 24:21 ESV
But they conspired against him, and by command of the king they stoned him with stones in the court of the house of the LORD.
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2 Chronicles 24:21 GW
But they plotted against Zechariah, and by the king's order they stoned him to death in the courtyard of the LORD's temple.
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2 Chronicles 24:21 GNT
King Joash joined in a conspiracy against Zechariah, and on the king's orders the people stoned Zechariah in the Temple courtyard.
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2 Chronicles 24:21 HNV
They conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the mitzvah of the king in the court of the house of the LORD.
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2 Chronicles 24:21 CSB
But they conspired against him and stoned him at the king's command in the courtyard of the Lord's temple.
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2 Chronicles 24:21 KJV
And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the LORD.
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2 Chronicles 24:21 LEB
Then they conspired against him and stoned him [with] stones at the command of the king in the courtyard of the house of Yahweh.
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2 Chronicles 24:21 NAS
So they conspired against him and at the command of the king they stoned him to death in the court of the house of the LORD .
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2 Chronicles 24:21 NCV
But the king and his officers made plans against Zechariah. At the king's command they threw stones at him in the courtyard of the Temple of the Lord until he died.
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2 Chronicles 24:21 NIRV
But the people made evil plans against Zechariah. The king ordered them to kill Zechariah by throwing stones at him. They did it in the courtyard of the LORD's temple.
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2 Chronicles 24:21 NIV
But they plotted against him, and by order of the king they stoned him to death in the courtyard of the LORD's temple.
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2 Chronicles 24:21 NKJV
So they conspired against him, and at the command of the king they stoned him with stones in the court of the house of the Lord.
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2 Chronicles 24:21 NLT
Then the leaders plotted to kill Zechariah, and by order of King Joash himself, they stoned him to death in the courtyard of the LORD's Temple.
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2 Chronicles 24:21 NRS
But they conspired against him, and by command of the king they stoned him to death in the court of the house of the Lord.
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2 Chronicles 24:21 RSV
But they conspired against him, and by command of the king they stoned him with stones in the court of the house of the LORD.
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2 Chronicles 24:21 DBY
And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the command of the king in the court of the house of Jehovah.
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2 Chronicles 24:21 MSG
But they worked out a plot against Zechariah, and with the complicity of the king - he actually gave the order! - they murdered him, pelting him with rocks, right in the court of The Temple of God.
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2 Chronicles 24:21 WBT
And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the LORD.
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2 Chronicles 24:21 TMB
And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the LORD.
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2 Chronicles 24:21 TNIV
But they plotted against him, and by order of the king they stoned him to death in the courtyard of the LORD's temple.
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2 Chronicles 24:21 WEB
They conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of Yahweh.
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2 Chronicles 24:21 WYC
Which were gathered together against him, and casted stones (at him), by commandment of the king, in the large place of the house of the Lord. (And they gathered together against him, and threw stones at him, by the command of the king, in the courtyard of the House of the Lord.)
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2 Chronicles 24:21 YLT
And they conspire against him, and stone him with stones by the command of the king, in the court of the house of Jehovah,
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2 Chronicles 24 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 24

Joash, of Judah, The temple repaired. (1-14) Joash falls into idolatry, He is slain by his servants. (15-27)

Verses 1-14 Joash is more zealous about the repair of the temple than Jehoiada himself. It is easier to build temples, than to be temples to God. But the repairing of places for public worship is a good work, which all should promote. And many a good work would be done that now lies undone, if active men would put it forward.

Verses 15-27 See what a great judgment on any prince or people, the death of godly, zealous, useful men is. See how necessary it is that we act in religion from inward principle. Then the loss of a parent, a minister, or a friend, will not be losing our religion. Often both princes and inferior people have been flattered to their ruin. True grace alone will enable a man to bring forth fruit unto the end. Zechariah, the son of Jehoiada, being filled with the Spirit of prophecy, stood up, and told the people of their sin. This is the work of ministers, by the word of God, as a lamp and a light, to discover the sin of men, and expound the providences of God. They stoned Zechariah to death in the court of the house of the Lord. Observe the dying martyr's words: The Lord look upon it, and require it! This came not from a spirit of revenge, but a spirit of prophecy. God smote Joash with great diseases, of body, or mind, or both, before the Syrians departed from him. If vengeance pursue men, the end of one trouble will be but the beginning of another. His own servants slew him. These judgments are called the burdens laid upon him, for the wrath of God is a heavy burden, too heavy for any man to bear. May God help us to take warning, to be upright in heart, and to persevere in his ways to the end.

2 Chronicles 24 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 24

2 Chronicles 24:1-14 . JOASH REIGNS WELL ALL THE DAYS OF JEHOIADA.

1-3. Joash . . . began to

3. Jehoiada took for him two wives--As Jehoiada was now too old to contract such new alliances, the generality of interpreters apply this statement to the young king.

4-14. Joash was minded to repair the house of the

2 Chronicles 24:15 2 Chronicles 24:16 . JEHOIADA BEING DEAD.

15, 16. Jehoiada waxed old . . . and died--His life, protracted to unusual longevity and spent in the service of his country, deserved some tribute of public gratitude, and this was rendered in the posthumous honors that were bestowed on him. Among the Hebrews, intramural interment was prohibited in every city but Jerusalem, and there the exception was made only to the royal family and persons of eminent merit, on whom the distinction was conferred of being buried in the city of David, among the kings, as in the case of Jehoiada.

2 Chronicles 24:17-22 . JOASH FALLS INTO IDOLATRY.

17-22. Now came the princes of Judah, and make obeisance to the king--Hitherto, while Joash occupied the throne, his uncle had held the reins of sovereign power, and by his excellent counsels had directed the young king to such measures as were calculated to promote both the civil and religious interests of the country. The fervent piety, practical wisdom, and inflexible firmness of that sage counsellor exerted immense influence over all classes. But now that the helm of the state-ship was no longer steered by the sound head and firm hand of the venerable high priest, the real merits of Joash's administration appear; and for want of good and enlightened principle, as well as, perhaps, of natural energy of character, he allowed himself to be borne onward in a course which soon wrecked the vessel upon hidden rocks.
the king hearkened unto them-- They were secretly attached to idolatry, and their elevated rank affords sad proof how extensively and deeply the nation had become corrupted during the reigns of Jehoram, Ahaziah, and Athaliah. With strong professions of allegiance they humbly requested that they might not be subjected to the continued necessity of frequent and expensive journeys to Jerusalem, but allowed the privilege their fathers had enjoyed of worshipping God in high places at home. They framed their petition in this plausible and least offensive manner, well knowing that, if excused attendance at the temple, they might--without risk of discovery or disturbance--indulge their tastes in the observance of any private rites they pleased. The weak-minded king granted their petition; and the consequence was, that when they left the house of the Lord God of their fathers, they soon "served groves and idols."

18. wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem--The particular mention of Jerusalem as involved in the sin implies that the neglect of the temple and the consequent idolatry received not only the king's toleration, but his sanction; and it naturally occurs to ask how, at his mature age, such a total abandonment of a place with which all his early recollections were associated can be accounted for. It has been suggested that what he had witnessed of the conduct of many of the priests in the careless performance of the worship, and especially their unwillingness to collect the money, as well as apply a portion of their revenues for the repairs of the temple, had alienated and disgusted him [LE CLERC].

19. Yet he sent prophets--Elisha, Micah, Jehu son of Hanani, Jahaziel son of Zechariah ( 2 Chronicles 20:14 ), Eliezer son of Dodavah ( 2 Chronicles 20:37 ), lived and taught at that time. But all their prophetic warnings and denunciations were unheeded.

20, 21. the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada--probably a younger son, for his name does not occur in the list of Aaron's successors ( 1 Chronicles 6:4-47 ).
stood above the people--Being of the priestly order, he spoke from the inner court, which was considerably higher than that of the people.
and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the Lord, that ye cannot prosper, &c.--His near relationship to the king might have created a feeling of delicacy and reluctance to interfere; but at length he, too, was prompted by an irresistible impulse to protest against the prevailing impiety. The bold freedom and energy of [Zechariah's] remonstrance, as well as his denunciation of the national calamities that would certainly follow, were most unpalatable to the king; while they so roused the fierce passions of the multitude that a band of miscreants, at the secret instigation of Joash, stoned him to death. This deed of violence involved complicated criminality on the part of the king. It was a horrid outrage on a prophet of the Lord--base ingratitude to a family who had preserved his life--atrocious treatment of a true Hebrew patriot--an illegal and unrighteous exercise of his power and authority as a king.

22. when he died, he said, The Lord look upon it and require it--These dying words, if they implied a vindictive imprecation, exhibit a striking contrast to the spirit of the first Christian martyr ( Acts 7:60 ). But, instead of being the expression of a personal wish, they might be the utterance of a prophetic doom.

2 Chronicles 24:23-27 . HE IS SLAIN BY HIS SERVANTS.

23. at the end of the year the host of Syria came up--This invasion took place under the personal conduct of Hazael, whom Joash, to save the miseries of a siege, prevailed on to withdraw his forces by a large present of gold ( 2 Kings 12:18 ). Most probably, also, he promised the payment of an annual tribute, on the neglect or refusal of which the Syrians returned the following year, and with a mere handful of men inflicted a total and humiliating defeat on the collected force of the Hebrews.

25. they left him in great diseases--The close of his life was embittered by a painful malady, which long confined him to bed.
his own servants conspired against him--These two conspirators (whose fathers were Jews, but their mothers aliens) were probably courtiers, who, having constant access to the bedchamber, could the more easily execute their design.
for the blood of the sons--read "the son" of Jehoiada. Public opinion seems to have ascribed the disasters of his life and reign to that foul crime. And as the king had long lost the esteem and respect of his subjects, neither horror nor sorrow was expressed for his miserable end!