When Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and cheering the king, she went to them at the temple of the LORD.
She looked, and there was the king,1 standing by his pillar2 at the entrance. The officers and the trumpeters were beside the king, and all the people of the land were rejoicing and blowing trumpets, and singers with musical instruments were leading the praises. Then Athaliah tore her robes and shouted, "Treason! Treason!"
Jehoiada the priest sent out the commanders of units of a hundred, who were in charge of the troops, and said to them: "Bring her out between the ranksa and put to the sword anyone who follows her." For the priest had said, "Do not put her to death at the temple of the LORD."
So they seized her as she reached the entrance of the Horse Gate3 on the palace grounds, and there they put her to death.