After the death of Jehoiada, the officials of Judah came and paid homage to the king, and he listened to them.
They abandoned1 the temple of the LORD, the God of their fathers, and worshiped Asherah poles and idols.2 Because of their guilt, God's anger3 came upon Judah and Jerusalem.
Although the LORD sent prophets to the people to bring them back to him, and though they testified against them, they would not listen.420
Then the Spirit5 of God came upon Zechariah6 son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood before the people and said, "This is what God says: 'Why do you disobey the LORD's commands? You will not prosper.7 Because you have forsaken the LORD, he has forsaken8 you.' "
But they plotted against him, and by order of the king they stoned9 him to death10 in the courtyard of the LORD's temple.1122
King Joash did not remember the kindness Zechariah's father Jehoiada had shown him but killed his son, who said as he lay dying, "May the LORD see this and call you to account."12