Although the LORD sent prophets to the people to bring them back to him, and though they testified against them, they would not listen.120
Then the Spirit2 of God came upon Zechariah3 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.4 Because you have forsaken the LORD, he has forsaken5 you.' "
But they plotted against him, and by order of the king they stoned6 him to death7 in the courtyard of the LORD's temple.822
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."9