At the king's command, a chest was made and placed outside, at the gate of the temple of the LORD.
A proclamation was then issued in Judah and Jerusalem that they should bring to the LORD the tax that Moses the servant of God had required of Israel in the desert.
All the officials and all the people brought their contributions gladly,1 dropping them into the chest until it was full.
Whenever the chest was brought in by the Levites to the king's officials and they saw that there was a large amount of money, the royal secretary and the officer of the chief priest would come and empty the chest and carry it back to its place. They did this regularly and collected a great amount of money.
The king and Jehoiada gave it to the men who carried out the work required for the temple of the LORD. They hired2 masons and carpenters to restore the LORD's temple, and also workers in iron and bronze to repair the temple.