1Joash was sevenyearsold when he began to reign , and he reignedfortyyears in Jerusalem. His mother'sname also was Zibiah of Beersheba.2
And Joashdid that which was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.3
And Jehoiadatook for him twowives; and he begatsons and daughters.4
And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to repaira the house of the LORD.5
And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said to them, Go out unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all Israelmoney to repair the house of your Godfromyear to year, and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the Leviteshastened it not.
And the kingcalled for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto him, Why hast thou not required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, according to the commandment of Moses the servant of the LORD, and of the congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness?7
For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the house of the LORD did they bestow upon Baalim.8
And at the king'scommandment they madeachest, and set it without at the gate of the house of the LORD.9
And they made a proclamationb through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in to the LORD the collection that Moses the servant of God laid upon Israel in the wilderness.10
And all the princes and all the peoplerejoiced , and brought in , and cast into the chest, until they had made an end .
Now it came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought unto the king'soffice by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there was muchmoney, the king'sscribe and the highpriest'sofficercame and emptied the chest, and took it, and carried it to his placeagain . Thus they didday by day, and gatheredmoney in abundance.