11Joash was sevenyearsold when he becameking, and he reignedfortyyears in Jerusalem; and his mother'sname was Zibiah from Beersheba.
22Joashdid what was right in the sight of the LORDall the days of Jehoiada the priest.
3Jehoiadatooktwowives for him, and he became the father of sons and daughters.
Now it came about afterthis that Joashadecided3to restore the house of the LORD.
He gathered the priests and Levites and said to them, "Go out to the cities of Judah and collectmoney from all4Israel to brepair the house of your Godcannually , and you shall do the matterquickly." But the Levites did not actquickly.
So the kingsummonedJehoiada the chief priest and said to him, "Why have you not required the Levites to bring in from Judah and from Jerusalem5the levy fixed by Moses the servant of the LORD on the congregation of Israel6for the tent of the testimony?"
For 7the sons of the wickedAthaliah had broken into the house of God and evendused the holythings of the house of the LORD for the Baals.
So the kingcommanded, and 8they made a chest and set it outside by the gate of the house of the LORD.
99They made a proclamation in Judah and Jerusalem to bring to the LORD10the levy fixed by Moses the servant of God on Israel in the wilderness.
10All the officers and all the peoplerejoiced and brought in their levies and edropped them into the chestuntil they had finished.
It came about whenever the chest was brought in to the king'sofficer by the Levites, and when 11they saw that there was muchmoney, then the king'sscribe and the chiefpriest'sofficer would come, empty the chest, take it, and return it to its place. Thus they diddaily and collectedmuchmoney.
The king and Jehoiadagave it to those who did the work of the service of the house of the LORD; and they hiredmasons and carpenters to restore the house of the LORD, and alsoworkers in iron and bronze to frepair the house of the LORD.
So the workmenlabored, and the repairworkprogressed in their hands, and they grestored the house of Godhaccording to its specifications and strengthened it.
When they had finished, they brought the rest of the moneybefore the king and Jehoiada; and it was made into utensils for the house of the LORD, utensils for the service and the burntoffering, and pans and utensils of gold and silver. And they offeredburntofferings in the house of the LORDcontinuallyall the days of Jehoiada.
Now when Jehoiadaireached a ripeoldage he died; he was one hundred and thirtyyearsold at his death.
They buried him 12in the city of Davidamong the kings, because he had donewell in 13Israel and jto God and His house.
But after the death of Jehoiada the officials of Judahcame and boweddown to the king, and the kinglistened to them.
They abandoned14the house of the LORD, the God of their fathers, and 15served the kAsherim and the idols; so 16wrathcame upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their guilt.
Yet 17He sentprophets to them to bring them back to the LORD; though they testified against them, they would not listen.
2018Then the Spirit of Godlcame on Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest; and he stoodabove the people and said to them, "ThusGod has said, '19Why do you transgress the commandments of the LORD and do not prosper? 20Because you have forsaken the LORD, He has also forsaken you.' "
So 21they conspiredagainst him and at the command of the king they stoned him mto death in the court of the house of the LORD.
Thus Joash the king did not remember the kindnesswhich his fatherJehoiada had shown him, but he murdered his son. And as he died he said, "May 22the LORDsee and navenge!"
Now it happened at the turn of the year that 23the army of the Arameanscame up against him; and they came to Judah and Jerusalem, destroyedall the officials of the people from among the people, and sentall their spoil to the king of Damascus.
24Indeed the army of the Arameanscame with a small number of men; yet 24the LORDdelivered a verygreatarmy into their hands, 25because they had forsaken the LORD, the God of their fathers. Thus they executedjudgment on Joash.
2526When they had departed from him (for they left him verysick ), his own servantsconspiredagainst him because of the blood of the oson of Jehoiada the priest, and murdered him on his bed. So he died, and they buried him in the city of David, but they did not bury him in the tombs of the kings.
Now these are those who conspiredagainst him: Zabad the son of Shimeath the Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith the Moabitess.
As to his sons and the manyporaclesagainst him and 27the qrebuilding of the house of God, behold, they are written in the r28treatise of the Book of the Kings. Then Amaziah his sonbecameking in his place.