11When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziahsaw that her son was dead, she rose and destroyedall the royalaoffspring.
But Jehosheba, the daughter of KingJoram, sister of Ahaziah, 2tookJoash the son of Ahaziah and stole him from among the king'ssons who were being put to death, and placed him and his nurse in the bedroom . So they hid him from Athaliah, and he was not put to death.
So he was hidden with her in the house of the LORDsixyears, while Athaliah was reigningover the land.
43Now in the seventhyearJehoiadasent and brought the captains of hundreds of 4the Carites and of the bguard, and brought them to him in the house of the LORD. Then he made a covenant with them and put them underoath in the house of the LORD, and showed them the king'sson.
He commanded them, saying, "This is the thing that you shall do : 5one third of you, who come in on the sabbath and keepwatch over the king'shouse6
(one third also shall be at the gateSur, and one third at the gatebehind the cguards ), dshall keepwatch over the house for defense.
7"Twoparts of you, even all who go out on the sabbath, shall also keepwatch over the house of the LORD for the king.
"Then you shall surround the king, each with his weapons in his hand ; and whoever comeswithin the ranks shall be put to death. And 6be with the king when he goes out and when he comes in."
So the captains of hundreds7did according to all that Jehoiada the priestcommanded. And eachone of them took his men who were to come in on the sabbath, with those who were to go out on the sabbath, and came to Jehoiada the priest.
108The priestgave to the captains of hundreds the spears and shields that had been KingDavid's, which were in the house of the LORD.
The eguardsstoodeach with his weapons in his hand, from the rightfside of the house to the leftgside of the house, by the altar and by the house, around the king.
Then he brought the king'sson out and 9put the crown on him and gave him 10the testimony ; and they made him king and anointed him, and they clapped their hands and said, "11Long live the king !"
1312When Athaliahheard the noise of the guard and of the people, she came to the people in the house of the LORD.
She looked and behold, the king was standing13by the pillar, according to the custom, with the captains and the htrumpetersbeside the king ; and 14all the people of the landrejoiced and blewtrumpets. Then Athaliah15tore her clothes and cried, "16Treason ! Treason !"
And Jehoiada the priestcommanded the captains of hundreds who were appointed over the army and said to them, "Bring her out ibetween the ranks, and whoever follows her put to death with the sword." For the priestsaid, "Let her not be put to death in the house of the LORD."
So they jseized her, and when she arrived at the horses'entrance of the king'shouse, she was 17put to deaththere.
Then 18Jehoiadamade a covenantbetween the LORD and the king and the people, that they would be the LORD'Speople, also 19between the king and the people.
18All the people of the landwent to 20the house of Baal, and tore it down ; 21his altars and his images they broke in piecesthoroughly, and 22killedMattan the priest of Baalbefore the altars. And the priestappointedkofficersover the house of the LORD.
He took the captains of hundreds and the 23Carites and the lguards and all the people of the land ; and they brought the kingdown from the house of the LORD, and came by the way of 24the gate of the mguards to the king'shouse. And he sat on the throne of the kings.
So 25all the people of the landrejoiced and the city was quiet. For they had putAthaliah to death with the sword at the king'shouse.
21n26Jehoash was sevenyearsold when he becameking.