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388 Jehoiada maketh Joash king. II. CHRONICLES.

Athaliah is slain. and the sons of the brethren of Ahaziah, 8 So the Levites and all Judah did acthat ministered to Ahaziah, he slew them. cording to all things that Jehoiada the

9 And he sought Ahaziahı : and the priest had commanded, and took every caught him, (tor he was hid in Samaria,) man his men that were to come in on the and brought him to Jehu : and when sabbath, with them that were to go out on they had slain him, they buried him : Be- the sabbath: for Jehoiada the priest discause, said they, he is the son of Jehosha- missed not the courses. phat, who sought the LORD with all his 9 Moreover, Jehoiada the priest delivheart. So the house of Ahaziah had no ered to the captains of hundreds spears, power to keep still the kingdom.

ind bucklers, and shields, that had been 10 & But when Athaliah the mother of || king David's, which were in the house Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she of God. arse, "and destroyed all the seed royal of 10 And he set all the people, every man the hswase of Judah.

having his weapon in his hand, from the 11 But Jehosh beath, the daughter of right side of the temple to the left side of the king, 'cok Joash the son of Ahaziah, the temple, along by the altar and the and st le him from among the king's sons temple, by the king round about. that were slain, and put him and his nurse 11 Then they brought out the king's in a bed-chamber. So Jehoshabeath, the son, and put upon him the crown, and daughter of king Jehoram, the wife of Je- gave him the testimony, and made him hoiad the priest, (for she was the sister of king: And Jehoiada and his sons anointAhazih,) hid him from Athaliah, so that | ed him, and said, God save the king. she slew hiin not.

12 | Now when Athaliah heard the 12 And he was with them hid in the noise of the people running and praising house of God six years : and Athaliah | the king, she came to the people into the reigned over the land.

honse of the LORD: CHAP. XXIII.

13 And she looked, and behold, the king 1 Jehoiada maketh Joash king. 12 Atha- stood at his pillar at the entering in, and

liah is slain. 16 Jehoiada restoreth the the princes and the trumpets by the king : worship of God.

and all the people of the land rejoiced, and AND in blue sementele car lebgiade soinderstruithe firs op etes ieso alle stickers çaptains of hundreds, Azariah the son of taught to sing praisc. Then Athaliah rent Jeroham, and Ishmael the son of Jeho her clothes, and said, Treason, treason ! hanan, and Azariah the son of Obed, 14 Then Jehoiada the priest brought and Maasejah the son of Adaiah, and out the captains of hundreds that were Elishaphat the son of Zichri, into cove- set over the host, and said unto them, nant with him.

Have her forth of the ranges : and whoso 2 And they went about in Judah, and followeth her, let him be slain with the gathered the Levites out of all the cities sword. For the priest said, Slay her not of Judah, and the chief of the fathers of in the house of the LORD. Israel, and they came to Jerusalem. 15 So they laid hands on her; and when

3 And all the congregation made a cov- she was come to the entering of the horse enant with the king in the house of God gate by the king's house, they slew her And he said unto them, Behold, the king's there. son shall reign, as the LORD hath said of 16 | And Jehoiada made a covenant the sons of David.

between him, and between all the people, 4 This is the thing that ye shall do ; and between the king, that they should A third part of you entering on the sab- be the Lord's people. bath, of the priests and of the Levites, 17 Then all the people went to the shall be porters of the doors ;

house of Baal, and brake it down, and 5 And a third part shall be at the king's || brake his altars and his images in pieces, house; and a third part at the gate of the and slew Mattan the priest of Baal before foundation : and all the people shall be in the altars. the courts of the house of the Lord. 18 Also Jehoiada appointed the offices

6 But let none come into the house of of the house of the Lord by the hand of the LORD, save the priests, and they that the priests the Levites, whom David had minister of the Levites; they shall go in, distributed in the house of the LORD, to for they are inoly: but all the people shall offer the burnt-offerings of the LORD, as keep the watch of the Lord.

it is written in the law of Moses, with 7. And the Levites shall compass the rejoicing and with singing, as it was orking round about, every man with his dained by David. weapons in his hand ; and whosoever else 19 And he set the porters at the gates cometh into the house, he shall be put to of the house of the Lord, that none which death; but be ye with the king when lie | wis unclean in any thing should enter in. Cemeth in, and when he goeth out.

20 And he took the captains of hun


Joash's zeal.

CHAP. XXIV. He falleth to idolatry. 389 dreds, and the nobles, and the governors 12 And the king and Jchoiada gave it of the people, and all the people of the to such as did the work of the service of land, and brought down the king from the house of the LORD, anxi hired masons the house of the LORD: and they came ind carpenters to repair the house of the through the high gate into the king's Lord, and also such as wrought iron and house, and set the king upon the throne brass to mend the house of the LORD). of the kingilom.

13 So the workmen wrought, and the 21 And all the people of the land re- work was perfected by them, and thev joiced: and the city was quiet, after that set the house of God in his state, and they had slain Athaliah with the sword. strengthened it. CHAP. XXIV.

14 And when they had finished it, they 1 Joash reigneth well all the days of Je- | brought the rest of the money before the hoiada. 15 Jehoiada being dead, 17 Jo- | king and Jehoiada, whereof were made ash falleth to idolatry. 23 He is slain vessels for the house of the Lord, even

was seven years old when he ressels to minister, and to offer withal; degan to reign, and he reigned forty and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. years in Jerusalein. His mother's name And they offered burnt-offerings in the also was Zibi:th of Beer-sheba.

house of the LORD continually all the 2 And Joash did that which wis right days of Jehoiada. in the sight of the LORD all the days of 15 1 But Jehoiada waxed old, and Jehojada the priest.

was full

days when he died ; an hun3 And Jehoiada took for him two wives; I dred and thirty years old w8 he when and he begat sons and daughters.

he died. 4 And it came to pass after this, that 16 And they buried him in the city of Joash was minded to repair the house of David among the kings, because he had the LORD.

done good in Israel, both toward God, 5 And he gathered trgether the priests and toward his house. and the Levites, and said to them, Go! 17 Now, after the death of Jehoiada cut unto the cities of Indalı, and gather came the princes of Judah, and made of all Israel money to repair the house obeisance to the king. Then the king of your God from year to year, and sce hcarkenerl unto them. that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the 18 And they left the house of the LORD Levites hastened it not.

Gol of their fathers, and served groves 6 And the king called for Jehoiada the and idols : and wrath came upon Judah chief, and said unto him, Why hast thou || and Jerusalem for this their trespass. not required of the Levites to bring in 19 Yet he sent prophets to them, to out of Judah and out of Jerusalem the bring them again unto the Lord; and collection, according to the commandment they testified against them : but they of Moses the servant of the LORD, and of would not give ear. the congregation of Israel, for the taber- 20 And the Spirit of God came upon nacle of witness?

Zechariah the son of Jehciada the priest, 7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked which stool above the people, and said woman, had broken up the house of God; / unto them. Thus saith God, Why transand also all the dedicated things of the gress ye the commandments of the LORD, house of the Lord did they bestow upon that ye cannot prosper? because ye have Baalim.

forsaken the Lord, he hath also forsaken 8 And at the king's commandment you. they made a chest, and set it without at 21 And they conspired against him, the gate of the house of the LORD. and stoned him with stones at the com

9 And they made a proclamation mandment of the king in the court of through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring the house of the Lorn. in to the Lord the collection that Moses 22 Thus Joash the king remembered the servant of God laid upon Israel in not the kindness which Jehoida his fathe wilderness.

ther had done to him, but slew his son, 10 And all the princes and all the people. And when he died, he said, The LORD rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into look upon it, and require it. the chest, until they had made an end. 23 | And it came to pass at the end of

11 Now it came to pass, that at what the year, that the host of Syria caine up une the chest was brought unto the against him : and they came to Judah and king's office by the hand of the Levites, Jerusalem, and destroyed all the princes and when they saw that there will much of the people from aming the people, money, the king's scribe and the high and sent all the spoil of them unto the priest's officer came and emptied the king of Damascus. chest, and took it, and carried it to his 24 For the army of the Syrians camo place again. Thus they did day by day, with a small company of men, and the aul gathered money in abundance, LORD delivered a very great lost itto

390 Joask is slain.

II. CHRONICLES. The Edomites smitien. their hand, because they had forsaken the 8 But if thou wilt go, do it, be strong LORD God of their fathers. So they ex- for the battle: Gail shall make thee fali ccuted judgment against Joash.

before the enemy : for God hath power 25 And when they were departed from to help, and to cast down. huim, (for they left him in great diseases,) 9 And Amaziah said to the man of his own servants conspired against him God, But what shall we do for the hunfor the blood of the sons of Jchoiada the dred talents which I have given to the priest, and siew him on his bed, and he army of Israel? And the man of God died: and they buried him in the city of answered, The LORD is able to give thee David, but they buried him not in the much more than this. sepulchres of the kings.

10 Then Amaziah separated them, to 26 And these are they that conspired I wil, the army that was come to him out against him; Zabad the son of Shimeath of Ephraim, to go home again: wherean Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son fore their anger was greatly kindled aof Shimrith a Moabitess.

gainst Judah, and they returned home 27 | Now concerning his sons, and the in great anger. greatness of the burdens laid upon him, il And Amaziah strengthened himand the repairing of the house of God, self, and led forth his people, and went to behold, they are written in the story of the valley of salt, and smote of the chilthe book of the kings. And Amaziah his dren of Scir ten thousand. son reigned in his stead.

12 And other ten thousand left alive CHAP. XXV.

did the children of Judah carry away 1 Amaziah beginneth to reign well. 3 He captive, and brought them unto the top

ereciteth justice on the traitors. 5 of the rock, and cast them down from flaving hired an army of Israelites the top of the rock, that they all were against the Edomites, ai the word of a broken in pieces. pirophet lie loseih an hundred talents, 139 But the soldiers of the army which and disinisseth them. 11 Heoverthrow Amaziah sent back, that they should not oth the Edomirs. 17 He provoketh go with him to battle, fell upon the citJoash io his overthrow. 25 His reign. ies of Judah, from Samaria even unto 27 Ile is slain by a conspiracy.

Beth-horon, and smote three thousand AMAZIAH he is twenty and five years of them, and took much spois

14 9 Now it came to pass, after that reigned twenty and nine years in Jeruset Amaziah was come from the slaughter lem. And his mother's name wis Jeho- of the Eslomites, that he brought the addan of Jerusalem.

gols of the children of Seir, and set them 2 And he did that which was right in up to be his gods, and bowed down himthe sight of the LORD, but not with a self before them, and burned incense unperfect heart.

to them. 39 Now it came topass, when the king. 15 Wherefore the anger of the LORD dom was established tolim, that heslow's was kindledaguinst Amaziali, and he sent servants that had killed the king his father. unto him a prophet, which said unto him,

4 But he slew not their children, but | Why hast thou sought after the gods of ulid as it is written in the law of the book the people, which could not deliver their of Moses, where the LORD commanded, own people out of thine hand ? saving, The fathers shall not die for the 16 And it came to pass, as he talked children, neitiier shall the children die with him, that the king said unto him, for the fithers, but every man shall die Art thou made of the king's council ? for his own sin.

forbear ; why shouldest thou be smit5 4 Moreover, Amaziah gathered Ju-ten? Then the prophet forbare, and dah together, and mailethem captainsover said, I know that God hath determined thacusands, and captains over hundreds, i to destroy thee, because thou hast done according to the houses of their fathers, this, and hast not hearkened unto my throughout all Judah and Benjamin: and counsel. he numbered them from twenty years old 17 4 Then Amaziah king of Judah and above, and found them three hun- took advice, and sent to Joash, the son of dred thousand choice men, able togoforth Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, king of Israel, towar, that could handle spear and shield. saying, Come, let us see one another in

6 He hired also an hundred thousand the face. mighty men of valour out of Israel for an 13 And Joash king of Israel sent to Amhundred talents of silver.

aziah king of Judah, saying, The this7 But there came a man of God to him, | tle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar saying, O king, let not the army of Isra- that was in Lebanon, saying, Give thy el go with thce; for the LORD is not daughter to my son to wife : and there with Israel, to wt, with all the children passed by a wild beast that was in Lebaof Ephraim.

nion, and trode down the thistle.

Uzziah's reign.

CHAP. XXVI. He wazeti mighty. 391 19 Thou sayest, Lo, thou hast smitten | Zechariah, who had understanding in the the Edomites; and thine leart lifteth thee visions of God: and, as long as he sought up to boxust: abide now at home; why the LORD, God made him to prosper, shouldest thou meddle to thine hurt, that 6 And he went forth and warrcd thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah gainst the Philistines, and brake down the with thee?

wall of Gath, and the wall of Jabneh, and 20 But Amaziah would not hear; for it the wall of Ashdod, and built cities about came of God, that he might deliver them || Ashdod, and among the Philistines. into the hand of their enemies, because 7 And God helped him against the they sought after the gods of Edom. Philistines, and against the Arabians that

- 21 So Joash the king of Israel went up; dwelt in Gur-baal, and the Mehunims. and they saw one another in the face, both 8 And the Ammonites gave gifts to he and Amaziah king of Judah, at Beth- || Uzziah : and his name spread abroad eshemesh, which belongeth to Judah. ven to the entering in of Egypt ; for lie

22 And Judah was put to the worse strengthened himself exceedingly. before Israel, and they fled every man to 9 Moreover, Uzzialı built towers in Jehis tent.

rusalem at the corner gate, and at the 23 And Joash the king of Israel took valley gate, and at the turning of the wall, Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Joash, and fortified them. the son of Jehoalaz, at Beth-shemesh, 10 Also he built towers in the desert, and brought him to Jerusalem, and brake | and digged many wells : for he had much down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate cattle, both in the low country, and in of Ephraim to the corner gate, four hun- the plains : husbandmen also, and vinedred cubits.

dressers in the mountains, and in Carmel: 24 And he took all the gold and the sil- for he loved husbandry. ver, and all the vessels that were found 11 Moreover, Uzziah had an host of in the house of God with Obed-edom, and I fighting men, that went out to war, by the treasures of the king's house, the bands, according to the number of their hostages also, and returned to Samaria, account by the hand of Jeiel the scribe

25 T And Amaziah the son of Joash king and Maaseiah the ruler, under the hand of Judah, lived after the death of Joasli

, of Hananiah, one of the king's captains. son of Jehoahaz king of Israel, fifteen 12 The whole number of the chief of years.

the father's of the mighty men of valour 26 Now the rest of the acts of Amazi- were two thousand and six hundred. ah, first and last, behold, are they not

13 And under their hand was an ariny, written in the book of the kings of Judah three hundred thousand and seven thouand Israel?

sand and five hundred, that made war 27 9 Now after the time that Amaziah with inighty power, to help the king adid turn away from following the LORD, I gainst the enemy. they made a conspiracy against him in Je- 14 And Uzziah prepared for them rusalem; and he fied to Lachish: but throughout all the host, shields, and tiey sent to Lachish after him, and slew spears, and helmets, and habergeons, and him there.

bows, and slings to cast stones. 28 And they brought him upon horses, 15 And he made in Jerusalem engines, and buried him with his fathers in the invented by cunning men, to be on the city of Judah.

towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot CHAP. XXVI.

arrows and great stones withal. And his 1 Uzziah suicccedeth his father. 16 He name spread far abroad; for he was mar

invudeth the priest's office, and is vellously helped, till he was strong: smitten with leprosy. 22 He dieth, 16 But when he was strong, his heart and Jotham succeedeih him.

was lifted up to his destruction : for he HEN all the people of Judah took | transgressed against the Lord his God,

Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, I and went into the temple of the Lord to and made him king in the room of his fa- | burn incense upon the altar of incense. ther Amaziah.

17 And Azariah the priest went in af2 He built Eloth, and restored it to Ju- ter him, and with him fourscore priests dah, after that the king slept with his fa- of the Lord, that were valiant men: thers.

18 And they withstood Uzziah the king, 3 Sixteen years old was Uzziah when and said unto him, It appertaineth not he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto two years in Jerusalem. His mother's the Lord, but to the priests the sons of name also was Jecoliah of Jerusalem. Aaron, that are consecrated to burn in

4 And he did that which was right in cense: go out of the sanctuarv ; for thou the sight of the LORD, according to all hast trespassed; neither shall it be for that his father Amaziah did.

thine honour from the LORD God. 5 And he sought God in the days of 19 Then Uzziah was wroth, and had

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392 Jotham's good rcigu. II. CHRONICLES. Ahaz's wicked reign. a censer in his hand to burn incense; and

CHAP. XXVIII. while he was wroth with the priests, the 1 Ahaz, reigning wickedly, is afflicted by leprosy even rose up in his forehead be- the Syrians. 26 He dying, Hezekiah tore the priests in the house of the LORD, succeideth him. trom beside the incense altar.

20 And Azariah the chief priest, and began to reign, and he reigned sixall the priests looked upon him, and be- teen years in Jerusalem : but he did not hold, he was leprous in his forehead, and that which was right in the sight of the they thrust him out from thence; yea, LORD, like David his father: himself hasted also to go out, because the 2 For he walked in the ways of the Lord had smitten him.

kings of Israel, and made also molien 21 And Uzziah the king was a leper | images for Baalim. uunto the day of his death, and dwelt in a 3 Moreover, he burnt incense in the several house, being a leper; for he was valley of the son of Hinnon, and burnt ent off from the house of the LORD: and his children in the fire, after the abominJotham his son was over the king's house, ations of the heallien whom the LORD ju:Iging the people of the land.

had cast out before the children of Israel. 22 | Now the rest of the acts of Uzzi- 4 He sacrificed also and burnt incense ah, first and last, did Isaiah the prophet, in the high places, and on the hills, and the son of Amoz, write.

under every green trce. 23 So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and 5 Wherefore the LORD his God delivthey buried him with his fathers in the i ered him into the hand of the king of Syfield of the burial which belonged to the ria ; and they smote him, and carried akings ; for they said, He is a leper : and way a great multitude of them captives, Jotham his son reigned in his stead. and brought them to Damascus. And he CHAP. XXVII.

was also delivered into the hand of the 1 Jotham reigning well, prospereth. 5 king of Israel, who sinote him with a

He subdueth the Aminonites. 7 His great slaughter. rrign. 9 Ahaz succeedeth him.

64 For Pekah the son of Remaliah OTHAM rus twenty and five years slew in Judah an hundred and twenty

old when he began to reign, and he thousand in one day, which were all valreigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His iant men ; because they had forsaken the mother's name also was Jerushah, the LORD God of their fathers. daugliter of Zadok.

7 And Zichri,a mighty manof Ephraim, 2 And he did that which was right in slew Maaseial the king's son, and Azrithe sight of the Lord, according to ali kam the governor of the house, and Elthat his father Uzziah did: howbeit, he kanah that was next to the king. entered not into the temple of the Lord. 8 And the children of Israel carried aAnd the people did yet corruptly. way captive of their brethren two hun

3 He built the high gate of the house dred thousand, women, sons, and daughof the LORD, and on the wall of Ophel ters, and took also away much spoil from he built much.

them, and brought the spoil to Samaria. 4 Moreover, he built cities in the 9 But a prophet of the LORD was there, mountains of Juclah, and in the forests | wliose name was Oded : and he went out he built castles and towers.

before the host that came to Samaria, 5 He fought also with the king of the and said unto them, Behold, because the Ammonites, and prevailed against them. LORD God of your fathers was wroth And the children of Ammon gave him with Judah, he hath delivered them into the same year an hundred talents of sil- your hand, and ye have slain them in a ver, and ten thousand measures of wheat, rage thai reacheih up unto heaven. and ten thousand of barley. So much did 10 And now ve purpose to keep under the children of Ammon pay unto him, the children of Judah and Jerusalem for both the second year, and the third. bond-men and bond-women unto you: but

6 So Jotham became miglity, because are there not with you, even with you, lie prepared lnis ways before the LORD sins against the LORD your God? his God.

11 Now hear me therefore, and deliver 7 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, the captives again, which ye have taken and all his wars, and his ways, lo, they captive of your brethren : for the fierce are wriiten in the book of the kings of Is- wrath of the LORD is upon you. rael and Judah.

12 Then certain of the heads of the 8 He was five and twenty years old children of Ephraim, Azariah the son of when he began to reign, and reigned six- Johanan, Berechiah the son of Meshilleteen years in Jerusalem.

inotlı, and Jehizkiah the son of Shallum, 9 And Jotham slept with his fathers, and Amasa the son of Hadlai, stood up and they buried him in the city of David : | against them that came from the war, and Ahaz his son reigned in his stead 13 And said unto them, Ye shall not

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