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esa's sickness and death. CHAP. XVI, XVII, XVIII. Jehoshaphat's greatness

18 1 And he brought into the house of God the in his hand ; and all Judah brought to Jehoshathings that his father had dedicated, and that he phat presents; and he had riches and honour in liinisels had dedicated, silver, and gold, and vessels. abundance. 19 And there was no more war unto the five 6 And his heart was listed up in the ways of the and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa. LORD: moreover he took away the higlı places CHAP. XVI.

and groves out of Judah. The building of Ramah prevented. 7 Also in the third year of his reign he sent Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah, and to Zechariah, and to Nethaneel, and to Mianii built Ramah, to the intent that he might lei chaialı, to teach in the cities of Judah. mne go out or come in to Asa king of Judah. 8 And with them he sent Levites, eden Shema? Then Asn brought out silver and gold out of iah, and Nethaniah, and Zebadiah, and Asahel, me treasures of the house of the Lord and of the and Shemiramoth, and Jehonathan, and Adori. ling's house, and sent to Ben-hadad king of Sy- jah, and Tobijah, and Tob-adonijah, Levites; sa, that dwelt at Daniascus, saying,

and with them Elishama and Jehoram, priests. 3 There is a league between me and thee, as 9 And they taught in Judah, and had the book there was between my father and thy father: be- of the law of the LORD with them, and went hold, I have sent thee silver and gold; go, break about throughout all the cities of Judah, and thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he taught the people. may depart from me.

10° And ihe fear of the Lord fell upon all the 4 And Ben-hadad hearkened unto king Asa, and kingiloms of the lands that were round about Jusent the captains of his arniies against the cities dah, so that they made no war against Jehoshaof Isracl; and they smote ljon, and Dan, and phat. Abel-main, and all the store-cities of Naphtali. 11 Also some of the Philistines brought Jeho5 And it came to pass, when Baasha heard it, that shaphat presents, and tribuite-silver; and the he left off building of Ramah, and let his work Arabians brought him flocks, seven thousand cease.

and seven hundred rams, and seven thousand 6 Then Asa the king took all Judah ; and they and seven liundred he-goats. carried away the stones of Ramah, and the tim- 1211 And Jehoshaphat waxed great exceedingly; ber thereof, wherewith: Baasha was building, and he built in Judah castles, and cities of store. and he built therewith Geba and Mizpah. 13 And he had noch business in the cities ot

741 And at that tiine Hanani the seer came to Julah : and the men of war, mighty men of vaAsa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because lour, were Jerusalem. thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not re- 14 And these are thenumbers of them according lied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host to the house of their fathers: Of Judah, the capof the king of Syria escaped out of thy hand. tains of thousands; Adual the chief, and with him 8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a mighty men of valour three hundred thousand. puye lost, with very many chariots and horse- 15 And next to him wus Jehohanan the captain, men? yet, because thou didst rely on the Lord, and with him two hundred and fourscore thou he delivered them into thy hand.

sand. 9 For the eyesof the Lordrun to and fro through- 16 And next liim was Amasiah the son of Zichri, out the whole earth, to shew himself strong in who willingly offered himself unto the LORD; the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward and with him two hundred thousand mighty him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore men of valour. from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

17 And of Benjamin ; Eliada a mighty man of 10 Then asa was wroth with the seer, and put valour, and with him armed men with bow and hiin in a prison-house; for he was in a rage with shield iwo hundred thousand. laim because of this thing. And Asa oppressed 18 And next bim roas Jehozabad, and with him some of the people the same time.

a hundred and fourscore thousand ready preII ! And behold, the acts of Asa, first and pared for the war. lasi, lo, they are written in the book of the kings 19 These waited on the king, besides those of Judah and Isracl.

whom the king put in the fenced cities through 12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his out all Judah. reigu was diseased in his feet, luntil his disease

CHAP. XVIII. was exceeding great : yet in his disease he sought Ahab seduced by false prophets. not to the LORD, but io the physicians. 13 And Asa slept with lis fathers, and dica NOW.Jeloslaphat had riches and honour in

abundance, and joined atfinity with Ahab. the one and fortieth year of his reign.

2 And after certain years he went down to 14 And they buried him in his own sepulchres Ahab to Samaria. And Ahab killed sheep and which he had made for himself in the city of Da-oxen for him in abundance, and for the people vil, and laid him in the bed which was filled that he had with him, and perstraded him to go with sweet odours, and divers kinds of spiccs pre-l up with him to Ramoth-gilead.. pared by the apothecaries' art: and they made aj 3 And Ahab king of Israel said unto JehoshaVery great burning for him.

phat king of Judah, Wilt thou go with me to CHEAP. XVII.

Ranoth-gilead? And he answered him, I am as Jehoshaphat's good reign.

thou art, and my people as thy people; and we A NDJehoshaphat his sou reigned in his stead, will be with thee in the war.

and strengthened himself against Israel. 4!! And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Is2 And he placed forces in all the fenced cities of rael, Inquire, I pray thee, at the word of the Judall, and set garrisons in the land of Judah, and LORD to-day. in the cities of Ephraim, which Asa his father 5 Therefore the king of Israel gathered together had taken.

of prophets four hundreil men, and said unto 3 And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because them, Shall we go to Ramoth-gilead to battle, or he walked in the first ways of his father David, shall i forbear? And they said, Go up; for God and sought not unto Baalim ;

will deliver it into the king's hand. 4 But sought to the LORD God of his father, 6 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a and walked in his commandments, and not after prophet of the Lord besides, that we might in the doings of Israel.

quire of him? 5 Therefore the LORD established the kingdom! 7 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphal,

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Micaiah 8 prophecy

II. CHRONICLES. Ahab slain at Ramoth-gilead There is yet one man, by whom we may inquire 29 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, of the LORD: but I hate him ; for he never pro- ! will disguise myself, and will go to the battle phesieth good unto me, but always evil : the but put thou on thy robes. So the king of Israel same is Micaiah the son of Imla. And Jeho- disguised himself; and they went to the battle. shaphat said, Let not the king say so.

30 Now the king of Syria had commanded the 8 And the king of Israel called for one of his captains of the chariots that were with him, say. otficers, and said, Fetch quickly Micaiah the son ing, Fight ye not with small or great, save only of Imla.

with the king of Israel. 9 And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king 31 And it came to pass, when the captains of of Judah sat either of them on his throne, cloth-the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, It ed in their robes, and they sat in a void place at is the king of Israel. Therefore they compassed the entering in of the gate of Samaria : and all about him to fight: but Jehoshaphat cried out, the prophets prophesied before them. and the LORD hclped him; and God moved them

10 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah had to depart from lim. made him horns of iron, and said, Thus saith 32 For it came to pass, that when the captains of the LORD, With these thou shalt push Syria un- the chariots perceived that it was not the king of til they be consumed.

Israel, they turned back again from pursuing him. 11 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, 33 And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, Go up to Ramoih-gilead, and prosper : for the and sinote the king of Israel between the joints Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king. of thc harness: therefore he said to his chariot

12 And the messenger that went to call Micaiah man, Turn thine band, that thou mayest carry spuke to him, saying, Rehold, the words of the me out of the host; for l ain wounded. prophets declare good to the king with one as- 34 And the battle increased that day: howbeit seni ; let thy word therefore, I pray thce, be like the king of Israel stayed himself up in his chariot one of theirs, and speak thou good.

against the Syrians until the even: and about 13 And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, even the time of the sun going down he died. what my God saith, that will I speak.

CHAP. XIX. 14 And wlien he was come to the king, the king Jchoshaphat reproved by Jehu. gilead to battle, or shall'I forbears And Ihne saia, AND hlehostaphat the king of Judah returned Go ye up, and prosper, and they shall be deliver- 2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went ed into your hand.

out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, 15 A the king said to him, How many times

ou help the ungodly, and love themi shall I adjure thee that thou say nothing but the that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon truth to me in the name of the Lord ? thee froin before the LORD.

16 Then he said, I did see all Israel scattered 3 Nevertheless, there are good things found in upon the mountains, as sheep_that have no thee, in that thou hast taken away the groves shepherd : and the LORD said, These have no out of the land, and last prepared thy heart 10 master; let then return therefore every man to seek God. his house in peace.

4 And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and 17 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, he went out again through the people from BeerDid I not tell thec that lie would not prophesy sheba to mount Eplıraim, and brought them back good unto me, but evil?

unto the LORD God of their fathers. 18 Again he said, Therefore hear the word of 5 4 And he set judges in the land throughout thic LORD ; I saw the LORD sitting upon his all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city; throne, and all the host of heaven standing on 6 And said to the judges, Take heed what ye bis right hand and on his left.

do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, 19 And the LORD said, Who shall entice Ahal who is with you in the judgment. king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ra-| 7 Wherefore now let the Tear of the Lord be moth-gilead ? 'And one spake saying after this upon you : take heed and do it: for there is no manner, and another saying after that manner. iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of

20 Then there came out a spirit, and stood be- persons, nor taking of gists. fore the LORD, and said, I will entice him. And 8 11 Moreover, in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat the LORD said unto hiin, Wherewith ? set of the Levites, and ojthe priests, and of the

21 And he said, I will go out, and be a lying chief of the fathers of Israel, for the judgment spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the of the LORD, and for controversies, when licy LORD said, Thou shalt cntice him, and thou returued to Jerusalem. shall also prevail: go out and do even so. 3 And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye

22 Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a do in the fear of the Lord, iaithfully, and with lying spirit in the mouth of these thy prophets, a perfect heart. and the LORD hath spoken evil against thee. 10 And what cause soever shall come to you of

23 Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah camel your brethren that dwell in their cities, beiween ncar, and smote Micaiah upon the cheek, and blood and blood, between law and commandsaid, which way went the Spirit of the LORD ineut, statutes and judgments, ye shall even warm from me to speak unto thee ?

them that they trespass not against the LORD, 24 And Micaial said, Beliold, thou shalt see on and so wrath come upon you, and upon your that day when thou shalt go into an inner cham- brethren: this do, and ye shall not trespass. ber to hide thyself.

11 And behold, Amariah the chiet priest is over 25 Then the king of Israel said, Take ye Mica- you in all matters of the LORD; and Zebadiah lah, and carry himn back to Anion the governor ile son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Juof the city, and to Joash the king's son ; dah, for all the king's matiers : also the Levites

26 And say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow shall be officers before you. Deal courageously, in the prison, and feed him with bread ofanfiction and the LORD shall be with the good. and with water of affliction, until I return in peace.

CHAP. XX. 27 And Micaiah said, I thou certainly return The Moabites, fc. invade Julah. in peace, then hath not the LORD spoken by me.


T cane to pass after this also, that tlie chilAnd he said, Ilearken, all ye people.

dren of Moab, and the children of Ammon, 28 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the and with them other besides the Ammoniles, king vf Juilah went up to Ramoth-gilead. Icanic against Jehoshaplat to battle.

Jehoshapkat s fast and prayer. CHAP: XXI.

He overthroweth his enemies '? Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, should praise the beauty of holiness, as they saying, There cometh a great multitude against went out before the arıny, and to say, Praise the thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever. behold, they be in Hazazon-lamar, which is 22 | And when they began to sing and to praisc, En-gedi.

the LORD set ambusliments against the children 3 And Jeloshaphat feared, and set himself to of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast through- come against Judah; and they were smitten. out all Judah.

23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood 4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly ask help of the LORD; even out of all the cities to stay and destroy them: and when they had of Judah they came to seek the LORD. made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one

51 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation helped to destroy another. of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the 24 And when Judah came toward the watchLORD, before the new court,

tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the 6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not multitude, and behold, they were dead bodies thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over fallen to the earth, and none escaped. all the kingdoms of the heathen ? and in thy 25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people camo hand is there not power and might, so that none to take away the spoil of them, they found among is able to withstand thee?

them in abundance both riches with the dead 7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped inhabitants

of tinis land before thy people Israel, off for theniselves, more than they could carry and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend away: and they were three days in gathering of for ever?

the spoil, it was so inuch. 8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee 20 And on the fourth day they assembled a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, themselves in the valley of Berachah; for there 9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, they blessed the LORD: therefore the nanie of judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand be the same place was called, The valley of Berafore this house, and in thy presence, (for thy chah, unto this day. name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our 27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and affliction, then thou wilt hear and help. Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the fore-front of

10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon thein, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the and Moab, and mount Seir, whoin thon would- LORD had made them to rejoiceovertheirenemies. est not let Israel invade, when they came out of 28 And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries the land of Egypt, but they turned froin them, and harps and trumpels unto the house of the and destroyed them not ;

LORD. 11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come 29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms to cast us out of thy possession, which thou hast of those countries, when they had heard that the given us to inherit.

LORD fought against the enemies of Israel. 12 0 our God, wilt thou not judge them ? for 30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet : for we have no might against this great company his God gave him rest round about. that conneth against us ; neither know we what 31 11 And Jehoshaphat reigned over"Sudah: he to do: but our eyes are upon thee.

was thirty and five years old when he began to 13 And all Judah stood before the LORD, with reign, and he reigned twenty and five years in their little ones, their wives and their children. Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Azubah

14 | Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the daughter of Shilhi. the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of 32 And he walked in the way of Asa his father, Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came and departed not from it, doing that which was the Spirit of the Lord in the midst of the con- right in the sight of the LORD. gregation;

33 Howbeit, the high places were not taken 15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye away: for as yet the people had not prepared Inbabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jeho- their hearts unto the God of their fathers. shaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not 34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great inul- first and last, behold, they are written in the titude; for the battle is not yours, but God's. book of Jehu the son of Hanani, wlio is mer16 To-morrow go ye down against them: behold, tioned in the book of the kings of Israel. they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall 35 || And after this did Jehoshaphat king of find them ai the end of the brook, before the Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, wilderness of Jeruel.

who did very wickedly: 17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle : set 36 And he joined himself with him to make yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation ships to go to "Tarshish: and they made the ships of the LORD will you, o 'Judah and Jerusalem: in Ezion-geber. fear not, nor be dismayed; to-morrow go out 37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareagainst theni: for the LORD will be with you. shah prophesied against Jehoshophat, saying,

18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, face to the ground : and all Judah and the in- the LORD hath broken thy works. And the ships habitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, were broken, that they were not able to go to worshipping the LORD.

Tarshish. 19 And the Levites, of the children of the Ko

CHAP. XXI. hathites, and of the children of the Korhites, Jehoram succeedeth Jehoshaphat. stood up to praiseithe Lord God of Israel with No Jehosha pich shape with his

fathers, and 20 11 And they rose carly in the morning, and David. And Jehoram his son reigned in his stead. went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa : und as 2 And he had brethren the sons of Jehoshaphat, they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear Azariah, and Jehiel, and Zechariah, and Azame, o Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; riah, and Michael, and Sbephariah: all tliese Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be estab- were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel. lished; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper. 3 And their father gave them great gifts of sil

21 And when he had consulted with the people, ver, and of gold, and of precious things, with be appointed singers unto the LURD, and thai fenced citics in Judah : but the kingdom gave


Jehoram's infamous death.

II. CHRONICLES. Athaliah usurpeth the kingdom. be to Jehoram; because he was the first-born. 3 He also walked in the ways of the house of 4 Now when Jehoram was risen up to the king. Ahab: for his mother was his counsellor to do dom of his father, he strengthened himself, and wickedly. slew all his brethren with the sword, and divers 4 Wherefore he did evil in the sight of the LORD also of the princes of Israel.

like the house of Ahab: for they were his coun5 11 Jehoram was thirty and two years old when sellors, after the death of his father, to his de he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in struction. Jerusalem.

5 1 He walked also after their counsel, and 6 And he walked in the way of the kings of Is-went with Jehoram the son of Ahab king of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab: for he had rael to war against Hazael king of Syria at Rathe daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought moth-gilead: and the Syrians smote Joram. that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD. 6 And he returned to be healed in Jezreel be

7 Howbeit the LORD would not destroy the cause of the wounds which were given him at house of David, because of the covenant that he Ramah, when he fought with Hazael king of had made with David, and as he promised to Syria. And Azariah the son of Jehorain king give a light to him and to his sons for ever. of Judah went down to see Jehoram the son of 8 11 In his days the Edomites revolted from un- Ahab at Jezreel, because he was sick. der the dominion of Judah, and made themselves 7 And the destruction of Ahaziah was of God a king.

by coming to Joram : for when he was come,

he 9 Thien Jehoram went forth with his princes, went out with Jehoram against Jehu the son of and all his chariots with him: and he rose up Nimshi, whom the LORD had anointed to cut off by night, and smote the Edomites which com- the house of Ahab. pissed him in, and the captains of the chariots. 8 And it came to pass, that when Jehu was ex.

10 So the Edomites revolted from under the ecuting judgment upon the house of Ahab, and hand of Judah unto this day. The same time also found the princes of Judah, and the sons of the did Libnah revolt from under his hand; because brethren of Ahaziah, that ministered to Ahaziah, he had forsaken the LORD God of his fathers. he slew them.

11 Moreover, he made high places in the moun- 9 And he sought Ahaziah: and they caught tains of Judah, and caused the inhabitants of him, (for he was hid in Samaria,) and brought Jerusalem to commit fornication, and compelled him to Jehu: and when they had slain him, they Judah thcreto.

buried him: Because, said they, he is the son of 12. IT And there came a writing to him from Jehoshaphat, who sought the LORD with all liis Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus saith the LORD heart. So the house of Ahaziah had no power God of David thy father, Because thou hast not to keep still the kingdom. walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat thy father, 1091 But when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah, saw that her son was dead, she arose, and de

13 But hast walked in the way of the kings of stroyed all the seed royal of the house of Judah. Israel, and hast made Judah and the inhabitants 11 But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, of Jerusalem to go a whoring, like to the whore- took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him doms of the house of Ahab, and also last slain from among the king's sons that were slain, and thy brethren of thy father's house, which were put him and liis nurse in a bed-chamber. So Jebetter than thyself:

hoshabeath, the daughter of king Jehoram, the 14 Behold, with a great plague will the LORD wife of Jehoiada the priest, (for she was the sissmite thy people, and thy children, and thy ter of Alaziah,) hid him from Athaliah, so that wives, and all thy goods :

she slew him not. 15 And thou shalt have great sickness by dis- 12 And he was with them hid in the bouse of ease of thy bowels, until thy bowels fall out by God six years: and Athaliah reigned over the land. reason of the sickness day by day.

CHAP. XXIII. horain the spirit of the Philistines, and of the Aened himself

, and took the captains

of luni 16 T Moreover, the LORD stirred up against Je

Jehoiada maketh Joash king.

ND in the seventh year Jehoiada strengthArabians, that were near the Ethiopians:

17 And they came up into Judah, and brake dreds, Azariah the son of Jeroham, and Ishmael into it, and carried away all the substance that the son of Jehohanan, and Azariah the son of was found in the king's house, and his sons also, Obed, and Maaseiah the son of Adaiah, and Eliand his wives; so that there was never a son left staphat the son of Zichri, into covenant with him. him, save Jehoahaz the youngest of his sons. 2 And they went about in Judah, and gathered

18 11 And after all this ihe LORD smote him in the Levites out of all the cities of Judah, and his bowels with an incurable disease.

the chief of the fathers of Israel, and they came 19 And it came to pass, that in process of time, to Jerusalem. after the end of two years, his bowels sell out by 3 And all the congregation made a covenant reason of his sickness: so he died of sore dis- with the king in the house of God. And he said eases. And his people made no burning for him, unto them, Behold, the king's son shall reign, as like the burning of his fathers.

the Lord hath said of the sons of David. 20 Thirty and two years old was he when he 4 This is the thing that ye shall do; A third part began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight of you entering on the sabbath, of the priests and years, and departed without being desired: how- of ihe Levites, sh be porters of the doors; beit they buried him in the city of David, but 5 And a third part shall be at the king's house; not in the sepulchres of the kings.

and a third part at the gate of the foundation: CHAP. XXII.

and all the people shail le in the courts of the Ahaziah's wicked reign and death. house of the LORD.

ziah his youngest son king in his stead: for save the priests, and they that minister of the the band of men that came with the Arabians Levites; they shall yo in, for they are holy: but 10 the camp had slain all the eldest. So Ahaziah all the people shall keep the watch of the LORD: the son of Jehoram king of Judah reigned. 7 And the Levites shall compass the king round

2 Forty an: two years old was Ahazial when about, every man with his weapons in his hand; he began to reign, and he reigned one year in and whosoever else cometh into the house, die Jerusalein. His mother's name also was Atha- shall be pul to death: but be ye with the king liah the daughter of Oinri.

when he conieth in, and when lie goeth out.

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Death and burial of Jehoiada. 8 So the Levites and all Judah did according to pair the house of your God from year to year, all things that Jehoiada the priest had command- and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the ed, and took every man his men that were to Levites hastened it not. come in on the sabbath, with them that were to 6 And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and go out on the sabbath : for Jehoiada the priest said unto him, Why hast thon not required of dismissed not the courses.

the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of 9 Moreover, Jehoiada the priest delivered to the Jerusalem the collection, according lo the comcaptains of hundreds spears, and bucklers, and mandment of Moses the servant of the LORD, shields, that had been king David's, which were and of the congregation of Israel, for the laber in the house of God.

nacle of witness ? 10 And he set all the people, every man having 7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, bis weapon in his hand, froin the right side of had broken up the house of God; and also ali the temple to the left side of the temple, along the dedicated things of the house of the LORD by the altar and the temple, by the king round did they bestow upon Baalim. about.

8 And at the king's commandment they made 11 Then they brought out the king's son, and a chest, and set it without at the gate of the put upon him the crown, and gave him the testi- house of the LORD. mony, and made him king. And Jehoiada and his 9 And they made a proclamation through Jusons anointed him, and said, God save the king. dah and Jerusalem, to bring in to the LORD the 12 1 Now when Athaliah heard the noise of the collection that Moses the servant of God laid people running and praising the king, she came upon Israel in the wilderness. to the people into the house of the LORD: io And all the princes and all the people re

13 And she looked, and behold, the king stood joiced, and brought in, and cast into the chest, at his pillar at the entering in, and the princes and until they had made an end the trumpets by the king: and all the people of) 11 Now it came to pass, that at what time the the land rejoiced, and sounded with trumpets; chest was brought unto the king's office by the also the singers with instruments of music, and hand of the Levites, and when they saw that such as taught to sing praise. Then Athaliah there was much money, the king's scribe and rent her clothes, and said, Treason, treason ! the high priest's officer came and emptied the 14 Then Jehoiada the priest brought out the chest, and tork it, and carried it to his place captains of hundreds that were set over the host, again. Thus they did day by day, and gathered and said unto them, Have her forth of the ranges: money in abundance. and whoso followeth her, let him be slain with 12 And the king and Jehoiada gave it to such the sword. For the priest said, Slay her not in as did the work of the service of the liouse of the house of the LORD.

the LORD, and hired masons and carpenters to 15 So they laid hands on her; and when she repair the house of the LORD, and also such as was come to the entering of the horse-gate by the wrought iron and brass to mend the house of king's house, they slew her there.

the LORD. 16 | And Jehoiada made a covenant between 13 So the workmen wrought, and the work was him, and between all the people, and between perfected by them, and they set the house of God the king, that they should be the LORD's people. in his state, and strengthened it. 17 Then all the people went to the house of 14 And when they had finisl.ed it, they brought Baal, and brake it down, and brake his altars the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiand his images in pieces, and slew Mattan the ada, whereof were made vessels for the house of priest of Baal before the altars.

the LORD, even vessels to minister, and to offer 18 Also Jehoiada appointed the offices of the withal, and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. house of the LORD by the hand of the priests the And they offered burnt-offerings in the house of Levites, whoin David had distributed in the house the LORD continually all the days of Jehoiada. of the LORD, to offer the burnt-offerings of the 15 11 But Jehoiada waxed old, and was full of LORD, as it is written in the law of Moses, with days when he died; a hundred and thirty years rejoicing and with singing, as it was ordained old was he when he died. by David.

16 And they buried himn in the city of David 19 And he set the porters at the gates of the among the kings, because he had done good in house of the LORD, that none which was unclean Israel, both toward God, and toward his house. in any thing should enter in.

17 Now after the death of Jehoiada came the 20 And he took the captains of hundreds, and princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. the nobles, and the governors of the people, and Then the king hearkered unto them. all the people of the land, and brought down the 18 And they left the house of the LORD God of king from the house of the LORD: and they came their fathers, and served groves and idols: and through the high gate into the king's house, and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalen for this set the king upon the throne of the kingdoin.

their trespass. 21 And all the people of the land rejoiced: and 19 Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them the city was quiet, after that they had slain again unto the LORD; and they testified against Athaliah with the sword.

them: but they would not give ear CHAP. XXIV.

20 And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah Reign and acts of Joash.

the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stuod above OASH was seven years old when he began the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, salem. His mother's name also was Zibiah of LORD, that ye cannot prosper ? because ye have Beer-sheba.

forsaken the LORD, he hath also forsaken you. 2 And Joash did that which was right in the sight 21 And they conspired against him, and stoned of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest. him with stones at the commandment of the 3 And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and king, in the court of the house of the LORD. te begat sons and daughters.

22 Thus Joash the king remembered not the 41 And it came to pass after this, that Joash kindness which Jehoiada his father had donc to was minded to repair the house of the LORD. him, but slew his son. And when he died, he 5 And he gathered together the priests and the said, The Lord look upon it, and require it. Levites, and said to them, Go out unto the cities 23 'And it came to pass at ine end of the year, of Judalı, and gather of all Israel money to re-Ithat the host of Syria came up against him: and


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