Chapter 23: Yahoiada the Priest Makes a Covenant with the Army Without Queen Athaliyah Knowing: Preparations Made For Yoash to Become King: The Levites are Commanded to Guard Certain Positions and the New King with Weapons on All Sides
1 In the seventh year Yahoiada strengthened himself and made a covenant with the captains of hundreds: Azariyah the son of Yeroham, Ishmayl the son of Yahohanan, Azariyah the son of Obed, Maaseiyah the son of Adaiyah and Ylishaphat the son of Zichri. 2 And they went throughout Yahudah and gathered the Levites from all the cities of Yahudah and the chief fathers of Ysrayl and they came to Yahrushalom. 3 Then all the assembly made a covenant with the king in the house of Yah. and he said to them, “Behold, the king’s son shall reign, as Yah has said of the sons of David. 4 This is what you shall do: One-third of you entering on the Shabbat, of the priests and the Levites shall be keeping watch over the doors. 5 One-third shall be at the king’s house and one-third at the Gate of the Foundation. All the people shall be in the courts of the house of Yah. 6 But let no one come into the house of Yah except the priests and those of the Levites who serve. They may go in, for they are qodesh but all the people shall keep the watch of Yah. 7 And the Levites shall surround the king on all sides, every man with his weapons in his hand and whoever comes into the house, let him be put to death. You are to be with the king when he comes in and when he goes out”.
The Levites and Army Do as Yahoiada the High Priest Commands: Yoash is Crowned King of Yahudah at Seven Years Old in the House of Yah as the People Stand in the Court
8 So the Levites and all Yahudah did according to all that Yahoiada the priest commanded. And each man took his men who were to be on duty on the Shabbat, with those who were going off duty on the Shabbat, for Yahoiada the priest had not dismissed the divisions. 9 And Yahoiada the priest gave to the captains of hundreds the spears and the large and small shields which had belonged to King David, that were in the temple of Yah. 10 Then he set all the people, every man with his weapon in his hand, from the right side of the temple to the left side of the temple, along by the altar and by the temple, all around the king. 11 And they brought out the king’s son, put the crown on him, gave him the Testimony and made him king. Then Yahoiada and his sons anointed him and said, “Long live the king!”
Athaliyah Goes to the Temple of Yah to See What the Celebrating is About
12 Now when Athaliyah heard the noise of the people running and praising the king, she came to the people in the temple of Yah. When she looked, there was the king standing by his pillar at the entrance and the leaders and the trumpeters were by the king. All the people of the land were rejoicing and blowing trumpets also the singers with musical instruments and those who led in praise. So, Athaliyah tore her clothes and said, “Treason, Treason”!
*You can image the look on her face!
The Death of Athaliyah
14 And Yahoiada the priest brought out the captains of hundreds who were set over the army and said to them, “Take her outside under guard and slay with the sword whoever follows her”. For the priest had said, “Do not kill her in the house of Yah”. 15 So they seized her and she went by way of the entrance of the Horse Gate into the king’s house and they killed her there.
The People Make a Covenant with Yah and Tore Down Their Altars and Images of Baal: Yahoiada Puts the Levites Back to Work: Yoash Moved to the King’s House From Yah’s House
16 Then Yahaioda made a covenant between himself, the people and the king, that they should be Yah’s people. 17 And all the people went to the temple of Baal and tore it down. They broke in pieces its altars and images and killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. 18 Also Yahoiada appointed the oversight of the house of Yah to the hand of the priests, the Levites, whom David had assigned in the house of Yah, to offer the burnt offerings of Yah, as it is written in the Law of Moshe, with rejoicing and with singing, as it was established by David. 19 And he set the gatekeepers at the gates of the house of Yah, so that no one was in any way unclean should enter. 20 Then he took the captains of hundreds, the nobles, the governors of the people and all the people of the land and brought the king down from the house of Yah and they went through the Upper Gate to the king’s house and set the king on the throne of the kingdom. 21 So all the people of the land rejoiced and the city was quiet, for they had slain Athaliyah with the sword.
*That was something! Yoash was hidden in the house of Yah right under Athaliyah’s nose and she did not know it. She never bothered to go to Yah’s house to worship Him. She probably never went near Yah’s House until the day of her death.
Chapter 24: Yoash Becomes King of Yahudah at Seven Years Old and Reigns Forty Years: Yoash is Righteous in the Sight of Yah with Yahoiada’s Help
1 Yoash was seven years old when he became king and he reigned forty years in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Zibiyah of Beersheba. 2 Yoash did what was right in the sight of Yah all the days of Yahoiada the priest. 3 And Yahoiada took two wives for him and he had sons and daughters.
Yoash Wants the House of Yah Repaired Quickly After Athaliyah’s Sons Vandalized it For Baal But the Levites Do Not Move Quickly to Get the Money From the Yahudites and Yoash Asks Yahoiada Why
4 Now it happened after this that Yoash set his heart on repairing the house of Yah. 5 Then he gathered the priests and the Levites and said to them, “Go out to the cities of Yahudah and gather from all Ysrayl money to repair the house of your Almighty from year to year and see that you do it quickly”. However, the Levites did not do it quickly. 6 So the king called Yahoiada the chief priest and said to him, “Why have you not required the Levites to bring in from Yahudah and from Yahrushalom the collection, according to the commandment of Moshe the servant of Yah and of the assembly of Ysrayl, for the tabernacle of witness”? 7 For the sons of Athaliyah, that wicked woman, had broken into the house of Yah and had also presented all the dedicated things of the house of Yah to the Baals.
Yoash Commands a Chest To Be Set At The Gate of Yah’s House For the People to Freely Contribute Money
8 Then at the king’s command, they made a chest and set it outside at the gate of the house of Yah. 9 And they made a proclamation throughout Yahudah and Yahrushalom to bring to Yah the collection that Moshe the servant of Yah had imposed on Ysrayl in the wilderness. 10 Then all the leaders and all the people rejoiced, brought their contributions and put them into the chest until all had given. 11 So it was, at that time, when the chest was brought to the king’s officials by the hand of the Levites and when they saw that there was much money, that the king’s scribe and the high priest’s officer came and emptied the chest and took it and returned it to its place. Thus, they did day by day and gathered money in abundance. 12 The king and Yahoiada gave it to those who did the work of the service of the house of Yah and they hired masons and carpenters to repair the house of Yah and also those who worked in iron and bronze to restore the house of Yah. 13 So the workmen labored and the work was completed by them. They restored the house of Yah to its original condition and reinforced it. 14 When they had finished, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Yahoiada. They made from it articles for the house of Yah, articles for serving and offering, spoons and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the house of Yah continually all the days of Yahoiada.
Yahoiada Died at One Hundred and Thirty Years Old and Is Buried Among the Kings of Yahudah For His Good Service to Yah
15 But Yahoiada grew old and was full of days and he died. He was one hundred and thirty years old when he died. 16 And they buried him in the City of David among the kings, because he had done good in Ysrayl, both toward Yah and his house.
*A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things…Mattithyah 12:35.
After Yahoiada Died Yoash Abandons Yah by Listening to the Leaders: Yah Sends Prophets to Yoash But He Will Not Listen: Yoash Has Yahoiada’s Son Zechariyah a Priest-Prophet Murdered Because He Does Not Want to Hear Yah’s Words: Zechariyah Asks Yah to Repay His Death
17 Now after the death of Yahoiada, the leaders of Yahudah came and bowed down to the king. And the king listened to them. 18 Therefore, they left the house of Yah Almighty of their fathers and served wooden images and idols and wrath came upon Yahudah and Yahrushalom because of their trespass. 19 Yet, He (Yah) sent prophets to them, to bring them back to the Yah and they testified against them but they would not listen. 20 Then the Spirit of Yah came upon Zechariyah, the son of Yahoiada the priest, who stood above the people and said to them, “Thus says Yah: ‘Why do you transgress the commandments of Yah, so that you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken Yah, He also has forsaken you’.” 21 So they conspired against him and at the command of the king, they stoned him with stones in the court of the house of Yah. 22 Thus, Yoash the king did not remember the kindness which Yahoiada his father had done to him but killed his son. And as he died, he said, “Yah look on it and repay”!
Yah Stirs Up the Assyrians Against Yoash: Yoash is Repaid For Murdering Zechariyah: Yoash is Not Buried with the Kings of Yahudah
23 So it happened, in the spring of the year that the army of Syria came up against him and they came to Yahudah and Yahrushalom and destroyed all the leaders of the people from among the people and sent all their spoil to the king of Damascus. 24 For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men but Yah delivered a very great army into their hand because they had forsaken Yah Almighty of their fathers. So they executed judgment against Yoash. 25 And when they had withdrawn from him (for they left him severely wounded), his own servants conspired against him because of the blood of the son of Yahoiada the priest and killed 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.
The Servants Who Killed Yoash On His Bed
26 These are the ones who conspired against him: Zabad (or Yozachar, compare 2 Kings 12:21) the son of Shimeath the Ammonitess and Yahozabad the son of Shimrith (or Shomer, compare 2 Kings 12:21) the Moabitess. 27 Now concerning his sons and the many oracles about him and the repairing of the house of Yah, indeed they are written in the annals of the book of the kings. Then Amaziyah his son reigned in his place.