2 Chronicles 23

Joash Made King

1 In a the seventh year b Jehoiada strengthened himself, and made a covenant with the captains of hundreds: Azariah the son of Jeroham, Ishmael the son of Jehohanan, Azariah the son of c Obed, Maaseiah the son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat the son of Zichri. 2 And they went throughout Judah and gathered the Levites from all the cities of Judah, and the d chief fathers of Israel, and they came to Jerusalem. 3 Then all the assembly made a covenant with the king in the house of God. And he said to them, "Behold, the king's son shall reign, as the LORD has e said of the sons of David. 4 "This is what you shall do: One-third of you f entering on the Sabbath, 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 the LORD. 6 "But let no one come into the house of the LORD except the priests and g those of the Levites who serve. They may go in, for they are holy; but all the people shall keep the watch of the LORD. 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."

8 So the Levites and all Judah did according to all that Jehoiada the priest commanded. And each man took his men who were to be on duty on the Sabbath, with those who were going off duty on the Sabbath; for Jehoiada the priest had not dismissed h the divisions. 9 And Jehoiada the priest gave to the captains of hundreds the spears and the large and small i shields which had belonged to King David, that were in the temple of God. 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, j gave him the 1 Testimony, 2 and made him king. Then Jehoiada and his sons anointed him, and said, "Long live the king!"

Athaliah Executed

12 Now when k Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and praising the king, she came to the people in the temple of the LORD. 13 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 l those who led in praise. So Athaliah tore her clothes and said, m "Treason! Treason!" 14 And Jehoiada 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 the LORD." 15 So they seized her; and she went by way of the entrance n of the Horse Gate into the king's house, and they killed her there.

Jehoiada's Reforms

16 Then Jehoiada made a o covenant between himself, the people, and the king, that they should be the LORD's people. 17 And all the people went to the 3 temple of Baal, and tore it down. They broke in pieces its altars and images, and p killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. 18 Also Jehoiada appointed the oversight of the house of the LORD to the hand of the priests, the Levites, whom David had q assigned in the house of the LORD, to offer the burnt offerings of the LORD, as it is written in the r Law of Moses, with rejoicing and with singing, as it was established by David. 19 And he set the s gatekeepers at the gates of the house of the LORD, so that no one who was in any way unclean should enter. 20 t 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 the LORD; 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 Athaliah with the sword.

  1. Cross References
    2 Kings 11:4
    In the seventh year Jehoiada sent and brought the captains of hundreds - of the bodyguards and the escorts - and brought them into the house of the LORD to him. And he made a covenant with them and took an oath from them in the house of the LORD, and showed them the king's son.
  2. Cross References
    2 Kings 12:2
    Jehoash did what was right in the sight of the LORD all the days in which Jehoiada the priest instructed him.
  3. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 2:37
    Zabad begot Ephlal, and Ephlal begot Obed.
    1 Chronicles 2:38
    Obed begot Jehu, and Jehu begot Azariah.
  4. Cross References
    Ezra 1:5
    Then the heads of the fathers' houses of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and the Levites, with all whose spirits God had moved, arose to go up and build the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem.
  5. Cross References
    2 Samuel 7:12
    When your days are fulfilled and you rest with ...
    1 Kings 2:4
    "that the LORD may fulfill His word which He sp...
    1 Kings 9:5
    "then I will establish the throne of your kingd...
    2 Chronicles 6:16
    "Therefore, LORD God of Israel, now keep what Y...
    2 Chronicles 7:18
    "then I will establish the throne of your kingd...
    2 Chronicles 21:7
    Yet the LORD would not destroy the house of Dav...
  6. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 9:25
    And their brethren in their villages had to come with them from time to time for seven days.
  7. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 23:28 - 32
    Because their duty was to help the sons of Aaron in the service of the house of the LORD, in the courts and in the chambers, in the purifying of all holy things and the work of the service of the house of God.
  8. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 24:1 - 31
    Now these are the divisions of the sons of Aaron. The sons of Aaron were Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
  9. Cross References
    2 Samuel 8:7
    And David took the shields of gold that had belonged to the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.
  10. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 17:18
    Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites.
  11. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 22:10
    Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal heirs of the house of Judah.
  12. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 25:6 - 8
    All these were under the direction of their father for the music in the house of the LORD, with cymbals, stringed instruments, and harps, for the service of the house of God. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were under the authority of the king.
  13. Cross References
    2 Kings 9:23
    Then Joram turned around and fled, and said to Ahaziah, "Treachery, Ahaziah!
  14. Cross References
    Nehemiah 3:28
    Beyond the Horse Gate the priests made repairs, each in front of his own house.
    Jeremiah 31:40
    "And the whole valley of the dead bodies and of the ashes, and all the fields as far as the Brook Kidron, to the corner of the Horse Gate toward the east, shall be holy to the LORD. It shall not be plucked up or thrown down anymore forever."
  15. Cross References
    Joshua 24:24
    And the people said to Joshua, "The LORD our God we will serve, and His voice we will obey!
    Joshua 24:25
    So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and made for them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.
    2 Chronicles 15:12 - 15
    Then they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul.
  16. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 13:6 - 9
    If your brother, the son of your mother, your son or your daughter, the wife of your bosom, or your friend who is as your own soul, secretly entices you, saying, 'Let us go and serve other gods,' which you have not known, neither you nor your fathers.
    1 Kings 18:40
    And Elijah said to them, "Seize the prophets of Baal! Do not let one of them escape!" So they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the Brook Kishon and executed them there.
  17. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 23:6
    Also David separated them into divisions among the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
    1 Chronicles 23:30
    To stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at evening.
    1 Chronicles 23:31
    And at every presentation of a burnt offering to the LORD on the Sabbaths and on the New Moons and on the set feasts, by number according to the ordinance governing them, regularly before the LORD.
    2 Chronicles 24:1
    Joash was seven years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Zibiah of Beersheba.
  18. Cross References
    Numbers 28:2
    "Command the children of Israel, and say to them, 'My offering, My food for My offerings made by fire as a sweet aroma to Me, you shall be careful to offer to Me at their appointed time.'
  19. Cross References
    1 Chronicles 26:1 - 19
    Concerning the divisions of the gatekeepers: of the Korahites, Meshelemiah the son of Kore, of the sons of Asaph.
  20. Cross References
    1 Kings 9:22
    But of the children of Israel Solomon made no forced laborers, because they were men of war and his servants: his officers, his captains, commanders of his chariots, and his cavalry.
    2 Kings 11:19
    Then he took the captains of hundreds, the bodyguards, the escorts, and all the people of the land; and they brought the king down from the house of the LORD, and went by way of the gate of the escorts to the king's house. Then he sat on the throne of the kings.
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