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Reign of Jehosaphat

    17:1     And Jehoshaphat his son became king in his place, and made himself strong against Israel. 2 He put forces in all the walled towns of Judah, and responsible chiefs in the land of Judah and in the towns of Ephraim, which Asa his father had taken. 3 And the Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he went in the early ways of his father, not turning to the Baals, 4 But turning to the God of his father and keeping his laws, and not doing as Israel did. 5 So the Lord made his kingdom strong ; and all Judah gave offerings to Jehoshaphat, and he had great wealth and honour. 6 His heart was lifted up in the ways of the Lord ; and he went so far as to take away the high places and the wood pillars out of Judah.
    17:7 In the third year of his rule he sent Benhail and Obadiah and Zechariah and Nethanel and Micaiah, his captains, as teachers into the towns of Judah ; 8 And with them, Shemaiah and Nethaniah and Zebadiah and Asahel and Shemiramoth and Jehonathan and Adonijah and Tobijah and Tob-adonijah, the Levites; and Elishama and Jehoram the priests. 9 And they gave teaching in Judah and had the book of the law of the Lord with them ; they went through all the towns of Judah teaching the people.
    17:10 And the fear of the Lord was on all the kingdoms of the lands round Judah, so that they made no wars against Jehoshaphat. 11 And some of the Philistines took offerings to Jehoshaphat, and made him payments of silver ; and the Arabians gave him flocks, seven thousand, seven hundred sheep, and seven thousand, seven hundred he-goats. 12 Jehoshaphat became greater and greater, and made strong towers and store-towns in Judah. 13 He had much property in the towns of Judah ; he had forces of armed men, great and strong, in Jerusalem. 14 This is the number of them, listed by their families, the captains of thousands of Judah : Adnah, the captain, and with him three hundred thousand men of war ; 15 Second to him Jehohanan, the captain, and with him two hundred and eighty thousand; 16 After him Amasiah, the son of Zichri, who freely gave himself to the Lord, and with him two hundred thousand men of war ; 17 And the captains of Benjamin : Eliada, a great man of war, and with him two hundred thousand armed with bows and body-covers ; 18 And after him Jehozabad, and with him a hundred and eighty thousand trained for war. 17:19 These were the men who were waiting on the king, in addition to those placed by the king in the walled towns through all Judah.

Micaiah's warning; Death of Ahab

    18:1     Now Jehoshaphat had great wealth and honour, and his son was married to Ahab's daughter. 2 And after some years he went down to Samaria to see Ahab . And Ahab made a feast for him and the people who were with him, putting to death great numbers of sheep and oxen ; and he got Jehoshaphat to go with him to Ramoth-gilead. 3 For Ahab, king of Israel, said to Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, Will you go with me to Ramoth-gilead ? And he said, I am as you are, and my people as your people ; we will be with you in the war.
    18:4 Then Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, Let us now get directions from the Lord. 5 So the king of Israel got together all the prophets, four hundred men, and said to them, Am I to go to Ramoth-gilead to make war or not ? And they said, Go up : for God will give it into the hands of the king. 6 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there no other prophet of the Lord here from whom we may get directions ? 7 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, There is still one man by whom we may get directions from the Lord, but I have no love for him, because he has never been a prophet of good to me, but only of evil : he is Micaiah, the son of Imla . And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so. 8 Then the king of Israel sent for one of his unsexed servants and said, Go quickly and come back with Micaiah, the son of Imla. 9 Now the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, were seated on their seats of authority, dressed in their robes, by the doorway into Samaria ; and all the prophets were acting as prophets before them. 10 And Zedekiah, the son of Chenaanah, made himself iron horns and said, The Lord says, Pushing back the Aramaeans with these, you will put an end to them completely. 11 And all the prophets said the same thing, saying, Go up to Ramoth-gilead, and it will go well for you, for the Lord will give it into the hands of the king.
    18:12 Now the servant who had gone to get Micaiah said to him, See now, all the prophets with one voice are saying good things to the king ; so let your words be like theirs, and say good things. 13 And Micaiah said, By the living Lord, whatever the Lord says to me I will say. 14 When he came to the king, the king said to him, Micaiah, are we to go to Ramoth-gilead to make war or not ? And he said, Go up, and it will go well for you ; and they will be given up into your hands. 15 And the king said to him, Have I not, again and again, put you on your oath to say nothing to me but what is true in the name of the Lord ? 16 Then he said, I saw all Israel wandering on the mountains like sheep without a keeper ; and the Lord said, These have no master : let them go back, every man to his house in peace. 17 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not say that he would not be a prophet of good to me, but of evil ? 18 Then he said, Give ear now to the word of the Lord : I saw the Lord seated on his seat of power, and all the army of heaven in their places, at his right hand and at his left. 19 And the Lord said, How may Ahab, king of Israel, be tricked into going up to Ramoth-gilead to his death ? And one said one thing and one another. 20 Then a spirit came forward and took his place before the Lord and said, I will get him to do it by a trick . And the Lord said to him, How ? 21 And he said, I will go out and be a spirit of deceit in the mouth of all his prophets . And the Lord said, Your trick will have its effect on him : go out and do so. 22 And now, see, the Lord has put a spirit of deceit in the mouth of these prophets of yours ; and the Lord has said evil against you.
    18:23 Then Zedekiah, the son of Chenaanah, came near and gave Micaiah a blow on the side of his face, saying, Where is the spirit of the Lord whose word is in you? 24 And Micaiah said, Truly, you will see on that day when you go into an inner room to keep yourself safe. 25 And the king of Israel said, Take Micaiah and send him back to Amon, the ruler of the town, and to Joash, the king's son ; 26 And say, By the king's order this man is to be put in prison, and given prison food till I come back in peace. 27 And Micaiah said, If you come back at all in peace, the Lord has not sent his word by me.
    18:28 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, went up to Ramoth-gilead. 29 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, I will make a change in my clothing, so that I do not seem to be the king, and will go into the fight ; but do you put on your robes . So the king of Israel made a change in his dress, and they went to the fight. 30 Now the king of Aram had given orders to the captains of his war-carriages, saying, Make no attack on small or great, but only on the king of Israel. 31 So when the captains of the war-carriages saw Jehoshaphat, they said, It is the king of Israel . And turning about, they came round him, but Jehoshaphat gave a cry, and the Lord came to his help, and God sent them away from him. 32 Now when the captains of the war-carriages saw that he was not the king of Israel, they went back from going after him. 33 And a certain man sent an arrow from his bow without thought of its direction, and gave the king of Israel a wound where his breastplate was joined to his clothing ; so he said to the driver of his war-carriage, Go to one side and take me away out of the army, for I am badly wounded. 34 But the fight became more violent while the day went on ; and the king of Israel was supported in his war-carriage facing the Aramaeans till the evening ; and by sundown he was dead.

Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem

    19:1     And Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, went back to his house in Jerusalem in peace. 2 And Jehu, the son of Hanani the seer, went to King Jehoshaphat and said to him, Is it right for you to go to the help of evil-doers, loving the haters of the Lord ? because of this, the wrath of the Lord has come on you. 3 But still there is some good in you, for you have put away the wood pillars out of the land, and have given your heart to the worship of God.
    19:4 And Jehoshaphat was living in Jerusalem ; and he went out again among the people, from Beer-sheba to the hill-country of Ephraim, guiding them back to the Lord, the God of their fathers. 5 And he put judges through all the land, in every walled town of Judah, 6 And said to the judges, Take care what you do, for you are judging not for man but for the Lord, and he is with you in the decisions you give. 7 So now let the fear of the Lord be in you ; do your work with care; for in the Lord our God there is no evil, or respect for high position, or taking of payment to do wrong.
    19:8 Then in Jerusalem he gave authority to certain of the Levites and the priests and the heads of families of Israel to give decisions for the Lord, and in the causes of those living in Jerusalem. 9 And he gave them their orders, saying, You are to do your work in the fear of the Lord, in good faith and with a true heart. 10 And if any cause comes before you from your brothers living in their towns, where the death punishment is in question, or where there are questions of law or order, or rules or decisions, make them take care that they are not in the wrong before the Lord, so that wrath may not come on you and on your brothers; do this and you yourselves will not be in the wrong. 11 And now, Amariah, the chief priest, is over you in all questions to do with the Lord ; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the head of the family of Judah, in everything to do with the king's business ; and the Levites will be overseers for you . Be strong to do the work ; and may the Lord be with the upright.

Reign of Jehoshahat

    20:1     Now after this, the children of Moab and the children of Ammon, and with them some of the Meunim, made war against Jehoshaphat. 2 And they came to Jehoshaphat with the news, saying, A great army is moving against you from Edom across the sea ; and now they are in Hazazon-tamar (which is En-gedi). 3 Then Jehoshaphat, in his fear, went to the Lord for directions, and gave orders all through Judah for the people to go without food. 4 And Judah came together to make prayer for help from the Lord ; from every town of Judah they came to give worship to the Lord.
    20:5 And Jehoshaphat took his place in the meeting of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord in front of the new open space, 6 And said, O Lord, the God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven ? are you not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations ? and in your hands are power and strength so that no one is able to keep his place against you. 7 Did you not, O Lord our God, after driving out the people of this land before your people Israel, give it to the seed of Abraham, your friend, for ever ? 8 And they made it their living-place, building there a holy house for your name, and saying, 9 If evil comes on us, the sword, or punishment, or disease, or need of food, we will come to this house and to you, (for your name is in this house,) crying to you in our trouble, and you will give us salvation in answer to our cry. 10 And now, see, the children of Ammon and Moab and the people of Mount Seir, whom you kept Israel from attacking when they came out of Egypt, so that turning to one side they did not send destruction on them : 11 See now, how as our reward they have come to send us out of your land which you have given us as our heritage. 12 O our God, will you not be their judge ? for our strength is not equal to this great army which is coming against us ; and we are at a loss what to do : but our eyes are on you.
    20:13 And all Judah were waiting before the Lord, with their little ones, their wives, and their children. 14 Then, before all the meeting, the spirit of the Lord came on Jahaziel, the son of Zechariah, son of Benaiah, son of Jeiel, son of Mattaniah, a Levite and one of the family of Asaph ; 15 And he said, Give ear, O Judah, and you people of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat : the Lord says to you, Have no fear and do not be troubled on account of this great army ; for the fight is not yours but God's. 16 Go down against them tomorrow : see, they are coming up by the slope of Ziz ; at the end of the valley, before the waste land of Jeruel, you will come face to face with them. 17 There will be no need for you to take up arms in this fight ; put yourselves in position, and keep where you are, and you will see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: have no fear and do not be troubled : go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you.
    20:18 Then Jehoshaphat went down with his face to the earth, and all Judah and the people of Jerusalem gave worship to the Lord, falling down before him. 19 And the Levites, the children of the Kohathites and the Korahites, got to their feet and gave praise to the Lord, the God of Israel, with a loud voice.
    20:20 And early in the morning they got up and went out to the waste land of Tekoa : and when they were going out, Jehoshaphat took his station and said to them, Give ear to me, O Judah and you people of Jerusalem : have faith in the Lord your God and you will be safe ; have faith in his prophets and all will go well for you. 21 And after discussion with the people, he put in their places those who were to make melody to the Lord, praising him in holy robes, while they went at the head of the army, and saying,
    May the Lord be praised, for his mercy is unchanging for ever. 22 And at the first notes of song and praise the Lord sent a surprise attack against the children of Ammon and Moab and the people of Mount Seir, who had come against Judah ; and they were overcome. 23 And the children of Ammon and Moab made an attack on the people of Mount Seir with a view to their complete destruction; and when they had put an end to the people of Seir, everyman's hand was turned against his neighbour for his destruction.
    20:24 And Judah came to the watchtower of the waste land, and looking in the direction of the army, they saw only dead bodies stretched on the earth ; no living man was to be seen. 25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take their goods from them, they saw beasts in great numbers, and wealth and clothing and things of value, more than they were able to take away ; all this they took for themselves, and they were three days getting it away, there was so much. 26 On the fourth day they all came together in the Valley of Blessing, and there they gave blessing to the Lord; for which cause that place has been named the Valley of Blessing to this day. 27 Then all the men of Judah and Jerusalem went back, with Jehoshaphat at their head, coming back to Jerusalem with joy ; for the Lord had made them glad over their haters. 28 So they came to Jerusalem with corded instruments and wind-instruments into the house of the Lord. 29 And the fear of God came on all the kingdoms of the lands, when they had news of how the Lord made war on those who came against Israel. 30 So the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was quiet, for the Lord gave him rest on every side.
    20:31 And Jehoshaphat was king over Judah : he was thirty-five years old when he became king, and he was ruling for twenty-five years in Jerusalem : his mother's name was Azubah, the daughter of Shilhi. 32 He went in the ways of his father Asa, not turning away, but doing right in the eyes of the Lord. 33 The high places, however, were not taken away, and the hearts of the people were still not true to the God of their fathers.
    20:34 Now as for the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last, they are recorded in the words of Jehu, the son of Hanani, which were put in the book of the kings of Israel.
    20:35 After this Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, became friends with Ahaziah, king of Israel, who did much evil : 36 Together they made ships to go to Tarshish, building them in Ezion-geber. 37 Then the word of Eliezer the prophet, the son of Dodavahu of Mareshah, came against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because you have let yourself be joined with Ahaziah, the Lord has sent destruction on your works . And the ships were broken and were not able to go to Tarshish.

Reign of Jehoram

    21:1     And Jehoshaphat went to rest with his fathers, and his body was put into the earth in the town of David . And Jehoram his son became king in his place. 2 And he had brothers, sons of Jehoshaphat, Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah, Azariah, Michael, and Shephatiah ; all these were sons of Jehoshaphat, king of Israel. 3 And their father gave them much silver and gold and things of great value, as well as walled towns in Judah ; but the kingdom he gave to Jehoram, because he was the oldest. 4 Now when Jehoram had taken his place over his father's kingdom, and had made his position safe, he put all his brothers to death with the sword, as well as some of the princes of Israel. 5 Jehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king ; and he was ruling in Jerusalem for eight years. 6 He went in the ways of the kings of Israel, and did as the family of Ahab did, for the daughter of Ahab was his wife ; and he did evil in the eyes of the Lord. 7 But it was not the Lord's purpose to send destruction on the family of David, because of the agreement he had made with David, when he said he would give to him and to his sons a light for ever.
    21:8 In his time Edom made themselves free from the rule of Judah, and took a king for themselves. 9 Then Jehoram went over with his captains and all his war-carriages . . . made an attack by night on the Edomites, whose forces were all round him . . . on the captains of the war-carriages. 10 So Edom made themselves free from the rule of Judah, to this day : and at the same time Libnah made itself free from his rule ; because he was turned away from the Lord, the God of his fathers.
    21:11 And more than this, he made high places in the mountains of Judah, teaching the people of Jerusalem to go after false gods, and guiding Judah away from the true way. 12 And a letter came to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, The Lord, the God of your father David, says, Because you have not kept to the ways of your father Jehoshaphat or the ways of Asa, king of Judah, 13 But have gone in the way of the kings of Israel, and have made Judah and the people of Jerusalem go after false gods, as the family of Ahab did : and because you have put to death your father's sons, your brothers, who were better than yourself : 14 Now, truly, the Lord will send a great destruction on your people and your children and your wives and everything which is yours : 15 And you yourself will undergo the cruel pains of a disease in your stomach, so that day by day your inside will be falling out because of the disease.
    21:16 Then the Philistines and the Arabians, who are by Ethiopia, were moved by the Lord to make war on Jehoram ; And they came up against Judah, forcing a way into it, and took away all the goods in the king's house, as well as his sons and his wives ; so that he had no son but only Jehoahaz, the youngest.
    21:18 And after all this the Lord sent on him a disease of the stomach from which it was impossible for him to be made well. 9 And time went on, and after two years, his inside falling out because of the disease, he came to his death in cruel pain . And his people made no burning for him like the burning made for his fathers. 20 He was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he was ruling in Jerusalem for eight years : and at his death he was not regretted ; they put his body into the earth in the town of David, but not in the resting-place of the kings.

Ahaziah made king

    22:1     And the people of Jerusalem made Ahaziah, his youngest son, king in his place, for the band of men who came with the Arabians to the army had put all the older sons to death . So Ahaziah, the son of Jehoram, became king. 2 Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he became king, and he was ruling in Jerusalem for one year. His mother's name was Athaliah, the daughter of Omri. 3 He went in the ways of the family of Ahab, for his mother was his teacher in evil-doing. 4 And he did evil in the eyes of the Lord, as the family of Ahab did ; for after the death of his father they were his guides to his destruction. 5 Acting on their suggestion, he went with Jehoram, son of Ahab, king of Israel, to make war on Hazael, king of Aram, at Ramoth-gilead : and Joram was wounded by the bowmen. 6 And he went back to Jezreel to get well from the wounds which they had given him at Ramah when he was fighting against Hazael, king of Aram . And Ahaziah, the son of Jehoram, king of Judah, went down to Jezreel to see Jehoram, the son of Ahab, because he was ill.
    22:7 Now by the purpose of God, Ahaziah's journey to see Jehoram was the cause of his downfall : for when he came there, he went out with Jehoram against Jehu, the son of Nimshi, who had been marked out by the Lord for the destruction of the family of Ahab. 8 Now when Jehu was effecting the punishment of the family of Ahab, he came to the princes of Judah and the sons of Ahaziah's brothers, the servants of Ahaziah, and put them to death. 9 And he went in search of Ahaziah ; and when they came where he was, (for he was in a secret place in Samaria,) they took him to Jehu and put him to death; then they put his body to rest in the earth, for they said, He is the son of Jehoshaphat, whose heart was true to the Lord . So the family of Ahaziah had no power to keep the kingdom.
    22:10 Now when Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah, saw that her son was dead, she had all the rest of the seed of the kingdom of Judah put to death. 11 But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, secretly took Joash, the son of Ahaziah, away from among the king's sons who were put to death, and put him and the woman who took care of him in a bedroom . So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of King Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the priest and sister of Ahaziah, kept him safe from Athaliah, so that she did not put him to death. 12 And she kept him safe with her in the house of God for six years, while Athaliah was ruling the land.

Joash made king

    23:1     In the seventh year, Jehoiada made himself strong, and made an agreement with the captains of hundreds, Azariah, the son of Jeroham, Ishmael, the son of Jehohanan, Azariah, the son of Obed, Maaseiah, the son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat, the son of Zichri. 2 And they went through Judah, getting together the Levites and the heads of families in Israel from all the towns of Judah, and they came to Jerusalem. 3 And all the people made an agreement with the king in the house of God . And he said to them, Truly, the king's son will be king, as the Lord has said about the sons of David. 4 This is what you are to do : let a third of you, of the priests and Levites, who come in on the Sabbath, keep the doors ; 5 And a third are to be stationed at the king's house; and a third at the doorway of the horses : while all the people are waiting in the open spaces round the house of the Lord. 6 But let no one come into the house of the Lord but only the priests and those of the Levites who have work to do there ; they may go in for they are holy ; but the rest of the people are to keep the orders of the Lord. 7 And the Levites are to make a circle round the king, every man being armed ; and any man who comes into the house is to be put to death ; you are to keep with the king when he comes in and when he goes out.
    23:8 So the Levites and all Judah did as Jehoiada the priest had given them orders : every one took with him his men, those who were to come in and those who were to go out on the Sabbath ; for Jehoiada had not sent away the divisions. 9 Then Jehoiada the priest gave to the captains of hundreds the spears and body-covers which had been King David's and which were kept in the house of God. 10 And he put all the people in position, every man with his instruments of war in his hand, from the right side of the house to the left, by the altar and the house and all round the king. 11 Then they made the king's son come out, and they put the crown on his head and gave him the arm-bands and made him king : and Jehoiada and his sons put the holy oil on him and said, Long life to the king.
    23:12 Now Athaliah, hearing the noise of the people running and praising the king, came to the people in the house of the Lord : 13 And looking, she saw the king in his place by the pillar at the doorway, and the captains and the horns by his side ; and all the people of the land were giving signs of joy and sounding the horns ; and the makers of melody were playing on instruments of music, taking the chief part in the song of praise . Then Athaliah, violently parting her robes, said, Broken faith, broken faith ! 14 Then Jehoiada the priest gave orders to the captains of hundreds who had authority over the army, saying, Take her outside the lines, and let anyone who goes after her be put to death with the sword . For the priest said, Let her not be put to death in the house of the Lord. 15 So they put their hands on her, and she went to the king's house by the doorway of the king's horses ; and there she was put to death.
    23:16 And Jehoiada made an agreement between the Lord and all the people and the king, that they would be the Lord's people. 17 Then all the people went to the house of Baal and had it pulled down, and its altars and images broken up; and Mattan, the priest of Baal, they put to death before the altars. 18 And Jehoiada put the work and the care of the house of the Lord into the hands of the priests and the Levites, who had been grouped in divisions by David to make burned offerings to the Lord, as it is recorded in the law of Moses, with joy and song as David had said. 19 And he put door-keepers at the doors of the Lord's house, to see that no one who was unclean in any way might come in. 20 Then he took the captains of hundreds and the chiefs and the rulers of the people and all the people of the land, and they came down with the king from the house of the Lord through the higher doorway into the king's house, and put the king on the seat of the kingdom. 21 So all the people of the land were glad and the town was quiet, for they had put Athaliah to death with the sword.

Repairing the house of God

    24:1     Joash was seven years old when he became king, and he was ruling for forty years in Jerusalem : his mother's name was Zibiah of Beer-sheba. 2 And Joash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord as long as Jehoiada the priest was living. 3 And Jehoiada took two wives for him, and he became the father of sons and daughters.
    24:4 Now after this Joash had a desire to put the house of the Lord into good order again ; 5 And getting together the priests and Levites, he said to them, Go out into the towns of Judah year by year, and get from all Israel money to keep the house of your God in good condition ; and see that this is done without loss of time . The Levites, however, were slow in doing so. 6 Then the king sent for Jehoiada, the chief priest, and said to him, Why have you not given the Levites orders that the tax fixed by Moses, the servant of the Lord, and by the meeting of Israel, for the Tent of witness, is to be got in from Judah and Jerusalem and handed over ? 7 For the house of the Lord had been broken up by Athaliah, that evil woman, and her sons ; and all its holy things they had given to the Baals.
    24:8 So at the king's order they made a chest and put it outside the doorway of the house of the Lord. 9 And an order was sent out through all Judah and Jerusalem that payment was to be made to the Lord of the tax which Moses, the servant of God, had put on Israel in the waste land. 10 And all the chiefs and all the people came gladly and put their money into the chest, till they had all given. 11 So when the chest was taken to the king's servants by the Levites, and they saw that there was much money in it, the king's scribe and the chief priest's servant took the money out, and put the chest back in its place . They did this day by day, and got together a great amount of money. 12 Then the king and Jehoiada gave it to those who were responsible for getting the work done on the Lord's house, and with it they got wall-builders and woodworkers and metal-workers to put the house of the Lord in good order again. 13 So the workmen did their work, making good what was damaged and building up the house of God till it was strong and beautiful again. 14 And when the work was done, they took the rest of the money to the king and Jehoiada, and it was used for making the vessels for the house of the Lord, all the vessels needed for the offerings, the spoons and the vessels of gold and silver . And as long as Jehoiada was living, the regular burned offerings were offered in the house of the Lord.
    24:15 But Jehoiada became old and full of days, and he came to his end ; he was a hundred and thirty years old at the time of his death. 16 And they put him into his last resting-place in the town of David, among the kings, because he had done good in Israel for God and for his house.
    24:17 Now after the death of Jehoiada, the chiefs of Judah came and went down on their faces before the king . Then the king gave ear to them. 18 And they gave up the house of the Lord God of their fathers, and became worshippers of pillars of wood and of the images ; and because of this sin of theirs, wrath came on Judah and Jerusalem. 19 And the Lord sent them prophets to make them come back to him ; and they gave witness against them, but they would not give ear.
    24:20 Then the spirit of God came on Zechariah, the son of Jehoiada the priest, and, getting up before the people, he said to them, God has said, Why do you go against the orders of the Lord, so that everything goes badly for you ? because you have given up the Lord, he has given you up. 21 But when they had made a secret design against him, he was stoned with stones, by the king's order, in the outer square of the Lord's house. 22 So King Joash did not keep in mind how good Jehoiada his father had been to him, but put his son to death . And in the hour of his death he said, May the Lord see it and take payment ! 23 Now in the spring, the army of the Aramaeans came up against him ; they came against Judah and Jerusalem, putting to death all the great men of the people and sending all the goods they took from them to the king of Damascus. 24 For though the army of Aram was only a small one, the Lord gave a very great army into their hands, because they had given up the Lord, the God of their fathers . So they put into effect the punishment of Joash.
    24:25 And when they had gone away from him, (for he was broken with disease,) his servants made a secret design against him because of the blood of the son of Jehoiada the priest, and they put him to death on his bed ; and they put his body into the earth in the town of David, but not in the resting-place of the kings. 26 Those who made designs against him were Zabad, the son of Shimeath, an Ammonite woman, and Jehozabad, the son of Shimrith, a Moabite woman. 27 Now the story of his sons, and all the words said by the prophet against him, and the building up again of the Lord's house, are recorded in the account in the book of the kings . And Amaziah his son became king in his place.

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