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2 Reis 12

1 In the seuenth yere of Iehu Iehoash began to reigne, & reigned fourty yeres in Ierusalem, and his mothers name was Zibiah of Beer-sheba.

2 And Jehoash did [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD all his days whereinAs long as rulers give ear to the true ministers of God, they prosper.Jehoiada the priest instructed him.

3 ButSo hard a thing it is for them, that are in authority, to be brought to the perfect obedience of God.the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.

4 And Jehoash said to the priests, All the money of the dedicated things that is brought into the house of the LORD, [even] the money of every one that passeth [theThat is, the money of redemption (Exo_30:12), also the money which the priest valued the vows at (Lev_27:2), and their free gift.account], the money that every man is set at, [and] all the money that cometh into any man's heart to bring into the house of the LORD,

5 Let the priests take [it] to them, every man of his acquaintance: and let them repair theFor the temple which was built a hundred and fifty-five years before, had many things decayed in it, both by the negligence of the king's predecessors, and also by the wickedness of the idolaters.breaches of the house, wheresoever any breach shall be found.

6 Yet in the three and twentieth yeere of King Iehoash the Priestes had not mended that which was decayed in the Temple.

7 Then king Jehoash called for Jehoiada the priest, and the [other] priests, and said unto them, Why repair ye not the breaches of the house? now thereforeHe takes from them the ordering of the money, because of their negligence.receive no [more] money of your acquaintance, but deliver it for the breaches of the house.

8 So the Priestes consented to receiue no more money of the people, neither to repaire the decayed places of the Temple.

9 But Jehoiada the priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid of it, and set it beside the altar, on theThat is, on the south side.right side as one cometh into the house of the LORD: and the priests that kept the door put therein all the money [that was] brought into the house of the LORD.

10 And when they sawe there was much money in the chest, the Kinges Secretarie came vp and the hie Priest, and put it vp after that they had tolde the money that was found in the house of the Lord,

11 And they gave the money, being told, into the hands of themFor the king had appointed others who were fit for that purpose, (2Ki_22:5).that did the work, that had the oversight of the house of the LORD: and they laid it out to the carpenters and builders, that wrought upon the house of the LORD,

12 And to the masons and hewers of stone, and to bye timber and hewed stone, to repayre that was decayed in the house of the Lorde, and for all that which was layed out for the reparation of the Temple.

13 Howbeit there wereFor these men only had charge of the repairing of the temple, the rest of the money was brought to the king who caused these to be made later, (2Ch_24:14).not made for the house of the LORD bowls of silver, snuffers, basons, trumpets, any vessels of gold, or vessels of silver, of the money [that was] brought into the house of the LORD:

14 But they gaue it to the workemen, which repayred therewith the house of the Lord.

15 Moreouer, they reckoned not with the men, into whose handes they deliuered that money to be bestowed on workemen: for they dealt faithfully.

16 The money of the trespasse offring and the money of ye sinne offrings was not brought into the house of the Lord: for it was the Priests.

17 Then came vp Hazael King of Aram, & fought against Gath and tooke it, and Hazael set his face to goe vp to Ierusalem.

18 And Jehoash king of Judah took all the hallowed things that Jehoshaphat, and Jehoram, and Ahaziah, his fathers, kings of Judah, had dedicated, and his own hallowed things, and all the gold [that was] found in the treasures of the house of the LORD, and in the king's house, andAfter the death of Jehoiada, Joash fell to idolatry: therefore God rejected him, and stirred up his enemy against him, whom he pacified with the treasures of the temple: for God would not be served with those gifts, seeing the king's heart was wicked.sent [it] to Hazael king of Syria: and he went away from Jerusalem.

19 Concerning the rest of the acts of Ioash & all that he did, are they not written in the booke of the Chronicles of the Kings of Iudah?

20 And his servants arose, and made a conspiracy, andBecause he had put Zachariah the son of Jehoiada to death, (2Ch_24:25).slew Joash in the house ofRead (2Sa_5:9).Millo, which goeth down to Silla.

21 Euen Iozachar the sonne of Shimeath, and Iehozabad the sonne of Shomer his seruants smote him, and he dyed: & they buried him with his fathers in the citie of Dauid; Amaziah his sonne reigned in his stead.

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