Joash

Joash

 
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  • They all gathered at the Temple of God, where they made a covenant with Joash, the young king. Jehoiada said to them, "The time has come for the king's son to reign! The LORD has promised that a descendant of David will be our king. - 2 Chronicles 23:3


  • Then Jehoiada and his sons brought out Joash, the king's son, and placed the crown on his head. They presented Joash with a copy of God's laws and proclaimed him king. Then they anointed him, and everyone shouted, "Long live the king!" - 2 Chronicles 23:11


  • Joash was seven years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem forty years. His mother was Zibiah, from Beersheba. - 2 Chronicles 24:1


  • Joash did what was pleasing in the LORD's sight throughout the lifetime of Jehoiada the priest. - 2 Chronicles 24:2


  • Jehoiada chose two wives for Joash, and he had sons and daughters. - 2 Chronicles 24:3


  • Some time later, Joash decided to repair and restore the Temple of the LORD. - 2 Chronicles 24:4


  • So now Joash gave instructions for a chest to be made and set outside the gate leading to the Temple of the LORD. - 2 Chronicles 24:8


  • But after Jehoiada's death, the leaders of Judah came and bowed before King Joash and persuaded the king to listen to their advice. - 2 Chronicles 24:17


  • Then the leaders plotted to kill Zechariah, and by order of King Joash himself, they stoned him to death in the courtyard of the LORD's Temple. - 2 Chronicles 24:21


  • That was how King Joash repaid Jehoiada for his love and loyalty--by killing his son. Zechariah's last words as he died were, "May the LORD see what they are doing and hold them accountable!" - 2 Chronicles 24:22


  • At the beginning of the year, the Aramean army marched against Joash. They invaded Judah and Jerusalem and killed all the leaders of the nation. Then they sent all the plunder back to their king in Damascus. - 2 Chronicles 24:23


  • Although the Arameans attacked with only a small army, the LORD helped them conquer the much larger army of Judah. The people of Judah had abandoned the LORD, the God of their ancestors, so judgment was executed against Joash. - 2 Chronicles 24:24


  • The Arameans withdrew, leaving Joash severely wounded. But his own officials decided to kill him for murdering the son of Jehoiada the priest. They assassinated him as he lay in bed. Then he was buried in the City of David, but not in the royal cemetery. - 2 Chronicles 24:25


  • The complete story about the sons of Joash, the prophecies about him, and the record of his restoration of the Temple of God are written in [The Commentary on the Book of the Kings.] When Joash died, his son Amaziah became the next king. - 2 Chronicles 24:27

  • New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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