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  • And all the people of the land went over to the temple of Baal and tore it down. They demolished the altars and smashed the idols to pieces, and they killed Mattan the priest of Baal in front of the altars. Jehoiada the priest stationed guards at the Temple of the LORD. - 2 Kings 11:18

  • Then the commanders, the Carite mercenaries, the guards, and all the people of the land escorted the king from the Temple of the LORD. They went through the gate of the guards and into the palace, and the king took his seat on the royal throne. - 2 Kings 11:19

  • One day King Joash said to the priests, "Collect all the money brought as a sacred offering to the LORD's Temple, whether it is a regular assessment, a payment of vows, or a voluntary gift. - 2 Kings 12:4

  • Let the priests take some of that money to pay for whatever repairs are needed at the Temple." - 2 Kings 12:5

  • But by the twenty-third year of Joash's reign, the priests still had not repaired the Temple. - 2 Kings 12:6

  • So King Joash called for Jehoiada and the other priests and asked them, "Why haven't you repaired the Temple? Don't use any more gifts for your own needs. From now on, it must all be spent on getting the Temple into good condition." - 2 Kings 12:7

  • So the priests agreed not to collect any more money from the people, and they also agreed not to undertake the repairs of the Temple themselves. - 2 Kings 12:8

  • Then Jehoiada the priest bored a hole in the lid of a large chest and set it on the right-hand side of the altar at the entrance of the Temple of the LORD. The priests guarding the entrance put all of the people's contributions into the chest. - 2 Kings 12:9

  • Whenever the chest became full, the court secretary and the high priest counted the money that had been brought to the LORD's Temple and put it into bags. - 2 Kings 12:10

  • Then they gave the money to the construction supervisors, who used it to pay the people working on the LORD's Temple--the carpenters, the builders, - 2 Kings 12:11

  • the masons, and the stonecutters. They also used the money to buy timber and cut stone for repairing the LORD's Temple, and they paid any other expenses related to the Temple's restoration. - 2 Kings 12:12

  • The money brought to the Temple was not used for making silver cups, lamp snuffers, basins, trumpets, or other articles of gold or silver for the Temple of the LORD. - 2 Kings 12:13

  • It was paid out to the workmen, who used it for the Temple repairs. - 2 Kings 12:14

  • However, the money that was contributed for guilt offerings and sin offerings was not brought into the LORD's Temple. It was given to the priests for their own use. - 2 Kings 12:16

  • King Joash collected all the sacred objects that Jehoshaphat, Jehoram, and Ahaziah, the previous kings of Judah, had dedicated, along with what he himself had dedicated. He sent them all to Hazael, along with all the gold in the treasuries of the LORD's Temple and the royal palace. So Hazael called off his attack on Jerusalem. - 2 Kings 12:18

  • He carried off all the gold and silver and all the utensils from the Temple of the LORD, as well as from the palace treasury. He also took hostages and returned to Samaria. - 2 Kings 14:14

  • But he did not destroy the pagan shrines, where the people offered sacrifices and burned incense. He was the one who rebuilt the upper gate of the Temple of the LORD. - 2 Kings 15:35
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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