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Joash (jô'ăsh), Jehovah gives. 1. The son and successor of Ahaziah, king of Judah, called also Jehoash. On the murder of his brethren by Athaliah, he was saved by his aunt Jehosheba, the wife of Jehoiada the high priest, who hid him for six years in one of the rooms of the temple. When Joash was 7 years of age, Jehoiada planned with Azariah and others, to place young Joash upon the throne, and to dethrone his grandmother, the wicked Athaliah; and the young king was crowned in the court of the temple with great solemnity. 2 Kings 11:1-21. Joash behaved himself well while Jehoiada lived and was his guide; but no sooner was this good man dead than he began to listen to the counsels of his wicked courtiers. Zechariah the priest, son of Jehoiada, warned him of his sin and danger; but as a reward of bis fidelity, he was, by order of Joash, stoned to death between the porch and the altar, prophesying that God would avenge his death. 2 Chronicles 24:20-22. After suffering a variety of injuries from the Syrians, and after being loaded with ignominy, Joash was murdered by his own servants, after a reign of 41 years. His remains were refused a place in the royal sepulchre. See also 2 Kings 12:1-21; 2 Kings 13:1; 2 Chronicles 22:10-12; 2 Chronicles 23:1-21; 2 Chronicles 24:2. The son and successor of Jehoahaz, king of Israel. He reigned two or three years with his father and alone 14 years. He departed not from the sins of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat; nevertheless he was successful in three campaigns against the Syrians: and in one against Amaziah, king of Judah. Joash seems to have been possessed of more talents than virtues. He Is also called "Jehoash." 2 Kings 13:10-25; 2 Kings 14:1 to 2 Kings 16:3.. The father of Gideon. Judges 6:11. 4. A son of Ahab, king of Israel. 1 Kings 22:26; 2 Chronicles 18:25. 5. One of David's distinguished warriors. 1 Chronicles 12:3; 1 Chronicles 21:6. A descendant of Judah. 1 Chronicles 4:22.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Joash'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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