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April 21 - Straight Thru the Bible
25 As soon as Jehu had finished making the burnt offering, he ordered the guards and officers: "Go in and kill(x) them; let no one escape."(y) So they cut them down with the sword. The guards and officers threw the bodies out and then entered the inner shrine of the temple of Baal. 26 They brought the sacred stone(z) out of the temple of Baal and burned it. 27 They demolished the sacred stone of Baal and tore down the temple(aa) of Baal, and people have used it for a latrine to this day.
28 So Jehu(ab) destroyed Baal worship in Israel. 29 However, he did not turn away from the sins(ac) of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit—the worship of the golden calves(ad) at Bethel(ae) and Dan.
30 The Lord said to Jehu, "Because you have done well in accomplishing what is right in my eyes and have done to the house of Ahab all I had in mind to do, your descendants will sit on the throne of Israel to the fourth generation."(af) 31 Yet Jehu was not careful(ag) to keep the law of the Lord , the God of Israel, with all his heart. He did not turn away from the sins(ah) of Jeroboam, which he had caused Israel to commit.
32 In those days the Lord began to reduce(ai) the size of Israel. Hazael(aj) overpowered the Israelites throughout their territory 33 east of the Jordan in all the land of Gilead (the region of Gad, Reuben and Manasseh), from Aroer(ak) by the Arnon(al) Gorge through Gilead to Bashan.
34 As for the other events of Jehu's reign, all he did, and all his achievements, are they not written in the book of the annals(am) of the kings of Israel?
35 Jehu rested with his ancestors and was buried in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son succeeded him as king. 36 The time that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty-eight years.
Athaliah and Joash(a)
1 When Athaliah(b) the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she proceeded to destroy the whole royal family. 2 But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram[a] and sister of Ahaziah, took Joash(c) son of Ahaziah and stole him away from among the royal princes, who were about to be murdered. She put him and his nurse in a bedroom to hide him from Athaliah; so he was not killed.(d) 3 He remained hidden with his nurse at the temple of the Lord for six years while Athaliah ruled the land.
4 In the seventh year Jehoiada sent for the commanders of units of a hundred, the Carites(e) and the guards and had them brought to him at the temple of the Lord . He made a covenant with them and put them under oath at the temple of the Lord . Then he showed them the king's son. 5 He commanded them, saying, "This is what you are to do: You who are in the three companies that are going on duty on the Sabbath(f)—a third of you guarding the royal palace,(g) 6 a third at the Sur Gate, and a third at the gate behind the guard, who take turns guarding the temple— 7 and you who are in the other two companies that normally go off Sabbath duty are all to guard the temple for the king. 8 Station yourselves around the king, each of you with weapon in hand. Anyone who approaches your ranks[b] is to be put to death. Stay close to the king wherever he goes."
9 The commanders of units of a hundred did just as Jehoiada the priest ordered. Each one took his men—those who were going on duty on the Sabbath and those who were going off duty—and came to Jehoiada the priest. 10 Then he gave the commanders the spears and shields(h) that had belonged to King David and that were in the temple of the Lord . 11 The guards, each with weapon in hand, stationed themselves around the king—near the altar and the temple, from the south side to the north side of the temple.
12 Jehoiada brought out the king's son and put the crown on him; he presented him with a copy of the covenant(i) and proclaimed him king. They anointed(j) him, and the people clapped their hands(k) and shouted, "Long live the king!"(l)
13 When Athaliah heard the noise made by the guards and the people, she went to the people at the temple of the Lord . 14 She looked and there was the king, standing by the pillar,(m) as the custom was. The officers and the trumpeters were beside the king, and all the people of the land were rejoicing and blowing trumpets.(n) Then Athaliah tore(o) her robes and called out, "Treason! Treason!"(p)
15 Jehoiada the priest ordered the commanders of units of a hundred, who were in charge of the troops: "Bring her out between the ranks[c] and put to the sword anyone who follows her." For the priest had said, "She must not be put to death in the temple(q) of the Lord ." 16 So they seized her as she reached the place where the horses enter(r) the palace grounds, and there she was put to death.(s)
17 Jehoiada then made a covenant(t) between the Lord and the king and people that they would be the Lord 's people. He also made a covenant between the king and the people.(u) 18 All the people of the land went to the temple(v) of Baal and tore it down. They smashed(w) the altars and idols to pieces and killed Mattan the priest(x) of Baal in front of the altars.
Then Jehoiada the priest posted guards at the temple of the Lord . 19 He took with him the commanders of hundreds, the Carites,(y) the guards and all the people of the land, and together they brought the king down from the temple of the Lord and went into the palace, entering by way of the gate of the guards. The king then took his place on the royal throne. 20 All the people of the land rejoiced,(z) and the city was calm, because Athaliah had been slain with the sword at the palace.
21 Joash[d] was seven years old when he began to reign.[e]
Joash Repairs the Temple(a)
1 [a]In the seventh year of Jehu, Joash[b](b) became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem forty years. His mother's name was Zibiah; she was from Beersheba. 2 Joash did what was right(c) in the eyes of the Lord all the years Jehoiada the priest instructed him. 3 The high places,(d) however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.
4 Joash said to the priests, "Collect(e) all the money that is brought as sacred offerings(f) to the temple of the Lord —the money collected in the census,(g) the money received from personal vows and the money brought voluntarily(h) to the temple. 5 Let every priest receive the money from one of the treasurers, then use it to repair(i) whatever damage is found in the temple."
6 But by the twenty-third year of King Joash the priests still had not repaired the temple. 7 Therefore King Joash summoned Jehoiada the priest and the other priests and asked them, "Why aren't you repairing the damage done to the temple? Take no more money from your treasurers, but hand it over for repairing the temple." 8 The priests agreed that they would not collect any more money from the people and that they would not repair the temple themselves.
9 Jehoiada the priest took a chest and bored a hole in its lid. He placed it beside the altar, on the right side as one enters the temple of the Lord . The priests who guarded the entrance(j) put into the chest all the money(k) that was brought to the temple of the Lord . 10 Whenever they saw that there was a large amount of money in the chest, the royal secretary(l) and the high priest came, counted the money that had been brought into the temple of the Lord and put it into bags. 11 When the amount had been determined, they gave the money to the men appointed to supervise the work on the temple. With it they paid those who worked on the temple of the Lord —the carpenters and builders, 12 the masons and stonecutters.(m) They purchased timber and blocks of dressed stone for the repair of the temple of the Lord , and met all the other expenses of restoring the temple.
13 The money brought into the temple was not spent for making silver basins, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, trumpets or any other articles of gold(n) or silver for the temple of the Lord ; 14 it was paid to the workers, who used it to repair the temple. 15 They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty.(o) 16 The money from the guilt offerings(p) and sin offerings[c](q) was not brought into the temple of the Lord ; it belonged(r) to the priests.
17 About this time Hazael(s) king of Aram went up and attacked Gath and captured it. Then he turned to attack Jerusalem. 18 But Joash king of Judah took all the sacred objects dedicated by his predecessors—Jehoshaphat, Jehoram and Ahaziah, the kings of Judah—and the gifts he himself had dedicated and all the gold found in the treasuries of the temple of the Lord and of the royal palace, and he sent(t) them to Hazael king of Aram, who then withdrew(u) from Jerusalem.
19 As for the other events of the reign of Joash, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? 20 His officials(v) conspired against him and assassinated(w) him at Beth Millo,(x) on the road down to Silla. 21 The officials who murdered him were Jozabad son of Shimeath and Jehozabad son of Shomer. He died and was buried with his ancestors in the City of David. And Amaziah his son succeeded him as king.
Jehoahaz King of Israel
1 In the twenty-third year of Joash son of Ahaziah king of Judah, Jehoahaz son of Jehu became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned seventeen years. 2 He did evil(a) in the eyes of the Lord by following the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit, and he did not turn away from them. 3 So the Lord 's anger(b) burned against Israel, and for a long time he kept them under the power(c) of Hazael king of Aram and Ben-Hadad(d) his son.
4 Then Jehoahaz sought(e) the Lord 's favor, and the Lord listened to him, for he saw(f) how severely the king of Aram was oppressing(g) Israel. 5 The Lord provided a deliverer(h) for Israel, and they escaped from the power of Aram. So the Israelites lived in their own homes as they had before. 6 But they did not turn away from the sins(i) of the house of Jeroboam, which he had caused Israel to commit; they continued in them. Also, the Asherah pole[a](j) remained standing in Samaria.
7 Nothing had been left(k) of the army of Jehoahaz except fifty horsemen, ten chariots and ten thousand foot soldiers, for the king of Aram had destroyed the rest and made them like the dust(l) at threshing time.
8 As for the other events of the reign of Jehoahaz, all he did and his achievements, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel? 9 Jehoahaz rested with his ancestors and was buried in Samaria. And Jehoash[b] his son succeeded him as king.
Jehoash King of Israel
10 In the thirty-seventh year of Joash king of Judah, Jehoash son of Jehoahaz became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned sixteen years. 11 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord and did not turn away from any of the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit; he continued in them.
12 As for the other events of the reign of Jehoash, all he did and his achievements, including his war against Amaziah(m) king of Judah, are they not written in the book of the annals(n) of the kings of Israel? 13 Jehoash rested with his ancestors, and Jeroboam(o) succeeded him on the throne. Jehoash was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel.
14 Now Elisha had been suffering from the illness from which he died. Jehoash king of Israel went down to see him and wept over him. "My father! My father!" he cried. "The chariots(p) and horsemen of Israel!"
15 Elisha said, "Get a bow and some arrows,"(q) and he did so. 16 "Take the bow in your hands," he said to the king of Israel. When he had taken it, Elisha put his hands on the king's hands.
17 "Open the east window," he said, and he opened it. "Shoot!"(r) Elisha said, and he shot. "The Lord 's arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram!" Elisha declared. "You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek."(s)
18 Then he said, "Take the arrows," and the king took them. Elisha told him, "Strike the ground." He struck it three times and stopped. 19 The man of God was angry with him and said, "You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times."(t)
20 Elisha died and was buried.
Now Moabite raiders(u) used to enter the country every spring. 21 Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man's body into Elisha's tomb. When the body touched Elisha's bones, the man came to life(v) and stood up on his feet.
22 Hazael king of Aram oppressed(w) Israel throughout the reign of Jehoahaz. 23 But the Lord was gracious to them and had compassion and showed concern for them because of his covenant(x) with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. To this day he has been unwilling to destroy(y) them or banish them from his presence.(z)
24 Hazael king of Aram died, and Ben-Hadad(aa) his son succeeded him as king. 25 Then Jehoash son of Jehoahaz recaptured from Ben-Hadad son of Hazael the towns he had taken in battle from his father Jehoahaz. Three times(ab) Jehoash defeated him, and so he recovered(ac) the Israelite towns.
Amaziah King of Judah(a)(b)
1 In the second year of Jehoash[a] son of Jehoahaz king of Israel, Amaziah son of Joash king of Judah began to reign. 2 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother's name was Jehoaddan; she was from Jerusalem. 3 He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord , but not as his father David had done. In everything he followed the example of his father Joash. 4 The high places,(c) however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.
5 After the kingdom was firmly in his grasp, he executed(d) the officials(e) who had murdered his father the king. 6 Yet he did not put the children of the assassins to death, in accordance with what is written in the Book of the Law(f) of Moses where the Lord commanded: "Parents are not to be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their parents; each will die for their own sin."[b](g)
7 He was the one who defeated ten thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt(h) and captured Sela(i) in battle, calling it Joktheel, the name it has to this day.
8 Then Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash son of Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, king of Israel, with the challenge: "Come, let us face each other in battle."
9 But Jehoash king of Israel replied to Amaziah king of Judah: "A thistle(j) in Lebanon sent a message to a cedar in Lebanon, ‘Give your daughter to my son in marriage.' Then a wild beast in Lebanon came along and trampled the thistle underfoot. 10 You have indeed defeated Edom and now you are arrogant.(k) Glory in your victory, but stay at home! Why ask for trouble and cause your own downfall and that of Judah also?"
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