|2 Kings 12 |
1 In the seventh year of Jehu, Joash began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Zibiah of Beersheba.
2 And Joash did what was right in the sight of the LORD all his days in which Jehoiada the priest instructed him.
3 But the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burned incense in the high places.
4 Now Joash said to the priests, "Collect all the money that is brought into the temple of the LORD to provide the dedicated things — the money from the census, the money of each man's assessment, and all the money that a man's heart prompts him to bring into the temple of the LORD.
5 Let the priests receive it, every man from his acquaintance, and let them repair the damages of the temple, wherever any damage is found."
6 But by the twenty third year of King Joash's reign the priests still had not repaired the damages on the temple.
7 So King Joash called for Jehoiada the priest and the other priests and said to them, "Why are you not repairing the damages of the temple? Now therefore do not receive any more money from your acquaintance, but turn it over for repairing the damages of the temple."
8 And the priests consented to receive no more money from the people, nor repair the damages of the temple themselves.
9 Then Jehoiada the priest took a chest and bored a hole in the lid of it and set it beside the altar on the right side as one comes into the temple of the LORD; and the priests who kept the door put in it all the money that was brought into the temple of the LORD.
10 And so, when they saw that there was a large amount of money in the chest, the king's scribe and the high priest came and counted the money that was found in the temple of the LORD, and put it in bags.
11 Then they gave the money, which had been weighed, into the hands of those who did the work, who had the oversight of the temple of the LORD; and they paid it out to the carpenters and builders who worked on the temple,
12 And to the masons and stonecutters, and to buy timber and hewn stone to repair the damages of the temple of the LORD, and for all that was paid out for repairing the temple.
13 However, there were not made for the temple of the LORD bowls of silver, snuffers, basins, trumpets, or any vessels of gold or of silver, from the money that was brought into the temple of the LORD.
14 But they gave that to the workmen and repaired the temple of the LORD with it.
15 Moreover, they did not require an account from the men into whose hands they delivered the money to be paid to the workmen, for they dealt faithfully.
16 The money from the trespass offerings and the sin offerings was not brought into the temple of the LORD; it was the priests'.
17 Now about that time, Hazael king of Syria went up, fought against Gath, and took it. And Hazael set his face to attack to Jerusalem.
18 But Joash king of Judah took all the hallowed things that Jehoshaphat, Jehoram, and Ahaziah, his forefathers, kings of Judah, had dedicated, and his own sacred things and all the gold found in the treasures of the temple of the LORD and in the king's palace, and sent them to Hazael king of Syria; and Hazael withdrew from Jerusalem.
19 Now the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah.
20 His servants arose and formed a conspiracy, and killed Joash in the house of Millo, which goes down to Silla.
21 For Jozachar the son of Shimeath and Jehozabad the son of Shomer, his servants, struck him so that he died. They buried him with his forefathers in the city of David. And Amaziah his son reigned in his place.
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