2 Kings 12
Jehoash reigneth well all the days of Jehoiada.
2 Kings 12:1 In the seventh year of Jehu, Joas began to reign: and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. The name of his mother was Sebia, of Bersabee. 2 Kings 12:2 And Joas did that which was right before the Lord all the days that Joiada, the priest, taught him. 2 Kings 12:3 But yet he took not away the high places: for the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.
He giveth order for the repair of the Temple.
2 Kings 12:4 And Joas said to the priests: all the money of the sanctified things, which is brought into the temple of the Lord by those that pass, which is offered for the price of a soul, and which of their own accord, and of their own free heart, they bring into the temple of the Lord: 2 Kings 12:5 Let the priests take it according to their order and repair the house, wheresoever they shall see any thing that wanteth repairing. 2 Kings 12:6 Now till the three and twentieth year of king Joas the priests did not make the repairs of the temple. 2 Kings 12:7 And king Joas called Joiada, the high priest, and the priests, saying to them: Why do you not repair the temple? Take you, therefore, money no more according to your order, but restore it for the repairing of the temple. 2 Kings 12:8 And the priests were forbidden to take any more money of the people, and to make the repairs of the house. 2 Kings 12:9 And Joiada, the high priest, took a chest, and bored a hole in the top, and set it by the altar at the right hand of them that came into the house of the Lord; and the priests that kept the doors, put therein all the money that was brought to the temple of the Lord. 2 Kings 12:10 And when they saw that there was very much money in the chest, the king's scribe, and the high priest, came up, and poured it out, and counted the money that was found in the house of the Lord. 2 Kings 12:11 And they gave it out by number and measure into the hands of them that were over the builders of the house of the Lord: and they laid it out to the carpenters, and the masons, that wrought in the house of the Lord, 2 Kings 12:12 And made the repairs: and to them that cut stones, and to buy timber, and stones to be hewed, that the repairs of the house of the Lord might be completely finished, and wheresoever there was need of expenses to uphold the house. 2 Kings 12:13 But there were not made of the same money for the temple of the Lord, bowls, or fleshhooks, or censers, or trumpets, or any vessel of gold and silver, of the money that was brought into the temple of the Lord: 2 Kings 12:14 For it was given to them that did the work, that the temple of the Lord might be repaired. 2 Kings 12:15 And they reckoned not with the men that received the money to distribute it to the workmen, but they bestowed it faithfully. 2 Kings 12:16 But the money for trespass, and the money for sins, they brought not into the temple of the Lord, because it was for the priests.
Hazael is diverted from Jerusalem by a present of the hallowed treasures.
2 Kings 12:17 Then Hazael, king of Syria, went up, and fought against Geth, and took it, and set his face to go up to Jerusalem. 2 Kings 12:18 Wherefore Joas, king of Juda, took all the sanctified things, which Josaphat, and Joram, and Ochozias, his fathers, the kings of Juda, had dedicated to holy uses, and which he himself had offered: and all the silver that could be found in the treasures of the temple of the Lord, and in the king's palace: and sent it to Hazael, king of Syria, and he went off from Jerusalem.
Jehoash being slain by his servants, Amaziah succeedeth him.
2 Kings 12:19 And the rest of the acts of Joas, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the words of the days of the kings of Juda? 2 Kings 12:20 And his servants arose, and conspired among themselves, and slew Joas, in the house of Mello, in the descent of Sella. 2 Kings 12:21 For Josachar the son of Semaath, and Jozabad the son of Somer his servant, struck him, and he died: and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David; and Amasias, his son, reigned in his stead.