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2 Kings 11

Jehoash, being saved by Jehosheba his aunt from Athaliah's massacre of the seed royal, is hid six years in the house of God.

2 Kings 11:1 Then Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah when she saw that her sonne was dead, she arose, & destroyed all the Kings seede. 2 Kings 11:2 But Iehosheba the daughter of King Ioram, & sister to Ahaziah tooke Ioash the sonne of Ahaziah, and stale him from among the Kings sonnes that shoulde be slaine, both him and his nource, keeping them in the bed chaber, & they hid him from Athaliah, so that he was not slaine. 2 Kings 11:3 And he was with her hid in the house of the Lord sixe yeere: and Athaliah did reigne ouer the land.

Jehoiada, giving order to the captains, in the seventh year anointeth him king.

2 Kings 11:4 And the seuenth yeere Iehoiada sent & tooke the captaines ouer hundreths, with other captaines and them of the garde, & caused them to come vnto him into the house of the Lord, & made a couenant with them, and tooke an othe of them in the house of the Lorde, and shewed them the Kings sonne. 2 Kings 11:5 And he commanded them, saying, This is it that ye must doe, The third part of you, that commeth on the Sabbath, shall warde towarde the Kings house: 2 Kings 11:6 And another third part in the gate of Sur: and another thirde part in the gate behinde them of the garde: and ye shall keepe watche in the house of Massah. 2 Kings 11:7 And two parts of you, that is, all that goe out on the Sabbath day, shal keepe the watch of the house of the Lord about the King. 2 Kings 11:8 And ye shal compasse the King rounde about, euery man with his weapon in his hande, and whosoeuer commeth within the ranges, let him be slayne: be you with the King, as he goeth out and in. 2 Kings 11:9 And the captaines of the hundreths did according to all that Iehoiada the Priest commaded, and they tooke euery man his men that entred in to their charge on the Sabbath with them that went out of it on the Sabbath, and came to Iehoiada the Priest. 2 Kings 11:10 And the Priest gaue to the captaines of hundreths the speares and the shieldes that were King Dauids, & were in the house of the Lord. 2 Kings 11:11 And the garde stoode, euery man with his weapon in his hande, from the right side of the house to the left side, about the altar and about the house, round about the King. 2 Kings 11:12 Then he brought out the Kings sonne, & put the crowne vpon him and gaue him the Testimonie, and they made him King: also they anoynted him, and clapt their handes, and sayde, God saue the King.

Athaliah is slain.

2 Kings 11:13 And when Athaliah heard the noyse of the running of the people, shee came in to the people in the house of the Lord. 2 Kings 11:14 And when shee looked, beholde, the King stoode by a pillar, as the maner was, & the princes & the trumpetters by the King, & al the people of the land reioyced, and blew with trumpets. Then Athaliah rent her clothes, and cryed, Treason, treason. 2 Kings 11:15 But Iehoiada the Priest commaunded the captaines of the hundreths that had the rule of the hoste, & sayde vnto them, Haue her forth of the ranges, & he that followeth her, let him die by the sworde: for the Priest had sayd, Let her not be slaine in the house of the Lord. 2 Kings 11:16 Then they laid hands on her, and she went by the way, by the which the horses goe to the house of the King, and there was she slaine.

Jehoiada restoreth the worship of God.

2 Kings 11:17 And Iehoiada made a couenant betweene the Lord, and the King & the people, that they should be the Lordes people: likewise betweene the King and the people. 2 Kings 11:18 Then all the people of the lande went into the house of Baal, and destroyed it with his altars, and his images brake they downe courageously, and slewe Mattan the Priest of Baal before the altars: and the Priest set a garde ouer the house of the Lord. 2 Kings 11:19 Then he tooke the captaines of hudreths, and the other captaines, and the garde, and all the people of the lande: and they brought the King from the house of the Lord, and came by the way of the gate of the garde to the Kings house: and he sate him downe on the throne of the Kings. 2 Kings 11:20 And all the people of the land reioyced, & the citie was in quiet: for they had slaine Athaliah with the sworde beside the Kings house. 2 Kings 11:21 Seuen yeere olde was Iehoash when he began to reigne.

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