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The Story So Far
(Category 13 of 16)
CHAPTER 21 References
1 a1 Kin. 22:50
4 1Lit. arose
Jehoram Reigns in
1 And aJehoshaphat 1rested with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the City of David. Then Jehoram his son reigned in his place.
2 He had brothers, the sons of Jehoshaphat: Azariah, Jehiel, Zechariah, Azaryahu, Michael, and Shephatiah; all these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel.
3 Their father gave them great gifts of silver and gold and precious things, with fortified cities in ; but he gave the kingdom to Jehoram, because he was the firstborn.
4 Now when Jehoram 1was established over the kingdom of his father, he strengthened himself and killed all his brothers with the sword, and also others of the princes of Israel.
5 aJehoram was thirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.
6 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahab had done, for he had the daughter of aAhab as a wife; and he did evil in the sight of the LORD.
7 Yet the LORD would not destroy the house of David, because of the acovenant that He had made with David, and since He had promised to give a lamp to him and to his bsons forever.
8 aIn his days revolted against ’s authority, and made a king over themselves.
9 So Jehoram went out with his officers, and all his chariots with him. And he rose by night and attacked the Edomites who had surrounded him and the captains of the chariots.
10 Thus has been in revolt against ’s authority to this day. At that time Libnah revolted against his rule, because he had forsaken the LORD God of his fathers.
11 Moreover he made 1high places in the mountains of , and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to acommit harlotry, and led astray.
12 And a letter came to him from Elijah the prophet, saying,
thus says the LORD God of your father David: Because you have not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat your father, or in the ways of Asa king of
13 but have walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and have amade and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to bplay the harlot like the charlotry of the house of Ahab, and also have dkilled your brothers, those of your father’s household, who were better than yourself,
14 behold, the LORD will strike your people with a serious affliction—your children, your wives, and all your possessions;
15 and you will become very sick with a adisease of your intestines, until your intestines come out by reason of the sickness, day by day.
16 Moreover the aLORD bstirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines and the cArabians who were near the Ethiopians.
17 And they came up into and invaded it, and carried away all the possessions that were found in the king’s house, and also ahis sons and his wives, so that there was not a son left to him except 1Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.
18 After all this the LORD struck him
5 a2 Kin.
6 a2 Chr. 18:1
7 a2 Sam.
7:8–17 b1 Kin.
11:36; 2 Kin.
8 a2 Kin. 8:20;
2 Chr. 25:14,
11 a[Lev. 20:5] 1Places for
13 a2 Chr.
31:16 c1 Kin.
2 Kin. 9:22
d1 Kin. 2:32;
2 Chr. 21:4
15 a2 Chr.
16 a2 Chr.
51:11] b1 Kin.
c2 Chr. 17:11
17 a2 Chr. 24:7
2 Chr. 22:1
18 a2 Chr.
19 a2 Chr.
CHAPTER 22 References
1 a2 Chr.
b2 Chr. 21:16
c2 Chr. 21:17
2 a2 Chr. 21:6
2 Kin. 8:26
5 1Joram, v. 7;
2 Kin. 8:28
6 a2 Kin. 9:15
2 Kin. 8:29
7 aJudg. 14:4;
1 Kin. 12:15;
2 Chr. 10:15
c2 Kin. 9:6, 7
2Joram, vv. 5,
7; 2 Kin. 8:28
8 a2 Kin.
9 a[2 Kin. 9:27] b1 Kin. 15:24
c2 Chr. 17:4;
2 CHRONICLES 22:9
ain his intestines with an incurable disease.
19 Then it happened in the course of time, after the end of two years, that his intestines came out because of his sickness; so he died in severe pain. And his people made no 1burning for him, like athe burning for his fathers.
20 He was thirty-two years old when he became king. He reigned in Jerusalem eight years and, to no one’s sorrow, departed. However they buried him in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.
Ahaziah Reigns in
1 Then the inhabitants of Jerusalem made aAhaziah his youngest son king in his place, for the raiders who came with the bArabians into the camp had killed all the colder sons. So Ahaziah the son of Jehoram, king of
2 Ahaziah was 1forty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was aAthaliah the 2granddaughter of Omri.
3 He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab, for his mother advised him to do wickedly.
4 Therefore he did evil in the sight of the LORD, like the house of Ahab; for they were his counselors after the death of his father, to his destruction.
5 He also followed their advice, and went with 1Jehoram the son of Ahab king of Israel to war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramoth Gilead; and the Syrians wounded Joram.
6 aThen he returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds which he had received at Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. And 1Azariah the son of Jehoram, king of , went down to see Jehoram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick.
7 His going to Joram awas God’s occasion for Ahaziah’s 1downfall; for when he arrived, bhe went out with 2Jehoram against Jehu the son of Nimshi, cwhom the LORD had anointed to 3cut off the house of Ahab.
8 And it happened, when Jehu was aexecuting judgment on the house of Ahab, and bfound the princes of and the sons of Ahaziah’s brothers who served Ahaziah, that he killed them.
9 aThen he searched for Ahaziah; and they caught him (he was hiding in ), and brought him to Jehu.When they had killed him, they buried him, “because,” they said, “he is the son of bJehoshaphat, who csought the LORD with all his heart.” So the house of Ahaziah had no one to assume power over the kingdom.
2 CHRONICLES 22:10
Athaliah Reigns in
10 aNow when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal heirs of the house of
11 But 1Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, took aJoash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him away from among the king’s sons who were being murdered, and put him and his nurse in a bedroom. So Jehoshabeath, the daughter of King Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the priest (for she was the sister of Ahaziah), hid him from Athaliah so that she did not kill him.
12 And he was hidden with them in the house of God for six years,while Athaliah reigned over the land.
Joash Crowned King of
1 In athe seventh year bJehoiada strengthened himself, and made a covenant with the captains of hundreds: Azariah the son of Jeroham, Ishmael the son of Jehohanan, Azariah the son of cObed, Maaseiah the son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat the son of Zichri.
2 And they went throughout and gathered the Levites from all the cities of , and the achief fathers of Israel, and they came to Jerusalem.
3 Then all the assembly made a covenant with the king in the house of God. And he said to them, “Behold, the king’s son shall reign, as the LORD has asaid of the sons of David.
4 “This is what you shall do: One-third of you aentering on the Sabbath, of the priests and the Levites, shall be keeping watch over the doors;
5 “one-third shall be at the king’s house; and one-third at the Gate of the Foundation. All the people shall be in the courts of the house of the LORD.
6 “But let no one come into the house of the LORD except the priests and athose of the Levites who serve. They may go in, for they are holy; but all the people shall keep the watch of the LORD.
7 “And the Levites shall surround the king on all sides, every man with his weapons in his hand; and whoever comes into the house, let him be put to death.You are to be with the king when he comes in and when he goes out.”
8 So the Levites and all did according to all that Jehoiada the priest commanded. And each man took his men who were to be on duty on the Sabbath, with those who were going off duty on the Sabbath; for Jehoiada the priest had not dismissed athe divisions.
9 And Jehoiada the priest gave to
10 a2 Kin.
11 a2 Kin.
2 Kin. 11:2
CHAPTER 23 References
1 a2 Kin. 11:4
b2 Kin. 12:2
c1 Chr. 2:37,
2 aEzra 1:5
3 a2 Sam. 7:12;
1 Kin. 2:4; 9:5;
2 Chr. 6:16;
4 a1 Chr. 9:25
6 a1 Chr.
8 a1 Chr.
9 a2 Sam. 8:7
11 aDeut. 17:18
12 a2 Chr.
13 a1 Chr. 25:8
b2 Kin. 9:23
15 aNeh. 3:28;
13:6–9; 1 Kin.
18 a1 Chr. 23:6,
30, 31; 24:1
19 a1 Chr.
20 a1 Kin. 9:22;
2 Kin. 11:19
the captains of hundreds the spears and the large and small ashields which had belonged to King David, that were in the temple of God.
10 Then he set all the people, every man with his weapon in his hand, from the right side of the temple to the left side of the temple, along by the altar and by the temple, all around the king.
11 And they brought out the king’s son, put the crown on him, agave him the 1Testimony, and made him king. Then Jehoiada and his sons anointed him, and said, “Long live the king!”
Death of Athaliah
12 Now when aAthaliah heard the noise of the people running and praising the king, she came to the people in the temple of the LORD.
13 When she looked, there was the king standing by his pillar at the entrance; and the leaders and the trumpeters were by the king. All the people of the land were rejoicing and blowing trumpets, also the singers with musical instruments, and athose who led in praise. So Athaliah tore her clothes and said, b“Treason! Treason!”
14 And Jehoiada the priest brought out the captains of hundreds who were set over the army, and said to them, “Take her outside under guard, and slay with the sword whoever follows her.” For the priest had said, “Do not kill her in the house of the LORD.”
15 So they seized her; and she went by way of the entrance aof the Horse Gate into the king’s house, and they killed her there.
16 Then Jehoiada made a acovenant between himself, the people, and the king, that they should be the LORD’s people.
17 And all the people went to the 1temple of Baal, and tore it down. They broke in pieces its altars and images, and akilled Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.
18 Also Jehoiada appointed the oversight of the house of the LORD to the hand of the priests, the Levites, whom David had aassigned in the house of the LORD, to offer the burnt offerings of the LORD, as it is written in the bLaw of Moses, with rejoicing and with singing, as it was established by David.
19 And he set the agatekeepers at the gates of the house of the LORD, so that no one who was in any way unclean should enter.
20 aThen he took the captains of hundreds, the nobles, the governors of the people, and all the people of the land, and brought the king down from the house of the LORD; and they went through the Upper Gate to the king’s house, and set the king on the throne of the kingdom.
21 So all the people of the land rejoiced; and the city was quiet, for they had slain Athaliah with the sword.
Joash Repairs the Temple
1 Joash awas seven years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Zibiah of Beersheba.
2 Joash adid what was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.
3 And Jehoiada took two wives for him, and he had sons and daughters.
4 Now it happened after this that Joash set his heart on repairing the house of the LORD.
5 Then he gathered the priests and the Levites, and said to them, “Go out to the cities of , and agather from all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year, and see that you do it quickly.” However the Levites did not do it quickly.
6 aSo the king called Jehoiada the chief priest, and said to him, “Why have you not required the Levites to bring in from and from Jerusalem the collection, according to the commandment of bMoses the servant of the LORD and of the assembly of Israel, for the ctabernacle of witness?”
7 For athe sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken into the house of God, and had also presented all the bdedicated things of the house of the LORD to the Baals.
8 Then at the king’s command athey made a chest, and set it outside at the gate of the house of the LORD.
9 And they made a proclamation throughout and Jerusalem to bring to the LORD athe collection that Moses the servant of God had imposed on Israel in the wilderness.
10 Then all the leaders and all the people rejoiced, brought their contributions, and put them into the chest until all had given.
11 So it was, at that time, when the chest was brought to the king’s official by the hand of the Levites, and awhen they saw that there was much money, that the king’s scribe and the high priest’s officer came and emptied the chest, and took it and returned it to its place. Thus they did day by day, and gathered money in abundance.
12 The king and Jehoiada gave it to those who did the work of the service of the house of the LORD; and they hired masons and carpenters to arepair the house of the LORD, and also those who worked in iron and bronze to restore the house of the LORD.
13 So the workmen labored, and the work was completed by them; they
CHAPTER 24 References
1 a2 Kin.
2 a2 Chr.
5 a2 Kin. 12:4
6 a2 Kin. 12:7
7 a2 Chr. 21:17
b2 Kin. 12:4
8 a2 Kin. 12:9
9 a2 Chr. 24:6
11 a2 Kin.
12 a2 Chr.
14 a2 Kin.
18 a1 Kin.
2 Chr. 19:2;
19 a2 Kin.
2 Chr. 36:15,
16; Jer. 7:25,
20 aJudg. 6:34;
[Prov. 28:13] c[2 Chr. 15:2] 1Lit. clothed
22 a[Gen. 9:5] 1Foster father
23 a2 Kin.
12:17; Is. 7:2
24 aLev. 26:8;
Is. 30:17 bLev.
28:25] c2 Chr.
22:8; Is. 10:5
25 a2 Kin.
2 Chr. 25:3
2 CHRONICLES 24:25
restored the house of God to its original condition and reinforced it.
14 When they had finished, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada; athey made from it articles for the house of the LORD, articles for serving and offering, spoons and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the LORD continually all the days of Jehoiada.
Apostasy of Joash
15 But Jehoiada grew old and was full of days, and he died; he was one hundred and thirty years old when he died.
16 And they buried him in the City of David among the kings, because he had done good in Israel, both toward God and His house.
17 Now after the death of Jehoiada the leaders of came and bowed down to the king. And the king listened to them.
18 Therefore they left the house of the LORD God of their fathers, and served awooden images and idols; and bwrath came upon and Jerusalem because of their trespass.
19 Yet He asent prophets to them, to bring them back to the LORD; and they testified against them, but they would not listen.
20 Then the Spirit of God 1came upon aZechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, who stood above the people, and said to them, “Thus says God: b‘Why do you transgress the commandments of the LORD, so that you cannot prosper? cBecause you have forsaken the LORD, He also has forsaken you.’ ”
21 So they conspired against him, and at the command of the king they astoned him with stones in the court of the house of the LORD.
22 Thus Joash the king did not remember the kindness which Jehoiada his 1father had done to him, but killed his son; and as he died, he said, “The LORD look on it, and arepay!”
Death of Joash
23 So it happened in the spring of the year that athe army of Syria came up against him; and they came to
24 For the army of the Syrians acame with a small company of men; but the LORD bdelivered a very great army into their hand, because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. So they cexecuted judgment against Joash.
25 And when they had withdrawn from him (for they left him severely wounded), ahis own servants conspired against him because of the
2 CHRONICLES 24:26
blood of the 1sons of Jehoiada the priest, and killed him on his bed. So he died. And they buried him in the City of David, but they did not bury him in the tombs of the kings.
26 These are the ones who conspired against him: 1Zabad the son of Shimeath the Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of 2Shimrith the Moabitess.
27 Now concerning his sons, and athe many oracles about him, and the repairing of the house of God, indeed they are written in the 1annals of the book of the kings. bThen Amaziah his son reigned in his place.
son and vv.
2 Kin. 12:21
2 Kin. 12:21
27 a2 Kin.
12:18 b2 Kin.
The Majesty of God in Judgment
To the Chief Musician. On 1stringed instruments. A Psalm of Asaph. A Song.
1 IN a
2 In 1Salem also is His tabernacle, And His dwelling place in Zion.
3 There He broke the arrows of the bow, The and sword of battle. Selah
4 You are more glorious and excellent aThan the mountains of prey.
5 aThe stouthearted were plundered; bThey 1have sunk into their sleep; And none of the mighty men have found the use of their hands.
6 aAt Your rebuke, O God of Jacob, Both the chariot and horse were cast into a dead sleep.
7 You,Yourself, are to be feared; And awho may stand in Your presence When once You are angry?
PSALM 76 References
1 aPs. 48:1, 3
4 aEzek. 38:12
5 aIs. 10:12;
46:12 bPs. 13:3
6 aEx. 15:1–21;
7 a[Ezra 9:15;
Nah. 1:6; Mal.
3:2; Rev. 6:17] 8 aEx. 19:9
b1 Chr. 16:30;
2 Chr. 20:29
9 a[Ps. 9:7–9] 10 aEx. 9:16;
5:4–6] b2 Chr.
12 aPs. 68:35
9 When God aarose to judgment, To deliver all the oppressed of the earth. Selah
10 aSurely the wrath of man shall praise You; With the remainder of wrath You shall gird Yourself.
11 aMake vows to the LORD your God, and pay them; bLet all who are around Him bring presents to Him who ought to be feared.
12 He shall cut off the spirit of princes; aHe is awesome to the kings of the earth.
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