The Second Book of the Kings — Chapter 11

In the 7th year of Jehu, Jehoash (of Zibiah of Beer-sheba) began a 40-year reign in Jerusalem. He was a righteous king who took counsel of the priests.

3 But the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed, and burnt incense in the high places.

Despite Jehoash’s efforts, there was intransigence  in the collecting of money and repairing of the breaches of the House of the Lord. Finally, the priests take it upon themselves to place a donation box beside the altar of sacrifice, paying the builders directly from the proceeds, to belatedly finish the repairs.

16 The trespasse money, and sinnemoney was not brought into the house of the Lord: it was the Priests.

Meanwhile, having taken Gath, Hazael king of Syria set his sights on Jerusalem, necessitating tribute of the hallowed temple objects from Jehoash.

Now at the house of Millo (which goeth down to Silla), the servants Zachar (son of Shimeath) and Jehozabad (son of Shomer) conspire against and kill Jehoash, who is buried with his fathers in the city of David and his son, Amaziah, reigns in his stead.



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