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2 Chronicles 23

Jehoiada, having set things in order, maketh Joash king.

2 Chronicles 23:1 And in the seuenth yeere Iehoiada waxed bolde, & tooke the captaines of hundreths, to wit, Azariah the sonne of Ieroham, and Ishmael the sonne of Iehohanan, and Azariah the sonne of Obed, and Maasiah the sonne of Adaiah, and Elishaphat the sonne of Zichri in couenant with him. 2 Chronicles 23:2 And they went about in Iudah, & gathered the Leuites out of all the cities of Iudah, and the chiefe fathers of Israel: & they came to Ierusale. 2 Chronicles 23:3 And al the Congregation made a couenant with the King in the house of God: and he sayde vnto them, Behold, the Kings sonne must reigne, as the Lord hath sayd of the sonnes of Dauid. 2 Chronicles 23:4 This is it that ye shal do, The third part of you that come on the Sabbath of the Priests, and the Leuites, shalbe porters of the doores. 2 Chronicles 23:5 And another third part towarde the Kings house, and another thirde part at the gate of the foundation, & al the people shalbe in the courts of the house of the Lord. 2 Chronicles 23:6 But let none come into the house of the Lord, saue the Priests, & the Leuites that minister: they shal go in, for they are holy: but all the people shal keepe the watch of the Lord. 2 Chronicles 23:7 And the Leuites shall compasse the King rounde about, and euery man with his weapon in his hand, & he that entreth into the house, shal be slaine, & be you with the King, when he commeth in, and when he goeth out. 2 Chronicles 23:8 So the Leuites and all Iudah did according to all things that Iehoiada the Priest had commanded, and tooke euery man his men that came on the Sabbath, with them that went out on the Sabbath: for Iehoiada the Priest did not discharge the courses. 2 Chronicles 23:9 And Iehoiada the Priest deliuered to the captaines of hundreths speares, and shieldes, and bucklers which had bene King Dauids, and were in the house of God. 2 Chronicles 23:10 And he caused all the people to stand (euery man with his weapon in his hande) from the right side of the house, to ye left side of the house by the altar & by the house round about ye king. 2 Chronicles 23:11 Then they brought out the Kings sonne, and put vpon him the crowne and gaue him the testimonie, and made him King; Iehoiada and his sonnes anoynted him, and sayd, God saue the King.

Athaliah is slain.

2 Chronicles 23:12 But when Athaliah heard the noyse of the people running & praising the king, she came to the people into the house of the Lord. 2 Chronicles 23:13 And when she looked, beholde, the King stoode by his pillar at the entring in, & the princes and the trumpets by the King, & all the people of the land reioyced, and blew the trumpets, and the singers were with instruments of musike, and they that could sing prayse: then Athaliah rent her clothes, and said, Treason, treason. 2 Chronicles 23:14 Then Iehoiada the Priest brought out the captaines of hundreths that were gouernours of the hoste, and said vnto them, Haue her foorth of the ranges, and he that followeth her, let him dye by the sword: for the Priest had said, Slay her not in the house of the Lord. 2 Chronicles 23:15 So they layde hands on her: and when she was come to the entring of the horsegate by the Kings house, they slew her there.

Jehoiada restoreth the worship of God.

2 Chronicles 23:16 And Iehoiada made a couenant betweene him, and all the people, & the King, that they would be the Lords people. 2 Chronicles 23:17 And all the people went to the house of Baal, and destroyed, and brake his altars and his images, and slew Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. 2 Chronicles 23:18 And Iehoiada appointed officers for the house of the Lorde, vnder the handes of the Priestes and Leuites, whome Dauid had distributed for the house of the Lorde, to offer burnt offrings vnto the Lord, as it is written in the Law of Moses, with reioycing and singing by the appoyntment of Dauid. 2 Chronicles 23:19 And he set porters by the gates of ye house of the Lord, that none that was vncleane in any thing, should enter in. 2 Chronicles 23:20 And he tooke the captaines of hundreths, and the noble men, and the gouernours of the people, and all the people of the land, & he caused the King to come downe out of the house of the Lorde, and they went thorowe the hie gate of the Kings house, and set the King vpon the throne of the kingdome. 2 Chronicles 23:21 Then all the people of the land reioyced, & the citie was quiet, after that they had slaine Athaliah with the sword.

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