2 Kings 11

1Athaliah was Ahaziah’s mother. She saw that her son was dead, so she got up and killed all the king’s family. 2Jehosheba was King Joram’s daughter and Ahaziah’s sister. Joash was one of the king’s sons. Jehosheba took Joash while the other children were being killed. Jehosheba hid Joash. She put Joash and his nurse in her bedroom. So Jehosheba and the nurse hid Joash from Athaliah. That way Joash was not killed. 3Then Joash and Jehosheba hid in the Lord’s temple. Joash hid there for six years. And Athaliah ruled over the land of Judah. 4In the seventh year, Jehoiada ˻the high priest˼ sent and got the captains of the Carites and guards. Jehoiada brought them together in the Lord’s temple. Then Jehoiada made an agreement with them. In the temple Jehoiada forced them to make a promise. Then he showed the king’s son ˻(Joash)˼ to them. 5Then Jehoiada gave them a command. He said, “This is the thing you must do. One-third of you must come in at the start of each Sabbath day. You men will protect the king at his house. 6Another third of you will be at the Sur Gate. And another third will be at the gate behind the guard. This way you will be like a wall protecting Joash. 7At the end of each Sabbath day, two-thirds of you will guard the Lord’s temple and protect King Joash. 8You must stay with King Joash any time he goes any place. The whole group must surround the king. Each guard must have his weapon in his hand. And you must kill any person that comes too close to you.” 9The captains obeyed all the things that Jehoiada the priest commanded. Each captain took his men. One group was to guard the king on Saturday. And the other groups were to guard the king during the rest of the week. All those men went to Jehoiada the priest. 10And the priest gave spears and shields to the captains. These were the spears and shields David put in the Lord’s temple. 11These guards stood with their weapons in their hands from the right corner of the temple to the left corner of the temple. They stood around the altar and the temple and around the king when he went to the temple. 12These men brought out Joash. They put the crown on Joash and gave him the agreement between the king and God. Then they anointed him and made him the new king. They clapped their hands and shouted, “Long live the king!” 13Queen Athaliah heard the noise from the guards and the people. So she went to the people at the Lord’s temple. 14Athaliah saw the king by the column where the king usually stood. She also saw the leaders and men playing the trumpets for the king. She saw that all the people were very happy. She heard the trumpets, and she tore her clothes ˻to show she was upset˼. Then Athaliah shouted, “Treason! Treason!” 15Jehoiada the priest gave a command to the captains that were in charge of the soldiers. Jehoiada told them, “Take Athaliah outside of the temple area. Kill any of her followers. But don’t kill them in the Lord’s temple.” 16So the soldiers grabbed Athaliah. They killed her as soon as she went through the horse’s entrance to the palace. 17Then Jehoiada made the agreement between the Lord and the king and the people. This agreement showed that the king and the people belonged to the Lord. Jehoiada also made the agreement between the king and the people. ˻This agreement showed what the king would do for the people. And it showed that the people would obey and follow the king.˼ 18Then all the people went to the temple of ˻the false god˼ Baal. The people destroyed the statue of Baal, and they destroyed his altars. They broke them into many, many pieces. The people also killed Baal’s priest, Mattan, in front of the altars. So ˻Jehoiada˼ the priest put men in charge of maintaining the Lord’s temple. 19The priest led all the people. They went from the Lord’s temple to the king’s house. The king’s special guards and the captains went with the king. And all the other people followed them. They went to the entrance to the king’s house. Then King Joash sat on the throne. 20All the people were happy. The city was peaceful. And Queen Athaliah was killed with a sword near the king’s house. 21Joash was seven years old when he became the king.

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