1 And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all theMeaning, all the posterity of Jehoshaphat, to whom the kingdom belonged: thus God used the cruelty of this woman to destroy the family of Ahab.seed royal.
2 But Jehosheba, the daughter of king Joram, sister of Ahaziah,The Lord promised to maintain the family of David, and not to quench the light of it, therefore he moved the heart of Jehosheba to preserve him.took Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king's sons [which were] slain; and they hid him, [even] him and his nurse, inWhere the priests slept.the bedchamber from Athaliah, so that he was not slain.
3 And he was with her hid in the house of the Lord sixe yeere: and Athaliah did reigne ouer the land.
4 And the seventh yearThe chief priest, Jehosheba's husband.Jehoiada sent and fetched the rulers over hundreds, with the captains and the guard, and brought them to him into the house of the LORD, and made a covenant with them, and took an oath of them in the house of the LORD, and shewed them the king's son.
5 And he commanded them, saying, This [is] the thing that ye shall do; A third part ofOf the Levites, who had charge of the keeping of the temple, and kept watch by course.you that enter in on the sabbath shallThat no one should come on them, while they were crowning the king.even be keepers of the watch of the king's house;
6 And a third part [shall be] at the gate ofCalled the east gate of the temple, (2Ch_23:5).Sur; and a third part at the gate behind the guard: so shall ye keep the watch of the house, that it be not broken down.
7 And two parts of all you thatWhose charge is ended.go forth on the sabbath, even they shall keep the watch of the house of the LORD about the king.
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.
9 And the captains over the hundreds did according to all [things] that Jehoiada the priest commanded: and they took every man his men that were to come in on the sabbath, with them that should go out on theRead (2Ki_11:5, 2Ki_11:7).sabbath, and came to Jehoiada the priest.
10 And to the captains over hundreds did theThat is, Jehoiada.priest give king David's spears and shields, that [were] in the temple of the LORD.
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.
12 And he brought forthThat is, Joash, who had been kept secret six years.the king's son, and put the crown upon him, and [gave him]Meaning, the law of God, which is his chief charge, and by which only his throne is established.the testimony; and they made him king, and anointed him; and they clapped their hands, and said, God save the king.
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.
14 And when she looked, behold, the king stood by aWhere the king's place was in the temple.pillar, as the manner [was], and the princes and the trumpeters by the king, and all the people of the land rejoiced, and blew with trumpets: and Athaliah rent her clothes, and cried, Treason, Treason.
15 But Jehoiada the priest commanded the captains of the hundreds, the officers of the host, and said unto them, Have her forth without the ranges: and him thatTo take her part.followeth her kill with the sword. For the priest had said, Let her not be slain in the house of the LORD.
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.
17 And Jehoiada made aThat both the king and the people should maintain the true worship of God and destroy all idolatry.covenant between the LORD and the king and the people, that they should be the LORD'S people; between theThat he should govern and they obey in the fear of God.king also and the people.
18 And all the people of the land went into the house of Baal, and brake it down; his altars and his images brake they in pieces thoroughly, and slew Mattan the priest of Baal before theEven in the place where he had blasphemed God, and thought to have been helped by his idol, there God poured his vengeance on him.altars. And theThat is, Jehoiada.priest appointed officers over the house of the LORD.
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.
20 And all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was in quiet:Who by his cruelty and persecution had troubled the whole land.and they slew Athaliah with the sword [beside] the king's house.
21 Seuen yeere olde was Iehoash when he began to reigne.