Added information in verses 3, 7, 15-22.
| 1 Joash was seven years
old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His
mother's name also was Zibiah of Beersheba.
.2 And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.
3 And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and he begat sons and daughters.
2 - All the days of Jehoiada Literally "All his days wherein Jehoiada the priest instructed him" (2ki 1202).
3 - Two wives The original plan of God had been obscured. I expect that Joash was not married until he was older.
And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to repair the house
of the LORD.
5 And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said to them, Go out unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year, and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the Levites hastened it not.
6 And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto him, Why hast thou not required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, according to the commandment of Moses the servant of the LORD, and of the congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness?
For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the house of
God; and also all the dedicated things of the house of the LORD did they
bestow upon Baalim.
.8 And at the king's commandment they made a chest, and set it without at the gate of the house of the LORD.
9 And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in to the LORD the collection that Moses the servant of God laid upon Israel in the wilderness.
10 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end.
|7 - Broken up This evil action had been at the direction of Athaliah. She had apparently planned to replace the worship of the Creator God with pagan worship.|
Now it came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought unto the king's
office by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there was much
money, the king's scribe and the high priest's officer came and emptied
the chest, and took it, and carried it to his place again. Thus they did
day by day, and gathered money in abundance.
12 And the king and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the work of the service of the house of the LORD, and hired masons and carpenters to repair the house of the LORD, and also such as wrought iron and brass to mend the house of the LORD.
- King and Jehoiada A good team and cooperation between priest and
12 - Hired masons and carpenters. The temple (house of the Lord) was in bad shape. Material had been taken to build a temple for Baal! See verse 7 and 2ki1215,16.
| 13 So the workmen wrought,
and the work was perfected by them, and they set the house of God in his
state, and strengthened it.
14 And when they had finished it, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels for the house of the LORD, even vessels to minister, and to offer withal, and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the LORD continually all the days of Jehoiada.
¶ But Jehoiada waxed old, and was full of days when he died; an hundred
and thirty years old was he 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 toward his house.
|No record of anyone since the flood shows this long a life. He would have been 90 when he got Joash anointed king.|
Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance
to the king. Then the king hearkened unto [listened to] them.
18 And they left the house of the LORD God of their fathers, and served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their trespass.
.19 Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the LORD; and they testified against them: but they would not give ear.
17 - Made obeisance Joash was influenced but
this did not release him from responsibility.
18 - Left the house No doubt they kept the form of true religion while practicing idolatry 2ti0302-5.
And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest,
which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress
ye the commandments of the LORD, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have
forsaken the LORD, he hath also forsaken you.
21 And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the LORD.
.22 Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said, The LORD look upon it, and require it.
- Zechariah the son Not the one who wrote the book given his name.
20 - Zechariah ... stood This was a costly proclamation as we see.
22 - Kindness 2ch2311, 2ki1112.
22 - Require it ez0318. The statement must have burned the guilt into the hearts of the king and the princes.
And it came to pass at the end of the year, that the host of Syria came
up against him: and they came to Judah and Jerusalem, and destroyed all
the princes of the people from among the people, and sent all the spoil
of them unto the king of Damascus.
24 For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men, and the LORD delivered a very great host into their hand, because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. So they executed judgment against Joash.
|The Lord was not blessing them.|
And when they were departed from him, (for they left him in great diseases,)
his own servants conspired against him for the blood of the sons of Jehoiada
the priest, and slew him on his bed, and he died: and they buried him in
the city of David, but they buried him not in the sepulchres of the kings.
.26 And these are they that conspired against him; Zabad the son of Shimeath an Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith a Moabitess.
27 Now concerning his sons, and the greatness of the burdens laid upon him, and the repairing of the house of God, behold, they are written in the story of the book of the kings. And Amaziah his son reigned in his stead.