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2 Kings 12

2 Kings 12:1  
In the seventh year of Jehu's rule, Jehoash became king; and he was ruling for forty years in Jerusalem; his mother's name was Zibiah of Beer-sheba.

2 Kings 12:2  
Jehoash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all his days, because he was guided by the teaching of Jehoiada the priest.

2 Kings 12:3  
But the high places were not taken away; the people went on making offerings and burning them in the high places.

2 Kings 12:4  
And Jehoash said to the priests, All the money of the holy things, which comes into the house of the Lord, (the amount fixed for every man's payment,) and all the money given by any man freely from the impulse of his heart,

2 Kings 12:5  
Let the priests take, every man from his friends and neighbours, to make good what is damaged in the house, wherever it is to be seen.

2 Kings 12:6
But in the twenty-third year of King Jehoash, the priests had not made good the damaged parts of the house.

2 Kings 12:7
Then King Jehoash sent for Jehoiada the priest, and the other priests, and said to them, Why have you not made good what is damaged in the house? now take no more money from your neighbours, but give it for the building up of the house.

2 Kings 12:8
So the priests made an agreement to take no more money from the people, and not to make good what was damaged in the house.

2 Kings 12:9  
But Jehoiada the priest took a chest, and making a hole in the cover of it, put it by the altar, on the right side when one comes into the house of the Lord; and the priests who kept the door put in it regularly all the money which was taken into the house of the Lord.

2 Kings 12:10  
And when they saw that there was much money in the chest, the king's scribe and the high priest came and put it in bags, noting the amount of all the money there was in the house of the Lord.

2 Kings 12:11  
And the money which was measured out they gave regularly to those who were responsible for overseeing the work, and these gave it in payment to the woodworkers and the builders who were working on the house of the Lord,

2 Kings 12:12  
And to the wall-builders and the stone-cutters, and to get wood and cut stone for building up the broken parts of the house of the Lord, and for everything needed to put the house in good order.

2 Kings 12:13  
But the money was not used for making silver cups or scissors or basins or wind-instruments or any vessels of gold or silver for the house of the Lord;

2 Kings 12:14  
But it was all given to the workmen who were building up the house.

2 Kings 12:15  
And they did not get any statement of accounts from the men to whom the money was given for the workmen, for they made use of it with good faith.

2 Kings 12:16  
The money of the offerings for error and the sin-offerings was not taken into the house of the Lord; it was the priests'.

2 Kings 12:17  
Then Hazael, king of Aram, went up against Gath and took it; and his purpose was to go up to Jerusalem.

2 Kings 12:18  
Then Jehoash, king of Judah, took all the holy things which Jehoshaphat and Jehoram and Ahaziah his fathers, the kings of Judah, had given to the Lord, together with the things he himself had given, and all the gold in the Temple store and in the king's house, and sent it to Hazael, king of Aram; and he went away from Jerusalem.

2 Kings 12:19
Now the rest of the acts of Joash, and all he did, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel?

2 Kings 12:20  
And his servants made a secret design and put Joash to death at the house of Millo on the way down to Silla.

2 Kings 12:21  
And Jozacar, the son of Shimeath, and Jehozabad, the son of Shomer, his servants, came to him and put him to death; and they put him into the earth with his fathers in the town of David; and Amaziah his son became king in his place.


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