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lers 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 of you that enter in on the Sabbath, shall even be Keepers of the Watch of the King's House :

6 And a third part shall be at the Gate of Sur: ard 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, that go forth on the Sabbath, even they shall keep the Watch of the House of the LORD, about the King. .

8 And ye shall compass the King round about, every Man with his Weapons in his Hand : and he that cometh within the Ranges, let him be slain; and be ye with the King, as he goeth out, and as he cometh in.

9 And the Captains over the Hundreds did according to all things that Jehoiada the Priest commanded.

10 And to the Captains over Hundreds did the Priests give King David's Spears and Shields, that were in the Temple of the LORD.

u And the Guard stood every Man with his Weapons in his Hand, round about the King.

12 And he brought forth the King's Son, and put the Crown upon him, and gave him the Testimony, and they made him King, and anointed him, and they clapt their Hands, and said, God save the King.

13 And when Athaliah heard the Noise of the Guard, and of the People, she came into the Temple. .

14 And when she had looked, behold, the King stood by a Pillar, as the Manner was, and the Princes, and the Trumpeters by the King, and all the People of the Land rejoyced, and blew with Trumpets: and Athaliah rent her Cloaths, and cried, Treason, Treason.

15 But Jehoiada commanded the Officers of the Hoft, and said unto them, Have her forth without the Ranges; and him that followeth her, kill with the Sword. For the Priest had said, Let her not be slain in the House of the LORD.

16 And they laid Hands on her, and she went by the Way by the which the Horses came into the King's House, and there was the Nain.

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17 And Jehoiada made a Covenant between the LORD, and the King, and the People, that they should be the LORD's People ;, between the King also and the People.

18 And the People of the Land went into the House of Baal, and brake it down, his Altars and his Images brake they in, pieces throughly, and New Maltam the Priest of Baal before the Altars. And the Priests appointed Officers over the House of the LORD. ..

II. CH RON. CHA P. XXIV. i foash reigneth well all the Days of Jehoiada : 4 He gave

Order for the Repair of the Temple. 15 Jehoiada's Death and honourable Burial. 17 Joash falling to Idolatries, payeth Zechariah the Son of Jehoiada. 23 Joajh is spoild by the Syrians, and sain by Zabad and Jehözabad. 27 Amaziah facceedeth him.

Ver. 1 JOASH was feven Years old when he began to

J reign, and he reigned FORTY YEARS in Jerusalem. 2 And Joash did that which was RIGHT in the fight of the LORD, all the Days of JehoIADÀ the Priest.

3 And Jehojada took for him two Wives, and he begat Sons and Daughters.

4 And it came to pass after this, that Joalh 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 haite the Matter : howbeit the Levites, hastned it not.

6 And the King called for Jehoiada, 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 ? .

7 For the Sons of Athaliah, that wickED WOMAN, had BROKEN up the House of God, and also all the dedicate Things of the House of the LORD did they BESTOW upon BAALIM.

8 And at the King's Commandment they made a Chelt, and set it without, at the Gate of the House of the Lord.

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9 And they made a Proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring into 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 REJOYCID, and brought in, and cast into the Cheft, until they had made an end.

u Now it came to pass, that at what Time the Chek was brought into 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 igain. 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 Lorn.

13 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: and they offered Burnt-offerings in the House of the LORD CONTINUALLY, all the Days of Jehoiada.

15 But Jehoiada was full of Days when he died, an hun. dred 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 towards God, and towards his House.

17 Now after the Death of Jehoiada, came the PRINCES of Judah, and made Obeisance to the King : then the King HEARKNED unto them.

18 And they left the House of the LORD God of their Fathers, and served Groves and IDOLS : and WRATH came upon Judah for this their TRESPASS.

19 Yet he fent Prophets to them, to bring them again unto the LORD, and they TESTIFIED against them: but they would NOT GIVE EAR.

20 And the SPIRIT of GOD came upon ZECHARIAH the Son of Jehoiada the Priest, which stood above the People, and said unto them, Thus faith God, Why TRANSGRISS ye the COMMANDMENTS of the LORD, that ye can

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not PROSPER? because ye have FORSAKEN the LORD, he hath also FORSAKEN you. 21 1 And they CONSPIRED Matihi xxiii. 29 Wo unto you

SCRIBES and PHARISEES, HYPOCRITES; against him, and stoned him

because ye build the Tombs of the with Stones at the Command- PROPHETS, and garnish the Sepulchres ment of the King in the Court of the RIGHTEOUS..

of the House of the LORD. of the roure of me LORD. Days of our Fathers, we would not

30 And say, If we had been in the . 22 Thus Joalh the King have been Partakers with them in the remembred not the KIND- Blood of the PROPHETS,

31 Wherefore ye be Witnesses unto Ness which Jehoiada his Fa- vous felves, that ye are the Children ther had done to him, but of them which killed the PROPHETS. SLew bis Son: and when he 32 Fill ye up then che Mealuses of

your Fathers. died, ne laid, The LORD 33 Ye Serpents, ye Generation of look upon it, and REQUIRE Vipers, how can ye efcape the Dam

zation of Hell?

34 Wherefore behold, I send unto 23 And it came to pass, you PROPHETS, and Wise Men, and at the End of the Year, that SCRIBES ; and some of them ye shall the Host of Syria came up

KILL and CRUCIFY, and some of them the hot or oyid came up fall ye SCOURGE in your Synagogues, against him: and they came and PERSECUTE them from City to to Judah and Jerusalem, and City : destroyed all the Princes of doroved all the Povecaf 35 Thac upon you may come all

the RIGHTEOUS BLOOD Phed upon the the People from among the Earth, from the Blood of righteous People, and sent all the Spoil Abel, unto the Blood of ZACHARIAS of them

Son of Barachias, whom ye sløw beunto the King of tween the Temple and the Altar. Damascus.

36 Verily I say unto you, All these Things Thall come upon this Gene

ration. 37 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that KILLEST the PROPHETS, and STONEST them wbich are seat unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy Children together, even as a Hen gathereth her Chickens uades her Wings, and ye would nor!

38 Behold, your House is left unto you LESOLATE.

39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not fee me henceforth, till ye kall fay, BLESSED is he that comech in the Name of the LORD.

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to me, I will RECOMPENSE laith the Company of Men, and the LORD. And again, the LORD thall LORD DELIVERED a very JUDGE bis People GREAT Host into their Hand, in RAHoopintotheir Hand 31 It is a fearful Thing to FALL

into the Hands of the LIVING God. because they had FORSAKEN the LORD God of their Fathers : So they EXECUTED JUDGMENT against Joalh.

25 And when they were departed from him (for they lest him in great Diseases) his own SERVANTS CONSPIRED a. gainst him, for the Blood of the Sons of Jehoiada the Priest,

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and and flew him on his Bed : but they buried him not in the Sepulchres of the Kings. • 27 Now concerning his Şons, 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.

IT is observed by the learned Dr. Lightfoot, That the Mure I der of Zacharias the Prophet in the Court of the Temple, was the Beginning of the Ruin of Judah, whereby they plainly shew'd, that they despised and rejected the Lord, bis TEMPLE, PRIESTHOOD, and Prophecy; and from that Time did their State decay, of which they were forewarn'd by the Prophet Hosea,

Chap. iv. Ver. I Hear the Word of the LORD, ye Children of Israel: for the LORD hath a CONTROVERSY with the Inhabitants of the Land, because there is no TRUTH, nor Mercy, nor KNOWLEDGE of God in the Land. • 2 By SWEARING, and 'LYING, and KILLING, and STEALING, and committing ADULTERY, they break out, and Blood toucheth BLOOD. • 3 Therefore fhall the Land MOURN, and every one that dwelleth therein shall LANGUISH, with the Beasts of the Field, and with the Fowls of Heaven, yea, the Fishes of the Sea also shall be taken away.'

4 Yet let no Man ftrive, nor reprove another : for thy People are as they that strive with the Priest.

5 Therefore shalt thou fall in the Day, and the Prophet also shall fall with thee in the Night, and I will destroy thy Mother. ! 6 My People are DESTROYED for LACK of KNOWLEDGE: because thou hast rejected Knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no Priest to me: seeing thou haft forgotten the Law of thy God, I will also forget thy Children.

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