Second Chronicles 23


23:1 And in the seventh year Jehoiada strengthened himself, and
 took the captains of hundreds, Azariah the son of Jeroham, and
 Ishmael the son of Jehohanan, and Azariah the son of Obed, and
 Maaseiah the son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat the son of Zichri,
 into covenant with him.
23:2 And they went about in Judah, and gathered the Levites out
 of all the cities of Judah, and the chief of the fathers of
 Israel, and they came to Jerusalem.
23:3 And all the congregation made a covenant with the king in
 the house of God. And he said to them, Behold, the king's son
 shall reign, as the LORD hath said of the sons of David.
23:4 This [is] the thing that ye shall do: A third part of you
 entering on the sabbath, of the priests, and of the Levites,
 [shall be] porters of the doors;
23:5 And a third part [shall be] at the king's house; and a
 third part at the gate of the foundation: and all the people
 [shall be] in the courts of the house of the LORD.
23:6 But let none come into the house of the LORD, save the
 priests, and they that minister of the Levites; they shall go
 in, for they [are] holy: but all the people shall keep the
 watch of the LORD.
23:7 And the Levites shall encompass the king, every man with
 his weapons in his hand; and whoever [else] cometh into the
 house, he shall be put to death: but be ye with the king when
 he cometh in, and when he goeth out.
23:8 So the Levites and all Judah did according to all things
 that Jehoiada the priest had commanded, and took every man his
 men that were to come in on the sabbath, with them that were to
 go [out] on the sabbath: for Jehoiada the priest dismissed not
 the courses.
23:9 Moreover, Jehoiada the priest delivered to the captains of
 hundreds, spears, and bucklers, and shields, that [had been]
 king David's, which [were] in the house of God.
23:10 And he set all the people, every man having his weapon in
 his hand, from the right side of the temple to the left side of
 the temple, along by the altar and the temple, by the king on
 all sides.
23:11 Then they brought out the king's son, and put upon him the
 crown, and [gave him] the testimony, and made him king. And
 Jehoiada and his sons anointed him, and said, God save the
 king.
23:12 Now when Athaliah heard the noise of the people running
 and praising the king, she came to the people into the house of
 the LORD:
23:13 And she looked, and behold, the king stood at his pillar
 at the entrance, and the princes and the trumpets by the king:
 and all the people of the land rejoiced, and sounded with
 trumpets, also the singers with instruments of music, and such
 as taught to sing praise. Then Athaliah rent her clothes, and
 said, Treason, treason.
23:14 Then Jehoiada the priest brought out the captains of
 hundreds that were set over the host, and said to them, Have
 her forth without the ranges: and whoever followeth her, let
 him be slain with the sword. For the priest said, Slay her not
 in the house of the LORD.
23:15 So they laid hands on her; and when she had come to the
 entrance of the horse gate by the king's house, they slew her
 there.
23:16 And Jehoiada made a covenant between him, and between all
 the people, and between the king, that they should be the
 LORD'S people.
23:17 Then all the people went to the house of Baal, and broke
 it down, and broke his altars and his images in pieces, and
 slew Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.
23:18 Also Jehoiada appointed the offices of the house of the
 LORD by the hand of the priests the Levites, whom David had
 distributed in the house of the LORD, to offer the
 burnt-offerings of the LORD, as [it is] written in the law of
 Moses, with rejoicing and with singing, [as it was ordained] by
 David.
23:19 And he set the porters at the gates of the house of the
 LORD, that none [who was] unclean in any thing should enter.
23:20 And he took the captains of hundreds, and the nobles, and
 the governors of the people, and all the people of the land,
 and brought down the king from the house of the LORD: and they
 came through the high gate into the king's house, and set the
 king upon the throne of the kingdom.
23:21 And all the people of the land rejoiced: and the city was
 quiet, after they had slain Athaliah with the sword.
 
 

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