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Jehoash Repairs the Temple

1In the seventh year of Jehu, Jehoasha began to reign, and he reigned 40 years in Jerusalem, and his mother’s name was Zibiah of Beer-sheba.
  2Jehoash did what was right in the eyes of Yahweh all his days in which Jehoiada the priest instructed him,
  3only the local shrines were not taken away; the people were still sacrificing and burning incense at the shrines.

4And Jehoash said to the priests, “All the silverb for the holy things that is brought into the house of Yahweh, the silver from each person’s being counted in the census—the silver from the assessment of persons—and all the silver that comes into any man’s heart to bring into the house of Yahweh,
  5let the priests take it for themselves, each man from his treasurer, however, they are to repair the damages to the house wherever any damage is found.”

6But by the twenty-third year of King Jehoash, the priests had not repaired the damage to the house.
  7Then King Jehoash called for Jehoiada the priest and for the other priests and said to them, “Why are you not repairing the damage to the house? So now do not take any more money from your treasurers, but hand it over for the damage of the house.”
  8So the priests agreed that they would take no more silver from the people, and that they would not repair the damage to the house.

9Then Jehoiada the priest took a chest and bored a hole in its lid and set it beside the altar, on the right side as one comes into the house of Yahweh, and the priests who guarded the threshold put in it all the silver that was brought into the house of Yahweh.
  10And whenever they saw that there was a lot of silver in the chest, the king’s scribe and the high priest came and tied up in bags and counted the silver that was found in the house of Yahweh.
  11And they gave the silver that was weighed out into the hands of those who did the work, who had the oversight of the house of Yahweh. And they paid it out to the carpenters and the builders who worked on the house of Yahweh,
  12and to the masons and the stone cutters, and for buying timber and cut stone to repair the damage to the house of Yahweh, and for any other expense for the repairs to the house.

13But no silver bowls, snuffers, sprinkling basins, trumpets, or any utensils of gold or utensils of silver for the house of Yahweh were made from the moneyc that was brought into the house of Yahweh,
  14because they gave that to those who did the work and repaired the house of Yahweh with it.
  15And they did not demand an accounting from the men into whose hand they gave the silver to give to those who did the work, for they dealt faithfully.
  16The silver for the trespass offerings and the silver for the sin offerings was not brought into the house of Yahweh; it was for the priests.

Hazael of Syria attacks Judah

17At that time Hazael king of Syria went up and fought against Gath and captured it, then Hazael set his face to go up against Jerusalem.
  18Jehoash king of Judah took all the holy things that Jehoshaphat and Jehoram and Ahaziah his fathers, kings of Judah, had dedicated, and his own holy things and all the gold that was found in the treasures of the house of Yahweh and the king’s house, and sent it to Hazael king of Syria, so that he went away from Jerusalem.

The Death of Jehoash

19Now the rest of the acts of Joash and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the kings of Judah?
  20His servants arose and made a conspiracy and struck down Joash at Beth-millo, which goes down to Silla.
  21It was Jozacar the son of Shimeath and Jehozabad the son of Shomer, his servants, who struck him down. So he died, and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David, and Amaziah his son reigned in his place.

He is called “Joash” in 2 Chronicles 24
I.e., money
Lit. “silver”

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