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Athaliah Overthrown

1In the seventh year Jehoiada strengthened himself and took the commanders 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 a covenant with him.
  2They went around in Judah and gathered the Levites out of all the cities of Judah, and the heads of fathers’ households of Israel, and they came to Jerusalem.

3All the assembly cut a covenant with the king in God’s house. He said to them, “Behold, the king’s son must reign, as Yahweh has spoken concerning the sons of David.
  4This is the thing that you are to do. A third part of you who come in on the Sabbath, of the priests and of the Levites, are to be gatekeepers of the thresholds.
  5A third part are to be at the king’s house and a third part at the gate of the foundation. All the people will be in the courts of Yahweh’s house.
  6But let no one come into the house of Yahweh except the priests and those who minister of the Levites. They may come in, for they are holy, but all the people are to follow Yahweh’s instructions.
  7The Levites must surround the king, every man with his weapons in his hand. Whoever comes into the house, let him be slain. Be with the king when he comes in, and when he goes out.”

8So the Levites and all Judah did according to all that Jehoiada the priest commanded, and they took every man his men, those who were to come in on the Sabbath with those who were to go out on the Sabbath, for Jehoiada the priest didn’t dismiss the shift.
  9Jehoiada the priest delivered to the captains of hundreds the spears and shields and small shields that had been King David’s, which were in God’s house.
  10He set all the people, each man with his weapon in his hand, from the right side of the house to the left side of the house, alongside the altar and the house, around the king.

11Then they brought out the king’s son and put the crown on him and gave him the testimony and made him king; and Jehoiada and his sons anointed him and they said, “Long live the king!”

12When Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and praising the king, she came to the people into the house of Yahweh;
  13and she looked, and behold, the king stood by his pillar at the entrance, and the captains and the trumpets by the king; and all the people of the land rejoiced and blew trumpets; the singers also played musical instruments and led the singing of praise. Then Athaliah tore her clothes, and said, “Treason! Treason!”

14Jehoiada the priest brought out the captains of hundreds who were set over the army and said to them, “Bring her out between the ranks; and whoever follows her, let him be slain with the sword.” For the priest said, “Do not kill her in Yahweh’s house.”
  15So they made way for her. She went to the entrance of the horse gate to the king’s house, and they killed her there.

Jehoiada’s Reforms

16Jehoiada cut a covenant between himself and all the people and the king, that they should be Yahweh’s people.
  17All the people went to the house of Baal and broke it down, and broke his altars and his images in pieces, and killed Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.

18Jehoiada appointed the officers of the house of Yahweh under the hand of the Levitical priests whom David had assigned over the house of Yahweh, to offer the burnt offerings of Yahweh as it is written in the law of Moses, with rejoicing and with singing according to the order of David.
  19He set the gatekeepers at the gates of the house of Yahweh, so that no one who was unclean in anything could enter in.
  20He 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 Yahweh; and they came through the upper gate to the king’s house and set the king on the throne of the kingdom.
  21So all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was quiet. Athaliah they had slain with the sword.

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