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Go to Commentary on 2 Kng 11
Athaliah Reigns in Judah

1Now when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal seed.
  2But Jehosheba the daughter of king Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah, he and his nurse, and stole him away from among the king’s sons who were slain and put them in a bedroom; and they hid him from Athaliah so that he was not slain.
  3And he was with her hidden in the house of Yahweh six years. Athaliah reigned over the land.

Jehoash Anointed King in Judah

4In the seventh year, Jehoiada sent and brought the captains over hundreds of the Carites and of the guard and brought them to him into the house of Yahweh; and he cut a covenant with them, and took an oath from them in the house of Yahweh and showed them the king’s son.
  5And he commanded them, saying, “This is the thing that you are to do: a third part of you, those who come in on the Sabbath and keep watch over the king’s house
  6(a third part are to be at the gate Sur and a third part at the gate behind the guards) are to keep the watch of the house for defense.

7The two companies of you, all who go off duty on the Sabbath, are to keep watch over the house of Yahweh on behalf of the king.
  8You must surround the king, every man with his weapons in his hand; and he who comes inside the ranks is to be slain. Be with the king when he goes out and when he comes in.”

9The captains over hundreds did according to all that Jehoiada the priest commanded, and each one of them took his men, those who were to go on duty on the Sabbath with those who were to go off duty on the Sabbath, and came to Jehoiada the priest.
  10The priest gave to the captains over hundreds the spears and shields that had been king David’s, which were in the house of Yahweh.
  11The guard stood, every man with his weapons in his hand, from the right side of the house to the left side of the house, around the altar and around the house, on behalf of the king.

12Then he brought out the king’s son and put the crown on him and gave him the testimony. And they made him king and anointed him and clapped their hands and said, “Long live the king!”

13When Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people, she went to the people into the house of Yahweh.
  14And she looked, and behold, the king stood by the pillar as the tradition was, and the captains and the trumpeters by the king, and all the people of the land rejoiced and blew trumpets. Then Athaliah tore her clothes and cried out, “Treason! Treason!”

15Jehoiada the priest commanded the captains of hundreds who were set over the army and said to them, “Bring her out between the ranks, and put to death by the sword anyone who follows.” For the priest said, “Let her not be put to death in the house of Yahweh.”
  16So they laid hands on her and she went by the way that horses enter into the king’s house, and she was put to death there.

Jehoiada’s Reforms

17Then Jehoiada cut a covenant between Yahweh and the king and the people, that they should be Yahweh’s people, and a covenant between the king and the people.
  18Then all the people of the land went to the house of Baal and broke it down; his altars and his images they completely broke into pieces, and they killed Mattan the priest of Baal in front of the altars. And Jehoiada the priest appointed officers over the house of Yahweh.
  19He took the captains over hundreds, and the Carites, and the guard and all the people of the land, and they brought the king down from the house of Yahweh and came by the way of the gate of the guard to the king’s house. So he sat on the throne of the kings.
  20So all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was quiet now that they had killed Athaliah with the sword at the king’s house.

Jehoash Reigns in Judah

21Jehoash was seven years old when he began to reign.

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