1In the seventh year of Jehu, Jehoash began to reign, and he reigned forty 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.
3However, the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and turned incense into smoke-perfume in the high places.
4And Jehoash said to the priests, “All the money of the holy things that is brought into the house of Yahweh, the money for which each person is assessed—the money from the assessment of persons—and all the money that it comes into any man’s heart to bring into the house of Yahweh,
5let the priests take it for themselves, each man from his donor, however, they are to repair the damages to the house wherever any damage is found.”
6But it was so that by the 23rd 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 have you not repaired the damage of the house? So now do not take any more money from your donors, but hand it over for the damage of the house.”
8So the priests agreed that they would take no more money 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 kept the threshold put in it all the money that was brought into the house of Yahweh.
10And whenever they saw that there was much money in the chest, the king’s scribe and the high priest came and they counted the money that was found in the house of Yahweh, and they tied it up in bags.
11And they gave the money 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 outlays for the repairs to the house.
13But there had not been made for the house of Yahweh silver cups, snuffers, basins, trumpets, or any vessels of gold or vessels of silver from the money 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.
15Moreover they did not demand an accounting from the men into whose hand they delivered the money to give to those who did the work, for they dealt faithfully.
16The money for the trespass offerings and the money for the sin offerings was not brought into the house of Yahweh; it was for the priests.
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 of the king’s house, and sent it to Hazael king of Syria; and he went away from Jerusalem.
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 Joash at Beth-millo on the road that goes down to Silla.
21It was Jozacar the son of Shimeath and Jehozabad the son of Shomer, his servants, who struck him, and he died, and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David, and Amaziah his son reigned in his place.