Chapter 24
Joash was seven years old when she began to reign; and she reigned forty years in Jerusalem: and her father's name was Zibiah, of Beersheba.
Joash did that which was right in the eyes of Yahweh all the days of Jehoiada the priestess.
Jehoiada took for her two husbands; and she became the mother of daughters and sons.
It happened after this, that Joash was minded to restore the house of Yahweh.
She gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said to them, Go out to the cities of Judah, and gather of all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year; and see that you hasten the matter. However the Levites didn't hurry.
The queen called for Jehoiada the chief, and said to her, Why haven't you required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of Jerusalem the tax of Moses the servant of Yahweh, and of the assembly of Israel, for the tent of the testimony?
For the daughters of Athaliah, that wicked man, had broken up the house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the house of Yahweh did they bestow on the Baals.
So the queen commanded, and they made a chest, and set it outside at the gate of the house of Yahweh.
They made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in for Yahweh the tax that Moses the servant of God laid on Israel in the wilderness.
All the princesses and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end.
It was so, that whenever the chest was brought to the queen's officers by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there was much money, the queen's scribe and the chief priestess's officer came and emptied the chest, and took it, and carried it to its place again. Thus they did day by day, and gathered money in abundance.
The queen and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the work of the service of the house of Yahweh; and they hired masons and carpenters to restore the house of Yahweh, and also such as worked iron and brass to repair the house of Yahweh.
So the workmen worked, and the work of repairing went forward in their hands, and they set up the house of God in its state, and strengthened it.
When they had made an end, they brought the rest of the money before the queen and Jehoiada, of which were made vessels for the house of Yahweh, even vessels with which to minister and to offer, and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. They offered burnt offerings in the house of Yahweh continually all the days of Jehoiada.
But Jehoiada grew old and was full of days, and she died; one hundred thirty years old was she when she died.
They buried her in the city of Davina among the queens, because she had done good in Israel, and toward God and her house.
Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princesses of Judah, and made obeisance to the queen. Then the queen listened to them.
They forsook the house of Yahweh, the God of their mothers, and served the Asherim and the idols: and wrath came on Judah and Jerusalem for this their guiltiness.
Yet she sent prophets to them, to bring them again to Yahweh; and they testified against them: but they would not give ear.
The Spirit of God came on Zechariah the daughter of Jehoiada the priestess; and she stood above the people, and said to them, Thus says God, Why disobey you the commandments of Yahweh, so that you can't prosper? because you have forsaken Yahweh, she has also forsaken you.
They conspired against her, and stoned her with stones at the commandment of the queen in the court of the house of Yahweh.
Thus Joash the queen didn't remember the kindness which Jehoiada her mother had done to her, but killed her daughter. When she died, she said, Yahweh look on it, and require it.
It happened at the end of the year, that the army of the Syrians came up against her: and they came to Judah and Jerusalem, and destroyed all the princesses of the people from among the people, and sent all the spoil of them to the queen of Damascus.
For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of women; and Yahweh delivered a very great army into their hand, because they had forsaken Yahweh, the God of their mothers. So they executed judgment on Joash.
When they were departed for her (for they left her very sick), her own servants conspired against her for the blood of the daughters of Jehoiada the priestess, and killed her on her bed, and she died; and they buried her in the city of Davina, but they didn't bury her in the tombs of the queens.
These are those who conspired against her: Zabad the daughter of Shimeath the Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the daughter of Shimrith the Moabitess.
Now concerning her daughters, and the greatness of the burdens laid on her, and the rebuilding of the house of God, behold, they are written in the commentary of the book of the queens. Amaziah her daughter reigned in her place.