24:17 After Jehoiada died, the officials of Judah visited the king and declared their loyalty to him. 1 The king listened to their advice. 2 24:18 They abandoned the temple of the Lord God of their ancestors, 3 and worshiped 4 the Asherah poles and idols. Because of this sinful activity, God was angry with Judah and Jerusalem. 24:19 The Lord sent prophets among them to lead them back to him. 5 They warned 6 the people, but they would not pay attention. 24:20 God’s Spirit energized 7 Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood up before the people and said to them, “This is what God says: ‘Why are you violating the commands of the Lord? You will not be prosperous! Because you have rejected the Lord, he has rejected you!’” 24:21 They plotted against him and by royal decree stoned him to death in the courtyard of the Lord’s temple. 24:22 King Joash disregarded 8 the loyalty his father Jehoiada had shown him and killed Jehoiada’s 9 son. As Zechariah 10 was dying, he said, “May the Lord take notice and seek vengeance!” 11
1 tn Heb “came and bowed down to the king.”
2 tn Heb “to them.”
4 tn Heb “served.”
5 tn Heb “and he sent among them prophets to bring them back to the
6 tn Heb “testified among.”
7 tn Heb “clothed.”
8 tn Heb “did not remember.”
9 tn Heb “his”; the referent (Jehoiada) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
10 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Zechariah) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
11 tn Heb “and seek [ – ].” The direct object of “seek” is omitted in the Hebrew text but implied; “vengeance” is supplied for clarification.