Benaiah son of Jehoiada was a brave warrior from Kabzeel who performed great exploits. He struck down the two sons of Ariel of Moab; 1 he also went down and killed a lion inside a cistern on a snowy day.
In the seventh year Jehoiada made a bold move. He made a pact 1 with the officers of the units of hundreds: Azariah son of Jehoram, Ishmael son of Jehochanan, Azariah son of Obed, Maaseiah son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat son of Zikri.
Jehoiada the priest sent out the officers of the units of hundreds, who were in charge of the army, and ordered them, “Bring her outside the temple to the guards. 1 Put the sword to anyone who follows her.” The priest gave this order because he had decided she should not be executed in the Lord’s temple. 2
Jehoiada then assigned the duties of the Lord’s temple to the priests, the Levites whom David had assigned to the Lord’s temple. They were responsible for offering burnt sacrifices to the Lord with joy and music, according to 1 the law of Moses and the edict of David.
God’s Spirit energized 1 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!’”
When they withdrew, they left Joash 1 badly wounded. His servants plotted against him because of what he had done to 2 the son 3 of Jehoiada the priest. They murdered him on his bed. Thus 4 he died and was buried in the City of David, 5 but not in the tombs of the kings.
and the whole assembly made a covenant with the king in the temple of God. Jehoiada 1 said to them, “The king’s son will rule, just as the Lord promised David’s descendants.
Benaiah son of Jehoida was a brave warrior 1 from Kabzeel who performed great exploits. He struck down the two sons of Ariel of Moab. 2 He also went down and killed a lion in a cistern on a snowy day.
So Jehoshabeath, 1 the daughter of King Jehoram, 2 took Ahaziah’s son Joash and sneaked him away 3 from the rest of the royal descendants who were to be executed. She hid him and his nurse in the room where the bed covers were stored. So Jehoshabeath the daughter of King Jehoram, wife of Jehoiada the priest and sister of Ahaziah, hid him from Athaliah so she could not execute him.
All the people of the land went and demolished 1 the temple of Baal. They smashed its altars and idols 2 to bits. 3 They killed Mattan the priest of Baal in front of the altar. Jehoiada the priest 4 then placed guards at the Lord’s temple.
Jehoiada 1 led out the king’s son and placed on him the crown and the royal insignia. 2 They proclaimed him king and poured olive oil on his head. 3 They clapped their hands and cried out, “Long live the king!”
Joiada son of Paseah and Meshullam son of Besodeiah worked on the Jeshanah Gate. 1 They laid its beams and positioned its doors, its bolts, and its bars.
Now one of the sons of Joiada son of Eliashib the high priest was a son-in-law of Sanballat the Horonite. So I banished him from my sight.
He ordered them, “This is what you must do. One third of the unit that is on duty during the Sabbath will guard the royal palace.
He posted guards at the gates of the Lord’s temple, so no one who was ceremonially unclean in any way could enter.
(Wicked Athaliah and her sons had broken into God’s temple and used all the holy items of the Lord’s temple in their worship of the Baals.)