Instead of bronze, I will bring you gold, instead of iron, I will bring you silver, instead of wood, I will bring you 1 bronze, instead of stones, I will bring you 2 iron. I will make prosperity 3 your overseer, and vindication your sovereign ruler. 4
“The Lord has made you priest in place of Jehoiada. 1 He has put you in charge in the Lord’s temple of controlling 2 any lunatic 3 who pretends to be a prophet. 4 And it is your duty to put any such person in the stocks 5 with an iron collar around his neck. 6
So the next day Agrippa 1 and Bernice came with great pomp 2 and entered the audience hall, 3 along with the senior military officers 4 and the prominent men of the city. When Festus 5 gave the order, 6 Paul was brought in.
These were his officials: Azariah son of Zadok was the priest.
When Jehu rejoined 1 his master’s servants, they 2 asked him, “Is everything all right? 3 Why did this madman visit you?” He replied, “Ah, it’s not important. You know what kind of man he is and the kinds of things he says.” 4
Jehu ordered 1 his officer Bidkar, “Pick him up and throw him into the part of the field that once belonged to Naboth of Jezreel. Remember, you and I were riding together behind his father Ahab, when the Lord pronounced this judgment on him,
His officer Pekah son of Remaliah conspired against him. He and fifty Gileadites assassinated Pekahiah, as well as Argob and Arieh, in Samaria in the fortress of the royal palace. 1 Pekah then took his place as king.
All of the officers of the Judahite army 1 and their troops heard that the king of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah to govern. So they came to Gedaliah at Mizpah. The officers who came were Ishmael son of Nethaniah, Johanan son of Kareah, Seraiah son of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah son of the Maacathite.
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.
His officials also willingly contributed to the people, priests, and Levites. Hilkiah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, the leaders of God’s temple, supplied 2,600 Passover sacrifices and 300 cattle.
Bakbukiah and Unni, 1 their colleagues, stood opposite them in the services.
Indeed, 1 he says: “Are not my officials all kings?
All the women who are left in the royal palace of Judah will be led out to the officers of the king of Babylon. They will taunt you saying, 1 ‘Your trusted friends misled you; they have gotten the best of you. Now that your feet are stuck in the mud, they have turned their backs on you.’ 2
And since 1 this was not done without a sworn affirmation – for the others have become priests without a sworn affirmation,
“So I will set apart as holy 1 the tent of meeting and the altar, and I will set apart as holy Aaron and his sons, that they may minister as priests to me.