23 And in the seventh year Jehojadaʽ took courageous action and took into his confidence the captains of hundreds, ʽAzariah the son of Jeroham and Ishmaʽel the son of Jehohanan and ʽAzariah the son of ʽObed and Maʽasejah the son of ʽAdajah and Elishaphat the son of Zicri, 2 and they went the rounds in Judah and gathered the Levites out of all the cities of Judah, and the heads of families of Israel; and they came to Jerusalem, 3 and all the assembly made a covenant with the king in the house of God. And he said to them “Here is the king’s son; he is to be king, in accordance with what Jehovah promised regarding David’s sons. 4 This is the thing you are to do: the third of you priests and Levites that go in on the sabbath, to act as threshold gatemen; 5 and the third, at the royal palace; and the third, at the Foundation Gate; and all the people, in the courts of Jehovah’s house, 6 but let nobody enter Jehovah’s house except the priests and such of the Levites as are on duty; they are to enter, because they are consecrated, but all the people are to keep Jehovah’s charge. 7 And the Levites are to encircle the king on all sides, weapon in hand, and he who comes into the house is to be put to death; and they are to be with the king when he goes in and when he goes out.” 8 And the Levites and all Judah did just as Priest Jehojadaʽ ordered them, and each fetched his men, those who went in on the sabbath with those who came out on the sabbath, because Priest Jehojadaʽ had not let the divisions off. 9 And Priest Jehojadaʽ gave the captains of hundreds the spears and shields and bucklers that had belonged to King David, that were in Jehovah’s house, 10 and had all the people stand weapon in hand from the southeast corner of the house to the northeast corner, for the altar and the house, around the king; 11 and they brought out the prince and put on him the diadem and the Lessons, and declared him king, and Jehojadaʽ and his sons anointed him and said “Long live the king!” 12 And ʽAthaliah heard the voices of the people running and praising the king, and came to the people in Jehovah’s house 13 and saw the scene: there was the king standing by his pillar at the entrance, and the captains and the trumpets beside the king, and all the populace rejoicing and blowing trumpets, and the singers with the instruments for song and giving notice for praise; and ʽAthaliah tore her garments and said “Treason! treason!” 14 And Priest Jehojadaʽ brought out the captains of hundreds, the officers of the forces, and said to them “Let her out inside the cordon, and let anyone that goes in after her be put to the sword”; for the priest said “You are not to put her to death in Jehovah’s house.” 15 * And they stood away from her, and she went into the entrance to the driveway gate of the palace, and they put her to death there. 16 And Jehojadaʽ made a covenant between himself and the people and the king that they should be Jehovah’s people. 17 And all the people went into the Baal’s house and tore it down and broke to pieces its altars and images, and killed Mattan, the priest of the Baal, in front of the altars. 18 * And Jehojadaʽ installed a committee on Jehovah’s house by the Levite priests whom David had set off to be over Jehovah’s house to offer Jehovah’s burnt-offerings, in accordance with what is written in Moses’s code, with joyousness and song as prescribed by David; 19 and he stationed the gatemen at the gates of Jehovah’s house, and no one unclean on any account was to come in. 20 And he took the captains of hundreds and the grandees and the rulers of the people and all the populace, and brought the king down from Jehovah’s house; and they went in through the middle of the upper gate to the palace, and seated the king on the royal throne. 21 And all the populace rejoiced, and the city quieted down; and ʽAthaliah they put to death by the sword.
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