1When Athaliah mother of Ahaziah learned that her son was dead, she promptly murdered al those ofroyal stock. 2But Jehosheba, daughter of King Jehoram and sister of Ahaziah, surreptitiously rescued Jehoash sonof Ahaziah from among the princes who were to be murdered, and put him with his nurse in the sleepingquarters; in this way she hid him from Athaliah, and he was not killed. 3He stayed, hidden with her in the Temple of Yahweh for six years, while Athaliah governed the country. 4In the seventh year, Jehoiada sent for the regimental commanders of the Carians and the guards, andhad them brought to him in the Temple of Yahweh. He made a pact with them, put them on oath, then showedthem the king's son. He gave them this order, 5'This is what you must do: a third of you who come on duty on the Sabbath must mount guard at theroyal palace, 6, 7and your two other sections who come off duty on the Sabbath and mount guard at the Temple ofYahweh 8must surround the king, each man with his weapons in his hand; anyone forcing his way through theranks is to be kil ed. And you wil escort the king as he leaves and as he comes in.' 9The regimental commanders did everything as Jehoiada the priest had ordered, and each one broughthis men, those coming on duty on the Sabbath and those going off duty on the Sabbath, and reported toJehoiada the priest. 10The priest then issued the regimental commanders with King David's spears and shields, which werekept in the Temple of Yahweh. 11The guards then took position, each man with his weapons in his hand, from the south corner of theTemple to the north corner of the Temple, al round the altar and the Temple. 12Then Jehoiada brought the king's son out -- crowned him and gave him a copy of the covenant; andthey made him king and anointed him, and they clapped their hands and shouted, 'Long live the king!' 13On hearing the people shouting, Athaliah joined the people in the Temple of Yahweh. 14When she looked, there stood the king on a dais, as the custom was, with the officers and trumpetersat the king's side, and all the people of the country rejoicing and blowing the trumpets; then Athaliah tore herclothes and shouted, 'Treason, treason!' 15Jehoiada the priest then gave the orders to the commanders in charge of the troops, 'Take her outunder guard and put to death anyone who follows her.' 'For', the priest had already said, 'she must not be killedinside the Temple of Yahweh.' 16They seized her, and when she reached the horses' entry to the palace, she was kil ed there. 17Jehoiada made a covenant between Yahweh, the king and the people that they would remainYahweh's people; and another one between the king and the people. 18Al the people of the country then went to the temple of Baal and demolished it; they smashed itsaltars and its images and kil ed Mattan the priest of Baal in front of the altars. The priest made arrangements forthe security of the Temple of Yahweh. 19He then took the regimental commanders, the Carians, the guards and al the people of the country,and they escorted the king down from the Temple of Yahweh, entering the palace through the Gate of theGuards. Jehoash took his seat on the throne of the kings. 20Al the people of the country were delighted; the city, however, made no move. And Athaliah was putto death inside the palace.
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