2 Kings 12:1-21, NLT
2 Kings 12
Joash Repairs the Temple
1*12:1a Verses 12:1-21 are numbered 12:2-22 in Hebrew text.Joash*12:1b Hebrew Jehoash, a variant spelling of Joash; also in 12:2, 4, 6, 7, 18. began to rule over Judah in the seventh year of King Jehu’s reign in Israel. He reigned in Jerusalem forty years. His mother was Zibiah from Beersheba.
4One day King Joash said to the priests, “Collect all the money brought as a sacred offering to the Lord’s Temple, whether it is a regular assessment, a payment of vows, or a voluntary gift.
6But by the twenty-third year of Joash’s reign, the priests still had not repaired the Temple.
9Then Jehoiada the priest bored a hole in the lid of a large chest and set it on the right-hand side of the altar at the entrance of the Temple of the Lord. The priests guarding the entrance put all of the people’s contributions into the chest.
13The money brought to the Temple was not used for making silver bowls, lamp snuffers, basins, trumpets, or other articles of gold or silver for the Temple of the Lord.
The End of Joash’s Reign
17About this time King Hazael of Aram went to war against Gath and captured it. Then he turned to attack Jerusalem.
19The rest of the events in Joash’s reign and everything he did are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Judah.
20Joash’s officers plotted against him and assassinated him at Beth-millo on the road to Silla.