2 Chronicles 23
in the seventh year Jehoiada strengthened himself, and took the captains of hundreds, Azariah the son of Jeroham, and Ishmael
the son of Jehohanan, and Azariah the son of Obed, and Maaseiah the son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat the son of Zichri, into
covenant with him.
2And they went about in
Judah, and gathered the Levites out of all the cities of Judah, and the chief of the fathers of Israel, and they came to Jerusalem.
3And all the congregation made a covenant
with the king in the house of God. And he said unto them, Behold, the king's son shall reign, as the LORD hath said of the
sons of David.
4This is the thing that ye
shall do; A third part of you entering on the sabbath, of the priests and of the Levites, shall be porters of the doors;
5And a third part shall be at the king's house; and a third part at the gate of
the foundation: and all the people shall be in the courts of the house of the LORD.
6But let none come into the house of the LORD, save the priests, and they that minister of the Levites;
they shall go in, for they are holy: but all the people shall keep the watch of the LORD.
7And the Levites shall compass the king round about, every man with his weapons
in his hand; and whosoever else cometh into the house, he shall be put to death: but be ye with the king when he cometh in,
and when he goeth out.
8So the Levites and
all Judah did according to all things that Jehoiada the priest had commanded, and took every man his men that were to come
in on the sabbath, with them that were to go out on the sabbath: for Jehoiada the priest dismissed not the courses.
9Moreover Jehoiada the priest delivered to the captains of hundreds spears, and
bucklers, and shields, that had been king David's, which were in the house of God.
10And he set all the people, every man having his weapon in his hand, from the right side of the temple
to the left side of the temple, along by the altar and the temple, by the king round about.
11Then they brought out the king's son, and put upon him the crown, and gave him
the testimony, and made him king. And Jehoiada and his sons anointed him, and said, God save the king.
12Now when Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and praising the king,
she came to the people into the house of the LORD:
she looked, and, behold, the king stood at his pillar at the entering in, and the princes and the trumpets by the king: and
all the people of the land rejoiced, and sounded with trumpets, also the singers with instruments of musick, and such as taught
to sing praise. Then Athaliah rent her clothes, and said, Treason, Treason.
14Then Jehoiada the priest brought out the captains of hundreds that were set over the host, and said
unto them, Have her forth of the ranges: and whoso followeth her, let him be slain with the sword. For the priest said, Slay
her not in the house of the LORD.
laid hands on her; and when she was come to the entering of the horse gate by the king's house, they slew her there.
16And Jehoiada made a covenant between him, and between all the people, and between
the king, that they should be the LORD's people.
all the people went to the house of Baal, and brake it down, and brake his altars and his images in pieces, and slew Mattan
the priest of Baal before the altars.
Jehoiada appointed the offices of the house of the LORD by the hand of the priests the Levites, whom David had distributed
in the house of the LORD, to offer the burnt offerings of the LORD, as it is written in the law of Moses, with rejoicing and
with singing, as it was ordained by David.
he set the porters at the gates of the house of the LORD, that none which was unclean in any thing should enter in.
20And he took the captains of hundreds, and the nobles, and the governors of the
people, and all the people of the land, and brought down the king from the house of the LORD: and they came through the high
gate into the king's house, and set the king upon the throne of the kingdom.
21And all the people of the land rejoiced: and the city was quiet, after that they had slain Athaliah
with the sword.