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SECOND CHRONICLES XXIV–THE TEMPLE RESTORED
the house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the house of the LORD did they bestow upon Baalim.
8 And at the king's commandment they made a chest, and set it without at the gate of the house of the LORD.
9 And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in to the LORD the collection that Nloses the servant of God laid upon Israel in the wilderness.
10 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end.
11 Now it came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought unto the king's office by the hand of the Levites, and when they saw that there was much money, the king's scribe and the high priest' officer came and emptied the chest, and took it, and carried it to his place again. Thus they did day by day, and gathered money in abundance.
12 And the king and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the work of the service of the house of the LORD, and hired masons and carpenters to repair the house of the LORD, and also such as wrought iron and brass to mend the house of the LORD.
13 So the workmen wrought, and the work was perfected by them, and they set the house of God in his state, and strengthened it.
14 And when they had finished it, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels for the house of the LORD, even vessels to minister, and to offer withal, and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the LORD continually all the days of Jehoiada.
15 But Jehoiada waxed old, and was full of days when he died; an hundred and thirty years old was he when he died.
16 And they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done good in Israel, both toward God, and toward his house.
17 Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.
18 And they left the house of the LORD God of their fathers, and served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their trespass.
19 Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the LORD; and they testified against them: but they would not give ear.
20 And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the LORD, that ye cannot prosper ? because ye have forsaken the LORD, he hath also
21 And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the LORD.
SECOND CHRONICLES XXIV-JOASH FALLS INTO EVIL
22 Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said, The Lord look upon it, and require it.
23 | And it came to pass at the end of the year, that the host of Syria came up against him: and they came to Judah and Jerusalem, and destroyed all the princes of the people from among the people, and sent all the spoil of them unto the king of Damascus.
24 For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men, and the LORD delivered a very great host into their hand, because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. So they executed judgment against Joash.
25 And when they were departed from him, (for they left him in great diseases,) his own servants conspired against him for the blood of the sons of Jehoiada the priest, and slew him on his bed, and he died: and they buried him in the city of David, but they buried him not in the sepulchres of the kings.
26 And these are they that conspired against him; Zabad the son of Shimeath an Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith a Moabitess.
27 Now concerning his sons, and the greatness of the burdens laid upon him, and the repairing of the house of God, behold, they are written in the story of the book of the kings. And Amaziah his son reigned in his stead.
1 Amaziah beginneth to reign well. 3 He erecuteth justice on the traitors. 5 Having hired an army of Israelites against the Edomites, at the word of a prophet he loseth the hundred talents, and dismisseth them. 11 He ore throweth the Edomites. 10, 13 The Israelites, discontented with their dismission, spoil as they return home. 11 Am. azuh, proud of his victory, serveth the gods of Edom, and despiseth the admonitions of the prophet. 17 He pre voketh Joash to his overthrow. 25 His reign. 27 He is slain by conspiracy.
MAZIAH was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem.
And his mother's name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem. 2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.
3 | Now it came to pass, when the kingdom was established to him, that he slew his servants that had killed the king his father.
4 But he slew not their children, but did as it is written in the law in the book of Moses, where the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not die for the children, neither shall the children die for the fathers, but every man shall die for his own sin.
5 Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together, and made them captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, according to the houses of their fathers, throughout all Judah and Benjamin: and he numbered them from twenty years old and above, and found them three hundred thousand choice men, able to go forth to war, that could handle spear and shield.
“And Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked.”—II. Chron., 9, 12.
\HE purpose of the queen of Sheba's visit was
“to prove Solomon with hard questions," that
is, to test his wisdom. Again we have only unsubstantial legends as to the nature of these tests. We are told that she showed the king two bouquets, one real, the other a marvellous imitation, and challenged him to decide which was which, without handling them. He bade a window be opened, whereupon the bees, flying in, settled on the true flowers. She presented to him a company of boys and girls dressed all alike, and asked him to separate them. He bade basins be brought for them to wash their hands, whereon the girls instinctively turned back their long sleeves, but the boys, accustomed to bare arms, did not. The Bible gives us only the result of this playing, “Solomon told her all her questions: and there was nothing hid from Solomon.”
In the end the queen was wholly overcome by the combined wisdom and splendor of the king. “There was no more spirit in her.” She said to Solomon, “It was a true report which I heard in mine own land of thine acts and of thy wisdom.
Behold the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me.” So the two exchanged civilities and gorgeous presents; and she returned to her home.