1Jehoash was seven years old when he began to reign.
2Jehoash began to reign in the seventh year of Jehu, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem: and his mother’s name was Zibiah of Beersheba.
3And Jehoash did that which was right in the sight of the Lord all the days that Jehoiada the priest instructed him.
4Only there were not any of the high places removed, and the people still sacrificed there, and burned incense on the high places.
5And Jehoash said to the priests, As for all the money of the holy things that is brought into the house of the Lord, the money of valuation, as each man brings the money of valuation, all the money which any man may feel disposed to bring into the house of the Lord,
6let the priests take it to themselves, every man from the proceeds of his sale: and they shall repair the breaches of the house in all places wheresoever a breach shall be found.
7And it came to pass in the twenty-third year of King Jehoash the priests had not repaired the breaches of the house.
8And King Jehoash called Jehoiada the priest, and the other priests, and said to them, Why have ye not repaired the breaches of the house? now then receive no more money from your sales, for ye shall give it to repair the breaches of the house.
9And the priests consented to receive no more money of the people, and not to repair the breaches of the house.
10And Jehoiada the priest took a chest, and bored a hole in the lid of it, and set it by the altar in the house of a man belonging to the house of the Lord, and the priests that kept the door put therein all the money that was found in the house of the Lord.
11And it came to pass, when they saw that there was much money in the chest, that the king’s scribe and the high priest went up, and they tied up and counted the money that was found in the house of the Lord.
12And they gave the money that had been collected into the hands of them that wrought the works, the overseers of the house of the Lord; and they gave it out to the carpenters and to the builders that wrought in the house of the Lord.
13And to the masons, and to the hewers of stone, to purchase timber and hewn stone to repair the breaches of the house of the Lord, for all that was spent on the house of the Lord to repair it.
14Only there were not to be made for the house of the Lord silver plates, studs, bowls, or trumpets, any vessel of gold or vessel of silver, of the money that was brought into the house of the Lord:
15for they were to give it to the workmen, and they repaired therewith the house of the Lord.
16Also they took no account of the men into whose hands they gave the money to give to the workmen, for they acted faithfully.
17Money for a sin offering, and money for a trespass offering, whatever happened to be brought into the house of the Lord, went to the priests.
18Then went up Hazael king of Syria, and fought against Gath, and took it: and Hazael set his face to go against Jerusalem.
19And Jehoash king of Judah took all the holy things which Jehoshaphat, and Jehoram, Ahaziah, his fathers, and kings of Judah had consecrated, and what he had himself dedicated, and all the gold that was found in the treasures of the Lord’s house and the king’s house, and he sent them to Hazael king of Syria; and he went up from Jerusalem.
20And the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, behold, are not these things written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
21And his servants rose up and made a conspiracy, and smote Joash in the house of Millo that is in Silla.
22And Jozacar the son of Shimeath, and Jehozabad Shomer’s son, his servants, smote him, and he died; and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David: and Amaziah his son reigned in his stead.