2 Kings 11
And when Athaliah the
mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal.||
But Jehosheba, the daughter of king Joram, sister of Ahaziah, took Joash
the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king's sons which were
slain; and they hid him, even him and his nurse, in the bedchamber from
Athaliah, so that he was not slain.||
And he was with her hid in the house of the LORD six years. And Athaliah
did reign over the land.||
And the seventh year Jehoiada sent and fetched the rulers over hundreds,
with the captains and the guard, and brought them to him into the house of
the LORD, and made a covenant with them, and took an oath of them in the
house of the LORD, and shewed them the king's son.||
And he commanded them, saying, This is the thing that ye shall do; A third
part of you that enter in on the sabbath shall even be keepers of the watch
of the king's house;||
And a third part shall be at the gate of Sur; and a third part at the gate
behind the guard: so shall ye keep the watch of the house, that it be not
And two parts of all you that go forth on the sabbath, even they shall
keep the watch of the house of the LORD about the king.||
And ye shall compass the king round about, every man with his weapons in
his hand: and he that cometh within the ranges, let him be slain: and be ye
with the king as he goeth out and as he cometh in.||
And the captains over the hundreds did according to all things that
Jehoiada the priest commanded: and they took every man his men that were to
come in on the sabbath, with them that should go out on the sabbath, and
came to Jehoiada the priest.||
And to the captains over hundreds did the priest give king David's spears
and shields, that were in the temple of the LORD.||
And the guard stood, every man with his weapons in his hand, round about
the king, from the right corner of the temple to the left corner of the
temple, along by the altar and the temple.||
And he brought forth the king's son, and put the crown upon him, and gave
him the testimony; and they made him king, and anointed him; and they
clapped their hands, and said, God save the king.||
And when Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people, she came
to the people into the temple of the LORD.||
And when she looked, behold, the king stood by a pillar, as the manner
was, and the princes and the trumpeters by the king, and all the people of
the land rejoiced, and blew with trumpets: and Athaliah rent her clothes,
and cried, Treason, Treason.||
(11:14) "Athaliah rent her clothes."|
They rent their clothes.
(11:15-20) Jehoida has Athaliah killed.
God's 112th Killing
(11:15) "Jehoiada the priest commanded the captains ... him that followeth her kill with the sword."
(11:16) "And they laid hands on her ... and there was she slain."
(11:20) "They slew Athaliah with the sword beside the king's house."
The "Lord's people" destroyed the "house of Baal" and killed
"the priest of Baal before the altars."
(11:17) "Jehoiada made a covenant between the LORD and the king and the people, that they should be the LORD's people."
(11:18) "And all the people of the land went into the house of Baal ... and slew Mattan the priest of Baal."
But Jehoiada the
priest commanded the captains of the hundreds, the officers of the host,
and said unto them, Have her forth without the ranges: and him that followeth her kill with the
sword. For the priest had said, Let her not be slain in the house of the
And they laid hands on
her; and she went by the way by the which the horses came into the
king's house: and there was she slain.
And Jehoiada made a covenant between the LORD and the king and the people,
that they should be the LORD's people; between the king also and the people.
And all the people of the land went into the house of Baal, and brake it
down; his altars and his images brake they in pieces thoroughly, and slew
Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. And the priest appointed
officers over the house of the LORD.
And he took the rulers over hundreds, and the captains, and the guard, and
all the people of the land; and they brought down the king from the house of
the LORD, and came by the way of the gate of the guard to the king's house.
And he sat on the throne of the kings.||
And all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was in quiet: and
they slew Athaliah with the sword beside the king's house||
Seven years old was Jehoash when he began to reign.