And 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.
And 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.
And 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.
This 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;
And 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
But 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.
And 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.
So 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
Moreover 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
And 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.
Then 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.
Now when Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and praising the king, she
came to the people into the house of the LORD:
And 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.
Then 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
So they 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.
And Jehoiada made a covenant between him, and between all the people, and between
the king, that they should be the LORD’s people.
Then 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
Also 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.
And he set the porters at the gates of the house of the LORD, that none which was
unclean in any thing should enter in.
And 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.
And all the people of the land rejoiced: and the city was quiet, after that they
had slain Athaliah with the sword.