12:2 And Jehoash did [that which was] right in the sight of the
LORD all his days wherein a Jehoiada the priest
(a) As long as rulers give ear to the true ministers of
God, they prosper.
12:3 But b the high places were not taken away: the people
still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places.
(b) So hard a thing it is for them, that are in authority,
to be brought to the perfect obedience of God.
12:4 And Jehoash said to the priests, All the money of the
dedicated things that is brought into the house of the
LORD, [even] the money of every one that passeth [the c
account], the money that every man is set at, [and] all the
money that cometh into any man's heart to bring into the
house of the LORD,
(c) That is, the money of redemption (Ex 30:12), also
the money which the priest valued the vows at
(Le 27:2), and their free gift.
12:5 Let the priests take [it] to them, every man of his
acquaintance: and let them repair the d breaches of the
house, wheresoever any breach shall be found.
(d) For the temple which was built a hundred and fifty-five
years before, had many things decayed in it, both by
the negligence of the king's predecessors, and also by
the wickedness of the idolaters.
12:7 Then king Jehoash called for Jehoiada the priest, and the
[other] priests, and said unto them, Why repair ye not the
breaches of the house? now therefore e receive no [more]
money of your acquaintance, but deliver it for the breaches
of the house.
(e) He takes from them the ordering of the money, because
of their negligence.
12:9 But Jehoiada the priest took a chest, and bored a hole in
the lid of it, and set it beside the altar, on the f
right side as one cometh into the house of the LORD: and
the priests that kept the door put therein all the money
[that was] brought into the house of the LORD.
(f) That is, on the south side.
12:11 And they gave the money, being told, into the hands of
them g that did the work, that had the oversight of the
house of the LORD: and they laid it out to the carpenters
and builders, that wrought upon the house of the LORD,
(g) For the king had appointed others who were fit for
that purpose, (2Ki 22:5).
12:13 Howbeit there were h not made for the house of the LORD
bowls of silver, snuffers, basons, trumpets, any vessels
of gold, or vessels of silver, of the money [that was]
brought into the house of the LORD:
(h) For these men only had charge of the repairing of the
temple, the rest of the money was brought to the king
who caused these to be made later, (2Ch 24:14).
12:18 And Jehoash king of Judah took all the hallowed things
that Jehoshaphat, and Jehoram, and Ahaziah, his fathers,
kings of Judah, had dedicated, and his own hallowed
things, and all the gold [that was] found in the treasures
of the house of the LORD, and in the king's house, and i
sent [it] to Hazael king of Syria: and he went away from
(i) After the death of Jehoiada, Joash fell to idolatry:
therefore God rejected him, and stirred up his enemy
against him, whom he pacified with the treasures of
the temple: for God would not be served with those
gifts, seeing the king's heart was wicked.
12:20 And his servants arose, and made a conspiracy, and k
slew Joash in the house of l Millo, which goeth down to
(k) Because he had put Zachariah the son of Jehoiada to
death, (2Ch 24:25).
(l) Read (2Sa 5:9).