2 Chronicles 23

Great(i) 1 And in the seuenth yere Iehoiada beynge bolde, toke the captaynes of hundredes, Azariahu the sonne of Ieroham, and Ismael the sonne of Iehohanam, Azariahu the sonne of Obed, Maasiahu the sonne of Adaiahu, and Elisaphat the sonne of zichri, and made a bonde with them. 2 And they went aboute in Iuda, and gathered the Leuites out of all the cyties of Iuda and the auncyent fathers of Israel: and they came to Ierusalem. 3 And all the congregacyon made a bonde with the kynge in the house of God. And he sayd vnto them: beholde, the kynges sonne must raygne, as the Lorde hath sayde of the chyldren of Dauid. 4 This is it therfore that ye shall do: The thyrde parte of you shall (on the Sabbath) come to the preastes, Leuites, and kepers of the porches. 5 And another thyrde parte shalbe by the kynges house, and another thyrde parte shalbe at the gate of the foundacyon, and all the people shalbe in the courtes of the house of the Lorde. 6 But ther shall none come into the house of the Lorde, saue the preastes & they that ministre vnto the Leuites. They shall go in, for they are holy: but all the people shall kepe the watch of the Lord. 7 And the Leuites shall compase the kynge rounde about and euery man shall haue hys wepon in hys hande: and what other man soeuer doth come into the house of the Lorde, he shall be slayne: and let them be with the kynge, whan he commeth in, and whan he goeth out. 8 And the Leuites and all Iuda dyd accordynge to all thynges that Iehoiada the preaste had commaunded, & toke euery man hys men, that came in on the Sabboth, wt them that went out on the Sabboth daye: nether did Iehoiada the preast let the companies departe. 9 And Iehoiada the preast deliuered to the captaynes of hundredes, speares, shyldes, and boukelars, that had pertayned to kynge Dauid, and were in the house of God. 10 And he set all the people euery man hauyng his wepon in his hande, from the ryght syde of the temple, to the left syde of the temple, alonge by the aulter and the temple, rounde aboute the kynge. 11 And they brought out the kynges sonne, and put vpon him the crowne, and the testimonie, and made him kynge. And Iehoiada & his sonnes annoynted him, & sayde: God saue the kynge. 12 When Athaliahu hearde the noyse of the people, runninge & praysinge the kynge, she came to the people into the house of the Lorde. 13 And she loked, and beholde, the kynge stode in his place at the enterynge in, & the Lordes and the trompettes were by the kynge, & all the people of the lande reioysed, blowinge wt trompettes, & dyd playe with instrumentes of musycke, & taught to synge & prayse. But Athaliahu rent her clothes, and sayed: treason, treason. 14 And Iehoiada the preaste went out to the captaynes of hundredes that were gouerners of the hoste, & sayde vnto them: haue her out without the dore of the temple: and whoso foloweth her, let hym be slayne with the swerde. For the preaste sayde that they shulde not sley her in the house of the Lorde. 15 And they layde handes on her, tyll she was come to the entrynge of the horsgate besyde the kynges house and there they slue her. 16 And Iehoiada made a bonde betwene hym and all the people and the kynge, that they shulde be the Lordes people. 17 And all the people went to the house of Baal, & destroyed it, and brake hys aulters and his ymages, & slue Mathan the preaste of Baal before the aulters. 18 And Iehoiada put the offyces for the house of the Lord vnder the hande of the preastes and Leuites, as Dauid had distrybuted them in the house of the Lorde, to offer burnt offerynges vnto the Lorde, as it is wrytten in the lawe of Moses, with reioysynge and syngynge, as it was ordeyned by Dauid. 19 And he set porters by the gates of the house of the Lorde, that none which was vncleane in any thynge shulde entre in. 20 And he toke the captaynes of hundredes & all the nobles, and the gouernoures of the people, & all the folke of the lande, and caused the kynge to come downe out of the house of the Lord, and they came thorowe the hye gate into the kynges house, and set the kynge vpon the seate of the kyngdome. 21 And all the people of the lande reioysed, and the cytie was in tranquillite, after that they had slayne Athaliahu with the swerde.