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2 Kings 11

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2 Kings 11

1 And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal.

2 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.

3 And he was with her hid in the house of the LORD six years. And Athaliah did reign over the land.

4 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 showed them the king's son.

5 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;

6 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 broken down.

7 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.

8 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.

9 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.

10 And to the captains over hundreds did the priest give king David's spears and shields, that were in the temple of the LORD.

11 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.

12 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.

13 And when Athaliah heard the noise of the guard and of the people, she came to the people into the temple of the LORD.

14 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.

15 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 LORD.

16 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.

17 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.

18 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.

19 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.

20 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.

21 Seven years old was Jehoash when he began to reign.

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Summary and the Meaning of 2 Kings Chapter 11

The book of 2 Kings is the eleventh book of the Old Testament in the KJV Holy Bible. It is a continuation of the narrative of the kings of Israel and Judah, beginning with the reign of King Ahaziah of Judah and ending with the fall of Jerusalem and the captivity of Judah. Chapter 11 of 2 Kings focuses on the reign of Athaliah, the only queen to ever rule over the kingdom of Judah, and the subsequent rise of Joash as king.

The Reign of Athaliah

The chapter begins with the death of King Ahaziah of Judah, who was killed by Jehu, the new king of Israel. Ahaziah's mother, Athaliah, upon learning of her son's death, immediately sets out to destroy all of the royal family of Judah in order to secure her own power. She succeeds in killing all of the heirs to the throne, with the exception of Joash, who is hidden away by his aunt, Jehosheba, and her husband, Jehoiada the priest.

Athaliah then reigns over Judah for six years, during which time she introduces the worship of the Canaanite god Baal and leads the people of Judah away from the worship of the one true God. However, Jehoiada and Jehosheba are secretly raising Joash, preparing him to one day take his rightful place as king.

The Rise of Joash

When Joash turns seven years old, Jehoiada reveals his existence to the priests and Levites and makes a covenant with them to support Joash as king. Together, they gather the people of Judah and crown Joash as king, much to the surprise and anger of Athaliah. She cries out, "Treason! Treason!" but is quickly put to death by the priests and the people of Judah. Thus, Joash becomes the rightful king of Judah and begins his reign at the young age of seven.

Jehoiada then leads the people in a renewal of their covenant with God and a cleansing of the temple, which had fallen into disrepair under Athaliah's reign. The people once again begin to worship the one true God, and Joash is instructed by Jehoiada in the ways of the Lord.

The Meaning of 2 Kings Chapter 11

One of the main themes of 2 Kings chapter 11 is the faithfulness of God to His people. Despite the evil and corruption of Athaliah's reign, God was still working behind the scenes to bring about His plan for the kingdom of Judah. He protected Joash and raised him up to become king, and He used Jehoiada to lead the people back to Him and restore proper worship in the temple.

This chapter also highlights the importance of loyalty and obedience to God and His chosen leaders. Jehoiada and the priests and Levites were faithful to their covenant with God and to their duty to protect the rightful heir to the throne. Joash was obedient to Jehoiada's instruction and guidance, and together they were able to bring about a positive change in the kingdom of Judah.

Another lesson that can be gleaned from this chapter is the danger of falling away from God and His ways. Under Athaliah's reign, the people of Judah were led astray and began to worship false gods. This ultimately led to their downfall and the destruction of their kingdom. It serves as a warning to us to remain faithful to God and to not be swayed by the influence of those who would lead us away from Him.

In conclusion, 2 Kings chapter 11 is a testament to God's faithfulness, the importance of loyalty and obedience, and the consequences of turning away from God. It also serves as a reminder that even in the darkest of times, God is still at work and will ultimately bring about His plans and purposes.

This article is informed by the King James Version of the Holy Bible, the authors' personal knowledge, considerations and experience, and additional materials and resources available in internet.

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