THE BOY CROWNED KING

 

2 Kings 11:1-12

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 shewed 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.


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