Amplified Bible

2 Kings 11

Athaliah Queen of Judah

1When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah [king of Judah] saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the royal offspring. But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Joram [of Judah and half] sister of Ahaziah, took Joash the son of Ahaziah and abducted him from among the king’s sons who were to be killed, and hid him and his nurse in the [a]bedroom. So they hid him from Athaliah, and he was not put to death. Joash was hidden with his nurse in the house (temple) of the Lord for six years, while Athaliah reigned over the land.

Now in the seventh year Jehoiada [the priest, Jehosheba’s husband] sent for the captains of hundreds of the [b]Carites and of the guard and brought them to him to the house of the Lord. Then he made a covenant with them and put them under oath in the house of the Lord, and showed them the king’s [hidden] son. He commanded them, saying, “This is the thing that you shall do: a third of you who come in [reporting for duty] on the Sabbath shall keep watch over the king’s house (a third shall also be at the [city] gate Sur, and a third at the gate behind the guards); so you shall keep watch over the palace [from three posts] for defense. Two units of you, all those who go out [off duty] on the Sabbath, shall also keep watch over the house (temple) of the Lord for [the protection of] the king. You shall surround the [young] king, each man with weapons in his hand; and whoever comes through the ranks shall be put to death. You are to be with the king when he goes out and when he comes in.”

The captains of hundreds acted in accordance with everything that Jehoiada the priest commanded; and each of them took his men who were to come in (on duty) on the Sabbath, with those who were to go out (off duty) on the Sabbath, and they came to Jehoiada the priest. 10 The priest gave to the captains of hundreds the spears and shields that had been King David’s, which were in the house of the Lord. 11 And the guards stood, each man with weapons in his hand, from the right side to the left side of the temple area, by the altar [in the courtyard] and by the temple [proper], all around the king. 12 Then Jehoiada brought out the king’s son and put the crown on him and gave him the Testimony [a copy of the Mosaic Law]; and they made him king and anointed him, and they clapped their hands and said, “Long live the king!”

13 When Athaliah heard the sound of the guards and of the people, she went into the house of the Lord to the people. 14 When she looked, behold, there stood the [young] king [on the platform] by the pillar, as was customary [on such occasions], and the captains and the trumpeters were beside the king; and all the people of the land rejoicing and blowing the trumpets. Then Athaliah tore her clothes and cried, “Treason! Treason!” 15 Then Jehoiada the priest commanded the captains of hundreds appointed over the army and said to them, “Take her out between the ranks, and whoever follows her put to death with the sword.” For the priest had said, “Let her not be put to death in the house (temple) of the Lord.” 16 So they seized her, and she went through the horses’ entrance to the king’s house (palace), and she was put to death there.

17 Then Jehoiada made a covenant between the Lord, the king, and the people, that they would be the Lord’s people—also between the king and the people [to be his subjects]. 18 Then all the people of the land went to the house of Baal and tore it down. They utterly smashed his altar and his images to pieces, and they put Mattan the priest of Baal to death in front of the altars. And [Jehoiada] the priest appointed officers over the house of the Lord. 19 Then he took the captains of hundreds, the Carites (royal bodyguards), the guard, and all the people of the land; and they brought the [young] king down from the house of the Lord, and came by way of the guards’ gate to the king’s house. And [little] Joash sat on the throne of the kings. 20 So all the people of the land rejoiced and the city [of Jerusalem] was quiet. For they had put Athaliah to death with the sword at the king’s house.

21 [c]Jehoash (Joash) was seven years old when he became king.

Notas al pie

  1. 2 Kings 11:2 Most likely this was one of many bedrooms in the palace and served as a temporary hiding place until the child could be moved to the temple (v 3); but it is possible that this was a priest’s bedroom in the temple.
  2. 2 Kings 11:4 Mercenary soldiers recruited to serve as royal bodyguards.
  3. 2 Kings 11:21 Ch 12:1 in Hebrew.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

列王紀下 11


1亞哈謝的母親亞她利雅見兒子死了,便決定除掉王室後裔。 但約蘭王的女兒、亞哈謝的妹妹約示芭把亞哈謝的兒子約阿施從被殺的王子中偷出來,將他和乳母藏在一間臥室裡,才躲過亞她利雅,使約阿施沒有被殺。 約阿施和他的乳母在耶和華的殿裡藏了六年,那時亞她利雅篡位當政。

第七年,耶何耶大派人召迦利人[a]和衛兵的百夫長們到耶和華的殿裡,與他們立約,讓他們在耶和華的殿裡起誓,然後把約阿施王子帶到他們面前。 耶何耶大吩咐他們說:「你們在安息日值班的,三分之一要守衛王宮, 三分之一要守衛蘇珥門,三分之一要守住衛兵院後門。你們要輪流守衛。 安息日沒有值班的兩隊要在耶和華的殿裡保護王, 各人要手持兵器護衛在王周圍。凡擅自闖入者,都要處死。無論王去哪裡,你們都要緊隨左右。」 眾百夫長依令而行,各自率領安息日值班和休班的隨從來見耶何耶大。 10 耶何耶大把耶和華殿中大衛王的矛槍和盾牌交給百夫長。 11 從殿右到殿左,在祭壇和殿周圍,衛兵都手持兵器護衛王。 12 耶何耶大祭司領王子出來,給他戴上王冠,把律法書交給他,膏立他為王。眾人都鼓掌高呼:「願王萬歲!」

13 亞她利雅聽見衛兵和眾人的歡呼聲,便走進耶和華的殿,眾人都聚集在那裡。 14 她看見王照例站在柱旁,百夫長和吹號的人侍立在王左右,眾人都歡呼吹號,便撕裂衣服喊叫:「反了!反了!」 15 耶何耶大祭司認為不可在耶和華的殿裡處死亞她利雅,便命令領兵的百夫長:「把她帶出去。凡跟隨她的,都要殺掉。」 16 他們抓住她,把她帶到馬匹進出王宮的入口,在那裡殺了她。

17 耶何耶大讓王及民眾與耶和華立約,做耶和華的子民,也讓王與民眾立約。 18 於是,民眾出去拆毀了巴力廟,砸碎祭壇和偶像,在壇前殺了巴力的祭司瑪坦。耶何耶大派守衛保護耶和華的殿, 19 然後率領百夫長、迦利人、衛兵和民眾,護送王從耶和華的殿下來,經過衛兵院的門進入王宮。這樣,約阿施坐上了王位。 20 民眾都歡喜快樂,城裡安定,因為亞她利雅已在王宮那裡被處死。 21 約阿施七歲登基。

Notas al pie

  1. 11·4 迦利人」指雇來保護王的外族衛兵。