Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

列王紀下 12

約阿施做猶大王

1以色列王耶戶執政第七年,約阿施登基,在耶路撒冷執政四十年。他母親叫西比亞,是別示巴人。 在耶何耶大祭司的教導下,約阿施一生做耶和華視為正的事。 但他沒有拆毀邱壇,人們仍在那裡獻祭燒香。

約阿施對祭司們說:「你們要收集那些奉獻到耶和華殿的聖銀,即人口普查時收取的銀子、個人還願的銀子和自願奉獻的銀子。 每位祭司要從奉獻的人手中收取銀子,用來修殿。」 可是,直到約阿施執政第二十三年,祭司仍未動工。 約阿施召來耶何耶大祭司及其他祭司,對他們說:「你們為什麼還不修殿呢?不要再向奉獻的人收銀子了,要把所收的銀子交出來修殿。」 祭司們答應不再向民眾收錢,但也不動工修殿。

耶何耶大祭司在耶和華殿的入口右邊的祭壇旁放了一個箱子,箱蓋上開了個洞。守門的祭司將奉獻到耶和華殿的所有銀子放進箱子裡。 10 箱子裡的銀子多了,王的書記和大祭司就把銀子點好,裝在袋子裡。 11 他們將秤好的銀子交給修耶和華殿的督工。督工把報酬轉交給在殿裡工作的木匠、建築工人、 12 泥水匠和石匠,購買修耶和華殿用的木料和鑿好的石頭,並支付其他的修殿費用。 13 獻到耶和華殿裡的銀子沒有用於製造殿裡的銀碗、蠟剪、盆、號及其他金銀器皿, 14 只用於修殿。 15 督工們辦事忠誠可靠,不需要跟他們清算賬目。 16 贖過祭和贖罪祭的銀子沒有帶到耶和華的殿裡,而是歸給祭司。

17 那時,亞蘭王哈薛攻陷了迦特,準備進攻耶路撒冷。 18 猶大王約阿施把先王約沙法、約蘭、亞哈謝和他自己奉獻的聖物以及耶和華殿裡和王宮庫房裡的所有金子都送給了亞蘭王哈薛,哈薛便從耶路撒冷退兵。

19 約阿施其他的事及其一切作為都記在猶大的列王史上。 20 約阿施的臣僕謀反,在去悉拉途中的米羅宮殺了他。 21 殺他的是示米押的兒子約撒甲和朔默的兒子約薩拔。約阿施葬在大衛城他的祖墳裡。他兒子亞瑪謝繼位。

The Message

2 Kings 12

Joash of Judah

1In the seventh year of Jehu, Joash began his kingly rule. He was king for forty years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Gazelle. She was from Beersheba.

2-3 Taught and trained by Jehoiada the priest, Joash did what pleased God for as long as he lived. (Even so, he didn’t get rid of the sacred fertility shrines—people still frequented them, sacrificing and burning incense.)

4-5 Joash instructed the priests: “Take the money that is brought into The Temple of God for holy offerings—both mandatory offerings and freewill offerings—and, keeping a careful accounting, use them to renovate The Temple wherever it has fallen into disrepair.”

But by the twenty-third year of Joash’s rule, the priests hadn’t done one thing—The Temple was as dilapidated as ever.

King Joash called Jehoiada the priest and the company of priests and said, “Why haven’t you renovated this sorry-looking Temple? You are forbidden to take any more money for Temple repairs—from now on, hand over everything you get.”

The priests agreed not to take any more money or to be involved in The Temple renovation.

9-16 Then Jehoiada took a single chest and bored a hole in the lid and placed it to the right of the main entrance into The Temple of God. All the offerings that were brought to The Temple of God were placed in the chest by the priests who guarded the entrance. When they saw that a large sum of money had accumulated in the chest, the king’s secretary and the chief priest would empty the chest and count the offerings. They would give the money accounted for to the managers of The Temple project; they in turn would pay the carpenters, construction workers, masons, stoneworkers, and the buyers of timber and quarried stone for the repair and renovation of The Temple of God—any expenses connected with fixing up The Temple. But none of the money brought into The Temple of God was used for liturgical “extras” (silver chalices, candle snuffers, trumpets, various gold and silver vessels, etc.). It was given to the workmen to pay for their repairing God’s Temple. And no one even had to check on the men who handled the money given for the project—they were honest men. Offerings designated for Compensation Offerings and Absolution Offerings didn’t go into the building project—those went directly to the priests.

17-18 Around this time Hazael king of Aram ventured out and attacked Gath, and he captured it. Then he decided to try for Jerusalem. Joash king of Judah countered by gathering up all the sacred memorials—gifts dedicated for holy use by his ancestors, the kings of Judah, Jehoshaphat, Jehoram, and Ahaziah, along with the holy memorials he himself had received, plus all the gold that he could find in the temple and palace storerooms—and sent it to Hazael king of Aram. Appeased, Hazael went on his way and didn’t bother Jerusalem.

19-21 The rest of the life and times of Joash and all that he did are written in The Chronicles of the Kings of Judah. At the last his palace staff formed a conspiracy and assassinated Joash as he was strolling along the ramp of the fortified outside city wall. Jozabad son of Shimeath and Jehozabad son of Shomer were the assassins. And so Joash died and was buried in the family plot in the City of David. His son Amaziah was king after him.