The Message

2 Kings 11

Athaliah of Judah

11-3 Athaliah was the mother of Ahaziah. When she saw that her son was dead, she took over. She began by massacring the entire royal family. But Jehosheba, daughter of King Joram and sister of Ahaziah, took Ahaziah’s son Joash and kidnapped him from among the king’s sons slated for slaughter. She hid him and his nurse in a private room away from Athaliah. He didn’t get killed. He was there with her, hidden away for six years in The Temple of God. Athaliah, oblivious to his existence, ruled the country.

In the seventh year Jehoiada sent for the captains of the bodyguards and the Palace Security Force. They met him in The Temple of God. He made a covenant with them, swore them to secrecy, and only then showed them the young prince.

5-8 Then he commanded them, “These are your instructions: Those of you who come on duty on the Sabbath and guard the palace, and those of you who go off duty on the Sabbath and guard The Temple of God, are to join forces at the time of the changing of the guard and form a ring around the young king, weapons at the ready. Kill anyone who tries to break through your ranks. Your job is to stay with the king at all times and places, coming and going.”

9-11 The captains obeyed the orders of Jehoiada the priest. Each took his men, those who came on duty on the Sabbath and those who went off duty on the Sabbath, and presented them to Jehoiada the priest. The priest armed the officers with spears and shields originally belonging to King David, stored in The Temple of God. Well-armed, the guards took up their assigned positions for protecting the king, from one end of The Temple to the other, surrounding both Altar and Temple.

12 Then the priest brought the prince into view, crowned him, handed him the scroll of God’s covenant, and made him king. As they anointed him, everyone applauded and shouted, “Long live the king!”

13-14 Athaliah heard the shouting of guards and people and came to the crowd gathered at The Temple of God. Astonished, she saw the king standing beside the throne, flanked by the captains and heralds, with everybody beside themselves with joy, trumpets blaring. Athaliah ripped her robes in dismay and shouted, “Treason! Treason!”

15-16 Jehoiada the priest ordered the military officers, “Drag her outside and kill anyone who tries to follow her!” (The priest had said, “Don’t kill her inside The Temple of God.”) So they dragged her out to the palace’s horse corral; there they killed her.

17 Jehoiada now made a covenant between God and the king and the people: They were God’s people. Another covenant was made between the king and the people.

18-20 The people poured into the temple of Baal and tore it down, smashing altar and images to smithereens. They killed Mattan the priest in front of the altar.

Jehoiada then stationed sentries in The Temple of God. He arranged for the officers of the bodyguard and the palace security, along with the people themselves, to escort the king down from The Temple of God through the Gate of the Guards and into the palace. There he sat on the royal throne. Everybody celebrated the event. And the city was safe and undisturbed—they had killed Athaliah with the royal sword.

21 Joash was seven years old when he became king.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

列王紀下 11

耶何耶大立約阿施為王

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。