Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

列王纪下 11

耶何耶大立约阿施为王

1亚哈谢的母亲亚她利雅见儿子死了,便决定除掉王室后裔。 但约兰王的女儿、亚哈谢的妹妹约示芭把亚哈谢的儿子约阿施从被杀的王子中偷出来,将他和乳母藏在一间卧室里,才躲过亚她利雅,使约阿施没有被杀。 约阿施和他的乳母在耶和华的殿里藏了六年,那时亚她利雅篡位当政。

第七年,耶何耶大派人召迦利人[a]和卫兵的百夫长们到耶和华的殿里,与他们立约,让他们在耶和华的殿里起誓,然后把约阿施王子带到他们面前。 耶何耶大吩咐他们说:“你们在安息日值班的,三分之一要守卫王宫, 三分之一要守卫苏珥门,三分之一要守住卫兵院后门。你们要轮流守卫。 安息日没有值班的两队要在耶和华的殿里保护王, 各人要手持兵器护卫在王周围。凡擅自闯入者,都要处死。无论王去哪里,你们都要紧随左右。” 众百夫长依令而行,各自率领安息日值班和休班的随从来见耶何耶大。 10 耶何耶大把耶和华殿中大卫王的矛枪和盾牌交给百夫长。 11 从殿右到殿左,在祭坛和殿周围,卫兵都手持兵器护卫王。 12 耶何耶大祭司领王子出来,给他戴上王冠,把律法书交给他,膏立他为王。众人都鼓掌高呼:“愿王万岁!”

13 亚她利雅听见卫兵和众人的欢呼声,便走进耶和华的殿,众人都聚集在那里。 14 她看见王照例站在柱旁,百夫长和吹号的人侍立在王左右,众人都欢呼吹号,便撕裂衣服喊叫:“反了!反了!” 15 耶何耶大祭司认为不可在耶和华的殿里处死亚她利雅,便命令领兵的百夫长:“把她带出去。凡跟随她的,都要杀掉。” 16 他们抓住她,把她带到马匹进出王宫的入口,在那里杀了她。

17 耶何耶大让王及民众与耶和华立约,做耶和华的子民,也让王与民众立约。 18 于是,民众出去拆毁了巴力庙,砸碎祭坛和偶像,在坛前杀了巴力的祭司玛坦。耶何耶大派守卫保护耶和华的殿, 19 然后率领百夫长、迦利人、卫兵和民众,护送王从耶和华的殿下来,经过卫兵院的门进入王宫。这样,约阿施坐上了王位。 20 民众都欢喜快乐,城里安定,因为亚她利雅已在王宫那里被处死。 21 约阿施七岁登基。

  1. 11:4 迦利人”指雇来保护王的外族卫兵。

New Living Translation

2 Kings 11

Queen Athaliah Rules in Judah

1When Athaliah, the mother of King Ahaziah of Judah, learned that her son was dead, she began to destroy the rest of the royal family. But Ahaziah’s sister Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram,[a] took Ahaziah’s infant son, Joash, and stole him away from among the rest of the king’s children, who were about to be killed. She put Joash and his nurse in a bedroom, and they hid him from Athaliah, so the child was not murdered. Joash remained hidden in the Temple of the Lord for six years while Athaliah ruled over the land.

Revolt against Athaliah

In the seventh year of Athaliah’s reign, Jehoiada the priest summoned the commanders, the Carite mercenaries, and the palace guards to come to the Temple of the Lord. He made a solemn pact with them and made them swear an oath of loyalty there in the Lord’s Temple; then he showed them the king’s son.

Jehoiada told them, “This is what you must do. A third of you who are on duty on the Sabbath are to guard the royal palace itself. Another third of you are to stand guard at the Sur Gate. And the final third must stand guard behind the palace guard. These three groups will all guard the palace. The other two units who are off duty on the Sabbath must stand guard for the king at the Lord’s Temple. Form a bodyguard around the king and keep your weapons in hand. Kill anyone who tries to break through. Stay with the king wherever he goes.”

So the commanders did everything as Jehoiada the priest ordered. The commanders took charge of the men reporting for duty that Sabbath, as well as those who were going off duty. They brought them all to Jehoiada the priest, 10 and he supplied them with the spears and small shields that had once belonged to King David and were stored in the Temple of the Lord. 11 The palace guards stationed themselves around the king, with their weapons ready. They formed a line from the south side of the Temple around to the north side and all around the altar.

12 Then Jehoiada brought out Joash, the king’s son, placed the crown on his head, and presented him with a copy of God’s laws.[b] They anointed him and proclaimed him king, and everyone clapped their hands and shouted, “Long live the king!”

The Death of Athaliah

13 When Athaliah heard the noise made by the palace guards and the people, she hurried to the Lord’s Temple to see what was happening. 14 When she arrived, she saw the newly crowned king standing in his place of authority by the pillar, as was the custom at times of coronation. The commanders and trumpeters were surrounding him, and people from all over the land were rejoicing and blowing trumpets. When Athaliah saw all this, she tore her clothes in despair and shouted, “Treason! Treason!”

15 Then Jehoiada the priest ordered the commanders who were in charge of the troops, “Take her to the soldiers in front of the Temple,[c] and kill anyone who tries to rescue her.” For the priest had said, “She must not be killed in the Temple of the Lord.” 16 So they seized her and led her out to the gate where horses enter the palace grounds, and she was killed there.

Jehoiada’s Religious Reforms

17 Then Jehoiada made a covenant between the Lord and the king and the people that they would be the Lord’s people. He also made a covenant between the king and the people. 18 And all the people of the land went over to the temple of Baal and tore it down. They demolished the altars and smashed the idols to pieces, and they killed Mattan the priest of Baal in front of the altars.

Jehoiada the priest stationed guards at the Temple of the Lord. 19 Then the commanders, the Carite mercenaries, the palace guards, and all the people of the land escorted the king from the Temple of the Lord. They went through the gate of the guards and into the palace, and the king took his seat on the royal throne. 20 So all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was peaceful because Athaliah had been killed at the king’s palace.

21 [d]Joash[e] was seven years old when he became king.

  1. 11:2 Hebrew Joram, a variant spelling of Jehoram.
  2. 11:12 Or a copy of the covenant.
  3. 11:15 Or Bring her out from between the ranks; or Take her out of the Temple precincts. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.
  4. 11:21a Verse 11:21 is numbered 12:1 in Hebrew text.
  5. 11:21b Hebrew Jehoash, a variant spelling of Joash.