2 Chronicles 24:1-7

Joash rules Judah as king

1 Joash was seven years old when he became the king of Judah. He ruled in Jerusalem for 40 years. His mother was Zibiah, who came from Beersheba. 2 Joash did things that pleased the Lord. He continued to do that all the time that Jehoiada the priest was alive. 3 Jehoiada chose two women for Joash to marry. She gave birth to sons and daughters for him.

4 After some time, Joash decided to repair the Lord's temple. 5 He brought together the priests and the Levites. He told them, ‘Go around to all the towns in Judah. Bring here all the money that Israel's people offer each year for the temple. We will use it to repair the temple of your God. Go quickly and do it now!’

But the Levites did not do it immediately.

6 So the king told Jehoiada, the leader of the priests, to come to him. He said to him, ‘You have not told the Levites to bring the money that the people of Judah and Jerusalem have given. Why have you not done that? The Lord's servant Moses and all Israel's people made the rule that people should give the money each year. It would be a tax to help with the tent of God's covenant.’

24:6The tent of God's covenant was the special tent where they put the Covenant Box before they built the temple.

7 The sons of wicked Queen Athaliah had broken the door of God's temple. They had gone in there and they had taken the holy things. They had used them to worship the idols of Baal. That is why Joash wanted to repair the Lord's temple.