Joash and the people decide not to obey the Lord's rules
17 After Jehoiada died, the most important leaders in Judah came to the king. They fell down in front of him and then the king listened to them. 18 They stopped worshipping the Lord, the God of their ancestors, in his house. They worshipped Asherahs and idols instead. So God became very angry with the people in Judah and in Jerusalem. That was because they had done those very wrong things. 19 The Lord sent prophets to the people. They told the people that they should begin to worship the Lord again. They told them that they were doing something very bad. But the people would not listen to them.