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2 Chronicles 24

 
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1 ὢν ἑπτὰ ἐτῶν Ιωας ἐν τῷ βασιλεῦσαι αὐτὸν καὶ τεσσαράκοντα ἔτη ἐβασίλευσεν ἐν Ιερουσαλημ καὶ ὄνομα τῇ μητρὶ αὐτοῦ Σαβια ἐκ Βηρσαβεε 2 καὶ ἐποίησεν Ιωας τὸ εὐθὲς ἐνώπιον κυρίου πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας Ιωδαε τοῦ ἱερέως 3 καὶ ἔλαβεν αὐτῷ Ιωδαε γυναῖκας δύο καὶ ἐγέννησεν υἱοὺς καὶ θυγατέρας 1 Thus Joas came to the throne as a boy of seven years old, and his reign at Jerusalem lasted forty years. His mother’s name was Sebia, a woman of Bersabee. 2 As long as the high priest Joiada was alive, Joas obeyed the Lord’s will, 3 and it was Joiada who found him his two wives, that bore sons and daughters to him. 1 Septem annorum erat Joas cum regnare cœpisset, et quadraginta annis regnavit in Jerusalem: nomen matris ejus Sebia de Bersabee. 2 Fecitque quod bonum est coram Domino cunctis diebus Jojadæ sacerdotis. 3 Accepit autem ei Jojada uxores duas, e quibus genuit filios et filias.
4 καὶ ἐγένετο μετὰ ταῦτα καὶ ἐγένετο ἐπὶ καρδίαν Ιωας ἐπισκευάσαι τὸν οἶκον κυρίου 5 καὶ συνήγαγεν τοὺς ἱερεῖς καὶ τοὺς Λευίτας καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς ἐξέλθατε εἰς τὰς πόλεις Ιουδα καὶ συναγάγετε ἀπὸ παντὸς Ισραηλ ἀργύριον κατισχῦσαι τὸν οἶκον κυρίου ἐνιαυτὸν κα{T'} ἐνιαυτὸν καὶ σπεύσατε λαλῆσαι καὶ οὐκ ἔσπευσαν οἱ Λευῖται 6 καὶ ἐκάλεσεν ὁ βασιλεὺς Ιωας τὸν Ιωδαε τὸν ἄρχοντα καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ διὰ τί οὐκ ἐπεσκέψω περὶ τῶν Λευιτῶν τοῦ εἰσενέγκαι ἀπὸ Ιουδα καὶ Ιερουσαλημ τὸ κεκριμένον ὑπὸ Μωυσῆ ἀνθρώπου τοῦ θεοῦ ὅτε ἐξεκκλησίασεν τὸν Ισραηλ εἰς τὴν σκηνὴν τοῦ μαρτυρίου 7 ὅτι Γοθολια ἦν ἡ ἄνομος καὶ οἱ υἱοὶ αὐτῆς κατέσπασαν τὸν οἶκον τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ γὰρ τὰ ἅγια οἴκου κυρίου ἐποίησαν ταῖς Βααλιμ 8 καὶ εἶπεν ὁ βασιλεύς γενηθήτω γλωσσόκομον καὶ τεθήτω ἐν πύλῃ οἴκου κυρίου ἔξω 9 καὶ κηρυξάτωσαν ἐν Ιουδα καὶ ἐν Ιερουσαλημ εἰσενέγκαι κυρίῳ καθὼς εἶπεν Μωυσῆς παῖς τοῦ θεοῦ ἐπὶ τὸν Ισραηλ ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ 10 καὶ ἔδωκαν πάντες ἄρχοντες καὶ πᾶς ὁ λαὸς καὶ εἰσέφερον καὶ ἐνέβαλλον εἰς τὸ γλωσσόκομον ἕως οὗ ἐπληρώθη 11 καὶ ἐγένετο ὡς εἰσέφερον τὸ γλωσσόκομον πρὸς τοὺς προστάτας τοῦ βασιλέως διὰ χειρὸς τῶν Λευιτῶν καὶ ὡς εἶδον ὅτι ἐπλεόνασεν τὸ ἀργύριον καὶ ἦλθεν ὁ γραμματεὺς τοῦ βασιλέως καὶ ὁ προστάτης τοῦ ἱερέως τοῦ μεγάλου καὶ ἐξεκένωσαν τὸ γλωσσόκομον καὶ κατέστησαν εἰς τὸν τόπον αὐτοῦ οὕτως ἐποίουν ἡμέραν ἐξ ἡμέρας καὶ συνήγαγον ἀργύριον πολύ 12 καὶ ἔδωκεν αὐτὸ ὁ βασιλεὺς καὶ Ιωδαε ὁ ἱερεὺς τοῖς ποιοῦσιν τὰ ἔργα εἰς τὴν ἐργασίαν οἴκου κυρίου καὶ ἐμισθοῦντο λατόμους καὶ τέκτονας ἐπισκευάσαι τὸν οἶκον κυρίου καὶ χαλκεῖς σιδήρου καὶ χαλκοῦ ἐπισκευάσαι τὸν οἶκον κυρίου 13 καὶ ἐποίουν οἱ ποιοῦντες τὰ ἔργα καὶ ἀνέβη μῆκος τῶν ἔργων ἐν χερσὶν αὐτῶν καὶ ἀνέστησαν τὸν οἶκον κυρίου ἐπὶ τὴν στάσιν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐνίσχυσαν 14 καὶ ὡς συνετέλεσαν ἤνεγκαν πρὸς τὸν βασιλέα καὶ πρὸς Ιωδαε τὸ κατάλοιπον τοῦ ἀργυρίου καὶ ἐποίησαν σκεύη εἰς οἶκον κυρίου σκεύη λειτουργικὰ ὁλοκαυτωμάτων καὶ θυίσκας χρυσᾶς καὶ ἀργυρᾶς καὶ ἀνήνεγκαν ὁλοκαυτώσεις ἐν οἴκῳ κυρίου διὰ παντὸς πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας Ιωδαε 15 καὶ ἐγήρασεν Ιωδαε πλήρης ἡμερῶν καὶ ἐτελεύτησεν ὢν ἑκατὸν καὶ τριάκοντα ἐτῶν ἐν τῷ τελευτᾶν αὐτόν 16 καὶ ἔθαψαν αὐτὸν ἐν πόλει Δαυιδ μετὰ τῶν βασιλέων ὅτι ἐποίησεν ἀγαθωσύνην μετὰ Ισραηλ καὶ μετὰ τοῦ θεοῦ καὶ τοῦ οἴκου αὐτοῦ 17 καὶ ἐγένετο μετὰ τὴν τελευτὴν Ιωδαε εἰσῆλθον οἱ ἄρχοντες Ιουδα καὶ προσεκύνησαν τὸν βασιλέα τότε ἐπήκουσεν αὐτοῖς ὁ βασιλεύς 18 καὶ ἐγκατέλιπον τὸν κύριον θεὸν τῶν πατέρων αὐτῶν καὶ ἐδούλευον ταῖς Ἀστάρταις καὶ τοῖς εἰδώλοις καὶ ἐγένετο ὀργὴ ἐπὶ Ιουδαν καὶ ἐπὶ Ιερουσαλημ ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ταύτῃ 19 καὶ ἀπέστειλεν πρὸς αὐτοὺς προφήτας ἐπιστρέψαι πρὸς κύριον καὶ οὐκ ἤκουσαν καὶ διεμαρτύραντο αὐτοῖς καὶ οὐκ ἤκουσαν 20 καὶ πνεῦμα θεοῦ ἐνέδυσεν τὸν Αζαριαν τὸν τοῦ Ιωδαε τὸν ἱερέα καὶ ἀνέστη ἐπάνω τοῦ λαοῦ καὶ εἶπεν τάδε λέγει κύριος τί παραπορεύεσθε τὰς ἐντολὰς κυρίου καὶ οὐκ εὐοδωθήσεσθε ὅτι ἐγκατελίπετε τὸν κύριον καὶ ἐγκαταλείψει ὑμᾶς 21 καὶ ἐπέθεντο αὐτῷ καὶ ἐλιθοβόλησαν αὐτὸν δ{I'} ἐντολῆς Ιωας τοῦ βασιλέως ἐν αὐλῇ οἴκου κυρίου 22 καὶ οὐκ ἐμνήσθη Ιωας τοῦ ἐλέους οὗ ἐποίησεν με{T'} αὐτοῦ Ιωδαε ὁ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐθανάτωσεν τὸν υἱὸν αὐτοῦ καὶ ὡς ἀπέθνῃσκεν εἶπεν ἴδοι κύριος καὶ κρινάτω 4 And now Joas had a mind to put the Lord’s house in repair. 5 He summoned priests and Levites, and bade them go round the cities of Juda, collecting money from all that were of Israel’s race every year, so as to repair the temple of the Lord their God; and this he would have them do with all speed. But the Levites went about their work slowly, 6 and the king must needs send for the high priest Joiada; Why hast thou been at no pains, he asked, to make the Levites collect money throughout Juda and Jerusalem, the same money which the Lord’s servant Moses bade all Israel devote to the needs of the tabernacle?[1] 7 Here is God’s house all laid waste by Athalia, the godless queen, and those sons of hers, that would deck Baal’s temple with all the votive offerings that were once in the temple of the Lord. 8 Then the king bade them have a chest made, and this they put by the outer gate of the Lord’s house. 9 And word went round Juda and Jerusalem that each man was to pay the tax Moses enjoined on all Israel, out in the desert. 10 Gladly did chieftains and common folk together come in with their gifts for the Lord’s treasury, piling the chest high till it was full. 11 When the Levites saw that a great sum was amassed, it was time they should take it into the royal presence. The king’s secretary would come in, and with him one that was appointed by the high priest; together they poured out the money that was in the chest, which they then put back in its place. Every day this was done, and the great sum thus collected 12 was paid over by the king and Joiada to the master-builders, who hired stone-cutters with it, and other craftsmen, to repair the Lord’s house; workers, too, in iron and bronze, so as to prop up what was like to fall down. 13 Busily these men went about their tasks, till the breach was healed under their hands, and the building restored to its former state; the house stood firm once more. 14 It was only when they had finished all this that the rest of the money collected was brought before the king and Joiada; with this they made all the appurtenances for worship and offering sacrifice in the temple; bowls, too, and other ornaments of gold and silver.[2]

All through Joiada’s life-time burnt-sacrifice was offered in the Lord’s house; 15 but at last he grew old, and the full tale of his years was complete; he died at the age of a hundred and thirty. 16 And for his great services to Israel and to David’s house, they buried him in David’s own Keep, among the kings. 17 But now that he was dead, the chieftains of Juda came in to do the king reverence, and with their smooth speech won him over to another mind; 18 forgotten, now, was the Lord’s temple, God of their fathers though he were; they must worship before forest shrines, and carved images. This guilt of theirs brought the Lord’s vengeance on Juda and Jerusalem; 19 still he would send them prophets, to bring them back to him, but their protest went unheeded. 20 At last the divine spirit fell on the high priest Zacharias, that was son to Joiada; full in the presence of the people he stood up and gave them a message from the Lord God: What means it that you so transgress the Lord’s command, to your peril, forsaking him, and by him forsaken? 21 But they, at the king’s orders, gathered about him and stoned him, there in the court of the Lord’s house. 22 Such was the gratitude of Joas; for the great services the father had done him, the son must die. And as he died, he said, May the Lord look on this, and exact the penalty.
4 Post quæ placuit Joas ut instauraret domum Domini. 5 Congregavitque sacerdotes et Levitas, et dixit eis: Egredimini ad civitates Juda, et colligite de universo Israël pecuniam ad sartatecta templi Dei vestri per singulos annos, festinatoque hoc facite. Porro Levitæ egere negligentius. 6 Vocavitque rex Jojadam principem, et dixit ei: Quare tibi non fuit curæ, ut cogeres Levitas inferre de Juda et de Jerusalem pecuniam quæ constituta est a Moyse servo Domini, ut inferret eam omnis multitudo Israël in tabernaculum testimonii? 7 Athalia enim impiissima, et filii ejus, destruxerunt domum Dei, et de universis quæ sanctificata fuerant in templo Domini, ornaverunt fanum Baalim. 8 Præcepit ergo rex, et fecerunt arcam: posueruntque eam juxta portam domus Domini forinsecus. 9 Et prædicatum est in Juda et Jerusalem ut deferrent singuli pretium Domino, quod constituit Moyses servus Dei super omnem Israël in deserto. 10 Lætatique sunt cuncti principes, et omnis populus, et ingressi contulerunt in arcam Domini, atque miserunt ita ut impleretur. 11 Cumque tempus esset ut deferrent arcam coram rege per manus Levitarum (videbant enim multam pecuniam), ingrediebatur scriba regis, et quem primus sacerdos constituerat, effundebantque pecuniam quæ erat in arca, porro arcam reportabant ad locum suum: sicque faciebant per singulos dies. Et congregata est infinita pecunia, 12 quam dederunt rex et Jojada his qui præerant operibus domus Domini: at illi conducebant ex ea cæsores lapidum, et artifices operum singulorum ut instaurarent domum Domini: fabros quoque ferri et æris, ut quod cadere cœperat, fulciretur. 13 Egeruntque hi qui operabantur industrie, et obducebatur parietum cicatrix per manus eorum, ac suscitaverunt domum Domini in statum pristinum, et firmiter eam stare fecerunt. 14 Cumque complessent omnia opera, detulerunt coram rege et Jojada reliquam partem pecuniæ: de qua facta sunt vasa templi in ministerium, et ad holocausta, phialæ quoque, et cetera vasa aurea et argentea: offerebantur holocausta in domo Domini jugiter cunctis diebus Jojadæ. 15 Senuit autem Jojada plenus dierum, et mortuus est cum esset centum triginta annorum: 16 sepelieruntque eum in civitate David cum regibus, eo quod fecisset bonum cum Israël, et cum domo ejus. 17 Postquam autem obiit Jojada, ingressi sunt principes Juda, et adoraverunt regem: qui delinitus obsequiis eorum, acquievit eis. 18 Et dereliquerunt templum Domini Dei patrum suorum, servieruntque lucis et sculptilibus: et facta est ira contra Judam et Jerusalem propter hoc peccatum. 19 Mittebatque eis prophetas ut reverterentur ad Dominum, quos protestantes illi audire nolebant. 20 Spiritus itaque Dei induit Zachariam filium Jojadæ sacerdotem, et stetit in conspectu populi, et dixit eis: Hæc dicit Dominus Deus: Quare transgredimini præceptum Domini, quod vobis non proderit, et dereliquistis Dominum ut derelinqueret vos? 21 Qui congregati adversus eum, miserunt lapides juxta regis imperium in atrio domus Domini. 22 Et non est recordatus Joas rex misericordiæ quam fecerat Jojada pater illius secum, sed interfecit filium ejus. Qui cum moreretur, ait: Videat Dominus, et requirat.
23 καὶ ἐγένετο μετὰ τὴν συντέλειαν τοῦ ἐνιαυτοῦ ἀνέβη ἐ{P'} αὐτὸν δύναμις Συρίας καὶ ἦλθεν ἐπὶ Ιουδαν καὶ ἐπὶ Ιερουσαλημ καὶ κατέφθειραν πάντας τοὺς ἄρχοντας τοῦ λαοῦ ἐν τῷ λαῷ καὶ πάντα τὰ σκῦλα αὐτῶν ἀπέστειλαν τῷ βασιλεῖ Δαμασκοῦ 24 ὅτι ἐν ὀλίγοις ἀνδράσιν παρεγένετο δύναμις Συρίας καὶ ὁ θεὸς παρέδωκεν εἰς τὰς χεῖρας αὐτῶν δύναμιν πολλὴν σφόδρα ὅτι ἐγκατέλιπον κύριον θεὸν τῶν πατέρων αὐτῶν καὶ μετὰ Ιωας ἐποίησεν κρίματα 25 καὶ μετὰ τὸ ἀπελθεῖν αὐτοὺς ἀ{P'} αὐτοῦ ἐν τῷ ἐγκαταλιπεῖν αὐτὸν ἐν μαλακίαις μεγάλαις καὶ ἐπέθεντο αὐτῷ οἱ παῖδες αὐτοῦ ἐν αἵμασιν υἱοῦ Ιωδαε τοῦ ἱερέως καὶ ἐθανάτωσαν αὐτὸν ἐπὶ τῆς κλίνης αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀπέθανεν καὶ ἔθαψαν αὐτὸν ἐν πόλει Δαυιδ καὶ οὐκ ἔθαψαν αὐτὸν ἐν τῷ τάφῳ τῶν βασιλέων 26 καὶ οἱ ἐπιθέμενοι ἐ{P'} αὐτὸν Ζαβεδ ὁ τοῦ Σαμαθ ὁ Αμμανίτης καὶ Ιωζαβεδ ὁ τοῦ Σομαρωθ ὁ Μωαβίτης 27 καὶ οἱ υἱοὶ αὐτοῦ πάντες καὶ προσῆλθον αὐτῷ οἱ πέντε καὶ τὰ λοιπὰ ἰδοὺ γεγραμμένα ἐπὶ τὴν γραφὴν τῶν βασιλέων καὶ ἐβασίλευσεν Αμασιας υἱὸς αὐτοῦ ἀν{T'} αὐτοῦ 23 A year passed, and the army of Syria was on the march against Joas. Into Juda, into Jerusalem they came, killed all that were of note among the people, plundered, and sent back what they had plundered to their master at Damascus. 24 It was but a small force of Syrians that came, yet the Lord gave them the mastery over a great host; and all because Juda had forsaken the Lord God of their fathers. A shameful punishment Joas must undergo, 25 and when they left him, they left him a prey to heavy sickness. Then, in vengeance for the murder of the high priest’s son, courtiers of his own conspired against him and slew him in his bed. So dying, he received burial in the Keep of David, but not in the burying-place of the kings. 26 It was Zabad, son of the Ammonitess Semmaath, and Josabad, son of the Moabitess Semarith, that made the plot against him. 27 What sons he had, what moneys he amassed, how he restored the house of God, may all be found set out in the Records of the Kings; and the throne passed to his son Amasias. 23 Cumque evolutus esset annus, ascendit contra eum exercitus Syriæ: venitque in Judam et Jerusalem, et interfecit cunctos principes populi, atque universam prædam miserunt regi in Damascum. 24 Et certe cum permodicus venisset numerus Syrorum, tradidit Dominus in manibus eorum infinitam multitudinem, eo quod dereliquissent Dominum Deum patrum suorum: in Joas quoque ignominiosa exercuere judicia. 25 Et abeuntes dimiserunt eum in languoribus magnis: surrexerunt autem contra eum servi sui in ultionem sanguinis filii Jojadæ sacerdotis, et occiderunt eum in lectulo suo, et mortuus est: sepelieruntque eum in civitate David, sed non in sepulchris regum. 26 Insidiati vero sunt ei Zabad filius Semaath Ammanitidis, et Jozabad filius Semmarith Moabitidis. 27 Porro filii ejus, ac summa pecuniæ quæ adunata fuerat sub eo, et instauratio domus Dei, scripta sunt diligentius in libro regum: regnavit autem Amasias filius ejus pro eo.
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