2 Chronicles 24:17
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New International Version
After the death of Jehoiada, the officials of Judah came and paid homage to the king, and he listened to them.

New Living Translation
But after Jehoiada's death, the leaders of Judah came and bowed before King Joash and persuaded him to listen to their advice.

English Standard Version
Now after the death of Jehoiada the princes of Judah came and paid homage to the king. Then the king listened to them.

New American Standard Bible
But after the death of Jehoiada the officials of Judah came and bowed down to the king, and the king listened to them.

King James Bible
Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
However, after Jehoiada died, the rulers of Judah came and paid homage to the king. Then the king listened to them,

International Standard Version
But after Jehoiada had died, officials from Judah came, bowed down to the king, and the king listened to what they had to say.

NET Bible
After Jehoiada died, the officials of Judah visited the king and declared their loyalty to him. The king listened to their advice.

New Heart English Bible
Now after the death of Jehoiada the leaders of Judah came and paid homage to the king. And the king listened to them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
After he died, the officials of Judah bowed in front of the king with their faces touching the ground. Then the king listened to their advice.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and prostrated themselves before the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.

New American Standard 1977
But after the death of Jehoiada the officials of Judah came and bowed down to the king, and the king listened to them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now after the death of Jehoiada, the princes of Judah came and worshipped the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.

King James 2000 Bible
Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and bowed before the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.

American King James Version
Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king listened to them.

American Standard Version
Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And after the death of Joiada, the princes of Juda went in, and worshipped the king: and he was soothed by their services and hearkened to them.

Darby Bible Translation
And after the death of Jehoiada the princes of Judah came and made obeisance to the king; then the king hearkened to them.

English Revised Version
Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened to them.

World English Bible
Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king listened to them.

Young's Literal Translation
And after the death of Jehoiada come in have heads of Judah, and bow themselves to the king; then hath the king hearkened unto them,
Study Bible
The Wickedness of Joash
16They buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done well in Israel and to God and His house. 17But after the death of Jehoiada the officials of Judah came and bowed down to the king, and the king listened to them. 18They abandoned the house of the LORD, the God of their fathers, and served the Asherim and the idols; so wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their guilt.…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 24:16
They buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done well in Israel and to God and His house.

2 Chronicles 24:18
They abandoned the house of the LORD, the God of their fathers, and served the Asherim and the idols; so wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their guilt.

Ezekiel 18:24
"But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity and does according to all the abominations that a wicked man does, will he live? All his righteous deeds which he has done will not be remembered for his treachery which he has committed and his sin which he has committed; for them he will die.
Treasury of Scripture

Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king listened to them.

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Deuteronomy 31:27 For I know your rebellion, and your stiff neck: behold, while I am …

Acts 20:29,30 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter …

2 Peter 1:15 Moreover I will endeavor that you may be able after my decease to …

the princes of Judah

2 Chronicles 10:8-10 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel …

2 Chronicles 22:3,4 He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab: for his mother was …

Proverbs 7:21-23 With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering …

Proverbs 20:19 He that goes about as a talebearer reveals secrets: therefore meddle …

Proverbs 26:8,28 As he that binds a stone in a sling, so is he that gives honor to a fool…

Proverbs 29:5 A man that flatters his neighbor spreads a net for his feet.

Daniel 11:32 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by …

then the king

Proverbs 29:12 If a ruler listen to lies, all his servants are wicked.

(17) Came the princes . . . and made obeisance to the king.--As asking a boon. What their petition was is evident from the context (2Chronicles 24:18). They sought the royal sanction of the idolatrous forms of worship, after which they hankered.

Then the king hearkened unto them.--Comp. the influence of the young nobles with Rehoboam, 2Chronicles 10:8.

Verse 17. - The princes. These turned aside from the better part they had performed (2 Chronicles 23:13, 20). Made obeisance; Hebrew, יִשְׁתַּחֲווּ. This is the word that is used of the sheaves of the brethren of Joseph bowing down, according to his dream, to his sheaf; it is also the repeatedly used word of the worship paid to Jehovah the true God, and to idols and false gods. The word occurs nearly two hundred times. The obeisance of these princes, therefore, on this occasion lacked nothing of the most pronounced character, and the worst species of flattery gained its disastrous ends. Joash must have been now about thirty-six years of age; he was seven years old when he began to reign, he had reigned twenty-three years before the restoring of the temple (2 Kings 12:6), and a few years had elapsed since. The words of the princes, to which Joash hearkened, are not supplied by the parallel, which indeed at once proceeds to speak of the threatening attitude of the Syrian king Hazael, and of how Joash bought him off. Our next verse, however, shows to what end those words tended. Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah,.... Who had been secretly inclined to idolatry, but durst not discover it during the life of Jehoiada; whose influence at court was too great for them to counterwork, but when dead they came to court:

and made obeisance to the king; bowed in a very lowly manner, fawned upon him, and flattered him. Some Jewish writers, as Kimchi observes, understand this of religious adoration, that they made a god of him, and worshipped him, pretending, as a foundation for it, his being hid six months in the temple, and preserved; but it designs no more than civil worship and homage:

then the king hearkened unto them; coursing with him about divine worship, which the business they came about; desiring that they might, not be obliged to come to Jerusalem to worship, but might make use of the high places, and by that means worship what idol they pleased, which he granted to them; the Targum is,"he received their idols from them.'' 2Ch 24:17-22. Joash Falls into Idolatry.

17-22. Now came the princes of Judah, and make obeisance to the king—Hitherto, while Joash occupied the throne, his uncle had held the reins of sovereign power, and by his excellent counsels had directed the young king to such measures as were calculated to promote both the civil and religious interests of the country. The fervent piety, practical wisdom, and inflexible firmness of that sage counsellor exerted immense influence over all classes. But now that the helm of the state-ship was no longer steered by the sound head and firm hand of the venerable high priest, the real merits of Joash's administration appear; and for want of good and enlightened principle, as well as, perhaps, of natural energy of character, he allowed himself to be borne onward in a course which soon wrecked the vessel upon hidden rocks.

the king hearkened unto them, etc.—They were secretly attached to idolatry, and their elevated rank affords sad proof how extensively and deeply the nation had become corrupted during the reigns of Jehoram, Ahaziah, and Athaliah. With strong professions of allegiance they humbly requested that they might not be subjected to the continued necessity of frequent and expensive journeys to Jerusalem, but allowed the privilege their fathers had enjoyed of worshipping God in high places at home. They framed their petition in this plausible and least offensive manner, well knowing that, if excused attendance at the temple, they might—without risk of discovery or disturbance—indulge their tastes in the observance of any private rites they pleased. The weak-minded king granted their petition; and the consequence was, that when they left the house of the Lord God of their fathers, they soon "served groves and idols."24:15-27 See what a great judgment on any prince or people, the death of godly, zealous, useful men is. See how necessary it is that we act in religion from inward principle. Then the loss of a parent, a minister, or a friend, will not be losing our religion. Often both princes and inferior people have been flattered to their ruin. True grace alone will enable a man to bring forth fruit unto the end. Zechariah, the son of Jehoiada, being filled with the Spirit of prophecy, stood up, and told the people of their sin. This is the work of ministers, by the word of God, as a lamp and a light, to discover the sin of men, and expound the providences of God. They stoned Zechariah to death in the court of the house of the Lord. Observe the dying martyr's words: The Lord look upon it, and require it! This came not from a spirit of revenge, but a spirit of prophecy. God smote Joash with great diseases, of body, or mind, or both, before the Syrians departed from him. If vengeance pursue men, the end of one trouble will be but the beginning of another. His own servants slew him. These judgments are called the burdens laid upon him, for the wrath of God is a heavy burden, too heavy for any man to bear. May God help us to take warning, to be upright in heart, and to persevere in his ways to the end.
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