2 Kings 12:20
Parallel Verses
New International Version
His officials conspired against him and assassinated him at Beth Millo, on the road down to Silla.

New Living Translation
Joash's officers plotted against him and assassinated him at Beth-millo on the road to Silla.

English Standard Version
His servants arose and made a conspiracy and struck down Joash in the house of Millo, on the way that goes down to Silla.

New American Standard Bible
His servants arose and made a conspiracy and struck down Joash at the house of Millo as he was going down to Silla.

King James Bible
And his servants arose, and made a conspiracy, and slew Joash in the house of Millo, which goeth down to Silla.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Joash's servants conspired against him and killed him at Beth-millo on the road that goes down to Silla.

International Standard Version
His servants rose up in rebellion, formed a conspiracy, and assassinated Joash in the palace at the terrace ramparts while he was on his way down to Silla.

NET Bible
His servants conspired against him and murdered Joash at Beth-Millo, on the road that goes down to Silla.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
His own officials plotted against him and killed him at Beth Millo on the road that goes down to Silla.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And his slaves arose and made a conspiracy and slew Joash in the house of Millo, as he was going down to Silla.

King James 2000 Bible
And his servants arose, and made a conspiracy, and slew Joash in the house of Millo, on the road which goes down to Silla.

American King James Version
And his servants arose, and made a conspiracy, and slew Joash in the house of Millo, which goes down to Silla.

American Standard Version
And his servants arose, and made a conspiracy, and smote Joash at the house of Millo, on the way that goeth down to Silla.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And his servants arose, and conspired among themselves, and slew Joas in the house of Mello in the descent of Sella.

Darby Bible Translation
And his servants rose up and made a conspiracy, and smote Joash in the house of Millo, at the descent of Silla.

English Revised Version
And his servants arose, and made a conspiracy, and smote Joash at the house of Millo, on the way that goeth down to Silla.

Webster's Bible Translation
And his servants arose, and made a conspiracy, and slew Joash in the house of Millo, which goeth down to Silla.

World English Bible
His servants arose, and made a conspiracy, and struck Joash at the house of Millo, [on the way] that goes down to Silla.

Young's Literal Translation
And his servants rise, and make a conspiracy, and smite Joash in the house of Millo, that is going down to Silla:
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:17-21 Let us review the character of Jehoash, and consider what we may learn from it. When we see what a sad conclusion there was to so promising a beginning, it ought to make us seek into our spiritual declinings. If we know any thing of Christ as the foundation of our faith and hope, let us desire to know nothing but Christ. May the work of the blessed Spirit on our souls be manifest; may we see, feel, and be earnest, in seeking after Jesus in all his fulness, suitableness, and grace, that our souls may be brought over from dead works to serve the living and true God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - And his servants arose, and made a conspiracy. By "his servants" officers of his household are probably intended, attendants whose position would give them ready access to his person. And slew Joash in the house of Millo. Joash had probably transferred his residence to "the house of Mille." - the great fortress built by David (2 Samuel 5:9) and Solomon (1 Kings 9:15, 24) in Jerusalem - for greater security during the siege; and, being there prostrated by sickness, could not remove from it when the siege was over. Which goeth down to Silla. No commentator has succeeded in explaining this passage. There is no other mention of Silla; and it is difficult to understand how a fortress could be said to "go down" to any place. Our Revisers' conjecture - "on the way that goeth down to Silla" - may be accepted as a possible explanation; but it implies that a word (בַּדֶּרֶך) has dropped out of the text.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And his servants arose,.... This was after he had slain Zechariah the son of Jehoiada, who reproved him for his idolatry; and after a second expedition of the king of Syria, who came to Jerusalem, and spoiled it, and left Jehoash diseased, as is recorded in 2 Chronicles 24:23,

and made a conspiracy; not to get the kingdom into their hands, for his son succeeded him, but to avenge the death of Zechariah:

and slew Jehoash in the house of Millo, which goeth down to Silla; these are both names of places; perhaps the latter is mentioned, to distinguish this Bethmillo from Millo in Zion; or rather that itself is meant, and described by the descent from it to a causeway, as Silla may signify, which led to the royal palace.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. his servants arose … and slew Joash in the house of Millo—(See on [339]2Ch 24:25).

2 Kings 12:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Reign of Joash Ends
19Now the rest of the acts of Joash and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 20His servants arose and made a conspiracy and struck down Joash at the house of Millo as he was going down to Silla. 21For Jozacar the son of Shimeath and Jehozabad the son of Shomer, his servants, struck him and he died; and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David, and Amaziah his son became king in his place.
Cross References
Judges 9:6
Then all the citizens of Shechem and Beth Millo gathered beside the great tree at the pillar in Shechem to crown Abimelek king.

2 Samuel 5:9
David then took up residence in the fortress and called it the City of David. He built up the area around it, from the terraces inward.

1 Kings 11:27
Here is the account of how he rebelled against the king: Solomon had built the terraces and had filled in the gap in the wall of the city of David his father.

2 Kings 12:19
As for the other events of the reign of Joash, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah?

2 Kings 14:5
After the kingdom was firmly in his grasp, he executed the officials who had murdered his father the king.

2 Kings 21:23
Amon's officials conspired against him and assassinated the king in his palace.

2 Chronicles 24:25
When the Arameans withdrew, they left Joash severely wounded. His officials conspired against him for murdering the son of Jehoiada the priest, and they killed him in his bed. So he died and was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.
Treasury of Scripture

And his servants arose, and made a conspiracy, and slew Joash in the house of Millo, which goes down to Silla.

his servants

2 Kings 14:5 And it came to pass, as soon as the kingdom was confirmed in his …

2 Chronicles 24:24,25 For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men, and …

2 Chronicles 25:27 Now after the time that Amaziah did turn away from following the …

2 Chronicles 33:24 And his servants conspired against him, and slew him in his own house.

the house of Millor. or, Beth-millo

Judges 9:6 And all the men of Shechem gathered together, and all the house of …

2 Samuel 5:9 So David dwelled in the fort, and called it the city of David. And …

1 Kings 11:27 And this was the cause that he lifted up his hand against the king: …

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