1 And in the seventh year Jehoiada took heart, and made a bond with the captains of hundreds: Azariah the son of Jehoram, Ishmael the son of Jehohanan, Azariah the son of Obed, Maaseiah the son of Adaiah and Elishaphat the son of Zichri. 2 And they went about in Judah and gathered the Levites out of all the cities of Judah and the ancient heads of Israel: and they came to Jerusalem.
3 And all the congregation made a bond with the king in the house of God. And Jehoiada said to them, "Behold, the king's son must reign over the children of David, as the LORD hath said. 4 This it is therefore that ye shall do. The third part of you priests and Levites which come in the Sabbath day, shall keep the doors; 5 and another third part shall be in the king's house; and another third part shall be in the gate of the foundation, and all the people shall be in the courts of the house of the LORD. 6 And there shall none come into the house of the LORD, save the priests and the Levites that minister. They shall go in, for they are holy: and all the people shall keep the watch of the LORD. 7 And the Levites shall compass the king round about, and every man his weapon in his hand: and whatsoever other man come into the house of the Lord, he shall die for it, and they shall be with the king, as he cometh in and as he goeth out."
8 And the Levites and all Judah did in all things as Jehoiada the priest commanded, and took every man his men: both them that came in and them that went out the Sabbath day: for Jehoiada the priest did let none of the companies depart. 9 And Jehoiada the priest delivered to the captains of hundreds spears and shields and bucklers that pertained to king David and were in the house of God. 10 And he set all the people and every man his weapon in his hand, from the right corner of the house to the left corner of the house, along by the altar and the house round about the king.
11 And they brought out the king's son and put upon him the crown and the testimony, and made him king. And Jehoiada and his sons anointed him and said, "God save the king."
12 When Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and praising the king, she went among the people into the house of the LORD. 13 And when she saw the king stand at his pillar in the entering, and the lords and trumpets about the king, and all the people of the land rejoicing and blowing with trumpets, and the singers with instruments of music teaching to praise. Then she rent her clothes and cried, "Treason! Treason!"
14 And Jehoiada the priest went out with the captains of hundreds that were appointed to govern the host and said to them, "Have her out without the arrays and whosoever followeth her, let him be slain with the sword." For the priest said, "Slay her not in the house of the LORD." 15 And they laid hands on her, and when she was come out to the entering of the horse gate in the king's house, they slew her there.
16 And Jehoiada made a bond between him and all the people and the king, to be the LORD's people. 17 And all the people went to the house of Baal and destroyed it, and brake his altars and his images, and slew Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.
18 And Jehoiada put the offices of the house of the LORD in the hands of the priests the Levites, which David had divided in companies for the house of the LORD, to offer burnt offerings unto the LORD, as it is written in the law of Moses, with rejoicing and singing as it was ordained by David. 19 And he set porters unto the gates of the house of the LORD, that none that was unclean in any point should enter in. 20 And he took the captains of hundreds and the nobles, and the governors of the people and all the folk of the land, and brought the king down out of the house of the LORD, and they went through the high gate in the king's house, and set the king upon the seat of the kingdom. 21 And all the people of the land rejoiced, and the city was in tranquility: but they slew Athaliah with the sword.