2 Kings 10:32-12:21 Good News Translation

The Death of Jehu

32 At that time the Lord began to reduce the size of Israel’s territory. King Hazael of Syria conquered all the Israelite territory 33 east of the Jordan, as far south as the town of Aroer on the Arnon River—this included the territories of Gilead and Bashan, where the tribes of Gad, Reuben, and East Manasseh lived.

34 Everything else that Jehu did, including his brave deeds, is recorded in The History of the Kings of Israel.

35 He died and was buried in Samaria, and his son Jehoahaz succeeded him as king. 36 Jehu had ruled in Samaria as king of Israel for twenty-eight years.

Queen Athaliah of Judah
11 As soon as King Ahaziah’s mother Athaliah

learned of her son’s murder, she gave orders for all the members of the royal family to be killed. Only

Ahaziah’s son Joash escaped. He was about to be killed with the others, but was rescued by his aunt Jehosheba, who was King Jehoram’s daughter and Ahaziah’s half sister. She took him and his nurse into a bedroom in the Temple and hid him from Athaliah, so that he was not killed. For six years Jehosheba took care of the boy and kept him hidden in the Temple, while Athaliah ruled as queen.

But in the seventh year Jehoiada the priest sent for the officers in charge of the royal bodyguard and of the palace guards, and told them to come to the Temple, where he made them agree under oath to what he planned to do. He showed them King Ahaziah’s son Joash and gave them the following orders: “When you come on duty on the Sabbath, one third of you are to guard the palace; another third are to stand guard at the Sur Gate, and the other third are to stand guard at the gate behind the other guards.[a] The two groups that go off duty on the Sabbath are to stand guard at the Temple to protect the king. You are to guard King Joash with drawn swords and stay with him wherever he goes. Anyone who comes near you is to be killed.”

The officers obeyed Jehoiada’s instructions and brought their men to him—those going off duty on the Sabbath and those going on duty. 10 He gave the officers the spears[b] and shields that had belonged to King David and had been kept in the Temple, 11 and he stationed the men with drawn swords all around the front of the Temple, to protect the king. 12 Then Jehoiada led Joash out, placed the crown on his head, and gave him a copy of the laws governing kingship. Then Joash was anointed and proclaimed king. The people clapped their hands and shouted, “Long live the king!”

13 Queen Athaliah heard the noise being made by the guards and the people, so she hurried to the Temple, where the crowd had gathered. 14 There she saw the new king standing by the column at the entrance of the Temple, as was the custom. He was surrounded by the officers and the trumpeters, and the people were all shouting joyfully and blowing trumpets. Athaliah tore her clothes in distress and shouted, “Treason! Treason!”

15 Jehoiada did not want Athaliah killed in the Temple area, so he ordered the army officers: “Take her out between the rows of guards, and kill anyone who tries to rescue her.” 16 They seized her, took her to the palace, and there at the Horse Gate they killed her.

Jehoiada’s Reforms

17 The priest Jehoiada had King Joash and the people make a covenant with the Lord that they would be
the Lord’s people; he also made a covenant between the king and the people. 18 Then the people went to the temple of Baal and tore it down; they smashed the altars and the idols, and killed Mattan, the priest of Baal, in front of the altars.

Jehoiada put guards on duty at the Temple, 19 and then he, the officers, the royal bodyguard, and the palace guards escorted the king from the Temple to the palace, followed by all the people. Joash entered by the Guard Gate and took his place on the

throne. 20 All the people were filled with happiness, and the city was quiet, now that Athaliah had been killed in the palace.

21 Joash became king of Judah at the age of seven. King Joash of Judah

12 In the seventh year of the reign of King Jehu of Israel, Joash became king of Judah, and he ruled in

Jerusalem for forty years. His mother was Zibiah from the city of Beersheba. Throughout his life he did what pleased the Lord, because Jehoiada the priest instructed him. However, the pagan places of worship were not destroyed, and the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.

Joash called the priests and ordered them to save up the money paid in connection with the sacrifices in the Temple, both the dues paid for the regular sacrifices and the money given as freewill gifts. Each priest was to be responsible for the money brought by those he served, and the money was to be used to repair the Temple, as needed.

But by the twenty-third year of Joash’s reign the priests still had not made any repairs in the Temple. So he called in Jehoiada and the other

priests and asked them, “Why aren’t you repairing the Temple? From now on you are not to keep the money you receive; you must hand it over, so that the repairs can be made.” The priests agreed to this and also agreed not to make the repairs in the Temple.

Then Jehoiada took a box, made a hole in the lid, and placed the box by the altar, on the right side as one enters the Temple. The priests on duty at the entrance put in the box all the money given by the worshipers. 10 Whenever there was a large amount of money in the box, the royal secretary and the High Priest would come, melt down the silver, and weigh it. [c] 11 After recording the exact amount, they would hand the silver over to the men in charge of the work in the Temple, and these would pay the carpenters, the builders, 12 the masons, and the stone cutters, buy the timber and the stones used in the repairs, and pay all other necessary expenses. 13 None of the money, however, was used to pay for making silver cups, bowls, trumpets, or tools for tending the lamps, or any other article of silver or of gold. 14 It was all used to pay the workers and to buy the materials used in the

repairs. 15 The men in charge of the work were thoroughly honest, so there was no need to require them to account for the funds. 16 The money given for the repayment offerings and for the offerings for sin was not deposited in the box; it belonged to the priests.

17 At that time King Hazael of Syria attacked the city of Gath and conquered it; then he decided to attack Jerusalem. 18 King Joash of Judah took all the offerings that his predecessors Jehoshaphat, Jehoram, and Ahaziah had dedicated to the Lord, added to them his own offerings and all the gold in the treasuries of the Temple and the palace, and sent them all as a gift to King Hazael, who then led his army away from Jerusalem.

19 Everything else that King Joash did is recorded in The History of the Kings of Judah.

20-21 King Joash’s officials plotted against him, and two of them, Jozacar son of Shimeath and Jehozabad son of Shomer, killed him at the house built on the land that

was filled in on the east side of Jerusalem, on the road that goes down to Silla. Joash was buried in the royal tombs in David’s City, and his son Amaziah succeeded him as king.


  1. 2 Kings 11:6 Hebrew has an additional word, the meaning of which is unclear.
  2. 2 Kings 11:10 Some ancient translations (and see 2 Ch 23.9) spears; Hebrew spear.
  3. 2 Kings 12:10 melt down the silver, and weigh it; or count the money, and tie it up inbags.

Acts 18:1-22
Good News Translation

In Corinth
18 After this, Paul left Athens and went on to

Corinth. There he met a Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, for Emperor Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, and stayed and worked with them, because he earned his living by making tents, just as they did. He held

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discussions in the synagogue every Sabbath, trying to convince both Jews and Greeks.

When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul gave his whole time to preaching the message, testifying to the Jews that Jesus is the
Messiah. When they opposed him and said evil things about him, he protested by shaking the dust from his clothes and saying to them, “If you are lost, you yourselves must take the blame for it! I am not responsible. From now on I will go to the

Gentiles.” So he left them and went to live in the house of a Gentile named Titius Justus, who worshiped God; his house was next to the synagogue. Crispus, who was the leader of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with all his family; and many other people in Corinth heard the message, believed, and were baptized.

One night Paul had a vision in which the Lord said to him, “Do not be afraid, but keep on speaking and do not give up, 10 for I am with you. No one will be able to harm you, for many in this city are my people.” 11 So

Paul stayed there for a year and a half, teaching the people the word of God.

12 When Gallio was made the Roman governor of Achaia, Jews there got together, seized Paul, and took him into court. 13 “This man,” they said, “is trying to persuade people to worship God in a way that is against the law!”

14 Paul was about to speak when Gallio said to the Jews, “If this were a matter of some evil crime or wrong that has been committed, it would be reasonable for me to be patient with you Jews. 15 But since it is an argument about words and names and your own law, you yourselves must settle it. I will not be the judge of such things!” 16 And he drove them out of the court. 17 They all grabbed Sosthenes, the leader of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the court. But that did not bother Gallio a bit.

The Return to Antioch

18 Paul stayed on with the believers in Corinth for many days, then left them and sailed off with Priscilla

and Aquila for Syria. Before sailing from Cenchreae he had his head shaved because of a vow he had taken. [a] 19 They arrived in Ephesus, where Paul left Priscilla and Aquila. He went into the synagogue and held discussions with the Jews. 20 The people asked him to stay longer, but he would not consent. 21 Instead, he told them as he left, “If it is the will of God, I will come back to you.” And so he sailed from Ephesus.

22 When he arrived at Caesarea, he went to Jerusalem and greeted the church, and then went to Antioch.

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a. Acts 18:18 This refers to the Jewish custom of shaving the head as a sign that a vow has been kept.

Psalm 145
Good News Translation

A Hymn of Praise[a] 145

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I will proclaim your greatness, my God and king;
 I will thank you forever and ever.


Every day I will thank you;

I will praise you forever and ever.


The Lord is great and is to be highly praised;
 his greatness is beyond understanding.


What you have done will be praised from one generation to the next;

they will proclaim your mighty acts.


They will speak of your glory and majesty,

and I will meditate on your wonderful deeds.


People will speak of your mighty deeds,
 and I will proclaim your greatness.


They will tell about all your goodness
 and sing about your kindness.


The Lord is loving and merciful,

slow to become angry and full of constant love.


He is good to everyone

and has compassion on all he made.


All your creatures, Lord, will praise you,
 and all your people will give you thanks.


They will speak of the glory of your royal power
 and tell of your might,


so that everyone will know your mighty deeds
 and the glorious majesty of your kingdom.


Your rule is eternal,

and you are king forever.

The Lord is faithful to his promises;
 he is merciful in all his acts.


He helps those who are in trouble;
 he lifts those who have fallen.


All living things look hopefully to you,

and you give them food when they need it.


You give them enough

and satisfy the needs of all.


The Lord is righteous in all he does,
 merciful in all his acts.


He is near to those who call to him,
 who call to him with sincerity.


He supplies the needs of those who honor him;
 he hears their cries and saves them.


He protects everyone who loves him,
 but he will destroy the wicked.


I will always praise the Lord;

let all his creatures praise his holy name forever.

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a. Psalm 145:1 HEBREW TITLE: A song of praise by David.

Proverbs 18:1
Good News Translation

18 People who do not get along with others are interested only in themselves; they will disagree with what everyone else knows is right.

Tobit 9:8-12

When Raphael and Gabael came to Raguel’s house, they found Tobias at dinner. Tobias immediately got up and greeted Gabael. With tears in his eyes Gabael returned the greeting and added,

You are just like your honest and generous father. May the Lord in heaven bless you and your wife, your mother-in-law, and your father. Praise God! He has let me live to see my cousin Tobias, who looks so much like his father.