¶ And Athaliah the mother of Ohoziah, when she saw that her son was dead, she arose and slew all the seed of the kingdom. But Iehosaba the daughter of king Iehoram and sister of Ohoziah, took Iehoas the son of Ohoziah and stole him from among the king's sons that were slain, and his nurse with him, out of a sleeping chamber, and hid him from Athaliah, that he was not slain. And he was with her, hid in the house of the LORD six years. And Athaliah did reign over the land.
¶ And the seventh year Iehoiada sent and fetched the rulers over hundreds with the captains and them of the guard, and took them into him into the house of the LORD, and made a bond with them, and took an oath of them in the house of the LORD, and shewed them the king's son. And he commanded them saying: this is that ye must do: one third part of you shall come on the Sabbath day and keep the watch of the king's house: And another third part shall be at the gate Sur: and another third part shall be at the gate behind the guard chamber, and so shall ye keep the watch of the house of Mesah, and two portions of you: that is, all that go out the Sabbath day, shall keep the watch of the house of the LORD about the king, and shall compass the king round about, every man with his weapon in his hand. And whosoever cometh within the ranges shall die for it. And see that ye be with the king as he goeth out and in. And the captains over the hundreds did all the things as Iehoiada the priest commanded: and took every man his men, that is, them that came in the Sabbath day with them that went out the Sabbath day, and went to Iehoiada the priest. And the priest gave to the captains over hundreds the spears and shields that were king David's and had remained in the temple. And the guard stood every man with his weapon in his hand round about the king, from the right corner of the temple to the left along by the altar and the temple. And he brought out the son of the king and put the crown upon him, and delivered him the witness, and made him king and anointed him. And they clapped their hands and said: God save the king.
¶ And when Athaliah heard the noise of the running of the people, she came to the people into the house of the LORD. And when she saw the king stond by a pillar (as the manner was) and the singers and the trumpets by the king, and all the people of the land rejoicing, and the blowing of the trumpets, she rent her clothes and cried, treason, treason. And Iehoiada the priest commanded the Captains of the hundreds that had the rule of the host, and said to them: have her out without the ranges, and if any follow her, let him die with the sword: for the priest said, she may not be slain in the house of the LORD. And they laid hands on her, and she went the way that the horses of the kings went out and was slain there.
¶ And Iehoiada made a bond both between the LORD and the king, and between the people and the LORD, that they should be the LORD's people: and also between the king and the people. Then all the people of the land went into the house of Baal, and destroyed his altars, and brake down his Images lustily, and slew Nathan the priest of Baal before the altar. And the priest set watchmen in the house of the LORD, and took the rulers over hundreds and the captains and the guard and all the people of the land: And they brought the king from the house of the LORD and went the way of the gate of the guard of the king's house. And he sat him down on the seat of the kings. And all the people of the Lord rejoiced, and the city was in quiet. And they slew Athaliah with the sword in the house of the king. Iehoas was seven years old when he was made king.