Young Jehoash Reigned for Forty Years.
After the death of Athaliah, Jehoiada the priest made a tripartite covenant, namely, between the king and the Lord, the people and the Lord, and between the Lord and the king and the people to the effect that the Lord would be their God and they would be God’s people. And the people as one went into the house of Baal and demolished it, and destroyed all the high places and articles of worship to Baal, and slew the priest of Baal and appointed officers of the Lord in the house of the Lord. And Jehoiada gathered together all the captains of hundreds and all their leaders, and all the people of the land; and they took the young king and carried him from the house of the Lord to the king’s palace and set him up on the throne to reign there. And Jehoash was seven years old when he began to reign. He reigned forty years and did what was right in the sight of the Lord under the guidance of Jehoiada the priest. But while all the remnants of the house of Baal were destroyed, yet there were certain high places where the people continued to make sacrifices and burnt offerings to other Gods.