Joz'achar (Heb. Yozakar', יוֹזָכָר, Jehovah-remembered; Sept. Ι᾿ωσαβάδ v.r. Ι᾿ωζαχάρ), the son of Shimeath, an Ammonitess, one of the two servants who assassinated Jehoash, king of Judah, in Millo (2Ki 12:21). In the parallel passage (2Ch 24:26) the name is erroneously written ZABAD. B.C. 837. "It is uncertain whether their conspiracy was prompted by a personal feeling of revenge for the death of Zechariah, as Josephus intimates (Ant. 9, 8, 4), or whether they were urged to it by the family of Jehoiada. The care. of the chronicler to show that they were of foreign descent seems almost intended to disarm a suspicion that the king's assassination was an act of priestly vengeance. But it is more likely that the conspiracy had a different origin altogether, and that the king's murder was regarded by the chronicler as an instance of divine retribution. On the accession of Amaziah the conspirators were executed."

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