2 Kings 13

1 In the 23rd year of Jehoʹash the son of Ahaziʹah the king of Judah, Jehoʹahaz the son of Jeʹhu became king over Israel in Samarʹia, and he reigned for 17 years.

2 He continued to do what was bad in Jehovah’s eyes, and he persisted in the sin that Jeroboʹam the son of Neʹbat had caused Israel to commit. He did not turn away from it.

3 So Jehovah’s anger grew hot against Israel, and he gave them into the hand of King Hazʹael of Syria and into the hand of Ben-haʹdad the son of Hazʹael all their days.

4 In time Jehoʹahaz begged for the favor of Jehovah, and Jehovah listened to him, for he had seen the oppression the king of Syria had inflicted on Israel.

5 So Jehovah provided Israel with a savior to free them from Syria’s grip, and the Israelites were able to dwell in their homes as before.

6 (However, they did not depart from the sin of the house of Jeroboʹam that he had caused Israel to commit. They continued in this sin, and the sacred pole continued to stand in Samarʹia.)

7 Jehoʹahaz was left with an army of only 50 horsemen, 10 chariots, and 10,000 foot soldiers, because the king of Syria had destroyed them, trampling them like the dust at threshing time.

8 As for the rest of the history of Jehoʹahaz, all that he did and his mightiness, is it not written in the book of the history of the times of the kings of Israel?

9 Then Jehoʹahaz was laid to rest with his forefathers, and they buried him in Samarʹia; and his son Jehoʹash became king in his place.

10 In the 37th year of King Jehoʹash of Judah, Jehoʹash the son of Jehoʹahaz became king over Israel in Samarʹia, and he reigned for 16 years.

11 He continued to do what was bad in Jehovah’s eyes, not departing from all the sins that Jeroboʹam the son of Neʹbat had made Israel commit. He continued in these sins.

12 As for the rest of the history of Jehoʹash, all that he did and his mightiness and how he fought against King Amaziʹah of Judah, is it not written in the book of the history of the times of the kings of Israel?

13 Then Jehoʹash was laid to rest with his forefathers, and Jeroboʹam sat on his throne. And Jehoʹash was buried in Samarʹia with the kings of Israel.

14 Now when Eliʹsha became ill with the sickness from which he eventually died, Jehoʹash the king of Israel came down to him and wept over him, saying: “My father, my father! The chariot of Israel and his horsemen!”

15 Eliʹsha then said to him: “Take a bow and arrows.” So he took a bow and arrows.

16 Then he said to the king of Israel: “Put your hand to the bow.” So he put his hand to it, after which Eliʹsha laid his hands on the king’s hands.

17 Then he said: “Open the window toward the east.” So he opened it. Eliʹsha said: “Shoot!” So he shot. He now said: “Jehovah’s arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Syria! You will strike down Syria at Aʹphek until you finish it off.”

18 He continued: “Take the arrows,” and he took them. Then he said to the king of Israel: “Strike the ground.” So he struck the ground three times and stopped.

19 At that the man of the true God grew indignant at him and said: “You should have struck the ground five or six times! Then you would have struck down Syria until you finished it off, but now you will strike down Syria only three times.”

20 After that Eliʹsha died and was buried. There were Moʹabite marauder bands that would come into the land at the beginning of the year.

21 As some men were burying a man, they saw the marauder band, so they quickly threw the man into Eliʹsha’s burial place and ran off. When the man touched the bones of Eliʹsha, he came to life and stood on his feet.

22 Now King Hazʹael of Syria oppressed Israel all the days of Jehoʹahaz.

23 However, Jehovah extended favor and mercy to them and showed his concern for them for the sake of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He did not want to bring them to ruin, and he has not cast them away from his presence to this day.

24 When King Hazʹael of Syria died, his son Ben-haʹdad became king in his place.

25 Jehoʹash the son of Jehoʹahaz then took back from Ben-haʹdad the son of Hazʹael the cities that he had taken in war from Jehoʹahaz his father. Three times Jehoʹash struck him down, and he recovered the cities of Israel.

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