2 Kings 14

1 In the second year of Jehoʹash the son of Jehoʹahaz the king of Israel, Amaziʹah the son of King Jehoʹash of Judah became king.

2 He was 25 years old when he became king, and he reigned for 29 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jehoadʹdin of Jerusalem.

3 He continued to do what was right in Jehovah’s eyes, but not like David his forefather. He did everything as Jehoʹash his father had done.

4 However, the high places were not removed, and the people were still sacrificing and making sacrificial smoke on the high places.

5 As soon as he had the kingdom firmly in his control, he struck down his servants who had struck down his father the king.

6 But he did not put the sons of the murderers to death, in harmony with Jehovah’s commandment written in the book of Moses’ Law: “Fathers should not be put to death for their sons, and sons should not be put to death for their fathers; but each one should be put to death for his own sin.”

7 He struck down the Eʹdomites in the Valley of Salt, 10,000 men, and captured Seʹla in the war, and its name became Jokʹtheel to this day.

8 Then Amaziʹah sent messengers to Jehoʹash son of Jehoʹahaz son of Jeʹhu the king of Israel, saying: “Come, let us confront each other in battle.”

9 King Jehoʹash of Israel sent this message to King Amaziʹah of Judah: “The thorny weed in Lebʹanon sent a message to the cedar in Lebʹanon, ‘Give your daughter to my son as a wife.’ However, a wild beast of Lebʹanon passed by and trampled down the thorny weed.

10 True, you have struck down Eʹdom, so your heart has become arrogant. Enjoy your glory, but stay in your own house. Why should you provoke disaster and fall, bringing Judah down with you?”

11 But Amaziʹah did not listen. So King Jehoʹash of Israel went up, and he and King Amaziʹah of Judah confronted each other in battle at Beth-sheʹmesh, which belongs to Judah.

12 Judah was defeated by Israel, so each one fled to his home.

13 King Jehoʹash of Israel captured King Amaziʹah of Judah, son of Jehoʹash son of Ahaziʹah, at Beth-sheʹmesh. Then they came to Jerusalem, and he made a breach in the wall of Jerusalem from the Gate of Eʹphraim to the Corner Gate, 400 cubits.

14 He took all the gold and the silver and all the articles that were found in the house of Jehovah and in the treasuries of the house of the king, as well as hostages. Then he returned to Samarʹia.

15 As for the rest of the history of Jehoʹash, what 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?

16 Then Jehoʹash was laid to rest with his forefathers and was buried in Samarʹia with the kings of Israel; and his son Jeroboʹam became king in his place.

17 Amaziʹah the son of Jehoʹash the king of Judah lived for 15 years after the death of Jehoʹash the son of Jehoʹahaz the king of Israel.

18 As for the rest of the history of Amaziʹah, is it not written in the book of the history of the times of the kings of Judah?

19 Later a conspiracy was formed against him at Jerusalem, and he fled to Laʹchish, but they sent men after him to Laʹchish and put him to death there.

20 So they carried him back on horses, and he was buried in Jerusalem with his forefathers in the City of David.

21 Then all the people of Judah took Azariʹah, who was 16 years old, and made him king in place of his father Amaziʹah.

22 He rebuilt Eʹlath and restored it to Judah after the king was laid to rest with his forefathers.

23 In the 15th year of Amaziʹah the son of Jehoʹash the king of Judah, Jeroboʹam the son of King Jehoʹash of Israel became king in Samarʹia, and he reigned for 41 years.

24 He continued to do what was bad in Jehovah’s eyes. He did not depart from all the sins that Jeroboʹam the son of Neʹbat had caused Israel to commit.

25 He restored the boundary of Israel from Leʹbo-haʹmath clear to the Sea of the Arʹabah, according to the word that Jehovah the God of Israel spoke through his servant Joʹnah the son of Amitʹtai, the prophet from Gath-heʹpher.

26 For Jehovah had seen the very bitter affliction of Israel. There was no one left to help Israel, not even the helpless or the weak.

27 But Jehovah had promised not to wipe out the name of Israel from under the heavens. So he saved them by the hand of Jeroboʹam the son of Jehoʹash.

28 As for the rest of the history of Jeroboʹam, all that he did and his mightiness, how he fought and how he restored Damascus and Haʹmath to Judah in Israel, is it not written in the book of the history of the times of the kings of Israel?

29 Then Jeroboʹam was laid to rest with his forefathers, with the kings of Israel; and his son Zechariʹah became king in his place.

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