2 Kings 15

1 In the 27th year of King Jeroboʹam of Israel, Azariʹah the son of King Amaziʹah of Judah became king.

2 He was 16 years old when he became king, and he reigned for 52 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jecoliʹah of Jerusalem.

3 He continued to do what was right in Jehovah’s eyes, just as his father Amaziʹah 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 Jehovah afflicted the king, and he remained a leper until the day of his death; and he stayed in a separate house, while the king’s son Joʹtham was in charge of the house, judging the people of the land.

6 As for the rest of the history of Azariʹah, all that he did, is it not written in the book of the history of the times of the kings of Judah?

7 Then Azariʹah was laid to rest with his forefathers, and they buried him with his forefathers in the City of David; and his son Joʹtham became king in his place.

8 In the 38th year of King Azariʹah of Judah, Zechariʹah the son of Jeroboʹam became king over Israel in Samarʹia, and he reigned for six months.

9 He did what was bad in Jehovah’s eyes, just as his forefathers had done. He did not depart from the sins that Jeroboʹam the son of Neʹbat had caused Israel to commit.

10 Then Shalʹlum the son of Jaʹbesh conspired against him and struck him down at Ibʹleam. After putting him to death, he became king in his place.

11 As for the rest of the history of Zechariʹah, it is written in the book of the history of the times of the kings of Israel.

12 That fulfilled Jehovah’s word spoken to Jeʹhu: “Four generations of your sons will sit on the throne of Israel.” And that is how it happened.

13 Shalʹlum the son of Jaʹbesh became king in the 39th year of King Uzziʹah of Judah, and he reigned for a full month in Samarʹia.

14 Then Menʹahem the son of Gaʹdi came up from Tirʹzah to Samarʹia and struck down Shalʹlum the son of Jaʹbesh in Samarʹia. After putting him to death, he became king in his place.

15 As for the rest of the history of Shalʹlum and the conspiracy that he formed, it is written in the book of the history of the times of the kings of Israel.

16 It was then that Menʹahem came from Tirʹzah and struck down Tiphʹsah and all who were in it and its territory, because it did not open its gates to him. He struck it down and ripped open its pregnant women.

17 In the 39th year of King Azariʹah of Judah, Menʹahem the son of Gaʹdi became king over Israel, and he reigned for ten years in Samarʹia.

18 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, all his days.

19 King Pul of Assyrʹia came into the land, and Menʹahem gave Pul 1,000 talents of silver in return for his support in strengthening his hold on the kingdom.

20 So Menʹahem raised the silver from Israel by exacting it from the prominent, wealthy men. He gave the king of Assyrʹia 50 silver shekels for each man. Then the king of Assyrʹia turned back and did not stay in the land.

21 As for the rest of the history of Menʹahem, all that he did, is it not written in the book of the history of the times of the kings of Israel?

22 Then Menʹahem was laid to rest with his forefathers; and his son Pekahiʹah became king in his place.

23 In the 50th year of King Azariʹah of Judah, Pekahiʹah the son of Menʹahem became king over Israel in Samarʹia, and he reigned for two years.

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

25 Then his adjutant Peʹkah the son of Remaliʹah conspired against him and struck him down in Samarʹia in the fortified tower of the king’s house with Arʹgob and Ariʹeh. He had 50 men of Gilʹead with him; and after he put him to death, he became king in his place.

26 As for the rest of the history of Pekahiʹah, all that he did, it is written in the book of the history of the times of the kings of Israel.

27 In the 52nd year of King Azariʹah of Judah, Peʹkah the son of Remaliʹah became king over Israel in Samarʹia, and he reigned for 20 years.

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

29 In the days of King Peʹkah of Israel, King Tigʹlath-pileʹser of Assyrʹia invaded and captured Iʹjon, Aʹbel-beth-maʹacah, Janoʹah, Keʹdesh, Haʹzor, Gilʹead, and Galʹilee, all the land of Naphʹtali, and he took the inhabitants into exile in Assyrʹia.

30 Then Hosheʹa the son of Eʹlah formed a conspiracy against Peʹkah the son of Remaliʹah, and he struck him and put him to death; and he became king in his place in the 20th year of Joʹtham the son of Uzziʹah.

31 As for the rest of the history of Peʹkah, all that he did, it is written in the book of the history of the times of the kings of Israel.

32 In the second year of Peʹkah the son of Remaliʹah the king of Israel, Joʹtham the son of King Uzziʹah of Judah became king.

33 He was 25 years old when he became king, and he reigned for 16 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jeruʹsha the daughter of Zaʹdok.

34 He kept doing what was right in Jehovah’s eyes, just as his father Uzziʹah had done.

35 However, the high places were not removed, and the people were still sacrificing and making sacrificial smoke on the high places. He was the one who built the upper gate of the house of Jehovah.

36 As for the rest of the history of Joʹtham, what he did, is it not written in the book of the history of the times of the kings of Judah?

37 In those days Jehovah began sending Reʹzin the king of Syria and Peʹkah the son of Remaliʹah against Judah.

38 Then Joʹtham was laid to rest with his forefathers and was buried with his forefathers in the City of David his forefather. And his son Aʹhaz became king in his place.

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