14 2 Amaziah the king of Judah putteth to death them that slew his father, 7 and after smiteth Edom. 15 Joash dieth, and Jeroboam his son succeedeth him. 29 And after him reigneth Zechariah.

The second year of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel, reigned (A)Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah.

He was five and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem, and his mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.

And he did [a]uprightly in the sight of the Lord, yet not like David his father, but did according to all that Joash his father had done.

Notwithstanding the high places were not taken away: for as yet the people did sacrifice, and burnt incense in the high places.

¶ And when the kingdom was confirmed in his hand, he slew his servants which had (B)killed the king his father.

But the children of those that did slay him, he [b]slew not, according unto that which is written in the book of the Law of Moses, wherein the Lord commanded, saying, (C)The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children put to death for the fathers: but every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

He slew also of [c]Edom in the valley of salt, ten thousand, and took [d]the city of Sela by war, and called the name thereof Joktheel unto this day.

¶ Then Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz, son of Jehu king of Israel, saying, Come, [e]let us see one another in the face.

Then Jehoash the king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, The thistle that is in Lebanon, sent to the [f]Cedar that is in Lebanon, saying, Give thy daughter to my son to wife: and the wild beast that was in Lebanon, went and trode down the thistle.

10 Because thou hast smitten Edom, thine heart hath made thee proud: [g]brag of glory, and tarry at home. Why doest thou provoke to thine hurt, that thou shouldest fall, and Judah with thee?

11 But Amaziah would not hear: therefore Jehoash king of Israel went up: and he and Amaziah king of Judah saw one another in the face at Beth Shemesh which is in Judah.

12 And Judah was put to the worse before Israel, and they fled every man to their tents.

13 But Jehoash king of Israel took Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Jehoash the son of Ahaziah at Beth Shemesh, and [h]came to Jerusalem, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate of Ephraim to the corner gate, four hundred cubits.

14 And he took all the gold and silver, and all the vessels that were found in the house of the Lord, and in the treasures of the king’s house, and the children that were in [i]hostage, and returned to Samaria.

15 Concerning the rest of the acts of Jehoash which he did, and his valiant deeds, and how he fought with Amaziah king of Judah, are they not written in the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel?

16 And Jehoash slept with his fathers, and was buried at Samaria among the kings of Israel: and Jeroboam his son reigned in his stead.

17 ¶ And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah, lived after the death of Jehoash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel, fifteen years.

18 Concerning the rest of the acts of Amaziah, are they not written in the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Judah?

19 But they (D)wrought treason against him in Jerusalem, and he fled to [j]Lachish, but they sent after him to Lachish, and slew him there.

20 And they brought him on horses, and he was buried at Jerusalem with his fathers in the city of David.

21 Then all the people of Judah took [k]Azariah which was sixteen years old, and made him king for his father Amaziah.

22 He built [l]Elath, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with his fathers.

23 ¶ In the fifteenth year of Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah, was Jeroboam the son of Joash made king over Israel in Samaria, and reigned one and forty years.

24 And he did evil in the sight of the Lord: for he departed not from all the [m]sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin.

25 He restored the coast of Israel, from the entering of Hamath, unto the sea of the wilderness, according to the word of the Lord God of Israel, which he spake [n]by his servant Jonah the son of Amittai the Prophet, which was of Gath Hepher.

26 For the Lord saw the exceedingly bitter affliction of Israel, so that there was none [o]shut up, nor any left, neither yet any that could help Israel.

27 Yet the Lord [p]had not decreed to put out the name of Israel from under the heaven: therefore he preserved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.

28 Concerning the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, and all that he did, and his valiant deeds, and how he fought, and how he restored Damascus, and [q]Hamath to Judah in Israel, are they not written in the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel?

29 So Jeroboam slept with his fathers, even with the kings of Israel, and Zechariah his son reigned in his stead.

Footnotes

  1. 2 Kings 14:3 In the beginning of his reign he seemed to have an outward show of godliness, but afterward he became an idolater and worshipped the idols of the Idumeans.
  2. 2 Kings 14:6 Because they neither consented nor were partakers with their fathers in that act.
  3. 2 Kings 14:7 For the Idumeans, whom David had brought to subjection, did rebel in the time of Jehoram son of Jehoshaphat.
  4. 2 Kings 14:7 Or, the tower, or rock, 2 Chron. 25:32.
  5. 2 Kings 14:8 Let us fight hand to hand, and try it by battle, and not destroy one another’s cities.
  6. 2 Kings 14:9 By this parable Jehoash compareth himself to a cedar tree, because of his great kingdom over ten tribes, and Amaziah to a thistle, because he ruled but over two tribes, and the wild beasts are Jehoash’s soldiers, that spoiled the cities of Judah.
  7. 2 Kings 14:10 Brag of the victory, so that thou tarry at home, and envy me not.
  8. 2 Kings 14:13 Or, brought him.
  9. 2 Kings 14:14 That is, which the Israelites had given to them of Judah for an assurance of peace.
  10. 2 Kings 14:19 Which city Rehoboam built in Judah for a fortress, 2 Chron. 11:9.
  11. 2 Kings 14:21 Who is also called Uzziah, 2 Chron. 26:1.
  12. 2 Kings 14:22 Which is also called Elanon or Eloth.
  13. 2 Kings 14:24 Because this idolatry was so vile and almost incredible, that men should forsake the living God, to worship calves, the work of man’s hands, therefore the Scripture doth ofttimes repeat it in the reproach of all idolaters.
  14. 2 Kings 14:25 Hebrew, by the hand of.
  15. 2 Kings 14:26 Read 1 Kings 14:10.
  16. 2 Kings 14:27 Hebrew, had not spoken.
  17. 2 Kings 14:28 Which was also called Antioch of Syria, or Riblah.

Amaziah King of Judah(A)(B)

14 In the second year of Jehoash[a] son of Jehoahaz king of Israel, Amaziah son of Joash king of Judah began to reign. He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Jehoaddan; she was from Jerusalem. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, but not as his father David had done. In everything he followed the example of his father Joash. The high places,(C) however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there.

After the kingdom was firmly in his grasp, he executed(D) the officials(E) who had murdered his father the king. Yet he did not put the children of the assassins to death, in accordance with what is written in the Book of the Law(F) of Moses where the Lord commanded: “Parents are not to be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their parents; each will die for their own sin.”[b](G)

He was the one who defeated ten thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt(H) and captured Sela(I) in battle, calling it Joktheel, the name it has to this day.

Then Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash son of Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, king of Israel, with the challenge: “Come, let us face each other in battle.”

But Jehoash king of Israel replied to Amaziah king of Judah: “A thistle(J) in Lebanon sent a message to a cedar in Lebanon, ‘Give your daughter to my son in marriage.’ Then a wild beast in Lebanon came along and trampled the thistle underfoot. 10 You have indeed defeated Edom and now you are arrogant.(K) Glory in your victory, but stay at home! Why ask for trouble and cause your own downfall and that of Judah also?”

11 Amaziah, however, would not listen, so Jehoash king of Israel attacked. He and Amaziah king of Judah faced each other at Beth Shemesh(L) in Judah. 12 Judah was routed by Israel, and every man fled to his home.(M) 13 Jehoash king of Israel captured Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Joash, the son of Ahaziah, at Beth Shemesh. Then Jehoash went to Jerusalem and broke down the wall(N) of Jerusalem from the Ephraim Gate(O) to the Corner Gate(P)—a section about four hundred cubits long.[c] 14 He took all the gold and silver and all the articles found in the temple of the Lord and in the treasuries of the royal palace. He also took hostages and returned to Samaria.

15 As for the other events of the reign of Jehoash, what he did and his achievements, including his war(Q) against Amaziah king of Judah, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel? 16 Jehoash rested with his ancestors and was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel. And Jeroboam his son succeeded him as king.

17 Amaziah son of Joash king of Judah lived for fifteen years after the death of Jehoash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel. 18 As for the other events of Amaziah’s reign, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah?

19 They conspired(R) against him in Jerusalem, and he fled to Lachish,(S) but they sent men after him to Lachish and killed him there. 20 He was brought back by horse(T) and was buried in Jerusalem with his ancestors, in the City of David.

21 Then all the people of Judah took Azariah,[d](U) who was sixteen years old, and made him king in place of his father Amaziah. 22 He was the one who rebuilt Elath(V) and restored it to Judah after Amaziah rested with his ancestors.

Jeroboam II King of Israel

23 In the fifteenth year of Amaziah son of Joash king of Judah, Jeroboam(W) son of Jehoash king of Israel became king in Samaria, and he reigned forty-one years. 24 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord and did not turn away from any of the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit.(X) 25 He was the one who restored the boundaries of Israel from Lebo Hamath(Y) to the Dead Sea,[e](Z) in accordance with the word of the Lord, the God of Israel, spoken through his servant Jonah(AA) son of Amittai, the prophet from Gath Hepher.

26 The Lord had seen how bitterly everyone in Israel, whether slave or free,(AB) was suffering;[f](AC) there was no one to help them.(AD) 27 And since the Lord had not said he would blot out(AE) the name of Israel from under heaven, he saved(AF) them by the hand of Jeroboam son of Jehoash.

28 As for the other events of Jeroboam’s reign, all he did, and his military achievements, including how he recovered for Israel both Damascus(AG) and Hamath,(AH) which had belonged to Judah, are they not written in the book of the annals(AI) of the kings of Israel? 29 Jeroboam rested with his ancestors, the kings of Israel. And Zechariah his son succeeded him as king.

Footnotes

  1. 2 Kings 14:1 Hebrew Joash, a variant of Jehoash; also in verses 13, 23 and 27
  2. 2 Kings 14:6 Deut. 24:16
  3. 2 Kings 14:13 That is, about 600 feet or about 180 meters
  4. 2 Kings 14:21 Also called Uzziah
  5. 2 Kings 14:25 Hebrew the Sea of the Arabah
  6. 2 Kings 14:26 Or Israel was suffering. They were without a ruler or leader, and

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