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2 Kings 14

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 1 In the second year of Jehoash, son of Jehoahaz, king of Israel; Amaziah, the son of Joash, king of Judah, began to reign.

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

 3 And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, yet not like David his forefather. He did as Joash his father had done.

 4 However, the high places were not taken away; the people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places.

 5 And it came to pass, as soon as the kingdom was established in Amaziah's hand, that he slew his servants who had murdered his father the king.

 6 But he did not slay the children of the murderers, according to what is written in the book of the law of Moses, in which the LORD commanded, "Fathers will not be put to death for their children, neither will the children be put to death for their fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own sin."

 7 He also slew ten thousand Edomites in the valley of salt, and captured Selah in war, and called it Joktheel, which it is called to this day.

 8 Then Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash, the son of Jehoahaz, son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, "Come, let us face one another."

 9 And Jehoash, the king of Israel, replied to Amaziah, king of Judah, "The thistle in Lebanon sent to the cedar in Lebanon, saying, 'Give your daughter to my son as wife,' Then a wild beast of Lebanon passed by and trampled the thistle.

 10 You have indeed defeated Edom, and your heart has lifted you up. Glory in that, and stay at home for why should you meddle to your hurt and cause your own downfall, you and all Judah with you?"

 11 But Amaziah would not listen. Therefore Jehoash king of Israel attacked; and he and Amaziah, king of Judah, faced one another at Bethshemesh, which belongs to Judah.

 12 Judah was defeated before Israel, and every man fled to their home.

 13  Then Jehoash, king of Israel, captured Amaziah, king of Judah, the son of Joash, the son of Ahaziah, at Bethshemesh; and he came to Jerusalem and broke 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 with all the vessels found in the temple of the LORD and in the treasures of the king's house, along with hostages, and returned to Samaria.

 15 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoash, his might, and how he fought with Amaziah, king of Judah, are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel.

 16 So Jehoash slept with his forefathers, and was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel; and Jeroboam [the second] his son reigned in his place.

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

 18 The rest of the acts of Amaziah are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah.

 19 Now a conspiracy was made against Amaziah in Jerusalem, and he fled to Lachish, but they sent after him to Lachish and killed him there.

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

 21 And all the people of Judah took Azariah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king instead of his father Amaziah.

 22 He rebuilt Elath and restored it to Judah, after Amaziah, the king, slept with his forefathers.

 23 In the fifteenth year of Amaziah, the son of Joash, king of Judah; Jeroboam, the son of Jehoash, king of Israel, began to reign in Samaria, and reigned forty one years.

 24 And he did what was evil in the sight of the LORD; he did not depart from all the sins of [the first] Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, who had made Israel sin.

 25 He restored the territory of Israel from the entrance of Hamath to the Dead Sea of Arabah, according to the word of the LORD God of Israel, which He spoke through his servant Jonah, the son of Amittai, the prophet who was from Gathhepher.

 26 For the LORD saw that the affliction in Israel, whether of bond or free, was very bitter; there was no one left to help in Israel.

 27 And since the LORD had not said that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven, he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam, the son of Jehoash.

 28 Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam [the second], all that he did, his might, how he warred, and how he recovered for Israel Damascus and Hamath, which belonged to Judah, are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel.

 29 So Jeroboam slept with his forefathers, the kings of Israel. And Zachariah, his son, reigned in his place.


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