|2 Chronicles 25 |
1 Amaziah was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.
2 He did what was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.
3 Now it came to pass, when the kingdom was established to him, that he slew his servants who had killed the his father the king.
4 But he did not slay their children, but did as it is written in the law in the book of Moses, where the LORD commanded, saying, "The fathers shall not die for the children, neither shall the children die for the fathers, but every man shall die for his own sin."
5 Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together, and made them captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, according to the houses of their fathers, throughout all Judah and Benjamin; and he numbered them from twenty years old and above, and found them three hundred thousand choice men, able to go forth to war, who could handle the spear and the shield.
6 He hired also a hundred thousand mighty men of valor out of Israel for a hundred talents of silver.
7 But there came a man of God to him, saying, "O king, do not let the army of Israel go with you for the LORD is not with Israel, specifically, with all the children of Ephraim.
8 But if you will go, do it; be strong for the battle. God will cause you to fall before the enemy for God has power to help, and to cast down."
9 Amaziah said to the man of God, "But what shall we do for the hundred talents which I have given to the army of Israel?" The man of God answered, "The LORD is able to give you much more than this."
10 Then Amaziah separated them, specifically, the army that had come to him out of Ephraim, to go home again. Therefore their anger was greatly kindled against Judah, and they returned home in great anger.
11 Amaziah strengthened himself, and led forth his people, and went to the valley of salt, and destroyed ten thousand of the children of Seir.
12 Another ten thousand were left alive by the children of Judah and carried away captive to the top of the rock, where Judah threw them down from the top of the rock, so that they all were dashed into pieces.
13 But the soldiers of the army which Amaziah had sent back, not allowing them to go with him to battle, fell upon the cities of Judah, from Samaria even to Bethhoron; and they killed three thousand of them, and took much spoil.
14 Now it came to pass, after that Amaziah had come from the slaughter of the Edomites, that he brought the gods of the children of Seir, and set them up to be his gods, and bowed down himself before them, and burned incense to them.
15 Therefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against Amaziah, and he sent to him a prophet, which said to him, "Why have you sought after the gods of the people, which could not deliver their own people out of your hand?
16 And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king said to him, "Have you been made one of the king's counselors? Cease speaking; why should you be killed? Then the prophet ceased, with these final words, "I know that God has determined to destroy you because you have done this and have not listened to my counsel."
17 Then Amaziah king of Judah listened to the advice of his counselors, and sent to Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, "Come, let us have a battle face to face."
18 And Joash, king of Israel, sent to Amaziah, king of Judah, saying, "The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, 'Give your daughter to my son to wife;' and there passed by a wild beast that was in Lebanon, which trampled down the thistle.
19 You say, 'Lo, you have smitten the Edomites;' and your heart lifts you up to boast. Now stay at home; why should you meddle to your hurt, that you should fall, even you, and Judah with you?
20 But Amaziah would not hear; for [his stubborness to go to war] came from God, so that He might deliver them into the hand of their enemies because they had sought after the gods of Edom.
21 So Joash, the king of Israel, went up to war; and both he and Amaziah, king of Judah, saw one another in the face at Bethshemesh, which belongs to Judah.
22 Judah was defeated by Israel, and every man of them fled to his tent.
23 Joash, the king of Israel, took Amaziah, king of Judah, the son of Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, at Bethshemesh, and brought him to Jerusalem, and broke down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate of Ephraim to the corner gate, a span of six hundred feet.
24 Joash took all the gold and the silver, all the vessels that were found in the house of God with Obededom, the treasures of the king's house, along with hostages, and returned to Samaria.
25 Amaziah, the son of Joash, king of Judah, lived after the death of Joash, son of Jehoahaz, king of Israel, for fifteen years.
26 Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, from beginning to ending, behold, are they not written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel?
27 Now after the time that Amaziah had turned away from following the LORD, they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem; and he fled to Lachish, but they sent to Lachish after him, and killed him there.
28 They brought him upon horses, and buried him with his fathers in the city of Judah.
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