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Amaziah Succeeds Joash in Judah

1 aAmaziah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem. 2 He did right in the sight of the LORD, ayet not with a whole heart. 3 Now ait came about as soon as the kingdom was Ifirmly in his grasp, that he killed his servants who had slain his father the king. 4 However, he did not put their children to death, but [did] as it is written in the law in the book of Moses, which the LORD commanded, saying, “aFathers shall not be put to death for sons, nor sons be put to death for fathers, but each shall be put to death for his own sin.”

[1] a2K 14:1-6
[2] a2Ch 25:14
[3] ILit firm upon him a2K 14:5
[4] aDt 24:16

Amaziah Defeats Edomites

5 ¶ Moreover, Amaziah assembled Judah and appointed them according to [their] fathers’ households under commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds throughout Judah and Benjamin; and he Itook a census of those afrom twenty years old and upward and found them to be b300,000 choice men, [able] to go to war [and] handle spear and shield. 6 He hired also 100,000 valiant warriors out of Israel for one hundred talents of silver. 7 But aa man of God came to him saying, “O king, do not let the army of Israel go with you, for the LORD is not with Israel [nor with] any of the sons of Ephraim. 8 But if you do go, do [it], be strong for the battle; [yet] God will Ibring you down before the enemy, afor God has power to help and to Ibring down.” 9 Amaziah said to the man of God, “But what [shall we] do for the hundred talents which I have given to the troops of Israel?” And the man of God answered, “aThe LORD has much more to give you than this.” 10 Then Amaziah Idismissed them, the troops which came to him from Ephraim, to go home; so their anger burned against Judah and they returned IIhome in fierce anger.

[5] ILit mustered aNu 1:3 b2Ch 26:13
[7] a2K 4:9
[8] ILit cause to stumble a2Ch 14:11; 20:6
[9] aDt 8:18; Pv 10:22
[10] ILit separated IILit to their own place

11 ¶ Now Amaziah strengthened himself and led his people forth, and went to athe Valley of Salt and struck down 10,000 of the sons of Seir. 12 The sons of Judah also captured 10,000 alive and brought them to the top of the cliff and threw them down from the top of the cliff, so that they were all dashed to pieces. 13 But the Itroops whom Amaziah sent back from going with him to battle, raided the cities of Judah, from Samaria to Beth-horon, and struck down 3,000 of them and plundered much spoil.

[11] a2K 14:7
[13] ILit sons of the troops

Amaziah Rebuked for Idolatry

14 ¶ Now after Amaziah came from slaughtering the Edomites, ahe brought the gods of the sons of Seir, set them up as his gods, bowed down before them and burned incense to them. 15 Then the anger of the LORD burned against Amaziah, and He sent him a prophet who said to him, “Why have you sought the gods of the people awho have not delivered their own people from your hand?” 16 As he was talking with him, Ithe king said to him, “Have we appointed you a royal counselor? Stop! Why should you be struck down?” Then the prophet stopped and said, “I know that God has planned to destroy you, because you have done this and have not listened to my counsel.”

[14] a2Ch 28:23
[15] a2Ch 25:11, 12
[16] ILit he

Amaziah Defeated by Joash of Israel

17aThen Amaziah king of Judah took counsel and sent to Joash the son of Jehoahaz the son of Jehu, the king of Israel, saying, “Come, let us face each other.” 18 Joash the king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, “aThe thorn bush which was in Lebanon sent to the cedar which was in Lebanon, saying, ‘Give your daughter to my son in marriage.’ But there passed by a wild beast that was in Lebanon and trampled the thorn bush. 19 You said, ‘Behold, you have Idefeated Edom.’ And ayour heart has IIbecome proud in boasting. Now stay at home; for why should you provoke trouble so that you, even you, would fall and Judah with you?”

[17] a2K 14:8-14
[18] aJg 9:8-15
[19] ILit smitten IILit lifted you up to boast a2Ch 26:16; 32:25

20 ¶ But Amaziah would not listen, for it was from God, that He might deliver them into the hand [of Joash] because they had sought the gods of Edom. 21 So Joash king of Israel went up, and he and Amaziah king of Judah faced each other at Beth-shemesh, which belonged to Judah. 22 Judah was defeated Iby Israel, and they fled each to his tent. 23 Then Joash king of Israel captured Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Joash the son of aJehoahaz, at Beth-shemesh, and brought him to Jerusalem and tore down the wall of Jerusalem from the Gate of Ephraim to the Corner Gate, 400 Icubits. 24 [He took] all the gold and silver and all the utensils which were found in the house of God with aObed-edom, and the treasures of the king’s house, the hostages also, and returned to Samaria.

[22] ILit before
[23] II.e. One cubit equals approx 18 in. a2Ch 21:17; 22:1
[24] a1Ch 26:15

25aAnd Amaziah, the son of Joash king of Judah, lived fifteen years after the death of Joash, son of Jehoahaz, king of Israel. 26 Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, from first to last, behold, are they not written in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel? 27 From the time that Amaziah turned away from following the LORD they conspired against him in Jerusalem, and he fled to Lachish; but they sent after him to Lachish and killed him there. 28 Then they brought him on horses and buried him with his fathers in the city of Judah.

[25] a2K 14:17-22


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Amaziah beginneth to reign well.

1 ¶ Amaziah [was] twenty and five years old [when] he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name [was] Jehoaddan of Jerusalem. 2 And he did [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.

[1] 2K 14:1.
[2] 1S 16:7; 2K 14:4; 2Ch 24:2; 25:14; 26:4; Ps 78:37; Is 29:13; Ho 10:2; Ac 8:21; Jm 1:8; 4:8.

He executeth justice on the traitors.

3 ¶ Now it came to pass, when the kingdom was established to him, that he slew his servants that had killed the king his father. 4 But he slew not 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.

[3] Gn 9:5; Ex 21:14; Nu 35:31; 2K 14:5; 2Ch 24:25.
[4] Dt 24:16; 2K 14:5; Jr 31:29; Ezk 18:4, 20.

Having hired an army of Israelites against the Edomites, at the word of a prophet he loseth the hundred talents, and dismisseth them.

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, that could handle spear and shield. 6 He hired also an hundred thousand mighty men of valour out of Israel for an hundred talents of silver. 7 But there came a man of God to him, saying, O king, let not the army of Israel go with thee; for the LORD [is] not with Israel, [to wit, with] all the children of Ephraim. 8 But if thou wilt go, do [it], be strong for the battle: God shall make thee fall before the enemy: for God hath power to help, and to cast down. 9 And 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? And the man of God answered, The LORD is able to give thee much more than this.

[5] Ex 18:25; Nu 1:3; 1S 8:12; 1Ch 13:1; 27:1; 2Ch 11:1; 14:8; 17:14.
[6] Ex 38:25.
[7] 2S 12:1; 1K 12:28; 13:1; 2Ch 13:12; 19:2; Is 28:1; Ho 5:13; 9:13; 1Ti 6:11; 2Ti 3:17.
[8] Jg 7:7; 1S 14:6; 2Ch 14:11; 18:14; 20:6; Jb 5:18; 9:13; Ps 20:7; 33:16; 62:11; Ec 9:11; 11:9; Is 8:9; Jol 3:9; Mt 26:45.
[9] Dt 8:18; 2Ch 1:12; 25:13; Ps 24:1; Pv 10:22; Hg 2:8; Lk 18:29; Php 4:19.

The Israelites, discontented with their dismission, spoil as they return home.

10 Then Amaziah separated them, [to wit], the army that was come to him out of Ephraim, to go home again: wherefore their anger was greatly kindled against Judah, and they returned home in great anger.

[10] 2S 19:43; 1K 12:24; Pv 29:22.

He overthroweth the Edomites.

11 ¶ And Amaziah strengthened himself, and led forth his people, and went to the valley of salt, and smote of the children of Seir ten thousand. 12 And [other] ten thousand [left] alive did the children of Judah carry away captive, and brought them unto the top of the rock, and cast them down from the top of the rock, that they all were broken in pieces.

[11] 2S 8:13; 2K 14:7; Ps 60:1.
[12] 2S 12:31; 1Ch 20:3; 2Ch 20:10; 21:8.

The Israelites, discontented with their dismission, spoil as they return home.

13 ¶ But the soldiers of the army which Amaziah sent back, that they should not go with him to battle, fell upon the cities of Judah, from Samaria even unto Bethhoron, and smote three thousand of them, and took much spoil.

[13] 1K 9:17; 16:24, 29; 2Ch 8:5; 25:9.

Amaziah, proud of his victory, serveth the gods of Edom, and despiseth the admonitions of the prophet.

14 ¶ Now it came to pass, after that Amaziah was 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 unto them. 15 Wherefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against Amaziah, and he sent unto him a prophet, which said unto him, Why hast thou sought after the gods of the people, which could not deliver their own people out of thine hand? 16 And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that [the king] said unto him, Art thou made of the king's counsel? forbear; why shouldest thou be smitten? Then the prophet forbare, and said, I know that God hath determined to destroy thee, because thou hast done this, and hast not hearkened unto my counsel.

[14] Ex 20:3; Dt 7:5, 25; 2S 5:21; 2Ch 28:23; Is 44:19.
[15] Jg 2:2; 2S 12:1; 2Ch 16:7; 19:2; 20:37; 24:20; 25:7, 11; Ps 96:5; 115:4; Is 44:9; 46:1; Jr 2:5; 10:7; 1Co 8:4; 10:20.
[16] Ex 9:16; Dt 2:30; 1S 2:25; 2Ch 16:10; 18:20, 25; 24:21; Pv 9:7; Is 30:10; 46:10; Jr 29:26; Am 7:10; Mt 21:23; Ac 4:28; Ro 9:22; Ep 1:11; 2Ti 4:3; Rv 11:10.

He provoketh Joash to his overthrow.

17 ¶ Then Amaziah king of Judah took advice, and sent to Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us see one another in the 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 thy daughter to my son to wife: and there passed by a wild beast that [was] in Lebanon, and trode down the thistle. 19 Thou sayest, Lo, thou hast smitten the Edomites; and thine heart lifteth thee up to boast: abide now at home; why shouldest thou meddle to [thine] hurt, that thou shouldest fall, [even] thou, and Judah with thee? 20 But Amaziah would not hear; for it [came] of God, that he might deliver them into the hand [of their enemies], because they sought after the gods of Edom. 21 So Joash the king of Israel went up; and they saw one another in the face, [both] he and Amaziah king of Judah, at Bethshemesh, which [belongeth] to Judah. 22 And Judah was put to the worse before Israel, and they fled every man to his tent. 23 And 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 brake down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate of Ephraim to the corner gate, four hundred cubits. 24 And [he took] all the gold and the silver, and all the vessels that were found in the house of God with Obededom, and the treasures of the king's house, the hostages also, and returned to Samaria.

[17] 2S 2:14; 2K 14:8; 2Ch 25:13; Pv 20:3.
[18] Jg 9:8; 1K 4:33; Ps 80:13.
[19] Dt 8:14; 2Ch 26:16; 32:25; 35:21; Pv 13:10; 16:18; 18:6; 20:3; 26:17; 28:25; Jr 9:23; Dn 5:20; Hab 2:4; Lk 14:31; 1Co 1:29; Jm 4:6; 1P 5:5.
[20] 1K 12:15; 2Ch 22:7; 25:14, 16; Ps 81:11; Ac 28:25; 2Th 2:9; 1P 2:8.
[21] Jsh 21:16; 1S 6:9, 19; 2Ch 25:17.
[22] 1S 4:10; 1K 22:36; 2Ch 28:5.
[23] 2Ch 21:17; 22:1, 6; 26:9; 33:11; 36:6, 10; Ne 8:16; 12:39; Pv 16:18; 29:23; Jr 31:38; Dn 4:37; Ob 1:3; Lk 14:11.
[24] 2K 14:14; 2Ch 12:9.

His reign.

25 ¶ And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the death of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years. 26 Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, first and last, behold, [are] they not written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel?

[25] 2K 14:17.
[26] 2K 14:15; 2Ch 20:34.

He is slain by conspiracy.

27 ¶ Now after the time that Amaziah did turn 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 slew him there. 28 And they brought him upon horses, and buried him with his fathers in the city of Judah.

[27] Jsh 10:31; 2K 14:19; 2Ch 15:2; 24:25.
[28] 2K 14:20.


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