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°.”
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°.
 ILit mustered aNu 1:3 b2Ch 26:13
 a2K 4:9
 ILit cause to stumble a2Ch 14:11; 20:6
 aDt 8:18; Pv 10:22
 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°.
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°.”
Amaziah Defeated by Joash of Israel
17 ¶ aThen 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?”
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°.
25 ¶ aAnd 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°.
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Amaziah beginneth to reign well.
1 ¶ Amaziahº [was] twentyº and fiveº yearsº oldº [when] he began to reign,ºª and he reignedºª twentyº and nineº yearsº in Jerusalem.º And his mother'sº nameº [was] Jehoaddanº of Jerusalem.º² 2 And he didºª [that which was] rightº in the sightº of the LORD,º but² not² with a perfectº heart.º
 2K 14:1.
 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,² when² the kingdomº was establishedºª to² him, that he slewºª² his servantsº that had killedºª² the kingº his father.º 4 But he slewºª not² their children,º but² [did] as [it is] writtenºª in the lawº in the bookº of Moses,º where² the LORDº commanded,ºª saying,ºª The fathersº shall not² dieºª for² the children,º neither² shall the childrenº dieºª for² the fathers,º but² every manº shall dieºª for his own sin.º
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 Amaziahº gathered¹ª Judah¹ together,ºª²² and madeºª them captainsº over thousands,º and captainsº over hundreds,º according to the housesº of [their] fathers,º throughout all² Judahº and Benjamin:º and he numberedºª them from twentyº yearsº oldº² and above,º and foundºª them threeº hundredº thousandº choiceºª [men, able] to go forthºª to war,º that could handleºª spearº and shield.º 6 He hiredºª also an hundredº thousandº mighty¹ men² of valourº out of Israelº² for an hundredº talentsº of silver.º 7 But there cameºª a manº of Godº to² him, saying,ºª O king,º let not² the armyº of Israelº goºª with² thee; for² the LORDº [is] not² with² Israel,º [to wit, with] all² the childrenº of Ephraim.º 8 But² if² thou² wilt go,ºª doºª [it], be strongºª for the battle:º Godº shall make thee fallºª beforeº the enemy:ºª for² Godº hathº powerº to help,ºª and to cast down.ºª 9 And Amaziahº saidºª to the manº of God,º But what² shall we doºª for the hundredº talentsº which² I have givenºª to the armyº of Israel?º And the manº of Godº answered,ºª The LORDº isº able to giveºª thee much moreºª than this.²²
 Ex 18:25; Nu 1:3; 1S 8:12; 1Ch 13:1; 27:1; 2Ch 11:1; 14:8; 17:14.
 Ex 38:25.
 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.
 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.
 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 Amaziahº separatedºª them, [to wit], the armyº that² was comeºª to² him out of Ephraim,º² to go¹ª² homeº again:¹ª wherefore their angerº was greatlyº kindledºª against Judah,º and they returnedºª homeº in greatº anger.º
He overthroweth the Edomites.
11 ¶ And Amaziahº strengthened¹ª himself,² and led forthºª² his people,º and went¹ª² to the valleyº of salt,º and smoteºª² of the childrenº of Seirº tenº thousand.º 12 And [other] tenº thousandº [left] aliveº did the childrenº of Judahº carry away captive,ºª and broughtºª them unto the topº of the rock,º and cast them downºª from the topº² of the rock,º that they all² were broken in pieces.ºª
The Israelites, discontented with their dismission, spoil as they return home.
13 ¶ But the soldiersº of the armyº which² Amaziahº sent back,ºª that they should not go¹ª²² with² him to battle,º fell¹ª upon² the citiesº of Judah,º from Samariaº² even unto² Bethhoron,º and smoteºª threeº thousandº of² them, and tookºª muchº spoil.º
Amaziah, proud of his victory, serveth the gods of Edom, and despiseth the admonitions of the prophet.
14 ¶ Now it came to pass,² after¹ that² Amaziahº was comeºª from the slaughterºª²² of the Edomites,º that he broughtºª² the godsº of the childrenº of Seir,º and set them upºª [to be] his gods,º and bowed down¹ª himself² beforeº them, and burned incenseºª unto them. 15 Wherefore the angerº of the LORDº was kindledºª against Amaziah,º and he sentºª unto² him a prophet,º which saidºª unto him, Why² hast thou sought¹ª after²² the godsº of the people,º which² could not² deliverºª² their own peopleº out of thine hand?º² 16 And it came to pass,² as he talkedºª with² him, that [the king] saidºª unto him, Art thou madeºª of the king'sº counsel?ºª forbear;ºª why² shouldest thou be smitten?ºª Then the prophetº forbare,ºª and said,ºª I knowºª that² Godº hath determinedºª to destroyºª thee, because² thou hast doneºª this,² and hast not² hearkenedºª unto my counsel.º
 Ex 20:3; Dt 7:5, 25; 2S 5:21; 2Ch 28:23; Is 44:19.
 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.
 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 Amaziahº kingº of Judahº took advice,ºª and sentºª to² Joash,º the sonº of Jehoahaz,º the sonº of Jehu,º kingº of Israel,º saying,ºª Come,¹ª² let us see one anotherºª in the face.º 18 And Joashº kingº of Israelº sentºª to² Amaziahº kingº of Judah,º saying,ºª The thistleº that² [was] in Lebanonº sentºª to² the cedarº that² [was] in Lebanon,º saying,ºª Giveºª² thy daughterº to my sonº to wife:º and there passed byºª a wildº beastº that² [was] in Lebanon,º and trode downºª² the thistle.º 19 Thou sayest,ºª Lo,² thou hast smittenºª² the Edomites;º and thine heartº lifteth thee upºª to boast:ºª abideºª now² at home;º why² shouldest thou meddleºª to [thine] hurt,º that thou shouldest fall,ºª [even] thou,² and Judahº with² thee? 20 But Amaziahº would not² hear;ºª for² it² [came] of God,º² that² he might deliverºª them into the handº [of their enemies], because² they sought¹ª after²² the godsº of Edom.º 21 So Joashº the kingº of Israelº went up;ºª and they saw one anotherºª in the face,º [both] he² and Amaziahº kingº of Judah,º at Bethshemesh,º which² [belongeth] to Judah.º 22 And Judahº was put to the worseºª beforeº Israel,º and they fledºª every manº to his tent.º 23 And Joashº the kingº of Israelº tookºª Amaziahº kingº of Judah,º the sonº of Joash,º the sonº of Jehoahaz,º at Bethshemesh,º and broughtºª him to Jerusalem,º and brake downºª the wallº of Jerusalemº from the gateº² of Ephraimº to² the corner¹ª² gate,º fourº hundredº cubits.º 24 And [he took] all² the goldº and the silver,º and² all² the vesselsº that were foundºª in the houseº of Godº with² Obededom,º and the treasuresº of the king'sº house,º² the hostagesºº also, and returnedºª to Samaria.º
 2S 2:14; 2K 14:8; 2Ch 25:13; Pv 20:3.
 Jg 9:8; 1K 4:33; Ps 80:13.
 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.
 1K 12:15; 2Ch 22:7; 25:14, 16; Ps 81:11; Ac 28:25; 2Th 2:9; 1P 2:8.
 Jsh 21:16; 1S 6:9, 19; 2Ch 25:17.
 1S 4:10; 1K 22:36; 2Ch 28:5.
 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.
 2K 14:14; 2Ch 12:9.
25 ¶ And Amaziahº the sonº of Joashº kingº of Judahº livedºª afterº the deathº of Joashº sonº of Jehoahazº kingº of Israelº fifteenºº years.º 26 Now the restº of the actsº of Amaziah,º firstº and last,º behold,² [are] they not² writtenºª in² the bookº of the kingsº of Judahº and Israel?º
He is slain by conspiracy.
27 ¶ Now after the timeº² that² Amaziahº did turn awayºª from followingº² the LORDº they madeºª a conspiracyº against² him in Jerusalem;º and he fledºª to Lachish:º but they sentºª to Lachishº afterº him, and slewºª him there.² 28 And they broughtºª him upon² horses,º and buriedºª him with² his fathersº in the cityº of Judah.º
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