Kings of Israel: Jehoahaz and Jehoash
1 In the twenty-third°° year° of Joash° the son° of Ahaziah°, king° of Judah°, Jehoahaz° the son° of Jehu° became° king° over° Israel° at Samaria°, [and he reigned] seventeen°° years°. 2 He did° evil° in the sight° of the LORD°, and followed°° the sins° of Jeroboam° the son° of Nebat°, awith which° he made Israel° sin°; he did not turn° from them. 3 aSo the anger° of the LORD° was kindled° against Israel°, and He gave° them continually°° into the hand° of bHazael° king° of Aram°, and into the hand° of cBen-hadad° the son° of Hazael°. 4 Then aJehoahaz° entreated° the favor° of the LORD°, and the LORD° listened° to him; for bHe saw° the oppression° of Israel°, how° the king° of Aram° oppressed° them. 5 The LORD° gave° Israel° a Iadeliverer°, so that they IIescaped° from under° the hand° of the Arameans°; and the sons° of Israel° lived° in their tents° as formerly°°. 6 Nevertheless° they did not turn° away° from the sins° of the house° of Jeroboam°, awith which° he made Israel° sin°, but walked° in Ithem; and bthe Asherah° also° remained standing° in Samaria°. 7 For he left° to Jehoahaz° of the Iarmy° not more°° than°° fifty° horsemen° and ten° chariots° and 10,000°° footmen°, for the king° of Aram° had destroyed° them and amade° them like the dust° at threshing°. 8 Now the rest° of the acts° of Jehoahaz°, and all° that he did° and his might°, are they not written° in the Book° of the Chronicles°° of the Kings° of Israel°? 9 And Jehoahaz° slept° with his fathers°, and they buried° him in Samaria°; and Joash° his son° became° king° in his place°.
 a1K 12:26-33
 aJg 2:14 b2K 12:17 c2K 13:24, 25
 aNu 21:7-9 bEx 3:7, 9; 2K 14:26
 IOr savior IILit went out a2K 13:25; 14:25, 27; Ne 9:27
 ILit it a2K 13:2 b1K 16:33
 ILit people aAm 1:3
10 ¶ In the thirty-seventh°° year° of Joash° king° of Judah°, Jehoash° the son° of Jehoahaz° became° king° over° Israel° in Samaria°, [and reigned] sixteen°° years°. 11 He did° evil° in the sight° of the LORD°; he did not turn° away° from all° the sins° of Jeroboam° the son° of Nebat°, with which° he made Israel° sin°, but he walked° in Ithem. 12 aNow the rest° of the acts° of Joash° and all° that he did° and his might° with which° he fought° against° Amaziah° king° of Judah°, are they not written° in the Book° of the Chronicles°° of the Kings° of Israel°? 13 So Joash° slept° with his fathers°, and Jeroboam° sat° on his throne°; and Joash° was buried° in Samaria° with the kings° of Israel°.
Death of Elisha
14 ¶ When Elisha° Ibecame° sick° with the illness° of which° he was to die°, Joash° the king° of Israel° came° down° to him and wept° over° IIhim and said°, “aMy father°, my father°, the chariots° of Israel° and its horsemen°!” 15 Elisha° said° to him, “Take° a bow° and arrows°.” So he Itook° a bow° and arrows°. 16 Then he said° to the king° of Israel°, “Put° your hand° on the bow°.” And he put° his hand° [on it], then Elisha° laid° his hands° on the king’s° hands°. 17 He said°, “Open° the window° toward the east°,” and he opened° [it]. Then Elisha° said°, “Shoot°!” And he shot°. And he said°, “The LORD’S° arrow° of victory°, even the arrow° of victory° over Aram°; for you will Idefeat° the Arameans° at aAphek° until° you have IIdestroyed° [them].” 18 Then he said°, “Take° the arrows°,” and he took° them. And he said° to the king° of Israel°, “Strike° the ground°,” and he struck° [it] three° times° and Istopped°. 19 So athe man° of God° was angry° with him and said°, “You should have struck° five° or° six° times°, then° you would have struck° Aram° until° you would have Idestroyed° [it]. But now° you shall strike° Aram° b[only] three° times°.”
 ILit was sick with his sickness IILit his face a2K 2:12
 ILit took to himself
 ILit smite IILit made an end of a1K 20:26
 ILit stood
 ILit made an end of a2K 5:20 b2K 13:25
20 ¶ Elisha° died°, and they buried° him. Now athe bands° of the Moabites° would invade° the land° in the spring° of the year°. 21 As they were burying° a man°, behold°, they saw° a marauding° band°; and they cast° the man° into the grave° of Elisha°. And when the man° Itouched° the bones° of Elisha° he arevived° and stood° up on his feet°.
22 ¶ Now aHazael° king° of Aram° had oppressed° Israel° all° the days° of Jehoahaz°. 23 But the aLORD° was gracious° to them and bhad° compassion° on them and turned° to them because° of cHis covenant° with Abraham°, Isaac°, and Jacob°, and would° not destroy° them or cast° them from His presence° until° now°.
24 ¶ When Hazael° king° of Aram° died°, Ben-hadad° his son° became° king° in his place°. 25 Then aJehoash° the son° of Jehoahaz° took° again° from the hand° of Ben-hadad° the son° of Hazael° the cities° which° he had° taken° in war° from the hand° of Jehoahaz° his father°. bThree° times° Joash° Idefeated° him and recovered° the cities° of Israel°.
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Jehoahaz his wicked reign.
1 ¶ In the threeº¹ and twentiethº yearº of Joashº the sonº of Ahaziahº kingº of Judahº Jehoahazº the sonº of Jehuº began to reignºª over² Israelº in Samaria,º [and reigned] seventeenºº years.º 2 And he didºª [that which was] evilº in the sightº of the LORD,º and followedº¹ª² the sinsº of Jeroboamº the sonº of Nebat,º which² made² Israelº to sin;ºª he departedºª not² therefrom.²
Jehoahaz, oppressed by Hazael, is relieved by prayer.
3 ¶ And the angerº of the LORDº was kindledºª against Israel,º and he deliveredºª them into the handº of Hazaelº kingº of Syria,º and into the handº of Benhadadº the sonº of Hazael,º all² [their] days.º 4 And Jehoahazº besoughtºª² the LORD,º² and the LORDº hearkenedºª unto¹² him: for² he sawºª² the oppressionº of Israel,º because² the kingº of Syriaº oppressedºª them. 5 (And the LORDº gaveºª Israelº a saviour,ºª so that they went outºª from under²² the handº of the Syrians:º and the childrenº of Israelº dweltºª in their tents,º as beforetime.ºº 6 Nevertheless² they departedºª not² from the sinsº² of the houseº of Jeroboam,º who² made² Israelº sin,ºª [but] walkedºª therein: and there remainedºª the groveº also² in Samaria.)º 7 Neither²² did he leaveºª of the peopleº to Jehoahazº but²² fiftyº horsemen,º and tenº chariots,º and tenº thousandº footmen;º for² the kingº of Syriaº had destroyedºª them, and had madeºª them like the dustº by threshing.ºª
 Lv 26:17; Dt 4:24; 28:25; Jg 2:14; 3:8; 10:7; 1K 19:17; 2K 8:12; 12:17; 13:22, 24; Is 10:5; He 12:29.
 Gn 21:17; 31:42; Ex 3:7, 9; Nu 21:7; Jg 6:6; 10:10, 15; 2K 13:22; 14:26; 2Ch 33:12, 19; Ps 50:15; 78:34; 106:43; Is 26:16; 63:9; Jr 2:27; 33:3.
 Ex 4:10; Dt 19:4; 1S 19:7; 2K 13:4, 7, 25; 14:25, 27; 1Ch 11:2; Ne 9:27; Is 19:20; Ob 1:21; Lk 2:11.
 Dt 7:5; 32:15; 1K 15:3; 16:26, 33; 2K 10:29; 13:2; 17:16, 20; 18:4; 23:4.
 1S 13:6, 15, 19; 1K 20:15, 27; 2K 8:12; 10:32; Ps 18:42; Is 36:8; 41:2, 15; Jol 3:14; Am 1:3.
Joash succeedeth him.
8 ¶ Now the restº of the actsº of Jehoahaz,º and all² that² he did,ºª and his might,º [are] they² not² writtenºª in² the bookº of the chroniclesºº of the kingsº of Israel?º 9 And Jehoahazº sleptºª with² his fathers;º and they buriedºª him in Samaria:º and Joashº his sonº reignedºª in his stead.²
His wicked reign.
10 ¶ In the thirtyº¹ and seventhº yearº of Joashº kingº of Judahº began Jehoashº the sonº of Jehoahazº to reignºª over² Israelº in Samaria,º [and reigned] sixteenºº years.º 11 And he didºª [that which was] evilº in the sightº of the LORD;º he departedºª not² from all²² the sinsº of Jeroboamº the sonº of Nebat,º who² made² Israelº sin:ºª [but] he walkedºª therein.
Jeroboam succeedeth him.
12 And the restº of the actsº of Joash,º and all² that² he did,ºª and his mightº wherewith² he foughtºª against² Amaziahº kingº of Judah,º [are] they² not² writtenºª in² the bookº of the chroniclesºº of the kingsº of Israel?º 13 And Joashº sleptºª with² his fathers;º and Jeroboamº satºª upon² his throne:º and Joashº was buriedºª in Samariaº with² the kingsº of Israel.º
Elisha dying prophesieth to Joash three victories over the Syrians.
14 ¶ Now Elishaº was fallen sickºª of² his sicknessº whereof² he died.ºª And Joashº the kingº of Israelº came downºª unto² him, and weptºª over² his face,º and said,ºª O my father,º my father,º the chariotº of Israel,º and the horsemenº thereof. 15 And Elishaº saidºª unto him, Takeºª bowº and arrows.º And he tookºª unto² him bowº and arrows.º 16 And he saidºª to the kingº of Israel,º Putºª thine handº upon² the bow.º And he putºª his handº [upon it]: and Elishaº putºª his handsº upon² the king'sº hands.º 17 And he said,ºª Openºª the windowº eastward.º And he openedºª [it]. Then Elishaº said,ºª Shoot.ºª And he shot.ºª And he said,ºª The arrowº of the LORD'Sº deliverance,º and the arrowº of deliveranceº from Syria:º for thou shalt smiteºª² the Syriansº in Aphek,º till² thou have consumedºª [them]. 18 And he said,ºª Takeºª the arrows.º And he tookºª [them]. And he saidºª unto the kingº of Israel,º Smiteºª upon the ground.º And he smoteºª thrice,ºº and stayed.ºª 19 And the manº of Godº was wrothºª with² him, and said,ºª Thou shouldest have smittenºª fiveº or² sixº times;º then² hadst thou smittenºª² Syriaº till² thou hadst consumedºª [it]: whereas now² thou shalt smiteºª² Syriaº [but] thrice.ºº
 Gn 48:1; 2K 2:12; 6:21; 20:1; Ps 12:1; Pv 11:11; Is 57:1; Ezk 14:14; 22:30; Zc 1:5; Mk 6:20; Jn 11:3; Ac 13:36; Php 2:26.
 Gn 49:24; 2K 4:34; Ps 144:1.
 Ex 4:2, 17; Jg 7:9; 1S 4:1; 2S 5:24; 1K 20:26; 2K 5:10; Jn 2:5; 11:39; 1Co 1:18.
 Ex 17:11; 2K 4:6; Is 20:2; Ezk 4:1; 5:1; 12:1.
 Lv 10:16; Nu 16:15; 2K 1:9; 4:16, 40; 6:9; 13:25; Mk 3:5; 6:5; 10:14.
The Moabites invading the land, Elisha's bones raise up a dead man.
20 ¶ And Elishaº died,ºª and they buriedºª him. And the bandsº of the Moabitesº invadedºª the landº at the coming inºª of the year.º 21 And it came to pass,² as they² were buryingºª a man,º that, behold,² they spiedºª² a bandº [of men]; and they castºª² the manº into the sepulchreº of Elisha:º and when the manº was let down,¹ª² and touchedºª the bonesº of Elisha,º he revived,ºª and stood upºª on² his feet.º
 Jg 3:12; 6:3; 2K 3:5, 24; 5:2; 6:23; 24:2; 2Ch 24:16; Ac 8:2.
 2K 4:35; Is 26:19; Ezk 37:1; Mt 27:52; Jn 5:25, 28; 11:44; Ac 5:15; 19:12; Rv 11:11.
Hazael dying, Joash getteth three victories over Ben-hadad.
22 ¶ But Hazaelº kingº of Syriaº oppressedºª² Israelº all² the daysº of Jehoahaz.º 23 And the LORDº was graciousºª unto them, and had compassion¹ª on² them, and had respectºª unto² them, because² of¹ his covenantº with² Abraham,º Isaac,º and Jacob,º and wouldºª not² destroyºª them, neither² castºª he them from²² his presenceº as² yet.¹² 24 So Hazaelº kingº of Syriaº died;ºª and Benhadadº his sonº reignedºª in his stead.² 25 And Jehoashº the sonº of Jehoahazº tookºª againºª out of the handº² of Benhadadº the sonº of Hazaelº² the cities,º which² he had takenºª out of the handº² of Jehoahazº his fatherº by war.º Threeº timesº did Joashº beatºª him, and recoveredºª² the citiesº of Israel.º
 2K 8:12; 13:3; Ps 106:40.
 Gn 6:3; 13:16; 17:2, 7; Ex 2:24; 3:6; 32:13; 33:19; 34:6; Lv 26:42; Dt 32:36; Jg 10:16; 1K 8:28; 2K 14:27; 17:18; 24:20; Ne 9:31, 32; Ps 51:11; 86:15; 105:8; Is 30:18; Jr 12:15; Lm 3:32; Mi 7:18, 20; Mt 25:41; Lk 1:54, 72; 2Th 1:9.
 Ps 125:3; Lk 18:7.
 2K 13:18.
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