0 SAB 2 Chronicles 25

2 Chronicles


Amaziah of Judah and Joash of Israel
25:1-20, Cf. 2 Kg 14:1-20

1Amaziah 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.

Amaziah, the son of King Joash, became king of Judah.

2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.

He did what was right in God's sight [1],

but not with a perfect heart.

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.

As soon as he became king, he murdered the servants who murdered his father. [2].

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.

But he didn't kill the children of his father's murderers, obeying the law of Moses, which says,
Fathers shouldn't be killed for the acts of their children,

or children for the acts of their fathers. [3]

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.

Amaziah gathered Judah together, and counted 300,000 choice men who could handle a spear and a shield.

6 He hired also an hundred thousand mighty men of valour out of Israel for an hundred talents of silver.

He also hired 100,000 mighty men of valor from Israel for 100 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.

But a man of God came to him and said,
Don't let the Israelite soldiers go with you.

God isn't with Israel.

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.

But if you decide to fight. Be strong.

God will make your enemies defeat you.

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.

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.

Amaziah said to the man of God,
What should I do with the 100 talents of silver that I paid Israel?

The man of God answered,

God can give you much more than that.

So Amaziah sent the Israel soldiers home.

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.

Amaziah went to the valley of salt and killed 10,000 men of Seir.

12And 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.

Another 10,000 he left alive to throw off a cliff "that they all were broken in pieces."

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.

On their way home, the soldiers of Israel killed 3000 people in the cities of Judah.

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.

When Amaziah was returning from slaughtering the Edomites, he brought back some of their gods.

He bowed down before them and burned incense to them.

15Wherefore 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?

So God was angry with Amaziah, and sent a prophet who said to him,
Why did you seek gods that couldn't protect their own people against you?

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.

Because you did this, God has decided to destroy you. [4]

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.

So Amaziah sent a message to Joash, the king of Israel, saying,
Let's look at each other 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?

20But 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.

Joash sent a message to Amaziah, saying,
The thistle in Lebanon sent a message to the cedar in Lebanon, saying,
Give your daughter to my son as a wife.

But a wild beast smashed the thistle.

You think you're tough since you defeated Edom.

But you better be careful or you and Judah will fall.

But Amaziah wouldn't listen to Jehoash, because God wanted to destroy him for worshiping 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.

So Joash went to see Amaziah,

and they looked at each other in the face.

22 And Judah was put to the worse before Israel, and they fled every man to his tent.

And Judah was defeated by Israel. [5]

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.

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

Joash, the king of Israel, took all the gold and silver from God's house and the king's house in Jerusalem.

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?

The rest of the acts of Amaziah can be found in the books of the kings of Judah and Israel.

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.

After Amaziah turned away from God, there was a conspiracy against him.

He fled to Lachish, but they found him and killed him there.


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