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2nd KINGS, 9
Jehu becomes king ; death of Jezebel

9:1     AND Elisha the prophet sent for one of the sons of the prophets, and said to him, Make yourself ready for a journey, and take this bottle of oil in your hand, and go to Ramoth-gilead. 2 And when you get there, go in search of Jehu, the son of Jehoshaphat, the son of Nimshi; and go in and make him get up from among his brothers, and take him to an inner room. 3 Then take the bottle and put the oil on his head, and say, The Lord says, I have put the holy oil on you to make you king over Israel. Then, opening the door, go in flight, without waiting.
9:4     So the young prophet went to Ramoth-gilead. 5 And when he came, he saw the captains of the army seated together; and he said, I have something to say to you, O captain. And Jehu said, To which of us? And he said, To you, O captain. 6 And he got up and went into the house; then he put the holy oil on his head and said to him, The Lord, the God of Israel, says, I have made you king over the people of the Lord, over Israel. 7 You are to see that the family of Ahab your master is cut off, so that I may take from Jezebel payment for the blood of my servants the prophets, and for the blood of all the servants of the Lord. 8 For the family of Ahab will come to an end ; every male of Ahab's family will be cut off, he who is shut up and he who goes free in Israel. 9 I will make the family of Ahab like that of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, and Baasha, the son of Ahijah. 10 And Jezebel will become food for the dogs in the heritage of Jezreel, and there will be no one to put her body into the earth. Then, opening the door, he went in flight.
9:11     Then Jehu came out again to the servants of his lord, and one said to him, Is all well ? why did this man, who is off his head, come to you ? And he said to them, You have knowledge of the man and of his talk. 12 And they said, That is not true ; now give us his story. Then he said, This is what he said to me : The Lord says, I have made you king over Israel. 13 Then straight away everyone took his robe and put it under him on the top of the steps, and, sounding the horn, they said, Jehu is king.
9:14     So Jehu, the son of Jehoshaphat, the son of Nimshi, made designs against Joram. (Now Joram and all the army of Israel were keeping watch on Ramoth-gilead because of Hazael, king of Aram : 15 But King Joram had gone back to Jezreel to get well from the wounds which the Aramaeans had given him when he was fighting against Hazael, king of Aram.) And Jehu said, If this is your purpose, then let no one get away and go out of the town to give news of it in Jezreel. 16 So Jehu got into his carriage and went to Jezreel, for Joram was ill in bed there ; and Ahaziah, king of Judah, had come down to see Joram.
9:17     And the watchman on the tower in Jezreel saw Jehu and his band coming, and said, I see a band of people. And Joram said, Send out a horseman to them, and let him say, Is it peace ? 18 So a horseman went out to them and said, The king says, Is it peace ? And Jehu said, What have you to do with peace ? come after me. And the watchman gave them word, saying, The horseman went up to them, but has not come back. 19 Then he sent out a second horseman, who came up to them and said, The king says, Is it peace ? And Jehu said in answer, What have you to do with peace ? come after me. 20 And the watchman gave them word, saying, He went up to them and has not come back again ; and the driving is like the driving of Jehu, son of Nimshi, for he is driving violently.
9:21     Then Joram said, Make ready. So they made his carriage ready ; and Joram, king of Israel, with Ahaziah, king of Judah, went out in their carriages for the purpose of meeting Jehu ; and they came face to face with him at the field of Naboth the Jezreelite. 22 Now when Joram saw Jehu he said, Is it peace, Jehu ? And he said in answer, What peace is possible while all the land is full of the disgusting sins of your mother Jezebel, and her secret arts ? 23 Then Joram, turning his horses in flight, said to Ahaziah, Broken faith, O Ahaziah ! 24 Then Jehu took his bow in his hand, and with all his strength sent an arrow, wounding Joram between the arms; and the arrow came out at his heart, and he went down on his face in his carriage.
9:29     (In the eleventh year of the rule of Joram, the son of Ahab, Ahaziah became king over Judah.)
9:30     And when Jehu came to Jezreel, Jezebel had news of it ; and, painting her eyes and dressing her hair with ornaments, she put her head out of the window. 31 And when Jehu was coming into the town, she said, Is all well, O Zimri, taker of your master's life ? 32 Then, looking up to the window, he said, Who is on my side, who ? and two or three unsexed servants put out their heads. 33 And he said, Take her and put her out of the window. So they sent her down with force, and her blood went in a shower on the wall and on the horses ; and she was crushed under their feet. 34 And he came in, and took food and drink ; then he said, Now see to this cursed woman, and put her body into the earth, for she is a king's daughter. 35 And they went out to put her body into the earth, but nothing of her was to be seen, only the bones of her head, and her feet, and parts of her hands. 36 So they came back and gave him word of it. And he said, This is what the Lord said by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the heritage of Jezreel the flesh of Jezebel will become food for dogs ; 37 And the dead body of Jezebel will be like waste dropped on the face of the earth in the heritage of Jezreel ; so that they will not be able to say, This is Jezebel.

2nd KINGS, 10
Jehu cleans out Baal worship

10:1     NOW THERE were in Samaria seventy of Ahab's sons. And Jehu sent letters to Samaria, to the rulers of the town, and to the responsible men, and to those who had the care of the sons of Ahab, saying, 2 Straight away, when you get this letter, seeing that your master's sons are with you, and that you have carriages and horses and a walled town and arms ; 3 Take the best and most upright of your master's sons, and make him king in his father's place, and put up a fight for your master's family. 4 But they were full of fear, and said, The two kings have gone down before him : how may we keep our place ? 5 So the controller of the king's house, with the ruler of the town, and the responsible men, and those who had the care of Ahab's sons, sent to Jehu, saying, We are your servants and will do all your orders ; we will not make any man king ; do whatever seems best to you. 6 Then he sent them a second letter, saying, If you are on my side, and if you will do my orders, come to me at Jezreel by this time tomorrow, with the heads of your master's sons. Now the king's seventy sons were with the great men of the town, who had the care of them. 7 And when the letter came to them, they took the king's sons and put them to death, all the seventy, and put their heads in baskets and sent them to him at Jezreel. 8 And a man came and said to him, They have come with the heads of the king's sons. And he said, Put them down in two masses at the doorway of the town till the morning. 9 And in the morning he went out and, stopping, said to all the people there, You are upright men : it is true that I made designs against my master, and put him to death ; but who is responsible for the death of all these ? 10 You may be certain that nothing which the Lord has said about the family of Ahab will be without effect ; for the Lord has done what he said by his servant Elijah. 11 So Jehu put to death all the rest of the seed of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his relations and his near friends and his priests, till there were no more of them.
10:12     Then he got up and came to Samaria. And he was at the meeting-place of the keepers of sheep, by the way, 13 When he came across the brothers of Ahaziah, king of Judah, and said, Who are you ? And they said, We are the brothers of Ahaziah, king of Judah ; we are going down to see the children of the king and of the queen. 14 And he said, Take them living. So they took them living, and put them to death in the water-hole of Beth-eked ; of the forty-two men he put every one to death;
10:15     And when he had gone away from there, he came across Jehonadab, the son of Rechab: and he said good-day to him, and said to him, Is your heart true to mine, as mine is to yours ? And Jehonadab in answer said, It is ; and Jehu said, If it is, give me your hand. And he gave him his hand, and he made him come up into his carriage. 16 And he said, Come with me and see how I am on fire for the Lord's cause. So he made him go with him in his carriage. 17 And when he came to Samaria, he put to death all those of Ahab's family who were still in Samaria, till there were no more of them, as the Lord had said to Elijah.
10:18     Then Jehu got all the people together and said to them, Ahab was Baal's servant in a small way, but Jehu will be his servant on a great scale. 19 Now send for all the prophets of Baal and all his servants and all his priests, to come to me; let no one keep away : for I have a great offering to make to Baal ; anyone who is not present, will be put to death. This Jehu did with deceit, his purpose being the destruction of the servants of Baal. 20 And Jehu said, Let there be a special holy meeting for the worship of Baal. So a public statement was made. 21 And Jehu sent out through all Israel ; and all the servants of Baal came, not one kept away. And they came into the house of Baal, so that it was full from end to end. 22 And Jehu said to him who kept the robes, Get out robes for all the servants of Baal. So he got out robes for them. 23 And Jehu, with Jehonadab, the son of Rechab, went into the house of Baal ; and he said to the servants of Baal, Make a search with care, to see that no servant of the Lord is with you, but only servants of Baal. 24 Then they went in to make offerings and burned offerings.
    Now Jehu had put eighty men outside, and said to them, If any man whom I give into your hands gets away, the life of him who lets him go will be the price of his life. 25 Then when the burned offering was ended, straight away Jehu said to the armed men and the captains, Go in and put them to death ; let not one come out. So they put them to the sword ; and, pulling the images to the earth, they went into the holy place of the house of Baal. 26 And they took out the image of Asherah from the house of Baal, and had it burned. 27 The altar of Baal was pulled down and the house of Baal was broken up and made an unclean place, as it is to this day.
10:28     So Jehu put an end to the worship of Baal in Israel. 29 But Jehu did not keep himself from all the sins of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, and the evil he made Israel do; the gold oxen were still in Beth-el and in Dan. 30 And the Lord said to Jehu, Because you have done well in doing what is right in my eyes and effecting all my purpose for the family of Ahab, your sons will be kings of Israel to the fourth generation. 31 But Jehu did not take care to keep the law of the Lord with all his heart : he did not keep himself from the sin which Jeroboam did and made Israel do.
10:32     In those days the Lord was angry first with Israel ; and Hazael made attacks on all the land of Israel, 33 East of Jordan, in all the land of Gilead, the Gadites and the Reubenites and the Manassites, from Aroer by the valley of the Arnon, all Gilead and Bashan. 34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehu, and all he did, and his great power, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel ? 35 And Jehu went to rest with his fathers, and was put into the earth in Samaria. And Jehoahaz his son became king in his place. 36 And the time of Jehu's rule over Israel in Samaria was twenty-eight years.

2nd KINGS, 11
Death of Atlaliah

11:1     NOW WHEN Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah, saw that her son was dead, she had all the rest of the seed of the kingdom put to death. 2 But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Joram, sister of Ahaziah, secretly took Joash, the son of Ahaziah, with the woman who took care of him, away from among the king's sons who were put to death, and put him in the bedroom; and they kept him safe from Athaliah, so that he was not put to death. 3 And for six years she kept him safe in the house of the Lord, while Athaliah was ruling over the land.
11:4     Then in the seventh year, Jehoiada sent for the captains of hundreds of the Carians, and the armed men, and taking them into the house of the Lord, made an agreement with them, and made them take an oath in the house of the Lord, and let them see the king's son. 5 And he gave them orders, saying, This is what you are to do: the third part of you, who come in on the Sabbath and keep the watch of the king's house, 6 . . . 7 And the two divisions of you, who go out on the Sabbath and keep the watch of the house of the Lord, 8 Will make a circle round the king, every man being armed ; and whoever comes inside your lines is to be put to death ; keep with the king, when he goes out and when he comes in.
11:9     And the captains of hundreds did as Jehoiada the priest gave them orders ; every one took with him his men, those who came in and those who went out on the Sabbath, and they came in to Jehoiada the priest. 10 And the priest gave to the captains of hundreds the spears and body-covers which had been King David's, and which were kept in the house of the Lord. 11 Then the armed men took up their positions, every man with his instruments of war in his hand, from the right side of the house to the left, round about the altar and the house. 12 Then he made the king's son come out, and put the crown on him and the arm-bands, and made him king, and put the holy oil on him ; and they all, making sounds of joy with their hands, said, Long life to the king.
11:13     Now Athaliah, hearing the noise made by the people, came to the people in the house of the Lord ; 14 And looking, she saw the king in his regular place by the pillar, and the captains and the horns near him; and all the people of the land giving signs of joy and sounding the horns. Then Athaliah, violently parting her robes, gave a cry, saying, Broken faith, broken faith ! 15 Then Jehoiada the priest gave orders to those who were placed in authority over the army, saying, Take her outside the lines, and let anyone who goes after her be put to death with the sword, for he said, Let her not be put to death in the house of the Lord. 16 So they put their hands on her, and she went to the king's house by the doorway of the horses, and there she was put to death.
11:17     And Jehoiada made an agreement between the Lord and the king and the people, that they would be the Lord's people ; and in the same way between the king and the people. 18 Then all the people of the land went to the house of Baal and had it pulled down : its altars and images were all broken to bits, and Mattan, the priest of Baal, they put to death before the altars. And the priest put overseers over the Lord's house. 19 Then he took the captains of hundreds, and the Carians, and the armed men, and all the people of the land ; and they came down with the king from the house of the Lord, through the doorway of the armed men, to the king's house. And he took his place on the seat of the kings. 20 So all the people of the land were glad, and the town was quiet ; and they had put Athaliah to death with the sword at the king's house.
11:21     And Jehoash was seven years old when he became king.

2nd KINGS, 12
House of the Lord repaired

12:1     IN THE seventh year of Jehu's rule, Jehoash became king ; and he was ruling for forty years in Jerusalem ; his mother's name was Zibiah of Beer-sheba. 2 Jehoash did what was right in the eyes of the Lord all his days, because he was guided by the teaching of Jehoiada the priest. 3 But the high places were not taken away ; the people went on making offerings and burning them in the high places.
12:4     And Jehoash said to the priests, All the money of the holy things, which comes into the house of the Lord, (the amount fixed for every man's payment,) and all the money given by any man freely from the impulse of his heart, 5 Let the priests take, every man from his friends and neighbours, to make good what is damaged in the house, wherever it is to be seen. 6 But in the twenty-third year of King Jehoash, the priests had not made good the damaged parts of the house. 7 Then King Jehoash sent for Jehoiada the priest, and the other priests, and said to them, Why have you not made good what is damaged in the house? now take no more money from your neighbours, but give it for the building up of the house. 8 So the priests made an agreement to take no more money from the people, and not to make good what was damaged in the house.
12:9     But Jehoiada the priest took a chest, and making a hole in the cover of it, put it by the altar, on the right side when one comes into the house of the Lord ; and the priests who kept the door put in it regularly all the money which was taken into the house of the Lord. 10 And when they saw that there was much money in the chest, the king's scribe and the high priest came and put it in bags, noting the amount of all the money there was in the house of the Lord. 11 And the money which was measured out they gave regularly to those who were responsible for overseeing the work, and these gave it in payment to the woodworkers and the builders who were working on the house of the Lord, 12 And to the wall-builders and the stone-cutters, and to get wood and cut stone for building up the broken parts of the house of the Lord, and for everything needed to put the house in good order. 13 But the money was not used for making silver cups or scissors or basins or wind-instruments or any vessels of gold or silver for the house of the Lord ; 14 But it was all given to the workmen who were building up the house. 15 And they did not get any statement of accounts from the men to whom the money was given for the workmen, for they made use of it with good faith. 16 The money of the offerings for error and the sin-offerings was not taken into the house of the Lord ; it was the priests'.
12:17     Then Hazael, king of Aram, went up against Gath and took it ; and his purpose was to go up to Jerusalem. 18 Then Jehoash, king of Judah, took all the holy things which Jehoshaphat and Jehoram and Ahaziah his fathers, the kings of Judah, had given to the Lord, together with the things he himself had given, and all the gold in the Temple store and in the king's house, and sent it to Hazael, king of Aram ; and he went away from Jerusalem.
12:19     Now the rest of the acts of Joash, and all he did, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel ? 20 And his servants made a secret design and put Joash to death at the house of Millo on the way down to Silla. 21 And Jozacar, the son of Shimeath, and Jehozabad, the son of Shomer, his servants, came to him and put him to death ; and they put him into the earth with his fathers in the town of David ; and Amaziah his son became king in his place.

2nd KINGS, 13
Death of Elisha

13:1 In the twenty-third year of Joash, the son of Ahaziah, king of Judah, Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, became king over Israel in Samaria, ruling for seventeen years. 2 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, copying the sins of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, which he did and made Israel do; he did not keep himself from them. 3 So the wrath of the Lord was burning against Israel, and he gave them up into the power of Hazael, king of Aram, and into the power of Ben-hadad, the son of Hazael, again and again. 4 Then Jehoahaz made prayer to the Lord, and the Lord gave ear to him, for he saw how cruelly Israel was crushed by the king of Aram. 5 (And the Lord gave Israel a saviour, so that they became free from the hands of the Aramaeans ; and the children of Israel were living in their tents as in the past. 6 But still they did not give up the sin of Jeroboam, which he made Israel do, but went on with it ; and there was an image of Asherah in Samaria.) 7 For out of all his army, Jehoahaz had only fifty horsemen and ten carriages and ten thousand footmen ; the king of Aram had given them up to destruction, crushing them like dust. 8 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoahaz, and all he did, and his great power, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel ? 9 And Jehoahaz went to rest with his fathers, and was put into the earth in Samaria ; and Joash his son became king in his place.
13:10     In the thirty-seventh year of the rule of Joash, king of Judah, Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, became king over Israel in Samaria, ruling for sixteen years. 11 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, not turning away from the sin of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, which he did and made Israel do, but he went on with it. 12 Now the rest of the acts of Joash, and all he did, and the force with which he went to war against Amaziah, king of Judah, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel ? 13 And Joash went to rest with his fathers and Jeroboam took his place as king ; and Joash was put into the earth in Samaria with the kings of Israel.
13:14     Now Elisha became ill with the disease which was the cause of his death : and Joash, king of Israel, came down to him, and weeping over him said, My father, my father, the war-carriages of Israel and its horsemen ! 15 Then Elisha said to him, Take bow and arrows : and he took bow and arrows. 16 And he said to the king of Israel, Put your hand on the bow: and he put his hand on it ; and Elisha put his hands on the king's hands. 17 Then he said ; Let the window be open to the east : and he got it open. Then Elisha said, Let the arrow go; and he let it go. And he said, The Lord's arrow of salvation, of salvation over Aram; for you will overcome the Aramaeans in Aphek and put an end to them. 18 And he said, Take the arrows: and he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, Send them down into the earth; and he did so three times and no more. 19 Then the man of God was angry with him and said, If you had done it five or six times, then you would have overcome Aram completely ; but now you will only overcome them three times.
13:20     And death came to Elisha and they put his body into the earth. Now in the spring of the year, armed bands of Moabites frequently came, overrunning the land. 21 And while they were putting a dead man into the earth, they saw a band coming; and they put the man quickly into the place where Elisha's body was ; and the dead man, on touching Elisha's bones, came to life again, and got up on his feet.
13:22     And Israel was crushed under the power of Hazael, king of Aram, all the days of Jehoahaz. 23 But the Lord was kind to them and had pity on them, caring for them, because of his agreement with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob ; he would not put them to destruction or send them away from before his face till now.
13:24     Then Hazael, king of Aram, came to his end ; and Ben-hadad his son became king in his place. 25 And Jehoash, the son of Jehoahaz, took again from Ben-hadad, the son of Hazael, the towns which he had taken from Jehoahaz his father in war. Three times Jehoash overcame him and got back the towns of Israel.

2nd KINGS, 14
Judah defeated by Israel

14:1     IN THE second year of Joash, son of Joahaz, king of Israel, Amaziah, the son of Joash, became king of Judah. 2 He was twenty-five years old when he became king ; and he was ruling in Jerusalem for twenty-nine years ; his mother's name was Jehoaddin of Jerusalem. 3 He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, though not like David his father ; he did as Joash his father had done. 4 But still the high places were not taken away ; the people went on making offerings and burning them in the high places. 5 Now when he became strong in the kingdom, straight away he put to death those servants who had taken the life of the king his father ; 6 But he did not put their children to death ; for the orders of the Lord recorded in the book of the law of Moses say, The fathers are not to be put to death for the children, or the children for their fathers ; but a man is to be put to death for the sin which he himself has done.
14:7     He put to the sword twelve thousand men of Edom in the Valley of Salt, and took Sela in war, naming it Joktheel, as it is to this day.
14:8     Then Amaziah sent representatives to Jehoash, the son of Jehoahaz, son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us have a meeting face to face. 9 And Jehoash, king of Israel, sent to Amaziah, king of Judah, saying, The thorn-tree in Lebanon sent to the cedar in Lebanon, saying, Give your daughter to my son for a wife : and a beast from the woodland in Lebanon went by, crushing the thorn under his feet. 10 It is true that you have overcome Edom and your heart is uplifted ; let that glory be enough for you, and keep in your country ; why do you make causes of trouble, putting yourself, and Judah with you, in danger of downfall ?
14:11     But Amaziah gave no attention. So Jehoash, king of Israel, went up, and he and Amaziah, king of Judah, came face to face at Beth-shemesh, which is in Judah. 12 And Judah was overcome before Israel, so that they went in flight, every man to his tent. 13 And Jehoash, king of Israel, made Amaziah, king of Judah, the son of Jehoash, son of Ahaziah, prisoner at Beth-shemesh, and came to Jerusalem, and had the wall of Jerusalem pulled down from the doorway of Ephraim to the door in the angle, four hundred cubits. 14 And he took all the gold and silver and all the vessels which were in the house of the Lord and in the store-house of the king, together with those whose lives would be the price of broken faith, and went back to Samaria.
14:15     Now the rest of the acts of Jehoash, and his power, and how he went to war with Amaziah, king of Judah, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel ? 16 And Jehoash went to rest with his fathers, and was put into the earth in Samaria with the kings of Israel ; and Jeroboam his son became king in his place.
14:17     Amaziah, the son of Joash, king of Judah, went on living for fifteen years after the death of Jehoash, son of Jehoahaz, king of Israel. 18 And the rest of the acts of Amaziah, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Judah ? 19 Now they made a secret design against him in Jerusalem ; and he went in flight to Lachish, but they sent after him to Lachish and put him to death there. 20 And they took his body on horseback and put it into the earth with his fathers in Jerusalem, the town of David. 21 Then all the people of Judah took Azariah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in place of his father Amaziah. 22 He was the builder of Elath, which he got back for Judah after the death of the king.
14:23     In the fifteenth year of the rule of Amaziah, son of Joash, king of Judah, Jeroboam, the son of Joash, king of Israel, became king in Samaria, ruling for forty-one years. 24 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, not turning away from the sin which Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, did and made Israel do. 25 He got back the old limits of Israel from the way into Hamath to the sea of the Arabah, as the Lord had said by his servant Jonah, the son of Amittai, the prophet of Gath-hepher. 26 For the Lord saw how bitter was the trouble of Israel, and that everyone was cut off, he who was shut up and he who went free, and that Israel had no helper. 27 And the Lord had not said that the name of Israel was to be taken away from the earth; but he gave them a saviour in Jeroboam, the son of Joash.
14:28     Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, and all he did, and his power, and how he went to war with Damascus, causing the wrath of the Lord to be turned away from Israel, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel ? 29 And Jeroboam went to rest with his fathers, and was put into the earth with the kings of Israel ; and Zechariah his son became king in his place.

2nd KINGS, 15
Succession of evil kings

    15:1 IN THE twenty-seventh year of the rule of Jeroboam, king of Israel, Azariah, son of Amaziah, became king of Judah. 2 He was sixteen years old when he became king, and he was ruling in Jerusalem for fifty-two years ; his mother's name was Jecoliah of Jerusalem. 3 And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father Amaziah had done. 4 But he did not take away the high places, and the people still went on making offerings and burning them in the high places. 5 And the Lord sent disease on the king and he became a leper, and to the day of his death he was living separately in his private house. And Jotham his son was over his house, judging the people of the land. 6 Now the rest of the acts of Azariah, and all he did, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Judah? 7 And Azariah went to rest with his fathers and was put into the earth with his fathers in the town of David; and Jotham his son became king in his place.
15:8     In the thirty-eighth year of Azaliah, king of Judah, Zechariah, son of Jeroboam, was king over Israel for six months. 9 And he did evil in the eyes of the Lord, as his father had done, not turning away from the sin which Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, did and made Israel do. 10 And Shallum, the son of Jabesh, made a secret design against him, and, attacking him in Ibleam, put him to death and became king in his place. 11 Now the rest of the acts of Zechariah are recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel. 12 This was what the Lord had said to Jehu, Your sons to the fourth generation will be kings of Israel. And so it came about.
15:13     Shallum, the son of Jabesh, became king in the thirty-ninth year of Uzziah, king of Judah ; and he was ruling in Samaria for the space of one month. 14 Then Menahem, the son of Gadi, went up from Tirzah and came to Samaria, and attacking Shallum, son of Jabesh, in Samaria, put him to death and made himself king in his place. 15 Now the rest of the acts of Shallum, and the secret design which he made, are recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel. 16 Then Menahem sent destruction on Tappuah and all the people in it, and its limits, from Tirzah, because they would not let him come in ; and he had all the women who were with child cut open.
15:17     In the thirty-ninth year of Azariah, king of Judah, Menahem, the son of Gadi, became king over Israel, and was ruling in Samaria for ten years. 18 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord ; he did not keep himself from the sin which Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, did and made Israel do. 19 In his day, Pul, the king of Assyria, came up against the land ; and Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver so that he might let him keep the kingdom. 20 And Menahem got the money from Israel, from all the men of wealth, fifty silver shekels from every man, to give to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria went back without stopping in the land. 21 Now the rest of the acts of Menahem, and all he did, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel ? 22 And Menahem went to rest with his fathers ; and Pekahiah his son became king in his place.
15:23     In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah, Pekahiah, the son of Menahem, became king over Israel in Samaria, ruling for two years. 24 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, not turning from the sin which Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, did and made Israel do. 25 And Pekah, the son of Remaliah, his captain, made a secret design against him, attacking him in the king's great house in Samaria ; and with him were fifty men of Gilead ; and he put him to death and became king in his place. 26 Now the rest of the acts of Pekahiah, and all he did, are recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel.
15:27     In the fifty-second year of Azariah, king of Judah, Pekah, the son of Remaliah, became king over Israel in Samaria, ruling for twenty years. 28 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, not turning from the sin which Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, did and made Israel do.
15:29     In the days of Pekah, king of Israel, Tiglath-pileser, king of Assyria, came and took Ijon and Abel-beth-maacah and Janoah and Kedesh and Hazor and Gilead and Galilee and all the land of Naphtali ; and he took the people away to Assyria. 30 And Hoshea, the son of Elah, made a secret design against Pekah, the son of Remaliah, and, attacking him, put him to death and became king in his place, in the twentieth year of Jotham, the son of Uzziah. 31 Now the rest of the acts of Pekah, and all he did, are recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel.
15:32     In the second year of Pekah, the son of Remaliah, king of Israel, Jotham, the son of Uzziah, became king of Judah. 33 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he was ruling for sixteen years in Jerusalem; and his mother's name was Jerusha, the daughter of Zadok. 34 And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father Uzziah had done. 35 But he did not take away the high places, and the people still went on making offerings and burning them in the high places. He was the builder of the higher doorway of the house of the Lord. 36 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all he did, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Judah ? 37 In those days the Lord first sent against Judah, Rezin, the king of Aram, and Pekah, the son of Remaliah. 38 And Jotham went to rest with his fathers, and was put into the earth in the town of David his father ; and Ahaz his son became king in his place.

2nd KINGS, 16
Ahaz a vassal of Assyria

16:1     IN THE seventeenth year of Pekah, the son of Remaliah, Ahaz, the son of Jotham, became king of Judah. 2 Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king ; he was ruling for sixteen years in Jerusalem. He did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord his God, as David his father did. 3 But he went in the ways of the kings of Israel, and even made his son go through the fire, copying the disgusting ways of the nations whom the Lord had sent out of the land before the children of Israel. 4 And he made offerings, burning them in the high places and on the hills and under every green tree.
16:5     Then Rezin, king of Aram, and Pekah, son of Remaliah, king of Israel, came up to Jerusalem to make war ; and they made an attack on Ahaz, shutting him in, but were not able to overcome him. 6 At that time the king of Edom got Elath back for Edom, and sent the Jews out of Elath ; and the Edomites came back to Elath where they are living to this day. 7 So Ahaz sent representatives to Tiglath-pileser, king of Assyria, saying, I am your servant and your son; come to my help against the kings of Aram and Israel who have taken up arms against me. 8 And Ahaz took the silver and gold which were in the house of the Lord and in the king's store-house, and sent them as an offering to the king of Assyria. 9 And the king of Assyria, in answer to his request, went up against Damascus and took it, and took its people away as prisoners to Kir, and put Rezin to death.
16:10     Then King Ahaz went to Damascus for a meeting with Tiglath-pileser, king of Assyria; and there he saw the altar which was at Damascus ; and King Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest a copy of the altar, giving the design of it and all the details of its structure. 11 And from the copy King Ahaz sent from Damascus, Urijah made an altar and had it ready by the time King Ahaz came back from Damascus. 12 And when the king came from Damascus, he saw the altar ; and he went up on it and made an offering on it. 13 He made his burned offering and his meal offering and his drink offering there, draining out the blood of his peace-offerings on the altar. 14 And the brass altar, which was before the Lord, he took from the front of the house, from between his altar and the house of the Lord, and put it on the north side of his altar. 15 And King Ahaz gave orders to Urijah the priest, saying, Make the morning burned offering and the evening meal offering and the king's burned offering and meal offering, with the burned offerings of all the people and their meal offerings and drink offerings, on the great altar, and put on it all the blood of the burned offerings and of the beasts which are offered ; but the brass altar will be for my use to get directions from the Lord. 16 So Urijah the priest did everything as the king said
16:17     And King Ahaz took off the sides of the wheeled bases, and took down the great water-vessel from off the brass oxen which were under it and put it on a floor of stone. 18 And the covered way * * * and the outer entrance for the king was taken down from the house of the Lord, because of the king of Assyria. 19 Now the rest of the things which Ahaz did, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Judah ? 20 And Ahaz went to rest with his fathers, and was put into the earth with his fathers in the town of David ; and Hezekiah his son became king in his place.

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