1Amaziah was 25 years old when he became king. He ruled for 29 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jehoaddin. Jehoaddin was from Jerusalem. 2Amaziah did the things the Lord wanted him to do. But he didn’t do them with all his heart. 3Amaziah became a strong king. Then he killed the officials that killed his father the king. 4But Amaziah didn’t kill those officials’ children. Why? He obeyed the law written in the book of Moses. The Lord commanded, “Parents must not be put to death for something their children did. And children must not be put to death for something their parents did. A person should be put to death only for a bad thing that he himself did.” 5Amaziah gathered the people of Judah together. He grouped them by families and he put generals and captains in charge of those groups. Those leaders were in charge of all the soldiers from Judah and Benjamin. All the men that were chosen to be soldiers were 20 years old and older. In all there were 300,000 skilled soldiers ready to fight with spears and shields. 6Amaziah also hired 100,000 soldiers from Israel. He paid 3,3/4 tons of silver to hire those soldiers. 7But a man of God came to Amaziah. The man of God said, “King, don’t let the army of Israel go with you. The Lord is not with Israel. The Lord is not with the people of Ephraim. 8Maybe you will make yourself strong and ready for war, but God can help you win or help you lose.” 9Amaziah said to the man of God, “But what about the money I already paid to the Israelite army?” The man of God answered, “The Lord has plenty. He can give you much more than that!” 10So Amaziah sent the Israelite army back home to Ephraim. Those men were very angry against the king and the people of Judah. They went back home very angry. 11Then Amaziah became very brave and led his army to the Salt Valley in the country of Edom. In that place, Amaziah’s army killed 10,000 men from Seir. 12The army of Judah also captured 10,000 men from Seir. They took those men from Seir to the top of a cliff. Those men were still alive. Then the army of Judah threw down those men from the top of the cliff and their bodies were broken on the rocks below. 13But at the same time, the Israelite army was attacking some towns in Judah. They attacked the towns from Beth Horon all the way to Samaria. They killed 3,000 people and took many valuable things. ˻The people of that army were angry because˼ Amaziah didn’t let them join him in the war. 14Amaziah came home after he defeated the Edomite people. He brought the idol gods the people of Seir worshiped. Amaziah started to worship those idol gods. He bowed down in front of those gods, and he burned incense to them. 15The Lord was very angry with Amaziah. The Lord sent a prophet to Amaziah. The prophet said, “Amaziah, why have you worshiped the gods those people worship? Those gods could not even save their own people from you!” 16When the prophet spoke, Amaziah said to the prophet, “We never made you an adviser to the king! Be quiet! If you don’t be quiet, you will be killed.” The prophet became quiet, but then said, “God really has decided to destroy you. Why? Because you did those bad things and didn’t listen to my advice.” 17Amaziah king of Judah, talked with his advisers. Then he sent a message to Jehoash, the king of Israel. Amaziah said to Jehoash, “Let’s meet face to face.” Jehoash was Jehoahaz’s son. Jehoahaz was Jehu’s son. 18Then Jehoash sent his answer to Amaziah. Jehoash was the king of Israel and Amaziah was the king of Judah. Jehoash told this story: “A little thorn bush of Lebanon sent a message to a big cedar tree of Lebanon. The little thorn bush said, 'Let your daughter marry my son.’ But a wild animal came and walked over the thorn bush and destroyed it. 19You say to yourself, 'I have defeated Edom!’ You are proud and you brag. But you should stay at home. There is no need for you to get into trouble. If you fight me, you and Judah will be destroyed.” 20But Amaziah refused to listen. This came from God. God planned to let Israel defeat Judah, because the people of Judah followed the gods the people of Edom followed. 21So Jehoash king of Israel met Amaziah king of Judah face to face at the town of Beth Shemesh. Beth Shemesh is in Judah. 22Israel defeated Judah. Every man of Judah ran away to his home. 23Jehoash captured Amaziah at Beth Shemesh and took him to Jerusalem. Amaziah’s father’s name was Joash. Joash’s father’s name was Jehoahaz. Jehoash tore down a 600-foot section of the wall of Jerusalem from the Ephraim Gate to the Corner Gate. 24There was gold and silver and many other things in God’s temple. Obed Edom was responsible for those things. But Jehoash took all of those things. Jehoash also took the treasures from the king’s palace. Then Jehoash took some people as prisoners and went back to Samaria. 25Amaziah lived 15 years after Jehoash died. Amaziah’s father was Joash, the king of Judah. 26The other things Amaziah did, from beginning to end, are written in the book, The History of the Kings of Judah and Israel. 27When Amaziah stopped obeying the Lord, the people in Jerusalem made plans against Amaziah. He ran away to the town of Lachish. But the people sent men to Lachish and they killed Amaziah there. 28Then they carried Amaziah’s body on horses and buried him with his ancestors in the City of Judah.
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