1Jehoahaz son of Jehu became king over Israel in Samaria. This was during the 23rd year that Joash son of Ahaziah was king in Judah. Jehoahaz ruled 17 years. 2Jehoahaz did those things the Lord said were wrong. Jehoahaz followed the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat that caused Israel to sin. Jehoahaz did not stop doing those things. 3Then the Lord was angry against Israel. The Lord gave Israel into the power of Hazael king of Aram and Hazael’s son Ben Hadad. 4Then Jehoahaz begged the Lord to help them. And the Lord listened to him. The Lord had seen the troubles of Israel and how the king of Aram troubled the Israelites. 5So the Lord sent a man to save Israel. The Israelites were free from the Arameans. So the Israelites went to their own homes, like they did before. 6But the Israelites still did not stop doing the sins of the family of Jeroboam that caused Israel to sin. The Israelites continued doing the sins of Jeroboam. They also kept the Asherah poles in Samaria. 7The king of Aram defeated Jehoahaz’s army. The king of Aram destroyed most of the men in the army. He left only 50 horse soldiers, 10 chariots, and 10,000 foot soldiers. Jehoahaz’s soldiers were like chaff blown away by the wind at the time of threshing. 8All the great things that Jehoahaz did are written in the book The History of the Kings of Israel. 9Jehoahaz ˻died˼ and was buried with his ancestors. The people buried Jehoahaz in Samaria. Jehoahaz’s son Jehoash became the new king after him. 10Jehoash son of Jehoahaz became king over Israel in Samaria. This was during the 37th year that Joash was king of Judah. Jehoash ruled Israel for 16 years. 11Jehoash king of Israel did the things the Lord said were wrong. He did not stop doing the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat that caused Israel to sin. Jehoash continued to do those sins. 12All the great things that Jehoash did and his wars against Amaziah king of Judah are written in the book The History of the Kings of Israel. 13Jehoash ˻died and˼ was buried with his ancestors. Jeroboam ˻became the new king and˼ sat on Jehoash’s throne. Jehoash was buried at Samaria with the kings of Israel. 14Elisha became sick. Later, Elisha died from this sickness. Jehoash, king of Israel, went to visit Elisha. Jehoash cried for Elisha. Jehoash said, “My father, my father! Is it time for the chariot of Israel and its horses?” 15Elisha said to Jehoash, “Take a bow and some arrows.” Jehoash took a bow and some arrows. 16Then Elisha said to the king of Israel, “Put your hand on the bow.” Jehoash put his hand on the bow. Then Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands. 17Elisha said, “Open the east window.” Jehoash opened the window. Then Elisha said, “Shoot.” Jehoash shot. Then Elisha said, “That is the Lord’s arrow of victory! The arrow of victory over Aram! You will defeat the Arameans at Aphek. And you will destroy them.” 18Elisha said, “Take the arrows.” Jehoash took the arrows. Then Elisha said to the king of Israel, “Hit on the ground.” Jehoash hit the ground three times. Then he stopped. 19The man of God ˻(Elisha)˼ was angry at Jehoash. Elisha said, “You should have hit five or six times! Then you would have defeated Aram until you destroyed it! But now, you will defeat Aram only three times!” 20Elisha died, and the people buried him. One time in the spring, a group of Moabite soldiers came to Israel. ˻They came to take things in war.˼ 21Some Israelites were burying a dead man, and they saw that group of soldiers. The Israelites quickly threw the dead man into Elisha’s grave ˻and ran away˼. As soon as the dead man touched the bones of Elisha, the dead man came back to life and stood up on his feet! 22During all the days that Jehoahaz ruled, Hazael king of Aram caused trouble to Israel. 23But the Lord was kind to the Israelites. The Lord had mercy and turned to the Israelites. Why? Because of his Agreement with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Lord would not destroy the Israelites or throw them away yet. 24Hazael king of Aram died, and Ben Hadad became the new king after him. 25˻Before he died,˼ Hazael had taken some cities in war from Jehoahaz, Jehoash’s father. But now Jehoash took back these cities from Hazael’s son Ben Hadad. Jehoash defeated Ben Hadad three times and took back the cities of Israel.
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