2 Kings 14

1Amaziah son of Joash king of Judah became king in the second year that Joash son of Jehoahaz was king of Israel. 2Amaziah was 25 years old when he began to rule. Amaziah ruled 29 years in Jerusalem. Amaziah’s mother was Jehoaddin from Jerusalem. 3Amaziah did the things the Lord said were right. But he did not follow God completely like David his ancestor. Amaziah did all the things that Joash his father had done. 4He did not destroy the high places. The people still sacrificed and burned incense in those places of worship. 5At the time that Amaziah had strong control of the kingdom, he killed the officers that had killed his father. 6But he did not kill the children of the murderers because of the rules written in the book The Law of Moses. The Lord gave this command ˻in the Law of Moses˼: “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.” 7Amaziah killed 10,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt. In war Amaziah took Sela and called it “Joktheel.” That place is still called “Joktheel” today. 8Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash son of Jehoahaz, son of Jehu king of Israel. Amaziah’s message said, “Come on, let’s meet together face to face ˻and fight˼.” 9Jehoash king of Israel sent an answer to Amaziah king of Judah. Jehoash said, “The thorn bush in Lebanon sent a message to the cedar tree in Lebanon. It said, 'Give your daughter for my son to marry.’ But a wild animal from Lebanon passed by and walked on the thorn bush. 10True, you have defeated Edom. But you have become proud because of your victory over Edom. But stay at home and brag! Don’t make trouble for yourself. If you do this, you will fall, and Judah will fall with you!” 11But Amaziah would not listen to Jehoash’s warning. So Jehoash king of Israel went to fight against Amaziah king of Judah at Beth Shemesh in Judah. 12Israel defeated Judah. Every man of Judah ran home. 13At Beth Shemesh, Jehoash king of Israel captured Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Joash, the son of Ahaziah. Jehoash took Amaziah to Jerusalem. Jehoash broke down the wall of Jerusalem from the Gate of Ephraim to the corner gate, about 600 feet. 14Then Jehoash took all the gold and silver and all the dishes in the Lord’s temple and in the treasures of the king’s house. Jehoash also took people to be his prisoners. Then he went back to Samaria. 15All the great things that Jehoash did, including how he fought against Amaziah king of Judah, are written in the book The History of the Kings of Israel. 16Jehoash ˻died and˼ was buried with his ancestors. Jehoash was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel. Jehoash’s son Jeroboam became the new king after him. 17Amaziah son of Joash king of Judah lived 15 years after the death of Jehoash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel. 18All the great things that Amaziah did are written in the book The History of the Kings of Judah. 19The people made a plan against Amaziah in Jerusalem. Amaziah ran away to Lachish. But the people sent men after Amaziah to Lachish. And those men killed Amaziah in Lachish. 20The people brought Amaziah’s body back on horses. Amaziah was buried at Jerusalem with his ancestors in the City of David. 21Then all the people of Judah made Azariah the new king. Azariah was 16 years old. 22So King Amaziah died and was buried with his ancestors. Then Azariah built Elath again and got it back for Judah. 23Jeroboam son of Jehoash king of Israel began to rule in Samaria during the 15th year that Amaziah son of Joash was king of Judah. Jeroboam ruled 41 years. 24Jeroboam did the things the Lord said were wrong. Jeroboam did not stop doing the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat that caused Israel to sin. 25Jeroboam took back Israel’s land which ran from the Lebo Hamath to the Arabah Sea. This happened like the Lord of Israel had told his servant Jonah son of Amittai, the prophet from Gath Hepher. 26The Lord saw that all the Israelites had many troubles, slaves and free men. No person was left that could help Israel. 27The Lord did not say that he would take away the name of Israel from the world. So the Lord used Jeroboam son of Jehoash to save the people of Israel. 28All the great things that Jeroboam did are written in the book The History of the Kings of Israel. This includes the story about Jeroboam winning back Damascus and Hamath for Israel. ˻(These cities had belonged to Judah.)˼ 29Jeroboam ˻died and˼ was buried with his ancestors, the kings of Israel. Jeroboam’s son Zechariah became the new king after him.

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