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The Story So Far

(Category 13 of 16)

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Amaziah Reigns in Judah


1 Amaziah awas twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.
2 And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, abut not with a loyal heart.
3 aNow it happened, as soon as the kingdom was established for him, that he executed his servants who had murdered his father the king.
4 However he did not execute their children, but did as it is written in the Law in the Book of Moses, where the LORD commanded, saying, a“The fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor shall the children be put to death for their fathers; but a person shall die for his own sin.”

The War Against Edom

5 Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together and set over them captains of thousands and captains of hundreds, according to their fathers’ houses, throughout all Judah and Benjamin; and he numbered them afrom twenty years old and above, and found them to be three hundred thousand choice men, able to go to war, who could handle spear and shield.
6 He also hired one hundred thousand mighty men of valor from Israel for one hundred talents of silver.
7 But a aman of God came to him, saying, “O king, do not let the army of Israel go with you, for the LORD is not with Israel—not with any of the children of Ephraim.
8 “But if you go, be gone! Be strong in battle! Even so, God shall make you fall before the enemy; for God has apower to help and to overthrow.”
9 Then Amaziah said to the man of God, “But what shall we do about the hundred talents which I have given to the troops of Israel?” And the man of God answered, a“The LORD is able to give you much more than this.”
10 So Amaziah discharged the troops that had come to him from

CHAPTER 25 References

1 a2 Kin.
2 a2 Kin. 14:4;
2 Chr. 25:14
3 a2 Kin. 14:5;
2 Chr. 24:25
4 aDeut. 24:16;
2 Kin. 14:6;
Jer. 31:30;
[Ezek. 18:20] 5 aNum. 1:3
7 a2 Chr. 11:2
8 a2 Chr.
14:11; 20:6
9 a[Deut. 8:18];
Prov. 10:22
11 a2 Kin. 14:7
13 1plunder
14 a2 Chr.
28:23 b[Ex.
20:3, 5] 15 a[Ps. 96:5] b2 Chr. 25:11
16 a[1 Sam.
2:25] 17 a2 Kin.
2 Kin. 14:8ff.
19 a2 Chr.
26:16; 32:25;
[Prov. 16:18] 20 a1 Kin.
12:15; 2 Chr.
22:7 b2 Chr.

Ephraim, to go back home. Therefore their anger was greatly aroused against Judah, and they returned home in great anger.
11 Then Amaziah strengthened himself, and leading his people, he went to athe Valley of Salt and killed ten thousand of the people of Seir.
12 Also the children of Judah took captive ten thousand alive, brought them to the top of the rock, and cast them down from the top of the rock, so that they all were dashed in pieces.
13 But as for the soldiers of the army which Amaziah had discharged, so that they would not go with him to battle, they raided the cities of Judah from Samaria to Beth Horon, killed three thousand in them, and took much 1spoil.
14 Now it was so, after Amaziah came from the slaughter of the Edomites, that ahe brought the gods of the people of Seir, set them up to be bhis gods, and bowed down before them and burned incense to them.
15 Therefore the anger of the LORD was aroused against Amaziah, and He sent him a prophet who said to him, “Why have you sought athe gods of the people, which bcould not rescue their own people from your hand?”
16 So it was, as he talked with him, that the king said to him, “Have we made you the king’s counselor? Cease! Why should you be killed?” Then the prophet ceased, and said, “I know that God has adetermined to destroy you, because you have done this and have not heeded my advice.”

Israel Defeats Judah

17 Now aAmaziah king of Judah asked advice and sent to 1Joash the son of Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, “Come, let us face one another in battle.”
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 your daughter to my son as wife’; and a wild beast that was in Lebanon passed by and trampled the thistle.
19 “Indeed you say that you have defeated the Edomites, and your heart is lifted up to aboast. Stay at home now; why should you meddle with trouble, that you should fall— you and Judah with you?”
20 But Amaziah would not heed, for ait came from God, that He might give them into the hand of their enemies, because they bsought the gods of Edom.
21 So Joash king of Israel went out; and he and Amaziah king of Judah

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faced one another at aBeth Shemesh, which belongs to Judah.
22 And Judah was defeated by Israel, and every man fled to his tent.
23 Then Joash the king of Israel captured Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Joash, the son of aJehoahaz, at Beth Shemesh; and he brought him to Jerusalem, and broke 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 silver, all the articles that were found in the house of God with aObed- Edom, the treasures of the king’s house, and hostages, and returned to Samaria.

Death of Amaziah

25 aAmaziah the son of Joash, king of Judah, lived fifteen years after the death of Joash the son of Jehoahaz, king of Israel.
26 Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, from first to last, indeed are they not written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel?
27 After the time that Amaziah turned away from following the LORD, they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem, and he fled to Lachish; but they sent after him to Lachish and killed him there.
28 Then they brought him on horses and buried him with his fathers in 1the City of Judah.

Uzziah Reigns in Judah


1 Now all the people of Judah took 1Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king instead of his father Amaziah.
2 He built 1Elath and restored it to Judah, after the king rested with his fathers.
3 Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jecholiah of Jerusalem.
4 And he did what was aright in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah had done.
5 aHe sought God in the days of Zechariah, who bhad understanding in the 1visions of God; and as long as he sought the LORD, God made him cprosper.
6 Now he went out and amade war against the Philistines, and broke down the wall of Gath, the wall of Jabneh, and the wall of Ashdod; and he built cities around Ashdod and among the Philistines.
7 God helped him against athe Philistines, against the Arabians who lived in Gur Baal, and against the Meunites.
8 Also the Ammonites abrought tribute to Uzziah. His fame spread as far as the entrance of Egypt, for he became exceedingly strong.

21 aJosh. 19:38
23 a2 Chr.
21:17; 22:1, 6
24 a1 Chr.
25 a2 Kin.
28 1The City of

CHAPTER 26 References

1 1Azariah,
2 Kin. 14:21ff.
2 1Heb. Eloth
4 a2 Chr. 24:2
5 a2 Chr. 24:2
bGen. 41:15;
Dan. 1:17;
10:1 c[2 Chr.
15:2; 20:20;
31:21] 1Heb.
mss., LXX,
Syr., Tg.,
Arab. fear
6 aIs. 14:29
7 a2 Chr. 21:16
8 a2 Sam. 8:2;
2 Chr. 17:11
9 a2 Kin.
14:13; 2 Chr.
25:23; Neh.
3:13, 19, 32;
Zech. 14:10
10 1Or the fertile
12 1Lit. chief
15 aEx. 39:3, 8
16 a[Deut.
32:15] bDeut.
8:14; 2 Chr.
25:19 c1 Kin.
13:1–4; 2 Kin.
16:12, 13
17 a1 Chr. 6:10
18 a[Num.
3:10; 16:39,
40; 18:7] bEx.
30:7, 8; Heb.
19 aLev. 13:42;
Num. 12:10;
2 Kin. 5:25–27
20 aEsth. 6:12
21 a2 Kin. 15:5


9 And Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the aCorner Gate, at the Valley Gate, and at the corner buttress of the wall; then he fortified them.
10 Also he built towers in the desert. He dug many wells, for he had much livestock, both in the lowlands and in the plains; he also had farmers and vinedressers in the mountains and in 1Carmel, for he loved the soil.
11 Moreover Uzziah had an army of fighting men who went out to war by companies, according to the number on their roll as prepared by Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the officer, under the hand of Hananiah, one of the king’s captains.
12 The total number of 1chief officers of the mighty men of valor was two thousand six hundred.
13 And under their authority was an army of three hundred and seven thousand five hundred, that made war with mighty power, to help the king against the enemy.
14 Then Uzziah prepared for them, for the entire army, shields, spears, helmets, body armor, bows, and slings to cast stones.
15 And he made devices in Jerusalem, invented by askillful men, to be on the towers and the corners, to shoot arrows and large stones. So his fame spread far and wide, for he was marvelously helped till he became strong.

The Penalty for Uzziah’s Pride

16 But awhen he was strong his heart was blifted up, to his destruction, for he transgressed against the LORD his God cby entering the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.
17 So aAzariah the priest went in after him, and with him were eighty priests of the LORD—valiant men.
18 And they withstood King Uzziah, and said to him, “It ais not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD, but for the bpriests, the sons of Aaron, who are consecrated to burn incense. Get out of the sanctuary, for you have trespassed! You shall have no honor from the LORD God.”
19 Then Uzziah became furious; and he had a censer in his hand to burn incense. And while he was angry with the priests, aleprosy broke out on his forehead, before the priests in the house of the LORD, beside the incense altar.
20 And Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him, and there, on his forehead, he was leprous; so they thrust him out of that place. Indeed he also ahurried to get out, because the LORD had struck him.
21 aKing Uzziah was a leper until the day of his death. He dwelt in an

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bisolated house, because he was a leper; for he was cut off from the house of the LORD. Then Jotham his son was over the king’s house, judging the people of the land.
22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, from first to last, the prophet aIsaiah the son of Amoz wrote.
23 aSo Uzziah 1rested with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the field of burial which belonged to the kings, for they said, “He is a leper.” Then Jotham his son reigned in his place.

Jotham Reigns in Judah


1 Jotham awas twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was 1Jerushah the daughter of Zadok.
2 And he did what was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Uzziah had done (although he did not enter the temple of the LORD). But still athe people acted corruptly.
3 He built the Upper Gate of the house of the LORD, and he built extensively on the wall of aOphel.
4 Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built fortresses and towers.
5 He also fought with the king of the aAmmonites and defeated them. And the people of Ammon gave him in that year one hundred talents of silver, ten thousand kors of wheat, and ten thousand of barley. The people of Ammon paid this to him in the second and third years also.
6 So Jotham became mighty, abecause he prepared his ways before the LORD his God.
7 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all his wars and his ways, indeed they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.
8 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem.
9 aSo Jotham 1rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the City of David. Then bAhaz his son reigned in his place.

Ahaz Reigns in Judah


1 Ahaz awas twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem; and he did not do what was right in the sight of the LORD, as his father David had done.
2 For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made amolded images for bthe Baals.
3 He burned incense in athe Valley of the Son of Hinnom, and burned bhis children in the cfire, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD had dcast out before the children of Israel.

21 b[Lev. 13:46;
Num. 5:2] 22 a2 Kin. 20:1;
2 Chr. 32:20,
32; Is. 1:1
23 a2 Kin. 15:7;
2 Chr. 21:20;
28:27; Is. 6:1
1Died and
joined his

CHAPTER 27 References

1 a2 Kin.
2 Kin. 15:33
2 a2 Kin.
15:35; Ezek.
20:44; 30:13
3 a2 Chr.
33:14; Neh.
5 a2 Chr. 26:8
6 a2 Chr. 26:5
9 a2 Kin. 15:38
bIs. 1:1; Hos.
1:1; Mic. 1:1
1Died and
joined his

CHAPTER 28 References

1 a2 Kin.
2 aEx. 34:17;
Lev. 19:4
bJudg. 2:11
3 aJosh. 15:8
b2 Kin. 23:10
c[Lev. 18:21];
2 Kin. 16:3;
2 Chr. 33:6
18:24–30] 4 1Places for
pagan worship
5 a[Is. 10:5] b2 Kin. 16:5, 6;
[2 Chr. 24:24];
Is. 7:1, 17
6 a2 Kin. 15:27
b[2 Chr. 29:8] 8 aDeut. 28:25,
41; 2 Chr. 11:4
9 a2 Chr. 25:15
bPs. 69:26; [Is.
10:5; 47:6];
Ezek. 25:12,
15; 26:2;
Obad. 10;
[Zech. 1:15] cEzra 9:6; Rev.
10 a[Lev. 25:39,
42, 43, 46] 11 aPs. 78:49;
James 2:13
14 1plunder
15 a2 Chr.
28:12 b[Prov.
25:21, 22;
Luke 6:27;
Rom. 12:20] 1plunder

4 And he sacrificed and burned incense on the 1high places, on the hills, and under every green tree.

Syria and Israel Defeat Judah

5 Therefore athe LORD his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria. They bdefeated him, and carried away a great multitude of them as captives, and brought them to Damascus. Then he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who defeated him with a great slaughter.
6 For aPekah the son of Remaliah killed one hundred and twenty thousand in Judah in one day, all valiant men, bbecause they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers.
7 Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, killed Maaseiah the king’s son, Azrikam the officer over the house, and Elkanah who was second to the king.
8 And the children of Israel carried away captive of their abrethren two hundred thousand women, sons, and daughters; and they also took away much 1spoil from them, and brought the spoil to Samaria.

Israel Returns the Captives

9 But a aprophet of the LORD was there, whose name was Oded; and he went out before the army that came to Samaria, and said to them: “Look, bbecause the LORD God of your fathers was angry with Judah, He has delivered them into your hand; but you have killed them in a rage that creaches up to heaven.
10 “And now you propose to force the children of Judah and Jerusalem to be your amale and female slaves; but are you not also guilty before the LORD your God?
11 “Now hear me, therefore, and return the captives, whom you have taken captive from your brethren, afor the fierce wrath of the LORD is upon you.”
12 Then some of the heads of the children of Ephraim, Azariah the son of Johanan, Berechiah the son of Meshillemoth, Jehizkiah the son of Shallum, and Amasa the son of Hadlai, stood up against those who came from the war,
13 and said to them, “You shall not bring the captives here, for we already have offended the LORD. You intend to add to our sins and to our guilt; for our guilt is great, and there is fierce wrath against Israel.”
14 So the armed men left the captives and the 1spoil before the leaders and all the assembly.
15 Then the men awho were designated by name rose up and took the captives, and from the 1spoil they clothed all who were naked among them, dressed them and gave them sandals, bgave them food and drink,

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and anointed them; and they let all the feeble ones ride on donkeys. So they brought them to their brethren at Jericho, cthe city of palm trees. Then they returned to Samaria.

Assyria Refuses to Help Judah

16 aAt the same time King Ahaz sent to the 1kings of Assyria to help him.
17 For again the aEdomites had come, attacked Judah, and carried away captives.
18 aThe Philistines also had invaded the cities of the lowland and of the South of Judah, and had taken Beth Shemesh, Aijalon, Gederoth, Sochoh with its villages, Timnah with its villages, and Gimzo with its villages; and they dwelt there.
19 For the LORD 1brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of aIsrael, for he had bencouraged moral decline in Judah and had been continually unfaithful to the LORD.
20 Also aTiglath-Pileser1 king of Assyria came to him and distressed him, and did not assist him.
21 For Ahaz took part of the treasures from the house of the LORD, from the house of the king, and from the leaders, and he gave it to the king of Assyria; but he did not help him.

Apostasy and Death of Ahaz

22 Now in the time of his distress King Ahaz became increasingly unfaithful to the LORD. This is that King Ahaz.
23 For ahe sacrificed to the gods of Damascus which had defeated him, saying, “Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them, I will sacrifice to them bthat they may help me.” But they were the ruin of him and of all Israel.
24 So Ahaz gathered the articles of the house of God, cut in pieces the articles of the house of God, ashut up the doors of the house of the LORD, and made for himself altars in every corner of Jerusalem.
25 And in every single city of Judah he made 1high places to burn incense to other gods, and provoked to anger the LORD God of his fathers.
26 aNow the rest of his acts and all his ways, from first to last, indeed they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
27 So Ahaz 1rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the city, in Jerusalem; but they adid not bring him into the tombs of the kings of Israel. Then Hezekiah his son reigned in his place.

15 cDeut. 34:3;
Judg. 1:16
16 a2 Kin. 16:7
1LXX, Syr.,
Vg. king (cf. v.
17 a2 Chr.
21:10; Obad.
18 a2 Chr.
21:16, 17;
Ezek. 16:27,
19 a2 Kin. 16:2;
2 Chr. 21:2
bEx. 32:25
20 a2 Kin.
15:29; 16:7–9;
1 Chr. 5:26
1Heb. Tilgath-
23 a2 Chr.
25:14 bJer.
44:17, 18
24 a2 Chr.
29:3, 7
25 1Places for
pagan worship
26 a2 Kin.
16:19, 20
27 a2 Chr.
21:20; 24:25
1Died and
joined his

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Prayer for Relief from Adversaries

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. aTo bring to remembrance.

1 MAKE haste, aO God, to deliver me! Make haste to help me, O LORD!

2 aLet them be ashamed and confounded Who seek my life; Let them be 1turned back and confused Who desire my hurt.
3 aLet them be turned back because of their shame, Who say, 1“Aha, aha!”

PSALM 70 References

title aPs. 38:title
1 aPs. 40:13–17
2 aPs. 35:4, 26
1So with MT,
LXX, Tg.,Vg.;
some Heb.
mss., Syr. appalled
3 aPs. 40:15
1An expression
of scorn
5 aPs. 72:12, 13
bPs. 141:1

4 Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified!”

5 aBut I am poor and needy; bMake haste to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay.




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