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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.
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.

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

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The Consoling Memory of God’s Redemptive Works

To the Chief Musician. aTo Jeduthun. A Psalm of Asaph.

1 I CRIED out to God with my voice— To God with my voice; And He gave ear to me.
2 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; My hand was stretched out in the night without ceasing; My soul refused to be comforted.
3 I remembered God, and was troubled; I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah

4 You hold my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
5 I have considered the days of old, The years of ancient times.
6 I call to remembrance my song in the night; I meditate within my heart, And my spirit 1makes diligent search.

7 Will the Lord cast off forever? And will He be favorable no more?
8 Has His mercy ceased forever? Has His apromise failed 1forevermore?
9 Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has He in anger shut up His tender mercies? Selah

PSALM 77 References

title aPs. 39:
6 1ponders
8 a[2 Pet. 2:8,
9] 1Lit. unto
and generation
10 1Lit. infirmity
13 aPs. 73:17
1Or holiness
16 aEx. 14:21;
Hab. 3:8, 10

10 And I said, “This is my 1anguish; But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.”
11 I will remember the works of the LORD; Surely I will remember Your wonders of old.
12 I will also meditate on all Your work, And talk of Your deeds.
13 Your way, O God, is in 1the asanctuary; Who is so great a God as our God?
14 You are the God who does wonders; You have declared Your strength among the peoples.
15 You have with Your arm redeemed Your people, The sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah

16 The waters saw You, O God; The waters saw You, they were aafraid; The depths also trembled.
17 The clouds poured out water; The skies sent out a sound; Your arrows also flashed about.
18 The voice of Your thunder was in the whirlwind; The lightnings lit up the world; The earth trembled and shook.
19 Your way was in the sea, Your path in the great waters, And Your footsteps were not known.
20 You led Your people like a flock By the hand of Moses and Aaron.




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