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Rise & Fall of Israel’s Kingdom

(Category 7 of 16)

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CHAPTER 8 References

1 a2 Kin. 4:18,
31–35 bPs.
105:16; Hag.
1:11 c2 Sam.
21:1; 1 Kin.
18:2; 2 Kin.
4:38; 6:25
4 a2 Kin. 4:12;
5:20–27
5 a2 Kin. 4:35
7 a2 Kin. 6:24
8 a1 Kin. 19:15
b1 Sam. 9:7;
1 Kin. 14:3;
2 Kin. 5:5
c2 Kin. 1:2
9 a1 Kin. 19:15
10 a2 Kin. 8:15
11 aLuke 19:41
1fixed his
gaze

The King Restores the Shunammite’s Land

8

1 Then Elisha spoke to the woman awhose son he had restored to life, saying, “Arise and go, you and your household, and stay wherever you can; for the LORD bhas called for a cfamine, and furthermore, it will come upon the land for seven years.”
2 So the woman arose and did according to the saying of the man of God, and she went with her household and dwelt in the land of the Philistines seven years.
3 It came to pass, at the end of seven years, that the woman returned from the land of the Philistines; and she went to make an appeal to the king for her house and for her land.
4 Then the king talked with aGehazi, the servant of the man of God, saying, “Tell me, please, all the great things Elisha has done.”
5 Now it happened, as he was telling the king how he had restored the dead to life, that there was the woman whose son he had arestored to life, appealing to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, “My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son whom Elisha restored to life.”
6 And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed a certain officer for her, saying, “Restore all that was hers, and all the proceeds of the field from the day that she left the land until now.”

Death of Ben-Hadad

7 Then Elisha went to Damascus, and aBen-Hadad king of Syria was sick; and it was told him, saying, “The man of God has come here.”
8 And the king said to aHazael, b“Take a present in your hand, and go to meet the man of God, and cinquire of the LORD by him, saying, ‘Shall I recover from this disease?’ ”
9 So aHazael went to meet him and took a present with him, of every good thing of Damascus, forty camel-loads; and he came and stood before him, and said, “Your son Ben- Hadad king of Syria has sent me to you, saying, ‘Shall I recover from this disease?’ ”
10 And Elisha said to him, “Go, say to him, ‘You shall certainly recover.’ However the LORD has shown me that ahe will really die.”
11 Then he 1set his countenance in a stare until he was ashamed; and the man of God awept.
12 And Hazael said, “Why is my

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lord weeping?” He answered, “Because I know athe evil that you will do to the children of Israel: Their strongholds you will set on fire, and their young men you will kill with the sword; and you bwill dash their children, and rip open their women with child.”
13 So Hazael said, “But what ais your servant—a dog, that he should do this gross thing?” And Elisha answered, b“The LORD has shown me that you will become king over Syria.”
14 Then he departed from Elisha, and came to his master, who said to him, “What did Elisha say to you?” And he answered, “He told me you would surely recover.”
15 But it happened on the next day that he took a thick cloth and dipped it in water, and spread it over his face so that he died; and Hazael reigned in his place.

Jehoram Reigns in Judah

16 Now ain the fifth year of Joram the son of Ahab, king of Israel, Jehoshaphat having been king of Judah, bJehoram the son of Jehoshaphat began to reign as 1king of Judah.
17 He was athirty-two years old when he became king, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.
18 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, just as the house of Ahab had done, for athe daughter of Ahab was his wife; and he did evil in the sight of the LORD.
19 Yet the LORD would not destroy Judah, for the sake of His servant David, aas He promised him to give a lamp to him and his sons forever.
20 In his days aEdom revolted against Judah’s authority, band made a king over themselves.
21 So 1Joram went to Zair, and all his chariots with him. Then he rose by night and attacked the Edomites who had surrounded him and the captains of the chariots; and the troops fled to their tents.
22 Thus Edom has been in revolt against Judah’s authority to this day. aAnd Libnah revolted at that time.
23 Now the rest of the acts of 1Joram, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
24 So Joram 1rested with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the City of David. Then aAhaziah2 his son reigned in his place.

Ahaziah Reigns in Judah

25 In the twelfth year of Joram the son of Ahab, king of Israel, Ahaziah the son of Jehoram, king of Judah, began to reign.
26 Ahaziah was atwenty-two years old when he became king, and he

12 a2 Kin.
10:32; 12:17;
13:3, 7; Amos
1:3, 4 b2 Kin.
15:16; Hos.
13:16; Amos
1:13; Nah.
3:10
13 a1 Sam.
17:43; 2 Sam.
9:8 b1 Kin.
19:15
16 a2 Kin. 1:17;
3:1 b2 Chr.
21:3
1Co-regent
with his
father
17 a2 Chr.
21:5–10
18 a2 Kin. 8:26,
27
19 a2 Sam.
7:13; 1 Kin.
11:36; 15:4;
2 Chr. 21:7
20 aGen. 27:40;
2 Chr. 21:8–10
b1 Kin. 22:47
21 1Jehoram,
v. 16
22 aJosh.
21:13; 2 Kin.
19:8; 2 Chr.
21:10
23 1Jehoram,
v. 16
24 a2 Chr. 22:1,
7 1Died and
joined his
ancestors 2Or
Azariah or
Jehoahaz
26 a2 Chr. 22:2
27 a2 Chr.
22:3, 4
28 a2 Chr. 22:5
b1 Kin. 22:3,
29
29 a2 Kin. 9:15
b2 Kin. 9:16;
2 Chr. 22:6, 7
1Ramoth, v.
28

CHAPTER 9 References

1 a1 Kin. 20:35
b2 Kin. 4:29;
Jer. 1:17
c2 Kin. 8:28,
29 1Lit. Gird
up your loins
2 a2 Kin. 9:5,
11
3 a1 Kin. 19:16
6 a1 Sam. 2:7,
8; 1 Kin.
19:16; 2 Kin.
9:3; 2 Chr.
22:7
7 a[Deut.
32:35, 41] b1 Kin. 18:4;
21:15
8 a1 Kin.
14:10; 21:21;
2 Kin. 10:17
b1 Sam. 25:22
cDeut. 32:36;
2 Kin. 14:26
9 a1 Kin.
14:10; 15:29;
21:22 b1 Kin.
16:3, 11
10 a1 Kin.
21:23; 2 Kin.
9:35, 36

reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Athaliah the granddaughter of Omri, king of Israel.
27 aAnd he walked in the way of the house of Ahab, and did evil in the sight of the LORD, like the house of Ahab, for he was the son-in-law of the house of Ahab.
28 Now he went awith Joram the son of Ahab to war against Hazael king of Syria at bRamoth Gilead; and the Syrians wounded Joram.
29 Then aKing Joram went back to Jezreel to recover from the wounds which the Syrians had inflicted on him at 1Ramah, when he fought against Hazael king of Syria. bAnd Ahaziah the son of Jehoram, king of Judah, went down to see Joram the son of Ahab in Jezreel, because he was sick.

Jehu Anointed King of Israel

9

1 And Elisha the prophet called one of athe sons of the prophets, and said to him, b“Get1 yourself ready, take this flask of oil in your hand, cand go to Ramoth Gilead.
2 “Now when you arrive at that place, look there for Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat, the son of Nimshi, and go in and make him rise up from among ahis associates, and take him to an inner room.
3 “Then atake the flask of oil, and pour it on his head, and say, ‘Thus says the LORD: “I have anointed you king over Israel.” ’ Then open the door and flee, and do not delay.”
4 So the young man, the servant of the prophet, went to Ramoth Gilead.
5 And when he arrived, there were the captains of the army sitting; and he said, “I have a message for you, Commander.” Jehu said, “For which one of us?” And he said, “For you, Commander.”
6 Then he arose and went into the house. And he poured the oil on his head, and said to him, a“Thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘I have anointed you king over the people of the LORD, over Israel.
7 ‘You shall strike down the house of Ahab your master, that I may aavenge the blood of My servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD, bat the hand of Jezebel.
8 ‘For the whole house of Ahab shall perish; and aI will cut off from Ahab all bthe males in Israel, both cbond and free.
9 ‘So I will make the house of Ahab like the house of aJeroboam the son of Nebat, and like the house of bBaasha the son of Ahijah.
10 a‘The dogs shall eat Jezebel on the plot of ground at Jezreel, and there shall be none to bury her.’ ” And he opened the door and fled.

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11 Then Jehu came out to the servants of his master, and one said to him, “Is all well? Why did athis madman come to you?” And he said to them, “You know the man and his babble.”
12 And they said, “A lie! Tell us now.” So he said, “Thus and thus he spoke to me, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD: “I have anointed you king over Israel.” ’ ”
13 Then each man hastened ato take his garment and put it 1under him on the top of the steps; and they blew trumpets, saying, “Jehu is king!”

Joram of Israel Killed

14 So Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat, the son of Nimshi, conspired against aJoram. (Now Joram had been defending Ramoth Gilead, he and all Israel, against Hazael king of Syria.
15 But aKing 1Joram had returned to Jezreel to recover from the wounds which the Syrians had inflicted on him when he fought with Hazael king of Syria.) And Jehu said, “If you are so minded, let no one leave or escape from the city to go and tell it in Jezreel.”
16 So Jehu rode in a chariot and went to Jezreel, for Joram was laid up there; aand Ahaziah king of Judah had come down to see Joram.
17 Now a watchman stood on the tower in Jezreel, and he saw the company of Jehu as he came, and said, “I see a company of men.” And Joram said, “Get a horseman and send him to meet them, and let him say, 1‘Is it peace?’ ”
18 So the horseman went to meet him, and said, “Thus says the king: ‘Is it peace?’ ” And Jehu said, “What have you to do with peace? 1Turn around and follow me.” So the watchman reported, saying, “The messenger went to them, but is not coming back.”
19 Then he sent out a second horseman who came to them, and said, “Thus says the king: ‘Is it peace?’ ” And Jehu answered, “What have you to do with peace? Turn around and follow me.”
20 So the watchman reported, saying, “He went up to them and is not coming back; and the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi, for he drives furiously!”
21 Then Joram said, 1“Make ready.” And his chariot was made ready. Then aJoram king of Israel and Ahaziah king of Judah went out, each in his chariot; and they went out to meet Jehu, and 2met him bon the property of Naboth the Jezreelite.
22 Now it happened, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, “Is it peace, Jehu?” So he answered, “What peace, as long as the harlotries of

11 aJer. 29:26;
Hos. 9:7;
Mark 3:21;
John 10:20;
Acts 26:24;
[1 Cor. 4:10] 13 aMatt. 21:7,
8; Mark 11:7,
8 1Lit. under
his feet
14 a2 Kin. 8:28
15 a2 Kin. 8:29
1Jehoram, v.
24
16 a2 Kin. 8:29
17 1Are you
peaceful?
18 1Lit. Turn
behind me
21 a1 Kin.
19:17; 2 Chr.
22:7 b1 Kin.
21:1–14 1Harness
up 2Lit.
found
24 1Lit. filled
his hand
25 a1 Kin.
21:19, 24–29
bIs. 13:1
26 a1 Kin.
21:13, 19 1on
this property
27 a2 Chr. 22:7,
9 1Lit. The
Garden House
2Lit. Strike
30 a[Jer. 4:30];
Ezek. 23:40
31 a1 Kin.
16:9–20;
2 Kin. 9:18–22
34 a[Ex. 22:28];
1 Kin. 16:31
36 a1 Kin.
21:23

2 KINGS 9:36

your mother Jezebel and her witchcraft are so many?”
23 Then Joram turned around and fled, and said to Ahaziah, “Treachery, Ahaziah!”
24 Now Jehu 1drew his bow with full strength and shot Jehoram between his arms; and the arrow came out at his heart, and he sank down in his chariot.
25 Then Jehu said to Bidkar his captain, “Pick him up, and throw him into the tract of the field of Naboth the Jezreelite; for remember, when you and I were riding together behind Ahab his father, that athe LORD laid this bburden upon him:
26 ‘Surely I saw yesterday the blood of Naboth and the blood of his sons,’ says the LORD, a‘and I will repay you 1in this plot,’ says the LORD. Now therefore, take and throw him on the plot of ground, according to the word of the LORD.”

Ahaziah of Judah Killed

27 But when Ahaziah king of Judah saw this, he fled by the road to 1Beth Haggan. So Jehu pursued him, and said, 2“Shoot him also in the chariot.” And they shot him at the Ascent of Gur, which is by Ibleam. Then he fled to aMegiddo, and died there.
28 And his servants carried him in the chariot to Jerusalem, and buried him in his tomb with his fathers in the City of David.
29 In the eleventh year of Joram the son of Ahab, Ahaziah had become king over Judah.

Jezebel’s Violent Death

30 Now when Jehu had come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; aand she put paint on her eyes and adorned her head, and looked through a window.
31 Then, as Jehu entered at the gate, she said, a“Is it peace, Zimri, murderer of your master?”
32 And he looked up at the window, and said, “Who is on my side? Who?” So two or three eunuchs looked out at him.
33 Then he said, “Throw her down.” So they threw her down, and some of her blood spattered on the wall and on the horses; and he trampled her underfoot.
34 And when he had gone in, he ate and drank. Then he said, “Go now, see to this accursed woman, and bury her, for ashe was a king’s daughter.”
35 So they went to bury her, but they found no more of her than the skull and the feet and the palms of her hands.
36 Therefore they came back and told him. And he said, “This is the word of the LORD, which He spoke by His servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, a‘On the plot of ground at

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2 KINGS 9:37

Jezreel dogs shall eat the flesh of Jezebel;
37 ‘and the corpse of Jezebel shall be aas refuse on the surface of the field, in the plot at Jezreel, so that they shall not say, “Here lies Jezebel.” ’ ”

Ahab’s Seventy Sons Killed

10

1 Now Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. And Jehu wrote and sent letters to Samaria, to the rulers of 1Jezreel, to the elders, and to 2those who reared Ahab’s sons, saying:

2 Now as soon as this letter comes to you, since your master’s sons are with you, and you have chariots and horses, a fortified city also, and weapons,
3 choose the 1best qualified of your master’s sons, set him on his father’s throne, and fight for your master’s house.

4 But they were exceedingly afraid, and said, “Look, atwo kings could not 1stand up to him; how then can we stand?”
5 And he who was in charge of the house, and he who was in charge of the city, the elders also, and those who reared the sons, sent to Jehu, saying, “We are your servants, we will do all you tell us; but we will not make anyone king. Do what is good in your sight.”
6 Then he wrote a second letter to them, saying:

If you are for me and will obey my voice, take the heads of the men, your master’s sons, and come to me at Jezreel by this time tomorrow.

Now the king’s sons, seventy persons, were with the great men of the city, who were rearing them.
7 So it was, when the letter came to them, that they took the king’s sons and aslaughtered seventy persons, put their heads in baskets and sent them to him at Jezreel.
8 Then a messenger came and told him, saying, “They have brought the heads of the king’s sons.” And he said, “Lay them in two heaps at the entrance of the gate until morning.”
9 So it was, in the morning, that he went out and stood, and said to all the people, “You are righteous. Indeed aI conspired against my master and killed him; but who killed all these?
10 “Know now that nothing shall afall to the earth of the word of the LORD which the LORD spoke concerning the house of Ahab; for the LORD has done what He spoke bby His servant Elijah.”
11 So Jehu killed all who remained

37 aPs. 83:10

CHAPTER 10 References

1 1So with
MT, Syr., Tg.;
LXX Samaria;
Vg. city 2the
guardians of
3 1most
upright
4 a2 Kin. 9:24,
27 1Lit. stand
before
7 aJudg. 9:5;
1 Kin. 21:21;
2 Kin. 11:1
9 a2 Kin.
9:14–24
10 a1 Sam.
3:19; 1 Kin.
8:56; Jer.
44:28 b1 Kin.
21:17–24, 29
12 1Or The
Shearing
House
13 a2 Chr. 22:8
14 a2 Chr. 22:8
1Or The
Shearing
House
15 aJer. 35:6
b1 Chr. 2:55
cEzra 10:19;
Ezek. 17:18
1Lit. found
16 a1 Kin.
19:10
17 a2 Kin. 9:8;
2 Chr. 22:8
b1 Kin. 21:21,
29
18 a1 Kin.
16:31, 32
19 a1 Kin.
18:19; 22:6
20 1Consecrate
21 a1 Kin.
16:32; 2 Kin.
11:18 1Lit.
house

of the house of Ahab in Jezreel, and all his great men and his close acquaintances and his priests, until he left him none remaining.

Ahaziah’s Forty-two Brothers Killed

12 And he arose and departed and went to Samaria. On the way, at 1Beth Eked of the Shepherds,
13 aJehu met with the brothers of Ahaziah king of Judah, and said, “Who are you?” So they answered, “We are the brothers of Ahaziah; we have come down to greet the sons of the king and the sons of the queen mother.”
14 And he said, “Take them alive!” So they took them alive, and akilled them at the well of 1Beth Eked, fortytwo men; and he left none of them.

The Rest of Ahab’s Family Killed

15 Now when he departed from there, he 1met aJehonadab the son of bRechab, coming to meet him; and he greeted him and said to him, “Is your heart right, as my heart is toward your heart?” And Jehonadab answered, “It is.” Jehu said, “If it is, cgive me your hand.” So he gave him his hand, and he took him up to him into the chariot.
16 Then he said, “Come with me, and see my azeal for the LORD.” So they had him ride in his chariot.
17 And when he came to Samaria, ahe killed all who remained to Ahab in Samaria, till he had destroyed them, according to the word of the LORD bwhich He spoke to Elijah.

Worshipers of Baal Killed

18 Then Jehu gathered all the people together, and said to them, a“Ahab served Baal a little, Jehu will serve him much.
19 “Now therefore, call to me all the aprophets of Baal, all his servants, and all his priests. Let no one be missing, for I have a great sacrifice for Baal. Whoever is missing shall not live.” But Jehu acted deceptively, with the intent of destroying the worshipers of Baal.
20 And Jehu said, 1Proclaim a solemn assembly for Baal.” So they proclaimed it.
21 Then Jehu sent throughout all Israel; and all the worshipers of Baal came, so that there was not a man left who did not come. So they came into the 1temple of Baal, and the atemple of Baal was full from one end to the other.
22 And he said to the one in charge of the wardrobe, “Bring out vestments for all the worshipers of Baal.” So he brought out vestments for them.
23 Then Jehu and Jehonadab the son of Rechab went into the temple of Baal, and said to the worshipers

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of Baal, “Search and see that no servants of the LORD are here with you, but only the worshipers of Baal.”
24 So they went in to offer sacrifices and burnt offerings. Now Jehu had appointed for himself eighty men on the outside, and had said, “If any of the men whom I have brought into your hands escapes, whoever lets him escape, it shall be ahis life for the life of the other.”
25 Now it happened, as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, that Jehu said to the guard and to the captains, “Go in and kill them; let no one come out!” And they killed them with the edge of the sword; then the guards and the officers threw them out, and went into the 1inner room of the temple of Baal.
26 And they brought the asacred pillars out of the temple of Baal and burned them.
27 Then they broke down the sacred pillar of Baal, and tore down the 1temple of Baal and amade it a refuse dump to this day.
28 Thus Jehu destroyed Baal from Israel.
29 However Jehu did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Israel sin, that is, from athe golden calves that were at Bethel and Dan.
30 And the LORD asaid to Jehu, “Because you have done well in doing what is right in My sight, and have done to the house of Ahab all that was in My heart, byour sons shall sit on the throne of Israel to the fourth generation.”
31 But Jehu 1took no heed to walk in the law of the LORD God of Israel with all his heart; for he did not depart from athe sins of Jeroboam, who had made Israel sin.

Death of Jehu

32 In those days the LORD began to cut off parts of Israel; and aHazael conquered them in all the territory of Israel
33 from the Jordan eastward: all the land of Gilead—Gad, Reuben, and Manasseh—from aAroer, which is by the River Arnon, including bGilead and Bashan.
34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehu, all that he did, and all his might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
35 So Jehu 1rested with his fathers, and they buried him in Samaria. Then aJehoahaz his son reigned in his place.
36 And the period that Jehu reigned over Israel in Samaria was twenty-eight years.

Athaliah Reigns in Judah

11

1 When aAthaliah bthe mother of Ahaziah saw that her son

24 a1 Kin.
20:39
25 1Lit. city
26 a[Deut. 7:5,
25]; 1 Kin.
14:23; 2 Kin.
3:2
27 aEzra 6:11;
Dan. 2:5; 3:29
1Lit. house
29 a1 Kin.
12:28–30;
13:33, 34
30 a2 Kin. 9:6,
7 b2 Kin. 13:1,
10; 14:23;
15:8, 12
31 a1 Kin.
14:16 1was
not careful
32 a1 Kin.
19:17; 2 Kin.
8:12; 13:22
33 aDeut. 2:36
bAmos 1:3–5
35 a2 Kin. 13:1
1Died and
joined his
ancestors

CHAPTER 11 References

1 a2 Chr. 22:10
b2 Kin. 8:26
c2 Kin. 9:27
2 a2 Kin. 8:25
1Jehoshabethath,
2 Chr.
22:11 2Or
Jehoash
4 a2 Kin. 12:2;
2 Chr. 23:1
1guards
5 a1 Chr. 9:25
1Lit. enter in
7 1companies
9 a2 Chr. 23:8
10 a2 Sam. 8:7;
1 Chr. 18:7
11 1Lit. shoulder
12 aEx. 25:16;
31:18 b1 Sam.
10:24 1Law,
Ex. 25:16, 21;
Deut. 31:9
13 a2 Kin.
8:26; 2 Chr.
23:12

2 KINGS 11:14

was cdead, she arose and destroyed all the royal heirs.
2 But 1Jehosheba, the daughter of King Joram, sister of aAhaziah, took 2Joash the son of Ahaziah, and stole him away from among the king’s sons who were being murdered; and they hid him and his nurse in the bedroom, from Athaliah, so that he was not killed.
3 So he was hidden with her in the house of the LORD for six years, while Athaliah reigned over the land.

Joash Crowned King of Judah

4 In athe seventh year Jehoiada sent and brought the captains of hundreds—of the bodyguards and the 1escorts—and brought them into the house of the LORD to him. And he made a covenant with them and took an oath from them in the house of the LORD, and showed them the king’s son.
5 Then he commanded them, saying, “This is what you shall do: Onethird of you who 1come on duty aon the Sabbath shall be keeping watch over the king’s house,
6 “one-third shall be at the gate of Sur, and one-third at the gate behind the escorts. You shall keep the watch of the house, lest it be broken down.
7 “The two 1contingents of you who go off duty on the Sabbath shall keep the watch of the house of the LORD for the king.
8 “But you shall surround the king on all sides, every man with his weapons in his hand; and whoever comes within range, let him be put to death.You are to be with the king as he goes out and as he comes in.”
9 aSo the captains of the hundreds did according to all that Jehoiada the priest commanded. Each of them took his men who were to be on duty on the Sabbath, with those who were going off duty on the Sabbath, and came to Jehoiada the priest.
10 And the priest gave the captains of hundreds the spears and shields which had belonged to King David, athat were in the temple of the LORD.
11 Then the escorts stood, every man with his weapons in his hand, all around the king, from the right 1side of the temple to the left side of the temple, by the altar and the house.
12 And he brought out the king’s son, put the crown on him, and gave him the aTestimony;1 they made him king and anointed him, and they clapped their hands and said, b“Long live the king!”

Death of Athaliah

13 aNow when Athaliah heard the noise of the escorts and the people, she came to the people in the temple of the LORD.
14 When she looked, there was the

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2 KINGS 11:15

king standing by aa pillar according to custom; and the leaders and the trumpeters were by the king. All the people of the land were rejoicing and blowing trumpets. So Athaliah tore her clothes and cried out, “Treason! Treason!”
15 And Jehoiada the priest commanded the captains of the hundreds, the officers of the army, and said to them, “Take her outside 1under guard, and slay with the sword whoever follows her.” For the priest had said, “Do not let her be killed in the house of the LORD.”
16 So they seized her; and she went by way of the horses’ entrance into the king’s house, and there she was killed.
17 aThen Jehoiada bmade a covenant between the LORD, the king, and the people, that they should be the LORD’s people, and also cbetween the king and the people.
18 And all the people of the land went to the atemple of Baal, and tore it down. They thoroughly bbroke in pieces its altars and 1images, and ckilled Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars. And dthe priest appointed 2officers over the house of the LORD.
19 Then he took the captains of hundreds, the bodyguards, the escorts, and all the people of the land; and they brought the king down from the house of the LORD, and went by way of the gate of the escorts to the king’s house. Then he sat on the throne of the kings.
20 So all the people of the land rejoiced; and the city was quiet, for they had slain Athaliah with the sword in the king’s house.
21 Jehoash was aseven years old when he became king.

14 a2 Kin. 23:3;
2 Chr. 34:31
15 1Lit.
between
ranks
17 a2 Chr.
23:16 bJosh.
24:24, 25;
2 Chr.
15:12–15
c2 Sam. 5:3
18 a2 Kin.
10:26, 27
b[Deut. 12:3] c1 Kin. 18:40;
2 Kin. 10:11
d2 Chr. 23:18
1Idols 2Lit.
offices
21 a2 Chr.
24:1–14

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PSALM 103

Praise for the LORD’s Mercies

A Psalm of David.

1 BLESS athe LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:
3 aWho forgives all your iniquities, Who bheals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction, aWho crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that ayour youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6 The LORD executes righteousness And justice for all who are oppressed.
7 aHe made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.
8 aThe LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
9 aHe will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 aHe has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;

PSALM 103 References

1 aPs. 104:1,
35
3 aPs. 130:8
b[Ex. 15:26] 4 a[Ps. 5:12] 5 a[Is. 40:31] 7 aPs. 147:19
8 a[Ex. 34:6, 7] 9 a[Ps. 30:5] 10 a[Ezra 9:13] 12 a[Is. 38:17;
43:25] 13 aMal. 3:17
14 1Understands
our
constitution
15 a1 Pet. 1:24
16 a[Is. 40:7] bJob 7:10 1not
18 a[Deut. 7:9] 19 a[Dan. 4:17,
25] 20 aPs. 148:2
b[Matt. 6:10] 21 a[Heb. 1:14] 1servants

12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He aremoved our transgressions from us.
13 aAs a father pities his children, So the LORD pities those who fear Him.
14 For He 1knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.
15 As for man, ahis days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 aFor the wind passes over it, and it is 1gone, And bits place remembers it no more.
17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children,
18 aTo such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

19 The LORD has established His throne in heaven, And aHis kingdom rules over all.

20 aBless the LORD, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who bdo His word, Heeding the voice of His word.
21 Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, aYou 1ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
22 Bless the LORD, all His works, In all places of His dominion.

Bless the LORD, O my soul!

 
 

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