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Judah’s King Amaziah

1Amaziah was 25 years old when he began to reign, and he reigned 29 years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.
  2He did what was right in the eyes of Yahweh, but not with a wholly devoted heart.

3Now when the kingdom was firmly under his control, he killed his servants who had killed his father the king.
  4But he did not put their children to death, but did according to what is written in the law in the book of Moses as Yahweh commanded, saying, “The fathers are not to be put to death for the children, nor are the children to be put to death for the fathers, but every person is to be put to death for his own sin.”a

Amaziah’s Campaign against Edom

5Amaziah gathered Judah together—all Judah and Benjamin—and arranged them according to their fathers’ houses, under commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds. And he numbered them from 20 years old and upward and found them to be 300,000 chosen men able to go out to war, who could handle spears and shields.
  6And he hired 100,000 mighty men of valor out of Israel for 100 talentsb of silver.

7But a man of God came to him, saying, “O king, do not let the army of Israel go with you because Yahweh is not with Israel—not with any of the children of Ephraim.
  8Rather, you go and act; be strong for the battle. Will God overthrow you before the enemy? For God has power to help and to overthrow.”

9Amaziah said to the man of God, “But what should we do about the 100 talents that I have given to the army of Israel?” The man of God answered, “Yahweh is able to give you much more than this.”

10Then Amaziah separated them—the army that had come to him out of Ephraim—and told them to go home. So their anger was greatly kindled against Judah, and they returned home in fierce anger.

11Amaziah strengthened himself and led out his people and went to the Valley of Salt, and struck down 10,000 of the children of Seir.
  12The children of Judah carried away 10,000 alive and brought them to the top of the rock, and threw them down from the top of the rock so that they were all split open.

13But the men of the army whom Amaziah sent back (so that they would not go with him to battle) raided the cities of Judah from Samaria to Beth-horon, and struck down 3,000 of them and took much spoil.

14Now after Amaziah had come from the slaughter of the Edomites, he brought the gods of the children of Seir and set them up to be his gods and bowed down to themc and burned incense to them.
  15Therefore the anger of Yahweh was kindled against Amaziah, and he sent a prophet to him who said to him, “Why have you consulted the gods of the people that have not delivered their own people out of your hand?”

16And as he talked with him, the king said to him, “Have we made you one of the king’s counselors? Stop! Why should you be struck down?” Then the prophet stopped and said, “I know that God has given counsel to destroy you, because you have done this and have not listened to my counsel.”

Amaziah’s War With Israel’s King Joash

17Then Amaziah king of Judah consulted with his advisers and sent to Joash the son of Jehoahaz the son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, “Come, let’s look one another in the face.”

18Joash 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 a wife.’ Then a wild animal that was in Lebanon passed by and trampled down the thistle.
  19Behold, you say you have struck down Edom, and so your heart lifts you up to boast. But now stay at home. Why stir up trouble and fall, you and Judah with you?”

20But Amaziah would not listen, for it was from God so that he would give them into the hand of their enemies, because they consulted the gods of Edom.
  21So Joash king of Israel went up, and he and Amaziah king of Judah looked one another in the face at Beth-shemesh that belongs to Judah.
  22And Judah was defeated by Israel and they fled, each man to his tent.
  23Joash king of Israel captured Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Joash the son of Jehoahaz, at Beth-shemesh and brought him to Jerusalem and broke down the wall of Jerusalem from the Gate of Ephraim to the Corner Gate, 400 cubits.d
  24And he took all the gold and silver and all the articles that were found in the house of God under the care of Obed-edom, and the treasures of the king’s house, along with hostages, and returned to Samaria.

Amaziah’s Death

25Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived 15 years after the death of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel.
  26Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, first and last, behold, are they not written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel?

27Now from the time that Amaziah turned away from following after Yahweh, they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem. So he fled to Lachish, but they sent after him to Lachish and killed him there.
  28They carried him back on horses and buried him with his fathers in the city of Judah.e

Cp. Deut. 24:16
Roughly 7,500 pounds (3,400 kg)
Or, “worshiped them”
Roughly 600 feet
The LXX and some Hebrew manuscripts read “David”

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