1In the 23rd year of Joash the son of Ahaziah, king of Judah, Jehoahaz the son of Jehu began to reign over Israel in Samaria for 17 years.
2He did what was evil in the eyes of Yahweh and followed the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat with which he made Israel to sin; he did not depart from it.
3And the anger of Yahweh was kindled against Israel and he kept giving them over into the hand of Hazael king of Syria and into the hand of Ben Hadad the son of Hazael.
4And Jehoahaz entreated the face of Yahweh, and Yahweh listened to him, for he saw the oppression of Israel, and how the king of Syria oppressed them.
5(Yahweh gave Israel a savior so that they escaped from under the hand of the Syrians, and the children of Israel lived in their tents as before.
6Nevertheless they did not depart from the sins of the house of Jeroboam with which he made Israel to sin, but walked in them. And the Asherah also remained in Samaria.)
7For he did not leave to Jehoahaz of the army any more than fifty horsemen and ten chariots and 10,000 footmen, because the king of Syria destroyed them and made them like the dust at threshing time.
8Now the rest of the acts of Jehoahaz, and all that he did and his might, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel?
9And Jehoahaz slept with his fathers and they buried him in Samaria, and Joash his son reigned in his place.
10In the 37th year of Joash king of Judah, Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and he reigned for 16 years.
11He did what was evil in the eyes of Yahweh; he did not depart from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat with which he made Israel to sin, but he walked in them.
12Now the rest of the acts of Joash and all that he did, and his might with which he fought against Amaziah king of Judah, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel?
13And Joash slept with his fathers and Jeroboam sat on his throne; and Joash was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel.
14Now Elisha had fallen sick of his sickness of which he died, and Joash the king of Israel came down to him and wept over him and said, “My father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!”
15And Elisha said to him, “Take a bow and arrows,” so he took to himself a bow and arrows.
16Then he said to the king of Israel, “Put your hand on the bow,” and he put his hand on it. Then Elisha laid his hands on the king’s hands.
17And he said, “Open the window eastward,” and he opened it. Then Elisha said, “Shoot!” and he shot. He said, “Yahweh’s arrow of victory, even the arrow of victory over Syria! For you are to strike the Syrians in Aphek until you have consumed them.”
18Then he said, “Take the arrows,” and he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground with them,” and he struck three times and stopped.
19And the man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck five or six times. Then you would have struck Syria until you had destroyed it, whereas now you will strike Syria just three times.”
20And Elisha died, and they buried him.
Now the bands of the Moabites would invade the land in the spring of the year.
21And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that behold, they saw a band of raiders, so they threw the man into the tomb of Elisha. And as soon as the man touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood up on his feet.
22Now Hazael king of Syria oppressed Israel all the days of Jehoahaz.
23But Yahweh was gracious to them and had compassion on them and showed concern for them because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, nor did he cast them from his presence as yet.
24And Hazael king of Syria died, and Benhadad his son reigned in his place.
25Then Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz recaptured out of the hand of Benhadad the son of Hazael the cities that he had taken out of the hand of Jehoahaz his father by war. Joash struck him three times and recovered the cities of Israel.