1In the twenty-third 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 who made Israel sin; he did not turn aside from it.
3So the anger of Yahweh was kindled against Israel and he gave them into the hand of Hazael king of Syria and into the hand of Ben-hadad the son of Hazael, all their days.
4And Jehoahaz entreated the face of Yahweh, and Yahweh listened to him, for he saw the oppression of Israel, for the king of Syria oppressed them.
5So 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 sin, but walked in them. And the Asherah also remained in Samaria.
7For he did not leave to Jehoahaz an army except for 50 horsemen and ten chariots and 10,000 footmen, because the king of Syria had 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 mighty acts, 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 thirty-seventh 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 who made Israel sin, but he walked in them.
12Now the rest of the acts of Joasha and all that he did, and his mighty acts when 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 when Elisha had fallen sick with his sickness from which he died, Joash the king of Israel came down to him and wept in his presence 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 for himself a bow and arrows.
16Then he said to the king of Israel, “Have your hand mount on the bow,” and he had his hand mount on it. Then Elisha laid his hands on the king’s hands.
17And he said, “Open the window facing to the east,” and he opened it. Then Elisha said, “Shoot!” and he shot. He said, “Yahweh’s arrow of victory, and an arrow of victory over Syria! For you are to strike down the Syrians in Aphek until you have finished them off.”
18Then he said, “Take the arrows,” and he took them. Then he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground with them,” and he struck three times and stopped.
19And the man of God became angry with him and said, “You should have struck five or six times, then you would have struck down Syria until you had finished it off, but now you will strike Syria only three times.”
20And Elisha died, and they buried him. Now the raiding-bands of the Moabites would invade the land in the spring of the year.
21And when they were burying a man, behold, they saw a band of raiders, so they threw the man into the tomb of Elisha. And when the man came into contact with the bones of Elisha, he came alive 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 turned his face toward them because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and until this day he was not willing to destroy them, nor did he cast them from his presence.
24And Hazael king of Syria died, and Ben-hadad his son reigned in his place.
25Then Jehoashb the son of Jehoahaz returned and took out of the hand of Ben-hadad the son of Hazael the cities that he had taken out of the hand of Jehoahaz his father in war. Joashc struck him three times and recovered the cities of Israel.