13 In the twenty-third year of the reign of Judah’s King Joash son of Ahaziah, Jehu’s son Jehoahaz became king over Israel. He reigned in Samaria 1 for seventeen years. 2 He did evil in the sight of 2 the Lord. He continued in 3 the sinful ways of Jeroboam son of Nebat who had encouraged Israel to sin; he did not repudiate those sins. 4 3 The Lord was furious with 5 Israel and handed them over to 6 King Hazael of Syria and to Hazael’s son Ben Hadad for many years. 7
4 Jehoahaz asked for the Lord’s mercy 8 and the Lord responded favorably, 9 for he saw that Israel was oppressed by the king of Syria. 10 5 The Lord provided a deliverer 11 for Israel and they were freed from Syria’s power. 12 The Israelites once more lived in security. 13 6 But they did not repudiate 14 the sinful ways of the family 15 of Jeroboam, who encouraged Israel to sin; they continued in those sins. 16 There was even an Asherah pole 17 standing in Samaria. 7 Jehoahaz had no army left 18 except for fifty horsemen, ten chariots, and 10,000 foot soldiers. The king of Syria had destroyed his troops 19 and trampled on them like dust. 20
8 The rest of the events of Jehoahaz’s reign, including all his accomplishments and successes, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Israel. 21 9 Jehoahaz passed away 22 and was buried 23 in Samaria. His son Joash replaced him as king.
10 In the thirty-seventh year of King Joash’s reign over Judah, Jehoahaz’s son Jehoash became king over Israel. He reigned in Samaria 24 for sixteen years. 11 He did evil in the sight of 25 the Lord. He did not repudiate 26 the sinful ways of Jeroboam son of Nebat who encouraged Israel to sin; he continued in those sins. 27 12 The rest of the events of Joash’s 28 reign, including all his accomplishments and his successful war with King Amaziah of Judah, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Israel. 29 13 Joash passed away 30 and Jeroboam succeeded him on the throne. 31 Joash was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel.
14 Now Elisha had a terminal illness. 32 King Joash of Israel went down to visit him. 33 He wept before him and said, “My father, my father! The chariot 34 and horsemen of Israel!” 35 15 Elisha told him, “Take a bow and some arrows,” and he did so. 36 16 Then Elisha 37 told the king of Israel, “Aim the bow.” 38 He did so, 39 and Elisha placed his hands on the king’s hands. 17 Elisha 40 said, “Open the east window,” and he did so. 41 Elisha said, “Shoot!” and
he did so. 42 Elisha 43 said, “This arrow symbolizes the victory the Lord will give you over Syria. 44 You will annihilate Syria in Aphek!” 45 18 Then Elisha 46 said, “Take the arrows,” and he did so. 47 He told the king of Israel, “Strike the ground!” He struck the ground three times and stopped. 19 The prophet 48 got angry at him and said, “If you had struck the ground five or six times, you would have annihilated Syria! 49 But now, you will defeat Syria only three times.”
20 Elisha died and was buried. 50 Moabite raiding parties invaded 51 the land at the beginning of the year. 52 21 One day some men 53 were burying a man when they spotted 54 a raiding party. So they threw the dead man 55 into Elisha’s tomb. When the body 56 touched Elisha’s bones, the dead man 57 came to life and stood on his feet.
22 Now King Hazael of Syria oppressed Israel throughout Jehoahaz’s reign. 58 23 But the Lord had mercy on them and felt pity for them. 59 He extended his favor to them 60 because of the promise he had made 61 to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He has been unwilling to destroy them or remove them from his presence to this very day. 62 24 When King Hazael of Syria died, his son Ben Hadad replaced him as king. 25 Jehoahaz’s son Jehoash took back from 63 Ben Hadad son of Hazael the cities that he had taken from his father Jehoahaz in war. Joash defeated him three times and recovered the Israelite cities.
14 In the second year of the reign of Israel’s King Joash son of Joahaz, 1 Joash’s 2 son Amaziah became king over Judah. 2 He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned for twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. 3 His mother 4 was Jehoaddan, who was from Jerusalem. 3 He did what the Lord approved, 5 but not like David his father. He followed the example of his father Joash. 6 4 But the high places were not eliminated; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense on the high places.
5 When he had secured control of the kingdom, 7 he executed the servants who had assassinated his father. 8 6 But he did not execute the sons of the assassins. He obeyed the Lord’s commandment as recorded in the law scroll of Moses, 9 “Fathers must not be put to death for what their sons do, 10 and sons must not be put to death for what their fathers do. 11 A man must be put to death only for his own sin.” 12
7 He defeated 13 10,000 Edomites in the Salt Valley; he captured Sela in battle and renamed it Joktheel, a name it has retained to this very day. 8 Then Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash son of Jehoahaz son of Jehu, king of Israel. He said, “Come, let’s meet face to face.” 14 9 King Jehoash of Israel sent this message back to King Amaziah of Judah, “A thornbush in Lebanon sent this message to a cedar in Lebanon, ‘Give your daughter to my son as a wife.’ Then a wild animal 15 of Lebanon came by and trampled down the thorn. 16 10 You thoroughly defeated Edom 17 and it has gone to your head! 18 Gloat over your success, 19 but stay in your palace. Why bring calamity on yourself? Why bring down yourself and Judah along with you?” 20 11 But Amaziah would not heed the warning, 21 so King Jehoash of Israel attacked. 22 He and King Amaziah of Judah met face to face 23 in Beth Shemesh of Judah. 12 Judah was defeated by Israel, and each man ran back home. 24 13 King Jehoash of Israel captured King Amaziah of Judah, son of Jehoash son of Ahaziah, in Beth Shemesh. He 25 attacked 26 Jerusalem and broke down the wall of Jerusalem from the Gate of Ephraim to the Corner Gate – a distance of about six hundred feet. 27 14 He took away all the gold and silver, all the items found in the Lord’s temple and in the treasuries of the royal palace, and some hostages. 28 Then he went back to Samaria. 29
( 15 The rest of the events of Jehoash’s 30 reign, including all his accomplishments and his successful war with King Amaziah of Judah, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Israel. 31 16 Jehoash passed away 32 and was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel. His son Jeroboam replaced him as king.)
17 King Amaziah son of Joash of Judah lived for fifteen years after the death of King Jehoash son of Jehoahaz of Israel. 18 The rest of the events of Amaziah’s reign are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Judah. 33 19 Conspirators plotted against him in Jerusalem, 34 so he fled to Lachish. But they sent assassins after him 35 and they killed him there. 20 His body was carried back by horses 36 and he was buried in Jerusalem with his ancestors in the city of David. 21 All the people of Judah took Azariah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in his father Amaziah’s place. 22 Azariah 37 built up Elat and restored it to Judah after the king 38 had passed away. 39
23 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Judah’s King Amaziah, son of Joash, Jeroboam son of Joash became king over Israel. He reigned for forty-one years in Samaria. 40 24 He did evil in the sight of 41 the Lord; he did not repudiate 42 the sinful ways of Jeroboam son of Nebat who encouraged Israel to sin. 25 He restored the border of Israel from Lebo Hamath in the north to the sea of the Arabah in the south, 43 in accordance with the word of the Lord God of Israel announced through 44 his servant Jonah son of Amittai, the prophet from Gath Hepher. 26 The Lord saw Israel’s intense suffering; 45 everyone was weak and incapacitated and Israel had no deliverer. 46 27 The Lord had not decreed that he would blot out Israel’s memory 47 from under heaven, 48 so he delivered them through Jeroboam son of Joash.
28 The rest of the events of Jeroboam’s reign, including all his accomplishments, his military success in restoring Israelite control over Damascus and Hamath, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Israel. 49 29 Jeroboam passed away 50 and was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel. 51 His son Zechariah replaced him as king.