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Jehovah’s Witnesses

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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

2 Kings 14:1-29

14  In the second year of Je·ho′ash+ the son of Je·ho′a·haz* the king of Israel, Am·a·zi′ah*+ the son of Je·ho′ash the king of Judah became king.  Twenty-five years old he happened to be when he began to reign, and for twenty-nine years he reigned in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Je·ho·ad′din+ of Jerusalem.  And he continued to do what was upright in Jehovah’s eyes,+ only not like David his forefather.+ According to all that Je·ho′ash his father had done, he did.+  It was only the high places that did not disappear.+ The people were still sacrificing and making sacrificial smoke on the high places.+  And it came about that as soon as the kingdom had become firm in his hand, he began to strike down+ his servants that had struck down the king his father.+  And the sons of the strikers he did not put to death, according to what is written in the book of Moses’ law that Jehovah gave in command, saying:+ “Fathers should not be put to death for sons, and sons themselves should not be put to death for fathers; but for his own sin should each one be put to death.”+  He himself struck down the E′dom·ites+ in the Valley of Salt,+ ten thousand men, and got to seize Se′la in the war, and its name came to be called Jok′the·el down to this day.  Then it was that Am·a·zi′ah sent messengers to Je·ho′ash the son of Je·ho′a·haz the son of Je′hu the king of Israel, saying: “Do come. Let us look each other in the face.”+  At that Je·ho′ash the king of Israel sent to Am·a·zi′ah the king of Judah, saying: “The thorny weed itself that was in Leb′a·non sent to the cedar+ that was in Leb′a·non, saying, ‘Do give your daughter to my son as a wife.’ However, a wild beast of the field that was in Leb′a·non passed by and trampled the thorny weed down.+ 10  You have unmistakably struck down+ E′dom, and your heart has lifted you up.+ Enjoy your honor+ and dwell in your own house. Why, then, should you engage in strife+ under unfavorable conditions+ and have to fall, you and Judah with you?” 11  And Am·a·zi′ah did not listen.+ So Je·ho′ash the king of Israel came up, and they proceeded to look each other in the face,+ he and Am·a·zi′ah the king of Judah, at Beth-she′mesh,+ which belongs to Judah. 12  And Judah came to be defeated before Israel,+ so that they took to flight, each one to his tent. 13  And it was Am·a·zi′ah the king of Judah the son of Je·ho′ash the son of A·ha·zi′ah that Je·ho′ash the king of Israel captured at Beth-she′mesh, after which they came to Jerusalem and he made a breach in the wall of Jerusalem at the Gate of E′phra·im+ clear to the Corner Gate,+ four hundred cubits.* 14  And he took all the gold and silver and all the articles to be found at the house of Jehovah+ and in the treasures of the house of the king and the hostages* and then returned to Sa·mar′i·a. 15  As for the rest of the affairs of Je·ho′ash, what he did and his mightiness and how he fought against Am·a·zi′ah the king of Judah, are they not written in the book+ of the affairs of the days of the kings of Israel? 16  Finally Je·ho′ash lay down with his forefathers+ and was buried in Sa·mar′i·a+ with the kings of Israel, and Jer·o·bo′am*+ his son began to reign in place of him. 17  And Am·a·zi′ah+ the son of Je·ho′ash the king of Judah continued to live after the death of Je·ho′ash+ the son of Je·ho′a·haz the king of Israel for fifteen years.+ 18  As for the rest of the affairs of Am·a·zi′ah, are they not written in the book+ of the affairs of the days of the kings of Judah?+ 19  At length they leagued against him in a conspiracy+ at Jerusalem, and he went fleeing to La′chish;+ but they sent in pursuit of him to La′chish and put him to death there.+ 20  So they carried him upon horses and he was buried+ in Jerusalem with his forefathers in the City of David.+ 21  Then all the people of Judah took Az·a·ri′ah,+ he at the time being sixteen years old,+ and they made him king in place of his father Am·a·zi′ah.+ 22  He himself built E′lath+ and got to restore it to Judah after the king lay down with his forefathers. 23  In the fifteenth year of Am·a·zi′ah the son of Je·ho′ash the king of Judah, Jer·o·bo′am+ the son of Je·ho′ash the king of Israel became king in Sa·mar′i·a for forty-one years. 24  And he continued to do what was bad in Jehovah’s eyes. He did not depart from all the sins of Jer·o·bo′am the son of Ne′bat, with which he caused Israel to sin.+ 25  He it was that restored the boundary of Israel from the entering in of Ha′math+ clear to the sea of the Ar′a·bah,+ according to the word of Jehovah the God of Israel who spoke by means of his servant Jo′nah+ the son of A·mit′tai, the prophet that was from Gath-he′pher.+ 26  For Jehovah had seen the very bitter affliction of Israel.+ There was neither any helpless one nor any worthless one,* nor was there a helper for Israel.+ 27  And Jehovah had promised not to wipe out the name of Israel from under the heavens.+ Consequently he saved+ them by the hand of Jer·o·bo′am the son of Je·ho′ash. 28  As for the rest of the affairs of Jer·o·bo′am and all that he did and his mightiness, how he fought and how he restored Damascus+ and Ha′math+ to Judah in Israel, are they not written in the book of the affairs of the days of the kings of Israel? 29  Finally Jer·o·bo′am lay down with his forefathers, with the kings of Israel, and Zech·a·ri′ah+ his son began to reign in place of him.

Footnotes

“Jehoahaz.” Heb., Yoh·ʼa·chaz′.
Meaning “Jehovah Is Mighty.” Heb., ʼAmats·ya′hu.
About 178 m (584 ft).
Lit., “and the sons of the pledges.”
That is, Jeroboam II.
Lit., “neither anyone restrained nor anyone let go (abandoned).” Compare De 32:36 ftn, “One.”