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The Bible in Living English
14 In the year two of Joash the son of Jehoahaz as king of Israel, Amasiah the son of King Joash of Judah became king; 2* he was twenty-five years old at his accession to the throne, and reigned twenty-nine years at Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jehoʽaddan, from Jerusalem. 3 And he did what Jehovah approved, only not as his father David had: he did just as his father Joash had— 4 only the heights were not removed, the people still sacrificed and made burnings on the heights. 5 And when he had the kingship firmly in his hands, he killed his officers who had killed the king his father, 6 but the assassins’ children he did not put to death, in accordance with what is written in the code of Moses, what Jehovah commanded, “Fathers shall not be put to death for children, nor children for fathers, but each shall be put to death for his own sin.” 7* It was he who defeated Edom in Salt Valley, killing ten thousand, and took Selaʽ by storm and gave it the name Joktheel, which it bears to this day. 8 Then Amasiah sent envoys to Joash the son of Jehoahaz the son of Jehu, the king of Israel, with the message “Come, let us come face to face.” 9* And King Joash of Israel sent word to King Amasiah of Judah “The brier in the Lebanon sent word to the cedar in the Lebanon ‘Give my son your daughter as wife’; and the wild beasts in the Lebanon came by and trampled the brier. 10 You have defeated Edom, and you are feeling confident: enjoy your glory and stay at home; why should you challenge trouble, and fall, and Judah with you?” 11 But Amasiah would not listen; and the king of Israel came up, and they came face to face at Beth-Shemesh, which belongs to Judah. 12 And the Judahites were beaten by the Israelites, and fled to their homes. 13 And King Joash of Israel captured Amasiah the son of Joash the son of Ahaziah at Beth-Shemesh, and brought him to Jerusalem and breached the wall of Jerusalem for two hundred yards, from the Ephraim Gate to the Corner Gate. 14 And he took all the gold and silver, and all the articles that were found in Jehovah’s house and in the palace treasuries, and the hostages, and went back to Samaria. 15 And as to the rest of the history of Joash, what he did and his exploits, and the war he had with King Amasiah of Judah, they are recorded in the chronicles of the kings of Israel. 16 And Joash went to rest with his fathers, and was buried at Samaria with the kings of Israel, and his son Jeroboam succeeded him. 17 And Amasiah the son of Joash, the king of Judah, lived fifteen years after the death of Joash the son of Jehoahaz, the king of Israel. 18 And as to the rest of the history of Amasiah, it is recorded in the chronicles of the kings of Judah. 19 And they organized a revolution against him at Jerusalem; and he fled to Lakish, and they sent to Lakish after him and put him to death there. 20 And they took him away on ponies, and he was buried at Jerusalem in David’s City with his fathers. 21 And all the people of Judah took ʽAzariah, who was sixteen years old, and installed him as successor to his father Amasiah. 22 He fortified Elath, and reannexed it to Judah, after the king had gone to rest with his fathers. 23* In the year fifteen of Amasiah the son of Joash as king of Judah, Jeroboam the son of King Joash of Israel became king for a reign of forty-one years at Samaria; 24 and he did what displeased Jehovah, he did not turn from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin. 25 He recovered Israel’s territory from Lebo-Hamath to the Dead Sea, in accordance with the prediction of Israel’s God Jehovah which he made by his servant the prophet Jonah the son of Amittai, of Gath-Hepher. 26 For Jehovah saw how very bitter was Israel’s wretched state, and how there was nobody unbarred and nobody barred, and no helper for Israel; 27 and Jehovah did not say the word to obliterate Israel’s name from under the heavens, but saved them through Jeroboam the son of Joash. 28* And as to the rest of the history of Jeroboam, and all that he did, and his exploits in warring and reannexing Damascus and Hamath to Israel, they are recorded in the chronicles of the kings of Israel. 29* And Jeroboam went to rest with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel, and his son Zecariah succeeded him.