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2 Kings 15:1-38

15*  In the year twenty-seven of King Jeroboam of Israel, ʽAzariah the son of King Amasiah of Judah became king; 2  he was twenty-six years old at his accession to the throne, and reigned fifty-two years at Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Jecoliah, from Jerusalem. 3  And he did what Jehovah approved, just as his father Amasiah had; 4  only the heights were not removed: the people still sacrificed and made burnings on the heights. 5**  And Jehovah marred the king, and he became leprous to the day of his death, and lived in the exempt house, while Crown Prince Jotham, as steward of the palace, acted as regent. 6  And as to the rest of the history of ʽAzariah, and all that he did, it is recorded in the chronicles of the kings of Judah. 7*  And ʽAzariah went to rest with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in David’s City; and his son Jotham succeeded him. 8*  In the year thirty-eight of King ʽAzariah of Judah, Zecariah the son of Jeroboam became king over Israel for a reign of six months at Samaria; 9  and he did what displeased Jehovah, as his fathers had; he did not turn from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin. 10  And Shallum the son of Jabesh organized a revolution against him, and assassinated him at Ibleam, and succeeded him. 11  And the rest of the history of Zecariah will be found recorded in the chronicles of the kings of Israel. 12  It was Jehovah’s prediction that he had made to Jehu: “great-great-grandchildren of yours shall sit on the throne of Israel,” he had said, and so it was. 13**  Shallum the son of Jabesh became king in the year thirty-nine of King ʽAzariah of Judah, and reigned a month at Samaria; 14  but Menahem the son of Gadi went up from Tirsah and came to Samaria and assassinated Shallum the son of Jabesh at Samaria, and succeeded him. 15  And the rest of the history of Shallum, and his revolution that he organized, will be found recorded in the chronicles of the kings of Israel. 16  Then Menahem ravaged Tappuah and everything in it, and all its territory, starting from Tirsah, because they did not open to him: he ravaged it and cut open its pregnant women. 17*  In the year thirty-nine of King ʽAzariah of Judah, Menahem the son of Gadi became king over Israel for a reign of ten years at Samaria; 18*  and he did what displeased Jehovah, did not turn off from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin. 19  In his time King Pul of Assyria came up against the country, and Menahem gave Pul a thousand hundredweight of silver to have his cooperation for getting the kingship firmly into his hands; 20  and Menahem assessed the money on Israel, on all the solid men, having them give the king of Assyria fifty shekels per man; and the king of Assyria went back and did not stay there in the country. 21  And as to the rest of the history of Menahem, and all that he did, it is recorded in the chronicles of the kings of Israel. 22  And Menahem went to rest with his fathers, and his son Pekahiah succeeded him. 23*  In the year fifty of King ʽAzariah of Judah, Pekahiah the son of Menahem became king over Israel for a reign of two years at Samaria; 24  and he did what displeased Jehovah, did not turn from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin. 25**  And his adjutant Pekah the son of Remaliah organized a revolution against him, and assassinated him in Samaria, in the keep of the palace, having with him fifty men of the sons of Gilead, and succeeded him. 26  And the rest of the history of Pekahiah, and all that he did; will be found recorded in the chronicles of the kings of Israel. 27**  In the year fifty-two of King ʽAzariah of Judah, Pekah the son of Remaliah became king over Israel for a reign of twenty years at Samaria. 28  And he did what displeased Jehovah, did not turn from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin. 29  In the times of King Pekah of Israel, King Tiglath-Pileser of Assyria came and took ʽIjon and Abel-Beth-Maʽacah and Janoh and Kedesh and Hasor and Gilead and the Marchland, all the country of Naphtali, and deported them to Assyria. 30*  And Hosheaʽ the son of Elah organized a revolution against Pekah the son of Remaliah and assassinated him and succeeded him. 31  And the rest of the history of Pekah, and all that he did, will be found recorded in the chronicles of the kings of Israel. 32*  In the year two of Pekah the son of Remaliah as king of Israel, Jotham the son of King ʽUzzijah of Judah became king; 33  he was twenty-five years old at his accession to the throne, and he reigned sixteen years at Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Jerusha the daughter of Sadok. 34  And he did what Jehovah approved, just as his father ʽUzzijah had; 35  only the heights were not removed: the people still sacrificed and made burnings on the heights. He built the upper gate of Jehovah’s house. 36  And as to the rest of the history of Jotham, and all that he did, it is recorded in the chronicles of the kings of Judah. 37  In his days Jehovah began to send upon Judah King Rason of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliah. 38  And Jotham went to rest with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in his father David’s city, and his son Ahaz succeeded him.

Footnotes

15:1 Conj. year eleven of King Joash
15:5 Lit. fingered the king
15:5 (exempt) Unc.; conj.* lived in his house unrestrained (or unoccupied)
15:7 Var. omits with his fathers
15:8 Conj. year forty-five
15:13 Conj. year forty-six
15:13 Var. ʽUzziah of Judah
15:17 Conj. year forty-six
15:18-19 Var. made Israel sin evermore. King Pul
15:23 Conj. year four of King Jotham
15:25 Codd. of the palace, Argob and Arjeh, and with him or of the palace, with Argob and with Arjeh, etc.
15:25 Codd. fifty men, children of Gileadites
15:27 Conj. year five of King Jotham
15:27 Conj. of four years
15:30 Var. succeeded him in the year twenty of Jotham the son of ʽUzziah
15:32 Conj. year seven of Menahem the son of Gadi