2 Chronicles 25
1 Amaziah was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned twenty-nine
years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.
2 And he did what was right in the eyes of Jehovah, but not with a perfect heart.
3 Now it happened, when the kingdom had been secured to him, that he executed his
servants who had killed his father the king.
4 However he did not execute their children, but did as it is written in the Law in the Book
of Moses, where Jehovah had commanded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to death
for their sons, nor shall the sons be put to death for their fathers; but each shall die for his
5 Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together and set over them commanders of
thousands and commanders of hundreds, according to their fathers' houses, throughout all
Judah and Benjamin; and he numbered them from twenty years old and above, and found
them to be three hundred thousand choice men, able to go to war, handling spear and
6 He also hired one hundred thousand mighty men of valor from Israel for one hundred
talents of silver.
7 But a man of God came to him, saying, O king, do not let the army of Israel go with
you, for Jehovah is not with Israel; with any of the sons of Ephraim.
8 But if you do go, do it. Be strong in battle. But even so, God shall make you stumble
before the enemy; for God has power to help and to overthrow.
9 And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do about the hundred talents
which I have given to the troops of Israel? And the man of God answered, Jehovah has
much more than this to give you.
10 So Amaziah dismissed the troops that had come to him from Ephraim, to go back to
their place. Therefore their anger burned greatly against Judah, and they returned to their
place in burning anger.
11 And Amaziah strengthened himself, and led his people and went to the Valley of Salt
and killed ten thousand of the sons of Seir.
12 And the sons of Judah took captive ten thousand alive, brought them to the top of the
rock, and cast them down from the top of the rock, so that they all were ripped to pieces.
13 But as for the troops which Amaziah had dismissed, so that they should not go with
him to battle, they raided the cities of Judah from Samaria to Beth Horon, killed three
thousand in them, and plundered much spoils.
14 And it came about, after Amaziah came from the slaughter of the Edomites, that he
brought the gods of the children of Seir, set them up to be his gods, and bowed down
before them and burned incense to them.
15 Therefore the anger of Jehovah burned against Amaziah, and He sent him a prophet
who said to him, Why have you sought the gods of the people, which could not rescue
their own people from your hand?
16 So it was, as he spoke with him, that the king said to him, Have we made you the
king's counselor? Stop! Why should you be killed? So the prophet stopped, and said, I
know that God has given counsel to destroy you, because you have done this and have not
heeded my counsel.
17 Now Amaziah king of Judah took counsel and sent to Joash the son of Jehoahaz, the
son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us look each other in the face.
18 And Joash king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, The thistle that was in
Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, Give your daughter to my son as
wife; and a wild beast that was in Lebanon passed by and trampled the thistle.
19 Behold, you say that you have struck the Edomites, and your heart is lifted up to boast.
Stay at home now; why should you excite yourself to evil, that you should fall; you and
Judah with you?
20 But Amaziah would not listen, for it was from God, to deliver them into the hand of
their enemies, because they had resorted to the gods of Edom.
21 So Joash king of Israel went out; and he and Amaziah king of Judah looked one
another in the face at Beth Shemesh, which belongs to Judah.
22 And Judah was struck down before Israel, and every man fled to his tent.
23 And Joash the king of Israel captured Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Joash, the son
of Jehoahaz, at Beth Shemesh; and he brought him to Jerusalem, and broke down the wall
of Jerusalem from the Gate of Ephraim to the Corner Gate; four hundred cubits.
24 And he took all the gold and silver, all the vessels that were found in the house of God
with Obed-Edom, the treasures of the king's house, and hostages, and returned to Samaria.
25 And Amaziah the son of Joash, king of Judah, lived fifteen years after the death of
Joash the son of Jehoahaz, king of Israel.
26 Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, from first to last, behold, are they not written in
the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
27 After the time that Amaziah turned away from following Jehovah, they conspired
treason against him in Jerusalem, and he fled to Lachish; but they sent after him to Lachish
and killed him there.
28 And they brought him on horses and buried him with his fathers in the city of Judah.