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2 Chronicles Chapter 25

1Amaziah was twenty-five years old when he started to reign, and he reigned for twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. And the name of his mother was Jehoaddan from Jerusalem. 2And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, except that it was not wholeheartedly. 3And it came to pass as the kingdom became stronger under him, that he killed his servants who had struck down the king who was his father. 4But he did not kill their sons, for as it stands written in the law, in the book of Moses whom the Lord commanded and said, “Fathers shall not die because of their sons, and sons shall not die because of their fathers, for each person shall die because of his own sin.” 5And Amaziah gathered Judah together and appointed them by their paternal house as commanders of a thousand and commanders of a hundred throughout all Judah and Benjamin. And they counted them from twenty years of age and above, and found them to be three hundred thousand elite men who went out to war, holding spear and shield. 6And he hired one hundred thousand valiant warriors from Israel for one hundred talents of silver. 7Then a man of God came to him and said, “O king, do not let the army of Israel go with you, for the Lord is not with Israel – not with any of the sons of Ephraim. 8But if you are determined to go, act and show strength for battle. But God can make you stumble before the enemy, for God has power to help and to make stumble.” 9Then Amaziah said to the man of God, “Then what am I to do about the one hundred talents which I gave the troop of Israel?” And the man of God said, “The Lord has the ability to give you more than this.” 10Then Amaziah set them aside – the troop which had come to him from Ephraim – to go back to their place. And their anger was greatly kindled against Judah, and they returned to their place in furious anger. 11Then Amaziah took courage and led his people, and went to the Valley of Salt, and he struck down the sons of Seir – ten thousand of them – 12and the sons of Judah took ten thousand alive captive and they brought them to the peak of the outcrop, and threw them from the peak of the outcrop, and they were all dashed to pieces. 13But the members of the troop which Amaziah sent back instead of going to war with him raided the cities of Judah from Samaria to Beth-horon, and they struck down three thousand men from them, and they took much spoil. 14And it came to pass after Amaziah had come back from attacking the Edomites that he brought back the gods of the sons of Seir, and set them up for himself as gods, and he bowed down before them and burned incense to them. 15And the Lord's anger was kindled against Amaziah, and he sent a prophet to him, and he said to him, “Why do you cultivate the gods of the people – gods who did not deliver their people from your hand?” 16And it came to pass when he had spoken to him, that the king said to him, “Have you been appointed as an adviser to the king? Stop. Why should you be struck down?” Then the prophet stopped, but said, “I know that God has decided to destroy you, because you have done this and have not listened to my advice.” 17Then Amaziah king of Judah took counsel, and sent messengers to Joash the son of Jehoahaz the son of Jehu, king of Israel, to say, “Come, let us see each other face to face.” 18Then Joash king of Israel sent a reply to Amaziah king of Judah, and said, “The thistle which was in Lebanon has sent word to the cedar which was in Lebanon and said, ‘Give your daughter to be my son's wife’, and a wild animal which was in Lebanon passed by and trampled on the thistle. 19You have told me to see how you have defeated Edom, and your heart has given you a high-minded complacency. Stay at home now. Why should you embroil yourself in trouble and fall in war, you and Judah with you?” 20But Amaziah did not heed it, for the course of events was from God, so as to deliver them into the hand of the king of Israel, because they had cultivated the gods of Edom. 21And Joash king of Israel went up, and they looked at each other face to face – he and Amaziah king of Judah – in Beth-shemesh which belongs to Judah. 22And Judah was defeated in confrontation with Israel, and everyone fled to his tents. 23And Joash king of Israel seized Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Joash the son of Jehoahaz, in Beth-shemesh, and he brought him to Jerusalem. And he demolished the wall of Jerusalem from the Gate of Ephraim to the Turning Gate – four hundred cubits of wall. 24And he raided all the gold and the silver and all the equipment which were present in the house of God, with Obed-edom gatekeeping, and the treasuries of the king's house. And he took hostages, and returned to Samaria. 25And Amaziah the son of Joash, king of Judah, lived for fifteen years after the death of Joash the son of Jehoahaz the king of Israel. 26And the rest of the affairs of Amaziah – the first and the last – are they not to be seen written in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel? 27And from the time when Amaziah departed from following the Lord, they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem, and he fled to Lachish. But they sent forces after him to Lachish, and they killed him there. 28And they bore him on horses and buried him with his fathers in the City of Judah.
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