2 Chronicles 25
was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother's
name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.
2And he did
that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.
3Now it came to pass, when the kingdom was established to him, that he slew his servants that had killed
the king his father.
4But he slew not their
children, but did as it is written in the law in the book of Moses, where the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not
die for the children, neither shall the children die for the fathers, but every man shall die for his own sin.
5Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together, and made them captains over thousands,
and captains over hundreds, according to the houses of their fathers, throughout all Judah and Benjamin: and he numbered them
from twenty years old and above, and found them three hundred thousand choice men, able to go forth to war, that could handle
spear and shield.
6He hired also an hundred
thousand mighty men of valour out of Israel for an hundred talents of silver.
7But there came a man of God to him, saying, O king, let not the army of Israel go with thee; for the
LORD is not with Israel, to wit, with all the children of Ephraim.
8But if thou wilt go, do it; be strong for the battle: God shall make thee fall before the enemy: for
God hath power to help, and to cast down.
Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do for the hundred talents which I have given to the army of Israel? And
the man of God answered, The LORD is able to give thee much more than this.
10Then Amaziah separated them, to wit, the army that was come to him out of Ephraim, to go home again:
wherefore their anger was greatly kindled against Judah, and they returned home in great anger.
11And Amaziah strengthened himself, and led forth his people, and went to the valley
of salt, and smote of the children of Seir ten thousand.
other ten thousand left alive did the children of Judah carry away captive, and brought them unto the top of the rock, and
cast them down from the top of the rock, that they all were broken in pieces.
13But the soldiers of the army which Amaziah sent back, that they should not go with him to battle,
fell upon the cities of Judah, from Samaria even unto Bethhoron, and smote three thousand of them, and took much spoil.
14Now it came to pass, after that Amaziah was come from the slaughter of the Edomites,
that he brought the gods of the children of Seir, and set them up to be his gods, and bowed down himself before them, and
burned incense unto them.
anger of the LORD was kindled against Amaziah, and he sent unto him a prophet, which said unto him, Why hast thou sought after
the gods of the people, which could not deliver their own people out of thine hand?
16And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king said unto him, Art thou made of the king's
counsel? forbear; why shouldest thou be smitten? Then the prophet forbare, and said, I know that God hath determined to destroy
thee, because thou hast done this, and hast not hearkened unto my counsel.
17Then Amaziah king of Judah took advice, and sent to Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu,
king of Israel, saying, Come, let us see one another in the face.
18And 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 thy daughter to my son to wife: and there passed by a wild beast that was in
Lebanon, and trode down the thistle.
sayest, Lo, thou hast smitten the Edomites; and thine heart lifteth thee up to boast: abide now at home; why shouldest thou
meddle to thine hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah with thee?
20But Amaziah would not hear; for it came of God, that he might deliver them into the hand of their
enemies, because they sought after the gods of Edom.
Joash the king of Israel went up; and they saw one another in the face, both he and Amaziah king of Judah, at Bethshemesh,
which belongeth to Judah.
22And Judah was
put to the worse before Israel, and they fled every man to his tent.
23And Joash the king of Israel took Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, at
Bethshemesh, and brought him to Jerusalem, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate of Ephraim to the corner gate,
four hundred cubits.
24And he took all the
gold and the silver, and all the vessels that were found in the house of God with Obededom, and the treasures of the king's
house, the hostages also, and returned to Samaria.
Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the death of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years.
26Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, first and last, behold, are they not written
in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel?
after the time that Amaziah did turn away from following the LORD they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem; and he
fled to Lachish: but they sent to Lachish after him, and slew him there.
28And they brought him upon horses, and buried him with his fathers in the city of Judah.