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king of Assyria ; and Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver,

that his hand might be with him to confirm the kingdom in his hand. 20 And Menahem exacted the money of Israel, even of all the mighty

men of wealth, of each man fifty shekels of silver, to give to the king of

Assyria. So the king of Assyria turned back, and stayed not there in 21 the land. Now the rest of the acts of Menahem, and all that he did,

are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel ? 22 And Menahem slept with his fathers; and Pekahiah his son reigned in

his stead. 23 In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekahiah the son of

Menahem began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned two years. v 24 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed

not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, wherewith he made 25 Israel to sin. And Pekah the son of Remaliah, his captain, conspired

against him, and smote him in Samaria, in the castle of the king's

house, with Argob and Arieh ; and with him were fifty men of the 26 Gileadites : and he slew him, and reigned in his stead. Now the rest

of the acts of Pekahiah, and all that he did, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

28 years.

Gilead conquered by Tiglath-pileser, King of Assyria. 27 In the two and fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekah the son of Remaliah began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned twenty

And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, wherewith he 29 made Israel to sin. In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglath

pileser king of Assyria, and took Ijon, and Abel-beth-maacah, and

Janoah, and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, and Galilee, all the land 30 of Naphtali; and he carried them captive to Assyria. And Hoshea

the son of Elah made a conspiracy against Pekah the son of Remaliah,

and smote him, and slew him, and reigned in his stead, in the twentieth 31 year of Jotham the son of Uzziah. Now the rest of the acts of Pekah,

and all that he did, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

Jotham's War with Ammon. 2 Kings 15. 32.

2 Chronicles 27. 1. 32 In the second year of Pekah 27 Jotham was twenty and five

son of Remaliah king of Israel years old when he began to

began Jotham the son of Uzziah reign; and he reigned sixteen 33 king of Judah to reign. Five years in Jerusalem: and his

and twenty years old was he mother's name was Jerushah the when he began to reign; and he 2 daughter of Zadok. And he did reigned sixteen years in Jeru- v that which was right in the eyes salem: and his mother's name of the Lord, according to all that

i Or, palace

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was Jerusha the daughter of his father Uzziah had done : Zadok. And he did that which howbeit he entered not into the was right in the eyes of the LORD: temple of the LORD. And the

he did according to all that his 3 people did yet corruptly. He 35 father Uzziah had done. How- built the upper gate of the house

beit the high places were not of the LORD, and on the wall of taken away: the people still 4 Ophel he built much. Moreover sacrificed and burned incense in he built cities in the hill country the high places. He built the of Judah, and in the forests he upper gate of the house of the 5 built castles and towers.

He LORD.

fought also with the king of the children of Ammon, and prevailed against them. And the children of Ammon gave him the same year an hundred talents of silver, and ten thousand 'measures of wheat, and ten thousand of barley. So much did the children of Ammon render unto

him, in the second year also, and 16 in the third. So Jotham be

came mighty, because he ordered

his ways before the LORD his 36 Now the rest of the acts of 7 God. Now the rest of the acts

Jotham, and all that he did, are of Jotham, and all his wars, and they not written in the book of his ways, behold, they are written

the chronicles of the kings of in the book of the kings of Israel 37 Judah ? In those days the LORD 8 and Judah. He was five and

began to send against Judah twenty years old when he began Rezin the king of Syria, and to reign, and reigned sixteen

Pekah the son of Remaliah. 9 years in Jerusalem. And Jotham 38 And Jotham slept with his fathers, slept with his fathers, and they

and was buried with his fathers buried him in the city of David :
in the city of David his father : and Ahaz his son reigned in his
and Ahaz his son reigned in his stead.
stead.

Ahaz establishes Fire-worship, and is attacked by Israel and Syria. 16 In the seventeenth year

of 28 Ahaz was twenty years old Pekah the son of Remaliah Ahaz when he began to reign; and he

the son of Jotham king of Judah reigned sixteen years in Jeru2 began to reign. Twenty years salem: and he did not that

old was Ahaz when he began to which was right in the eyes of reign ; and he reigned sixteen the LORD, like David his father : years in Jerusalem: and he did 2 but he walked in the ways of the not that which was right in the kings of Israel, and made also

eyes of the LORD his God, like molten images for the Baalim. 3 David his father. But he walked

in the way of the kings of Israel,

1 Heb. cors.

yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from

before the children of Israel. 4 And he sacrificed and burnt in

cense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green

Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to war : and they besieged Ahaz, but could not overcome him.

mascus.

3 Moreover he burnt incense in

the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD

cast out before the children of 4 Israel.

And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places,

and on the hills, and under every 5 green tree. Wherefore the LORD

his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria; and they smote him, and carried away of his a great multitude of captives, and brought them to Da

And he was also delivered into the hand of the king

of Israel, who smote him with 6 a great slaughter. For Pekah

the son of Remaliah slew in Judah an hundred and twenty thousand in one day, all of them valiant

men ; because they had forsaken the LORD, the God of 7 their fathers.

And Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, slew Maaseiah the king's son, and Azikam the ruler of the house,

and Elkanah that was next to the 8 king. And the children of Israel

carried away captive of their brethren two hundred thousand, women, sons, and daughters, and took also away much spoil from

them, and brought the spoil to 9 Samaria. But a prophet of the

LORD was there, whose name was Oded : and he went out to meet the host that came to Samaria, and said unto them, Behold, because the LORD, the God of your fathers, was wroth with Judah, he hath delivered them into your hand, and ye have slain

them in a rage which hath reached 10 up unto heaven.

And now ye purpose to keep under the children of Judah and Jerusalem for bondmen and bondwomen unto V you : but are there not even with

5 tree.

1 Heb. second.

you 'trespasses of your own

against the LORD your God ? 11 Now hear me therefore, and send

back the captives, which ye have

taken captive of your brethren: V for the fierce wrath of the LORD 12 is upon you.

Then certain of the heads of the children of Ephraim, Azariah the son of Johanan, Berechiah the son of Meshillemoth, and Jehizkiah the son of Shallum, and Amasa the son of Hadlai, stood up against

them that came from the war, 13 and said unto them, Ye shall not

oring in the captives hither : for ye purpose that which will bring upon us 'a trespass against the LORD, to add unto our sins and to our otrespass : for our 'trespass

is great, and there is fierce wrath 14 against Israel. So the armed

men left the captives and the

spoil before the princes and all 15 the congregation. And the men

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which have been expressed by name rose up, and took the captives, and with the spoil clothed all that were naked among them, and arrayed them, and shod them, and gave them to eat and to drink, and anointed them, and carried all the feeble of them upon asses, and brought them to Jericho, the city of palm trees, unto their brethren: then they returned to Samaria.

1 Heb. guiltinesses.
2 Or, guilt

Ahaz pays Tribute to Assyria.

8 me.

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So Ahaz sent messengers to

16 At that time did king Ahaz Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, send unto the 'kings of Assyria saying, I am thy servant and thy 17 to help him. For again the Eson : come up, and save me out domites had come and smitten of the hand of the king of Syria, Judah, and carried away 'capand out of the hand of the king 18 tives. The Philistines also had of Israel, which rise up against invaded the cities of the lowland,

And Ahaz took the silver and of the South of Judah, and and gold that was found in the had taken Beth-shemesh, and house of the LORD, and in the Aijalon, and Gederoth, and Soco treasures of the king's house, and with the towns thereof, and

sent it for a present to the king Timnah with the 'towns thereof, 9 of Assyria. And the king of Gimzo also and the Stowns

Assyria hearkened unto him : thereof: and they dwelt there. and the king of Assyria went up 19 For the LORD brought Judah against Damascus, and took it, low because of Ahaz king 'of and carried the people of it cap- Israel ; for he had *dealt wan

tive to Kir, and slew Rezin. tonly in Judah, and trespassed 10 And king Ahaz went to Da- 20 sore against the LORD. And

mascus to meet Tiglath-pileser Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria king of Assyria, and saw the altar came Sunto him, and distressed that was at Damascus: and king him, but strengthened him not. Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest 21 For Ahaz took away a portion the fashion of the altar, and the out of the house of the LORD,

pattern of it, according to all the and out of the house of the king II workmanship thereof. And Uri- and of the princes, and gave it

jah the priest built an altar : unto the king of Assyria : but it according to all that king Ahaz v 22 helped him not. And in the had sent from Damascus, so did time of his distress did he tresUrijah the priest make it against pass yet more against the LORD,

king Ahaz came from Damascus. 23 this same king Ahaz. For he 12 And when the king was come

sacrificed unto the gods of ® Dafrom Damascus, the king saw mascus, which smote him: and the altar : and the king drew he said, Because the gods of the

near unto the altar, and offered kings of Syria helped them, 13 thereon. And he burnt his burnt therefore will I sacrifice to them,

offering and his meal offering, that they may help me. But and poured his drink offering, they were the ruin of him, and of and sprinkled the blood of ?his peace offerings, upon the altar.

1 Many ancient authorities read, king. 14 And the brasen altar, which was 2 Hebé a captivity. before the LORD, he brought 3 Heb. daughters.

4 Or, cast away restraint

5 Or, against Or, went up unto it

6 Or, prevailed not against him ? Heb. the peace offerings which were 7 Or, that he distressed him his.

8 Heb. Darmesek.

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