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Jehoranfs wricked reign. II. CHRONICLES Elijah's propkecy against him.
broken, that they were not able to go to Tarmilh.
CHAP. XXI. I Jchoramsvxccedeth Jehofhaphat. 5 His
wicked reign. 18 His incurable disease,
infamous death, and buriel.
NOW Jehojhaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And Jchoram his son reigned in his stead.
7. And he had brethren the sons of Jehofhaphat, Azariah, and Jehiel, and Zcchariah, and Azariah, and Michael, and Shephatiah: all these toere the sons ef Jehofhaphat king of Israel.
3 And their father gave them great gifts of silver, and ofgola, and of precious things, with fenced cities in Judah: but the kingdom gave he to Jchoram; because he ivas the firstborn.
4. Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father, he strengthened himself, and stew all his brethren with the sword, and divers also of the princes of Israel.
5 q[ Jehoram ivas thirty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.
6 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought that which nxias evil in the eyes of the Lord.
7 Howbeit the Lord would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he promised to give a light to him and to his sons for ever.
8 In his days the Edomites revolted from under the dominion of Judah, and made themselves a king.
9 Then Jehoram went forth with his princes, and all his chariots with him: sand he rose up by night, and smote the Edomites which compassed him in, and the captains of the chariots.
10 So the Edomites revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day. The fame time also did Libnah revolt from under his hand; because he had forsaken the Lord God of his fathers.
11 Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah, and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and compelled Judah thereto.
ii And there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet, saying, Thus faith the Lord God of David thy father, Because thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehostiaphat thy father, nor in the ways of Asa Icing of Judah,
13 But haft walked in the way of the
kings of Israel, and hast made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whoring, like to the whoredoms of the house of Ahab, and also hast slain thy brethren of thy father's house, ivhich ivere better than thyself:
14 Behold, with a great plague will thcLo R D smite thy people, and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods:
15 And thnu/halt/iave great sickness by disease of thy bowels, until thy bowels fah out by reason of the sickness day by day.
isi Moreover the Lord stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines, and of the Arabians, that lucre near the Ethiopians:
17 And they came up into Judah, and brake into it, and carried away all the substance that was found in the king's house, and his sons also, and his wives; so that there was never a son left him, save Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.
18 % And after all this the Lord smote him in his bowels with an incurable disease.
19 And it came to pass, that in process of time, after the end of two years, his bowels fell out by reason ot his sickness: so he died of sore diseases. And his people made no burning for him, like the burning of liis fathers.
ao Thirty and two years old was he when'he began foreign, and he reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not in the sepulchres of the kings. CHAP. XXII. 1 Ahaziah succeeding, reigneth •wickedly. 5 He is stain by Jehu. 10 Athaliah destroying all the feed royal, save Joajh, usurpeth the kingdom.
AND the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah his youngest son king in his stead: for the band of men tlt.it came with the Arabians to the camp had slain all the eldest. So Ahaziah the son of Jehoram king of Judah reigned, i Forty and two years old ivas Ahaziah when he began to reign, and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother's name also ivas Athaliah the daughter of Omri.
3 He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab: for his mother was his counsellor to do wickedly.
4 Wherefore he did evil in the sight of the Lo R D like the house of Ahab: for they were his counselors after .the death of his father to his destruction.
5 fl He walked also after their counsel, and went with Jehoram the son of Ahab king of Israel to war against Hazael king of Syria at Ramoth-guead: and the Syrians smote Joram. /
6 And he returned to be healed in Jezreel because of the wounds which were given him at Ramah, when he fought with Hazael king of Syria. And Abanah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down to see Jehoram the son of Ahab at Jezreel, because he was lick.
7 And the destruction of Ahaziah was of God by coming to Joram: for when he was come, he went out with Jehoram against Jehu the son of Nimflii, whom the Lord bad anointed to cut olf the house of Ahab.
S And it came to pass, that, when Jehu was executing judgement upon the liouie of Ahab,and found the princes of Judah, and the sons of the brethren of Ahaziah, that ministered to Ahaziah, he slewthem.
9 And he sought Ahaziah: and they caught him, (for he was hid in Samaria,) and brought him to Jehu: and when they had (lain him, they buried him: Because said they, he /'/ the son of Jehosliaphat, who sought the Lord with all his heart. So the house of Ahaziah had no power to keep still the kingdom.
to «J But when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah law that her son was dead, (he arose and destroyed all the seed royal of the house of Judah.
11 But Jehostiabearh, the daughter of the king, took Joafh the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king's sons that were slain, and put him and nis nurse in a bed chamber. So Jeholhabeath, the daughter of king Jehoram, the wife of Jehotada the priest, (for (he was the sifter of Ahaziah,) hid him from Athaliah, so that (he (lew him not.
is And he was with them hid in the house of God six years-, and Athaliah reigned over the land.
covenant with the king in the house of God. And he said unto them, Behold, the king's son (hall reign, as the Lord hath said of the sons of David.
+ This is the thing that ye (hall do; A third part of you entering on the labbath, of the priests and of the Levites, /hall be porters of the doors;
5 And a third part /hall be at the kind's house; and a third part at the gate of the foundation : and all the people/hall be in the courts of the house of the Lo R D .
6 But let none come into the house of the Lor D, save the priests, and they that minister of the Levites; they (had go in, for they are holy: but all the people (hall keep the watch of the Lord.
7 And the Levites (hall compass the king round about, every man with his weapons in his hand; and whosoever else cometh into the house, he (hall be put to death: but be ye with the king when he cometh in, and when he goeth out.
* So the Levites and all Judah did according to all things that Jehoiada the priest had commanded', and took every man his men that were to come in t<n the sabbath, with them that were to go out on the sabbath: for Jehoiada the priest dismissed not the courses.
9 Moreover Jehoiada the priest delivered to thecaptains of hundreds (pears, and bucklers, and shields, that had been king David's, which were in the bouse of God.
Io And he set all the people, every man having his weapon in his hand, from the right side of the temple to the left side of the temple, along by the altar and the temple, by the king round about.
Ii Then they brought out the king's son, and put upon him the crown, and gave him the testimony, and made him king. And Jehoiada and his sons anointed him, and did, God save the king.
ix f Now when Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and praising the king, (he came to the people into the house of the Lo R n:
13 And (he looked ,and .behold .the king stood at his pillar at the entering in, and the princesand the trumpets by the king: andallthepeopleofthcland rejoiced, and (bunded with trumpets, also the lingers with instruments of musick, and such as taught to sing prai se. Then Athaliah rent her clothes, and said, Treason, Treason.
14. Then Jehoiada the priest brought out the captains of hundreds that were set over the holt, and saiduntothem,Have her forth of the ranges: and whoso followcth her, let him be slain uir!i the
sword. Athalitth hstaiit.
sword. For the priest said, Slay her not in the house of the Lor O.
15 80 they laid hands on her; and when me was come to the entering of the horse gate by the king's house, they slew her there.
16 «fl And Jehoiada made a covenant between him, and between all the people, and between the kin^, that they Uiould be the Lord's people.
17 Then all the people wuit to the house of Ba-.l, and bn-.ke it down, and brake his altars and his imnges inflects, and stew Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.
18 Also Jehoiada appointed the offioes of the house of the Lord by the hand of the priests the Levites, whom David had distributed in the house of the Lor D, to offer the burnt offcrirvgs-of the Lo R D, as it h written m the hnv of Moles, with reioicing and with tinging, •«.; it nvaj ordained by.David.
19 And he set the porters at thegares of the house of'the Lou. u, that niwiz-which TOsljuncleaninarty thing stiouldenter in.
so And lie tool-; the captains of hundreds, and the nobles, aud the governors of the people, aiv.l all the people of the land, and brought down the kirtg from the house of the Lo R D: and they came through the high gate into the .king's bouse, and set the king upon the'throne of the kingdom.
11 And all the people of the l*nda-er joiced: and the city was quiet, after that thev had stain Athaiiah with the sword.
CHAP. XXIV. I Joajh reigneth well all the dn\s of Jehoiada. 15 Jetniada being dead, 17 'Joa/h falleth to idolatiy. 13 He if stain.
JOASH was seven years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother's name allb was Zibiah ofcBeer-IJieba.
7. And J oath did that •which wat mg!;t • in the light of the Lo R n all the days of' Jehoiada the priest.
3 And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and he begat sonsand daughters.
4 And it came to pals, after this, that Toash was minded to repair the house of the Lord.
5 And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, ami said to them, Go out •unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all Israel money to repair the house of •yourGod from year to year, and fee that ye hasten the matter. Howbcit the Levites hastened it not.
6 And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto him, Why halt thou
not required of the Levites to bring irt out of Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, according to the commandment of Moses the servant of the Lo R D, and of the- congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness?
7 For the Ions of Athajiah, that wicked woman, had broken up the houfc of God.; and nllb.ill the dedicated things of the house of the Lord did they betkwv upon Baalim.
8 And nt the king's commandment they made a cliest, and set it without at the gate of the liouse of die Lord..
9 Ami they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring in to the Lor D the colsection thatMaia tlie servant of Cod laid upon Israel in the wilderness.
to And nil the princes and all the people re oiced.iand brought in, and call in. to the chest, "until they had made an end.
»i Now dt came to pass, that .at what time fllve chest was'brought unto the king's office by ?the hand of the Levitts, and when they saw that there was much money, the king's scribe and the high priest's officer came and emptied the chest, and took it, and carried it to his place again. Thus the)- did day by day, and gathered money in abundance.
12 And the king-and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the work of the service of the house df theLoRD, and hired masons and carpenters to repairthe house of the Lor D,T»nd also/uch ^wrought iron and brass to;mend the house of the Lord.
13 So tlie workmen Wrought, and the work was perfected by them, and they set the house of God in his state, and'strengthened it.
14. Andwhen they had finifhad it, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels for the house of the Lor D, even vessels to. minister, and to offer withal, and spoons, and veflels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the Lord continually all tlie days of Jehoiada.
15 % But Jehoiada waxed old, -and was full of days when he died; an hundred and thirty years old was ke when he died.
16 And they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done good in Israel, both toward God, and. toward his house.
17 H Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened tin to them.
18 And they left the house of the Lo R D God of their fathers, and served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerutalem for this their trespass.
19 Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the Lord; and they testified against them: but they would not give ear.
Jo And the Spirit of God came upon Ztduriah the son of Jehoiada the pnest, ihich stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus faith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the Lord, that ye cannot prosper r because ye have forsaken the Lord, he bath ilia "forsaken you.
21 And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the Lord.
Ji Thus Joafh the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said, The Lo R D look upon it, and require it.
15 f And it came to pass at the end of the year, that the host of Syria came up against him: and they came to Judah and Jerusalem, and destroyed all the princes of the people from among the people, and sent all the spoil of them unto the king of Damascus.
1+ For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men, and the Lord delivered a very great host into their hand, because they had forsaken the Lor D God of theirfathers. So they executed judgement against Joalh.
»5 And when they were departed from him, (for they left him in great diseases,) his own servants conspired against him for the blood of the sons of Jehoiada the priest, and flew him on his M, and he died: and they buried him in the city of David, but they buried him not in the sepulchres of the kings.
26 And these are they that conspired against him \ Zabad the son of Shimeath an Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith a Moabitess.
27 Now concerning his sons, and the greatness of the burdens laid upon him, and the repairing of the house of God, behold, they are written in the story of 'lie book of the kings. And Amaziah hi* son reigned in his steafl.
CHAP. XXV. i Amaztah beginneth to reig,n well. 3 He ixecutttlt justiceonthetraitors. $ Having liireJan army of Israelite! against theEdonites, at the word of a prophet he loscth e» hundred taltntt, end dismijssth then.
\t He overthronvetA theEdtmites. 17 He provoke th Joajh to his overthrtvj. s j His reign, 27 He is stain by conspiracy.
AMAZIAH was twenty aud five year* old when lie began to reign, and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.
2 And he did that which <was right in the sight of the Lord, but not with a perfect heart.
3 fl Now it came to pass, when tbs kingdom was established to him, that he slew his servants that bad killed the king-his father.
4 But he slew not their children, but dida.s it is written in the law in the book of Moses, where the Lor D commanded, saying, The fathers shall not die tor the children, neither sliall the children die for the fathers, but every man (hall die for his own sin.
5 fl Moreover Amaziah gathered1 Judah together, and made them captains over thoulands, 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.
6 He hired also an hundred thousand mighty men of valour out of Israel for an nundred talents of silver.
7 But there came a man of God to him, saying, O king, set not the army of Israel go with thee5 for the Lor D is not with Israel, to vjit, with all the children of Ephraim.
8 But if thou wilt go, do it, be strong for the battle: God sliall make thee fall before the enemy j for God hath power to help, and to cast down.
9 And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what sliall 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.
io Then 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.
T 1 «f And Amaziah strengthened himself, and led forth his people, and went to the valley of salt, and smote of the
1" children of Seir ten thousand. ii And other ten thousand lest alive did the children of Judah carry away D d' captive,
captife, andbroaghtthein unto the top of the rock, and cast them down from the top ot" the rock,' that they all were broken in pieces. .
11 But rhe soldicVs of the army which Amaziah lent back>. that they should net i;o with him to battle, fell upon the cities ofjudah, from Samaria even unto Brth-horon, and smote three thousand, of thorn, and took much spoil.
14 Now it came to pass, after that Amaziah -w&s conic from the slaughter of rtir'Eilomites,' t"hat he brought the gods of the" children of Stir,. and let them up to be his gods, and bow*";! down nual'clfbefore them, and burned incense unto them.' ',' ."
1;'Wherefore she1 anger ol" the Lord 'waskmdledagam'ltAmaziab, andhcltnt untohim a prophet, which laid unto him, Why halrvhou sovrght after the gods of the people, which couli! not deliver fheit' own people out of thine' hand > ■ ifi.And it canie1 to pass,, as he' talked with him, ttoxttit hing Ibid unto him. Art thou iriade of the king's cbnnlel t forbear; whv fhouldest thou be smitten? Then the prophet forbare, and said, I know that God hath determined to de-| strov thee, because thou halt done this; and haft not hearkened unto my counsel.
17^iThen Aina7.iahking of Judah took advice, and sent tojoafli, the son of JeUOaliar, the sondsjehu'.kingof Israel,laying, Come, let us lee one auorher in t!ie face. 'iS And Jbafh king of Israel sent'to Amaziah kingosjndah, frying, The thistle that ivas in Lebanon sent to the ce-' dar that ivas in Lebanon, saying, Give thy (laughter to my sou to wise: and there passed by a wild beast that ivas i;i Lebanon, andtrod'e down the thistle.
19 Thou slyest, Lo,'thou half "smitten the Edomites; aiul thine hearr lifteth thee up to boast: abide now at home; why mouldest thou meddle %a tAi/tf hurt, thattlion Ihonldcst fall, euen thou, and j udah with thee?
■70 But Amaziah would not hear; for it enme- of Qod, that he might deliver them into the hand of their enemies, because they sought after the gods of Edom.
it 80 JoaiFitheking^uf Israel went up: and they saw1 one another in the face, b&th he and Amaziah king os Judah, at BethIhemelh, which hfjkiigeth to Judah.
iz And Judah Tvas put to the worse before Israel', and they, fled every man to his tent.
23 And Joafh the king of Israel took 'A.ma/.iahkingof Judali.the sonofJoalh, thcsonpfJciioaiiaz^tB^th-stieinestl.and
brought him to Jerusalem, and brake Mown the wall of Jerusalem from the
I gate of Ephraim to the corner ga^e, four hundred cubits.•
14 And hetookM t'^ejold and thefil> ver, and all the vessels that Were found in jthe house of God" with Obed-edom, and |the treasures of the king's house, the hostages also, and returned to Samaria. : 5^1 And Amazialjtheson ofjoafh king of Judah iived after the death ofjoalh son !of Jehoaha/ king'oF Israel fifteen years. if) Now the rest or" the acts of Aiuazinh, first and last, behold, are they not written in the book of the kings ofjudah aud Israel >
"27 t\ Now after the time that Amaziali did turn away froni following the Lord they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem, and he fled to Lachilh : but they sent to Lachith as^er him, and stew him there.
5 S And they brought him upon horses, and buried him with his fathers in the city of Judah.
v Hap. xxvr.
1 UzzJ/ih succecJeth his father. 16 He• in-vadtth the prices office, and is smitten ivith leprisf.' xi tie dieth, and Jtthaix sucezedeth him.'
THEN all the people ofjudah took Uzziah, who wo sixteen years oh!, and made him king in the room of his father Amaziah.
?. He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah after that the king slept with his fathers.
. 3 Sixteen ycare old ivas Uzziah when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty and two years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also tuns Jccoliah of Jerusalem.
4 And he did that ivhich mas right in the light of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah did.
5 And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he fought the Lord, God made him vo prosper.
6 And he went forth and wa rred against the Philistines, Tuhi brake down the wall of G:rtli, and the wall of Jabneh, and the wall of Alhdod, and built cities about Alhdod, and among the Philistine*.
7 And God helped him against t»L" Philistines, and againstthe Arabians that dwelt in Giu-baal, arid the Mehunim<
8 And the Ammonites gave gifts w Uzziah: and his name spread abroad even to the entering in of Egypt i f°v nr strengthened ArW^f exceedingly
9 Moreover Uzziah .built towers in Jerusalem at the corner gate, and at the