1After Jehoash had been ruling Israel for almost two years, Joash's son Amaziah became the king of Judah.
2He was 25 years old when he started to rule, and he ruled in Jerusalem for 29 years. His mother was Jehoaddin; she was from Jerusalem.
3Amaziah did many things that pleased Yahweh, but he did not do as many things that pleased Yahweh as King David had done. He did some of the good things that his father Joash had done.
4But, like his father, he did not tear down the places for worshipping Yahweh at pagan shrines. The people continued to burn incense to honor Yahweh on those hills instead of in Jerusalem, the place that Yahweh had appointed.
5As soon as he was completely in control of his kingdom, he caused to be executed the officials who had murdered his father.
6But he did not execute their children. He obeyed what was written in the laws that God gave to Moses: “Parents must not be executed for the crimes/sins committed by their children, and children must not be executed for crimes/sins committed by their parents. People must be executed only for the sins that they themselves have committed.”
7Amaziah's soldiers killed ten thousand soldiers of the Edom people-group in the Valley of Salt south of the Dead Sea, and they captured Sela city and gave it a new name, Joktheel. That is still its name.
8Then Amaziah sent messengers to King Jehoash of Israel, saying “Come here and let's talk together.”
9But King Jehoash replied to King Amaziah: “Once a thornbush growing in the mountains in Lebanon sent a message to a cedar tree, saying, ‘Give your daughter to my son in order that he may marry her.’ But a wild animal in Lebanon passed by the thornbush and trampled it.
10The meaning of what I am saying is that your army has defeated the army of Edom, so now you have become very proud. But you should be content with defeating the people of Edom, and allow your soldiers to stay at home. If you cause trouble by fighting against us, you will surely RHQ cause a disaster to happen to you and to your people.”
11But Amaziah refused to heed Jehoash's message. So he marched with his army to fight against the Israeli army at Beth-Shemesh city in Judah.
12The Israeli army defeated the army of Judah, and all the soldiers of Judah fled and ran back home.
13Jehoash's army also captured King Amaziah there, and they also marched to Jerusalem and tore down the wall that was around the city, from the Ephraim Gate to the Corner Gate. That was a section that was about ◄200 yards/180 meters► long.
14Jehoash's soldiers seized all the gold and silver that they found, and all the utensils that were in the temple, and all the valuable things that were in the palace, and took them to Samaria. They also took to Samaria some prisoners whom they had captured.
15If you want to know about all the other things that Jehoash did when he was king, including when he and his army fought against the army of King Amaziah of Judah, they are written in the scroll called ❛The History of the Kings of Israel❜.
16Jehoash died EUP, and he was buried in Samaria, where the other kings of Israel had been buried. Then his son Jeroboam #2 became the king.
17Amaziah, the king of Judah, lived for fifteen more years after Jehoash, the king of Israel, died.
18If you want to know more about everything else that Amaziah did, it is written RHQ in the scroll called ❛The History of the Kings of Judah❜.
19Some people in Jerusalem plotted against Amaziah, so he fled to Lachish city. But they followed him there and killed him.
20They took his corpse back to Jerusalem and buried it where his ancestors had been buried, in the part of Jerusalem called ❛The City of David❜.
21Then all the people of Judah appointed Amaziah's son Uzziah, when he was sixteen years old, to be their king
22After his father died, Uzziah's workers captured Elath city, and it came under the control of Judah again.
23When Amaziah had been ruling Judah for almost fifteen years, Jeroboam #2 became the king of Israel. He ruled in Samaria city for forty-one years.
24He did many things that Yahweh considered to be evil. He did not stop committing the same kind of sins that Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, committed, sins which led the Israeli people to sin also.
25His soldiers conquered again some of the territory that had previously belonged to Israel, from Hamath city in the north to the Dead Sea in the south. That is what Yahweh, the God whom the Israelis worshiped, promised the prophet Jonah, the son of Amittai, from Gath-Hepher town, would happen.
26That happened because Yahweh saw that the Israelis' enemies were causing the Israelis to suffer very much. And there was absolutely no one IDM who would help them.
27But Yahweh said that he would not destroy Israel completely, so he enabled King Jeroboam #2 to rescue them.
28If you want to know more about everything else that Jeroboam #2 did, about his fighting courageously in battles, and about his enabling the Israelis to capture again Damascus and Hamath cities, they are written RHQ in the scroll called ❛The History of the Kings of Israel❜.
29Jeroboam #2 died EUP, and was buried where the other kings of Israel were buried, and his son Zechariah became the king.