2 Chronicles 25

1 Amatsyah was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem (Yerushalayim). His mother’s name was Yehoaddan of Yerushalayim.

2 And he did that which was right in the sight of יהוה, but not with a perfect heart.

3 Now it came to pass, when the kingdom was established to him, that he slew his servants that had killed the king his father.

4 But he slew not their children, but did as it is written in the Torah in the Book of Moses (Mosheh), where יהוה 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.”

5 Moreover Amatsyah gathered Judah (Yehudah) together, and made them captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, according to the houses of their fathers, throughout all Judah (Yehudah) and Benjamin (Binyamin); 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 a hundred thousand mighty men of valour out of Yisrael for a hundred talents of silver.

7 But there came a man of God (Elohim) to him, saying, “O king, let not the army of Yisrael go with you, for יהוה is not with Yisrael, nor with all the children of Efrayim.

8 But if you wilt go, do it, be strong for the battle. God (Elohim) shall make you fall before the enemy, for God (Elohim) hath power to help, and to cast down.”

9 And Amatsyah said to the man of God (Elohim), “But what shall we do for the hundred talents which I have given to the army of Yisrael?” And the man of God (Elohim) answered, “יהוה is able to give you much more than this.”

10 Then Amatsyah separated them, the army that was come to him out of Efrayim, to go home again; wherefore their anger was greatly kindled against Judah (Yehudah), and they returned home in great anger.

11 And Amatsyah strengthened himself, and led forth his people, and went to the valley of salt, and smote of the children of Seir ten thousand.

12 And other ten thousand left alive did the children of Judah (Yehudah) 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.

13 But the soldiers of the army which Amatsyah sent back, that they should not go with him to battle, fell upon the cities of Judah (Yehudah), from Samaria (Shomeron) even unto Beit-Choron, and smote three thousand of them, and took much spoil.

14 Now it came to pass, after that Amatsyah was come from the slaughter of the Edomites, that he brought the gods (elohim) of the children of Seir, and set them up to be his gods (elohim), and bowed down himself before them, and burned incense unto them.

15 Wherefore the anger of יהוה was kindled against Amatsyah, and He sent unto him a prophet, who said unto him, “Why have you sought after the gods (elohim) of the people, which could not deliver their own people out of your hand?”

16 And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king said unto him, “Are you made of the king’s counsel? Forbear; why shouldest you be smitten?” Then the prophet forbare, and said, “I know that God (Elohim) hath determined to destroy you, because you have done this, and hast not hearkened unto my counsel.”

17 Then Amatsyah king of Judah (Yehudah) took advice, and sent to Yoash, the son of Yehoachaz, the son of Yehu, king of Yisrael, saying, “Come, let us face one another.”

18 And Yoash king of Yisrael sent to Amatsyah king of Judah (Yehudah), saying, “The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, ‘Give your daughter to my son as wife; and there passed by a wild beast that was in Lebanon, and trode down the thistle.

19 You sayest, “Behold, you have smitten the Edomites; and your heart lifteth you up to boast; abide now at home; why shouldest you meddle to your hurt, that you shouldest fall, even you, and Judah (Yehudah) with you?”

20 But Amatsyah would not hear; for it came of God (Elohim), that He might deliver them into the hand of their enemies, because they sought after the gods (elohim) of Edom.

21 So Yoash the king of Yisrael went up; and they faced one another, both he and Amatsyah king of Judah (Yehudah), at Beit-Shemesh, which belongeth to Judah (Yehudah).

22 And Judah (Yehudah) was put to the worse before Yisrael, and they fled every man to his tent.

23 And Yoash the king of Yisrael took Amatsyah king of Judah (Yehudah), the son of Yoash, the son of Yehoachaz, at Beit-Shemesh, and brought him to Jerusalem (Yerushalayim), and broke down the wall of Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) from the gate of Efrayim to the corner gate, four hundred cubits.

24 And he took all the gold and the silver, and all the vessels that were found in the house of God (Elohim) with Oved-Edom, and the treasures of the king’s house, the hostages also, and returned to Samaria (Shomeron).

25 And Amatsyah the son of Yoash king of Judah (Yehudah) lived after the death of Yoash son of Yehoachaz king of Yisrael fifteen years.

26 Now the rest of the acts of Amatsyah, first and last, behold, are they not written in the book of the kings of Judah (Yehudah) and Yisrael?

27 Now after the time that Amatsyah did turn away from following יהוה they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem (Yerushalayim); and he fled to Lachish, but they sent to Lachish after him, and slew him there.

28 And they brought him upon horses, and buried him with his fathers in the city of Judah (Yehudah).