1 In the second year of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel reigned Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah.
2 He was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.
3 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, yet not like David his father: he did according to all things as Joash his father did.
4 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: as yet the people did sacrifice and burnt incense on the high places.
5 And it came to pass, as soon as the kingdom was confirmed in his hand, that he slew his servants which had slain the king his father.
6 But the children of the murderers he slew not: according unto that which is written in the book of the law of Moses, wherein the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own sin.
7 He slew of Edom in the valley of salt ten thousand, and took Selah by war, and called the name of it Joktheel unto this day.
8 Then Amaziah sent messengers to Jehoash, the son of Jehoahaz son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us look one another in the face.
9 And Jehoash the 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.
10 Thou hast indeed smitten Edom, and thine heart hath lifted thee up: glory of this, and tarry at home: for why shouldest thou meddle to thy hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah with thee?
11 But Amaziah would not hear. Therefore Jehoash king of Israel went up; and he and Amaziah king of Judah looked one another in the face at Bethshemesh, which belongeth to Judah.
12 And Judah was put to the worse before Israel; and they fled every man to their tents.
13 And Jehoash king of Israel took Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Jehoash the son of Ahaziah, at Bethshemesh, and came to Jerusalem, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate of Ephraim unto the corner gate, four hundred cubits.
14 And he took all the gold and silver, and all the vessels that were found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king's house, and hostages, and returned to Samaria.
15 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoash which he did, and his might, and how he fought with Amaziah king of Judah, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
16 And Jehoash slept with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel; and Jeroboam his son reigned in his stead.
17 And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the death of Jehoash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years.
18 And the rest of the acts of Amaziah, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
19 Now they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem: and he fled to Lachish; but they sent after him to Lachish, and slew him there.
20 And they brought him on horses: and he was buried at Jerusalem with his fathers in the city of David.
21 And all the people of Judah took Azariah, which was sixteen years old, and made him king instead of his father Amaziah.
22 He built Elath, and restored it to Judah, after that the king slept with his fathers.
23 In the fifteenth year of Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel began to reign in Samaria, and reigned forty and one years.
24 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.
25 He restored the coast of Israel from the entering of Hamath unto the sea of the plain, according to the word of the LORD God of Israel, which he spake by the hand of his servant Jonah, the son of Amittai, the prophet, which was of Gathhepher.
26 For the LORD saw the affliction of Israel, that it was very bitter: for there was not any shut up, nor any left, nor any helper for Israel.
27 And the LORD said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.
28 Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, and all that he did, and his might, how he warred, and how he recovered Damascus, and Hamath, which belonged to Judah, for Israel, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
29 And Jeroboam slept with his fathers, even with the kings of Israel; and Zachariah his son reigned in his stead.
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The book of 2 Kings in the King James Version (KJV) of the Holy Bible is the second part of the historical narrative of the kings of Israel and Judah. It covers the period of time from the reign of King Ahaziah of Judah to the reign of King Jehoiachin of Judah. Chapter 14 of 2 Kings is a continuation of the events that took place in the previous chapters, which focused on the reigns of King Jehoram of Judah and King Jehu of Israel. In this chapter, we see the reigns of King Amaziah of Judah and King Jeroboam II of Israel, and their actions and consequences. The main themes of this chapter include the consequences of disobedience, the sovereignty of God, and the importance of seeking guidance from God. This chapter serves as a reminder of the consequences of disobedience and the faithfulness of God in fulfilling His promises.
Chapter 14 of 2 Kings begins with the reign of King Amaziah of Judah. He was the son of King Joash and became king at the age of 25. Amaziah was described as a king who did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, but not with a fully devoted heart. He did not remove the high places where the people of Judah continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense. These high places were places of idolatry and were strictly forbidden by God. However, despite his shortcomings, Amaziah sought guidance from the Lord and followed the Law of Moses.
After establishing his reign, Amaziah led a military campaign against the Edomites, who were descendants of Esau. The Edomites had rebelled against the rule of Judah during the reign of Amaziah’s father, King Joash. Amaziah gathered a large army of 300,000 men to fight against the Edomites. However, before going to battle, he sought guidance from the Lord. The Lord warned Amaziah not to take the soldiers of Israel with him, as they were not faithful to the Lord. Amaziah obeyed and sent the Israelite soldiers back home, but he still defeated the Edomites and took control of their capital city, Sela. He also brought back the gods of the Edomites and set them up as his own gods, which was a direct violation of God’s commandment.
After the victory over the Edomites, Amaziah became proud and sent a challenge to King Jehoash of Israel. He wanted to go to battle against Israel and regain the territories that Israel had taken from Judah during the reign of Amaziah’s father. However, Jehoash warned Amaziah not to provoke trouble, as he had already defeated Judah and taken treasures from the temple and palace. But Amaziah did not listen and went to battle against Israel. The battle resulted in the defeat of Judah, and Amaziah was captured by Jehoash. The Israelites also broke down the wall of Jerusalem and took treasures from the temple and palace. Amaziah was later released and returned to Jerusalem, but he was assassinated by his own people.
After the defeat of Judah, King Jehoash continued to rule over Israel for 16 years. He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam, which he had caused Israel to commit. However, the Lord showed mercy to Israel and did not destroy them completely, as He had promised to preserve a remnant of Israel. Jehoash also had victory over the Ammonites, who had attacked Israel. This victory was a result of the Lord’s intervention, as Jehoash consulted with the prophet Elisha before going to battle.
After 16 years of ruling over Israel, King Jehoash died and was succeeded by his son, Jeroboam II. Jeroboam II also did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and continued to follow the sins of Jeroboam. However, God showed mercy to Israel and gave Jeroboam II a long and successful reign. He restored the borders of Israel and regained territories that had been lost to Syria. He also had victory over the Syrians in the city of Hamath and made Israel a powerful and prosperous nation.
Chapter 14 of 2 Kings serves as a reminder of the consequences of disobedience and the faithfulness of God in fulfilling His promises. Amaziah’s downfall was a result of his pride and disobedience to God’s commandments. Despite being warned by King Jehoash, he still went to battle against Israel and suffered defeat. This serves as a lesson for us to seek guidance from God and listen to His counsel in all our decisions. Furthermore, the victory of Jeroboam II over the Syrians was a result of his seeking guidance from God through the prophet Elisha. This highlights the importance of seeking God’s guidance and following His will rather than our own desires.
The reign of both Amaziah and Jeroboam II also serves as a reminder of the sovereignty of God. Despite their disobedience and evil deeds, God still showed mercy and fulfilled His promises to preserve a remnant of Israel. This shows that God is in control of all things and His plans will come to pass, regardless of the actions of men. The downfall of Amaziah and the success of Jeroboam II were both a part of God’s plan to fulfill His promises to the nation of Israel.
Moreover, the actions of Amaziah and Jeroboam II also highlight the importance of remaining faithful to God and not turning away from His commandments. Both kings started off their reigns with good intentions, but they were eventually led astray by their own desires and pride. This serves as a warning for us to remain steadfast in our faith and not be swayed by the temptations of this world.
In conclusion, chapter 14 of 2 Kings in the KJV Holy Bible is a continuation of the historical narrative of the kings of Israel and Judah. It serves as a reminder of the consequences of disobedience, the sovereignty of God, and the importance of seeking guidance from God. The downfall of Amaziah and the success of Jeroboam II were both a part of God’s plan to fulfill His promises to the nation of Israel. This chapter serves as a lesson for us to remain faithful to God and seek His guidance in all our decisions, so that we may avoid the consequences of disobedience and experience the blessings of His faithfulness.