1611 King James Bible

2 Chronicles 25

Amaziah beginneth to reign well.

2 Chronicles 25:1 Amaziah [was] twentie and fiue yeeres olde when hee began to reigne, and hee reigned twentie and nine yeeres in Ierusalem, and his mothers name [was] Iehoadan of Ierusalem. 2 Chronicles 25:2 And hee did that which [was] right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfite heart.

He executeth justice on the traitors.

2 Chronicles 25:3 Now it came to passe when the kingdome was established to him, that he slew his seruants, that had killed the king his father. 2 Chronicles 25:4 But hee slewe not their children, but [did] as it [is] written in the Law in the booke of Moses, where the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not die for the children, neither shall the children die for the fathers; but euery man shall die for his owne sinne.

Having hired an army of Israelites against the Edomites, at the word of a prophet he loseth the hundred talents, and dismisseth them.

2 Chronicles 25:5 Moreouer, Amaziah gathered Iudah together, and made them Captaines ouer thousands, and captaines ouer hundreds, according to the houses of their fathers, throughout all Iudah and Beniamin: And he numbred them from twentie yeeres olde and aboue, and found them three hundred thousand choice men, [able] to goe foorth to warre, that could handle speare and shield. 2 Chronicles 25:6 Hee hired also an hundred thousand mightie men of valour, out of Israel, for an hundred talents of siluer. 2 Chronicles 25:7 But there came a man of God to him, saying, O king, let not the armie of Israel goe with thee: for the LORD [is] not with Israel, [to wit], with all the children of Ephraim. 2 Chronicles 25:8 But if thou wilt goe, doe [it], bee strong for the battell: God shall make thee fall before the enemy: for God hath power to helpe, and to cast downe. 2 Chronicles 25:9 And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall wee doe for the hundred talents which I haue giuen to the armie of Israel? And the man of God answered, The LORD is able to giue thee much more then this.

The Israelites, discontented with their dismission, spoil as they return home.

2 Chronicles 25:10 Then Amaziah separated them, [to wit], the armie that was come to him out of Ephraim, to goe home againe. Wherfore their anger was greatly kindled against Iudah, and they returned home in great anger.

He overthroweth the Edomites.

2 Chronicles 25:11 And Amaziah strengthened himselfe, and ledde foorth his people, and went to the valley of salt, and smote of the children of Seir, ten thousand. 2 Chronicles 25:12 And [other] ten thousand [left] aliue, did the children of Iudah cary away captiue, and brought them vnto the top of the rocke, and cast them downe from the top of the rocke, that they all were broken in pieces.

The Israelites, discontented with their dismission, spoil as they return home.

2 Chronicles 25:13 But the souldiers of the army which Amaziah sent backe, that they should not goe with him to battell, fell vpon the cities of Iudah, from Samaria euen vnto Beth-horon, and smote three thousand of them, and took much spoile.

Amaziah, proud of his victory, serveth the gods of Edom, and despiseth the admonitions of the prophet.

2 Chronicles 25:14 Now it came to passe, after that Amaziah was come from the slaughter of the Edomites, that hee brought the gods of the children of Seir, and set them vp to be his gods, and bowed down himselfe before them, and burned incense vnto them. 2 Chronicles 25:15 Wherfore the anger of the LORD was kindled against Amaziah, and hee sent vnto him a Prophet, which said vnto him, Why hast thou sought after the gods of the people, which could not deliuer their owne people out of thine hand? 2 Chronicles 25:16 And it came to passe as hee talked with him, that [the king] said vnto him, Art thou made of the Kings counsell? forbeare; why shouldest thou be smitten? Then the Prophet forbare, and said, I know that God hath determined to destroy thee, because thou hast done this, and hast not hearkened vnto my counsell.

He provoketh Joash to his overthrow.

2 Chronicles 25:17 Then Amaziah king of Iudah tooke aduice, and sent to Ioash the sonne of Iehoahaz the sonne of Iehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let vs see one another in the face. 2 Chronicles 25:18 And Ioash king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Iudah, saying, The thistle that [was] in Lebanon, sent to the Cedar that [was] in Lebanon, saying, Giue thy daughter to my sonne to wife: and there passed by a wild beast that [was] in Lebanon, and trode downe the thistle. 2 Chronicles 25:19 Thou sayest, Loe, thou hast smitten the Edomites, and thine heart lifteth thee vp to boast. Abide now at home, why shouldest thou meddle to [thine] hurt, that thou shouldest fall, [euen] thou, and Iudah with thee? 2 Chronicles 25:20 But Amaziah would not heare: for it [came] of God, that he might deliuer them into the hand [of their enemies], because they sought after the gods of Edom. 2 Chronicles 25:21 So Ioash the King of Israel went vp, and they saw one another in the face, [both] hee and Amaziah King of Iudah at Beth-shemesh, which [belongeth] to Iudah. 2 Chronicles 25:22 And Iudah was put to the worse before Israel, and they fled euery man to his tent. 2 Chronicles 25:23 And Ioash the king of Israel tooke Amaziah king of Iudah the son of Ioash, the son of Ioahaz, at Bethshemesh, and brought him to Ierusalem, and brake downe the wall of Ierusalem, from the gate of Ephraim to the corner gate, foure hundred cubits. 2 Chronicles 25:24 And [hee tooke] all the gold and the siluer, and all the vessels that were found in the house of God with Obed-Edom, and the treasures of the kings house, the hostages also, and returned to Samaria.

His reign.

2 Chronicles 25:25 And Amaziah the sonne of Ioash King of Iudah liued after the death of Ioash sonne of Iehoahaz king of Israel, fifteene yeeres. 2 Chronicles 25:26 Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, first and last, behold, [are] they not written in the booke of the Kings of Iudah and Israel?

He is slain by conspiracy.

2 Chronicles 25:27 Now after the time that Amaziah did turne away from following the LORD, they made a conspiracie against him in Ierusalem, and he fled to Lachish: but they sent to Lachish after him, and slew him there. 2 Chronicles 25:28 And they brought him vpon horses, and buried him with his fathers in the citie of Iudah.

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