2 Kings 15 (New International Version)

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Azariah King of Judah

15:1-7pp -- 2Ch 26:3-4,21-23

1 In the twenty-seventh year of Jeroboam king of Israel, Azariah1 son of Amaziah king of Judah began to reign. 2 He was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-two years. His mother's name was Jecoliah; she was from Jerusalem. 3 He did what was right2 in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father Amaziah had done. 4 The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there. 5 The LORD afflicted3 the king with leprosya until the day he died, and he lived in a separate house.b4 Jotham5 the king's son had charge of the palace6 and governed the people of the land. 6 As for the other events of Azariah's reign, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? 7 Azariah rested7 with his fathers and was buried near them in the City of David. And Jotham8 his son succeeded him as king.

Zechariah King of Israel

8 In the thirty-eighth year of Azariah king of Judah, Zechariah son of Jeroboam became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned six months. 9 He did evil9 in the eyes of the LORD, as his fathers had done. He did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit. 10 Shallum son of Jabesh conspired against Zechariah. He attacked him in front of the people,c assassinated10 him and succeeded him as king. 11 The other events of Zechariah's reign are written in the book of the annals11 of the kings of Israel. 12 So the word of the LORD spoken to Jehu was fulfilled:12 "Your descendants will sit on the throne of Israel to the fourth generation."d

Shallum King of Israel

13 Shallum son of Jabesh became king in the thirty-ninth year of Uzziah king of Judah, and he reigned in Samaria13 one month. 14 Then Menahem son of Gadi went from Tirzah14 up to Samaria. He attacked Shallum son of Jabesh in Samaria, assassinated15 him and succeeded him as king. 15 The other events of Shallum's reign, and the conspiracy he led, are written in the book of the annals16 of the kings of Israel. 16 At that time Menahem, starting out from Tirzah, attacked Tiphsah17 and everyone in the city and its vicinity, because they refused to open18 their gates. He sacked Tiphsah and ripped open all the pregnant women.

Menahem King of Israel

17 In the thirty-ninth year of Azariah king of Judah, Menahem son of Gadi became king of Israel, and he reigned in Samaria ten years. 18 He did evil19 in the eyes of the LORD. During his entire reign he did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit. 19 Then Pule20 king of Assyria invaded the land, and Menahem gave him a thousand talentsf of silver to gain his support and strengthen his own hold on the kingdom. 20 Menahem exacted this money from Israel. Every wealthy man had to contribute fifty shekelsg of silver to be given to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria withdrew21 and stayed in the land no longer. 21 As for the other events of Menahem's reign, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel? 22 Menahem rested with his fathers. And Pekahiah his son succeeded him as king.

Pekahiah King of Israel

23 In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah, Pekahiah son of Menahem became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned two years. 24 Pekahiah did evil22 in the eyes of the LORD. He did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit. 25 One of his chief officers, Pekah23 son of Remaliah, conspired against him. Taking fifty men of Gilead with him, he assassinated24 Pekahiah, along with Argob and Arieh, in the citadel of the royal palace at Samaria. So Pekah killed Pekahiah and succeeded him as king. 26 The other events of Pekahiah's reign, and all he did, are written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel.

Pekah King of Israel

27 In the fifty-second year of Azariah king of Judah, Pekah25 son of Remaliah26 became king of Israel in Samaria, and he reigned twenty years. 28 He did evil in the eyes of the LORD. He did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which he had caused Israel to commit. 29 In the time of Pekah king of Israel, Tiglath-Pileser27 king of Assyria came and took Ijon,28 Abel Beth Maacah, Janoah, Kedesh and Hazor. He took Gilead and Galilee, including all the land of Naphtali,29 and deported30 the people to Assyria. 30 Then Hoshea31 son of Elah conspired against Pekah son of Remaliah. He attacked and assassinated32 him, and then succeeded him as king in the twentieth year of Jotham son of Uzziah. 31 As for the other events of Pekah's reign, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals33 of the kings of Israel?

Jotham King of Judah

15:33-38pp -- 2Ch 27:1-4,7-9

32 In the second year of Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel, Jotham34 son of Uzziah king of Judah began to reign. 33 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. His mother's name was Jerusha daughter of Zadok. 34 He did what was right35 in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father Uzziah had done. 35 The high places,36 however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there. Jotham rebuilt the Upper Gate37 of the temple of the LORD. 36 As for the other events of Jotham's reign, and what he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? 37 (In those days the LORD began to send Rezin38 king of Aram and Pekah son of Remaliah against Judah.) 38 Jotham rested with his fathers and was buried with them in the City of David, the city of his father. And Ahaz his son succeeded him as king.
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