Shallum son of Jabesh conspired against Zechariah. He attacked him in front of the people,a assassinated1 him and succeeded him as king.
The other events of Zechariah's reign are written in the book of the annals2 of the kings of Israel.
So the word of the LORD spoken to Jehu was fulfilled:3 "Your descendants will sit on the throne of Israel to the fourth generation."b
Shallum son of Jabesh became king in the thirty-ninth year of Uzziah king of Judah, and he reigned in Samaria4 one month.
Then Menahem son of Gadi went from Tirzah5 up to Samaria. He attacked Shallum son of Jabesh in Samaria, assassinated6 him and succeeded him as king.
The other events of Shallum's reign, and the conspiracy he led, are written in the book of the annals7 of the kings of Israel.
At that time Menahem, starting out from Tirzah, attacked Tiphsah8 and everyone in the city and its vicinity, because they refused to open9 their gates. He sacked Tiphsah and ripped open all the pregnant women.
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.
He did evil10 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.
Then Pulc11 king of Assyria invaded the land, and Menahem gave him a thousand talentsd of silver to gain his support and strengthen his own hold on the kingdom.
Menahem exacted this money from Israel. Every wealthy man had to contribute fifty shekelse of silver to be given to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria withdrew12 and stayed in the land no longer.