Amaziah called the people of Judah together and assigned them according to their families to commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds for all Judah and Benjamin. He then mustered1 those twenty years old2 or more and found that there were three hundred thousand men ready for military service,3 able to handle the spear and shield.
He also hired a hundred thousand fighting men from Israel for a hundred talentsa of silver.
But a man of God came to him and said, "O king, these troops from Israel4 must not march with you, for the LORD is not with Israel--not with any of the people of Ephraim.
Even if you go and fight courageously in battle, God will overthrow you before the enemy, for God has the power to help or to overthrow."59
Amaziah asked the man of God, "But what about the hundred talents I paid for these Israelite troops?" The man of God replied, "The LORD can give you much more than that."610
So Amaziah dismissed the troops who had come to him from Ephraim and sent them home. They were furious with Judah and left for home in a great rage.7