Menahem son of Gadi began to rule over Israel in the thirty-ninth year of King Uzziah's reign in Judah. He reigned in Samaria ten years.
But Menahem did what was evil in the LORD's sight. During his entire reign, he refused to turn from the sins of idolatry that Jeroboam son of Nebat had led Israel to commit.
Then King Tiglath-pileser a of Assyria invaded the land. But Menahem paid him thirty-seven tons b of silver to gain his support in tightening his grip on royal power.
Menahem extorted the money from the rich of Israel, demanding that each of them pay twenty ounces c of silver in the form of a special tax. So the king of Assyria turned from attacking Israel and did not stay in the land.
The rest of the events in Menahem's reign and all his deeds are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Israel.
When Menahem died, his son Pekahiah became the next king.
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