He did evil1 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 Pula2 king of Assyria invaded the land, and Menahem gave him a thousand talentsb 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 shekelsc of silver to be given to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria withdrew3 and stayed in the land no longer.