1 In the three and twentieth year of Yo'ash the son of Achazyah, king of Yehudah, Yeho'achaz the son of Yehu began to reign over Yisra'el in Shomron, [and reigned] seventeen years.
2 He did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, and followed the sins of Yarov`am the son of Nevat, with which he made Yisra'el to sin; he didn't depart from it.
3 The anger of the LORD was kindled against Yisra'el, and he delivered them into the hand of Haza'el king of Aram, and into the hand of Ben-Hadad the son of Haza'el, continually.
4 Yeho'achaz begged the LORD, and the LORD listened to him; for he saw the oppression of Yisra'el, how that the king of Aram oppressed them.
5 (the LORD gave Yisra'el a savior, so that they went out from under the hand of the Aram; and the children of Yisra'el lived in their tents as before.
6 Nevertheless they didn't depart from the sins of the house of Yarov`am, with which he made Yisra'el to sin, but walked therein: and there remained the Asherah also in Shomron.)
7 For he didn't leave to Yeho'achaz of the people save fifty horsemen, and ten chariots, and ten thousand footmen; for the king of Aram destroyed them, and made them like the dust in threshing.
8 Now the rest of the acts of Yeho'achaz, and all that he did, and his might, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Yisra'el?
9 Yeho'achaz slept with his fathers; and they buried him in Shomron: and Yo'ash his son reigned in his place.
10 In the thirty-seventh year of Yo'ash king of Yehudah began Yeho'ash the son of Yeho'achaz to reign over Yisra'el in Shomron, [and reigned] sixteen years.
11 He did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD; he didn't depart from all the sins of Yarov`am the son of Nevat, with which he made Yisra'el to sin; but he walked therein.
12 Now the rest of the acts of Yo'ash, and all that he did, and his might with which he fought against Amatzyah king of Yehudah, aren't they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Yisra'el?
13 Yo'ash slept with his fathers; and Yarov`am sat on his throne: and Yo'ash was buried in Shomron with the kings of Yisra'el.
14 Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died: and Yo'ash the king of Yisra'el came down to him, and wept over him, and said, My father, my father, the chariots of Yisra'el and the horsemen of it!
15 Elisha said to him, Take bow and arrows; and he took to him bow and arrows.
16 He said to the king of Yisra'el, Put your hand on the bow; and he put his hand [on it]. Elisha laid his hands on the king's hands.
17 He said, Open the window eastward; and he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot; and he shot. He said, the LORD's arrow of victory, even the arrow of victory over Aram; for you shall strike the Aram in Afek, until you have consumed them.
18 He said, Take the arrows; and he took them. He said to the king of Yisra'el, Smite on the ground; and he struck thrice, and stayed.
19 The man of God was angry with him, and said, You should have struck five or six times: then had you struck Aram until you had consumed it, whereas now you shall strike Aram but thrice.
20 Elisha died, and they buried him. Now the bands of the Mo`avim invaded the land at the coming in of the year.
21 It happened, as they were burying a man, that behold, they spied a band; and they cast the man into the tomb of Elisha: and as soon as the man touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.
22 Haza'el king of Aram oppressed Yisra'el all the days of Yeho'achaz.
23 But the LORD was gracious to them, and had compassion on them, and had respect to them, because of his covenant with Avraham, Yitzchak, and Ya`akov, and would not destroy them, neither cast he them from his presence as yet.
24 Haza'el king of Aram died; and Ben-Hadad his son reigned in his place.
25 Yeho'ash the son of Yeho'achaz took again out of the hand of Ben-Hadad the son of Haza'el the cities which he had taken out of the hand of Yeho'achaz his father by war. Three times did Yo'ash strike him, and recovered the cities of Yisra'el.