But the soldiersa of the army which Amaziah sent back , that they should not go with him to battle,fell upon the cities of Judah, from Samaria even unto Bethhoron, and smotethreethousand of them, and tookmuchspoil.14
Now it came to pass, after that Amaziah was come from the slaughter of the Edomites, that he brought the gods of the children of Seir, and set them up to be his gods, and bowed down himself before them, and burned incense unto them.
Wherefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against Amaziah, and he sent unto him a prophet, which said unto him, Why hast thou sought after the gods of the people, which could not deliver their own people out of thine hand?16
And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king said unto him, Art thou made of the king'scounsel ? forbear ; why shouldest thou be smitten ? Then the prophetforbare , and said , I know that God hath determinedb to destroy thee, because thou hast done this, and hast not hearkened unto my counsel.17
Then Amaziahking of Judah took advice , and sent to Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu,king of Israel,saying , Come , let us see one another in the face.18
And Joashking of Israelsent to Amaziahking of Judah,saying , The thistlec that was in Lebanonsent to the cedar that was in Lebanon,saying , Give thy daughter to my son to wife: and there passed by a wildbeast that was in Lebanon, and trode down the thistle.19
Thou sayest , Lo, thou hast smitten the Edomites; and thine heart lifteth thee up to boast : abide now at home; why shouldest thou meddle to thine hurt, that thou shouldest fall , even thou, and Judah with thee?
But Amaziah would not hear ; for it came of God, that he might deliver them into the hand of their enemies, because they sought after the gods of Edom.21
So Joash the king of Israel went up ; and they saw one another in the face, both he and Amaziahking of Judah, at Bethshemesh, which belongeth to Judah.22
And Judah was put to the worsebeforeIsrael, and they fled every man to his tent.23
And Joash the king of IsraeltookAmaziahking of Judah, the son of Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, at Bethshemesh, and brought him to Jerusalem, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate of Ephraim to the cornerdgate,fourhundredcubits.