14:1 So Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the
city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his
days the land was quiet ten years.
14:2 And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the
LORD his God:
14:3 For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high
places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves:
14:4 And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and
to do the law and the commandment.
14:5 Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah the high
places and the images: and the kingdom was quiet before him.
14:6 And he built fenced cities in Judah: for the land had rest,
and he had no war in those years; because the LORD had given
14:7 Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and
make about them walls, and towers, gates, and bars, while the
land is yet before us; because we have sought the LORD our
God, we have sought him, and he hath given us rest on every
side. So they built and prospered.
14:8 And Asa had an army of men that bare targets and spears, out
of Judah three hundred thousand; and out of Benjamin, that
bare shields and drew bows, two hundred and fourscore
thousand: all these were mighty men of valour.
14:9 And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an
host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and
came unto Mareshah.
14:10 Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in
array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.
14:11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is
nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them
that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on
thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD,
thou art our God; let no man prevail against thee.
14:12 So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah;
and the Ethiopians fled.
14:13 And Asa and the people that were with him pursued them unto
Gerar: and the Ethiopians were overthrown, that they could not
recover themselves; for they were destroyed before the LORD,
and before his host; and they carried away very much spoil.
14:14 And they smote all the cities round about Gerar; for the fear
of the LORD came upon them: and they spoiled all the cities;
for there was exceeding much spoil in them.
14:15 They smote also the tents of cattle, and carried away sheep
and camels in abundance, and returned to Jerusalem.
15:1 And the Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded:
15:2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me,
Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while
ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you;
but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.
15:3 Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God,
and without a teaching priest, and without law.
15:4 But when they in their trouble did turn unto the
LORD God of
Israel, and sought him, he was found of them.
15:5 And in those times there was no peace to him that went out,
nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the
inhabitants of the countries.
15:6 And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God
did vex them with all adversity.
15:7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for
your work shall be rewarded.
15:8 And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the
prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols
out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the
cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the
altar of the LORD, that was before the porch of the LORD.
15:9 And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers with
them out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon: for they
fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the LORD his God was with him.
15:10 So they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem in the third
month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa.
15:11 And they offered unto the LORD the same time, of the spoil
which they had brought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand
15:12 And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD
God of their
fathers with all their heart and with all their soul;
15:13 That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be
put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.
15:14 And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice, and with
shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets.
15:15 And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with
all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and
he was found of them: and the LORD gave them rest round about.
15:16 And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he
removed her from being queen, because she had made an idol in
a grove: and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt
it at the brook Kidron.
15:17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel:
nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.
15:18 And he brought into the house of God the things that his
father had dedicated, and that he himself had dedicated,
silver, and gold, and vessels.
15:19 And there was no more war unto the five and thirtieth year of
the reign of Asa.
16:1 In the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa Baasha king
of Israel came up against Judah, and built Ramah, to the
intent that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of
16:2 Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of
the house of the LORD and of the king's house, and sent to
Benhadad king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying,
16:3 There is a league between me and thee, as there was between my
father and thy father: behold, I have sent thee silver and
gold; go, break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he
may depart from me.
16:4 And Benhadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of
his armies against the cities of Israel; and they smote Ijon,
and Dan, and Abelmaim, and all the store cities of Naphtali.
16:5 And it came to pass, when Baasha heard it, that he left off
building of Ramah, and let his work cease.
16:6 Then Asa the king took all Judah; and they carried away the
stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha was
building; and he built therewith Geba and Mizpah.
16:7 And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah,
and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of
Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the
host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand.
16:8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very
many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on
the LORD, he delivered them into thine hand.
16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole
earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose
heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly:
therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
16:10 Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison
house; for he was in a rage with him because of this thing.
And Asa oppressed some of the people the same time.
16:11 And, behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are
written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
16:12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased
in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his
disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.
16:13 And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and
fortieth year of his reign.
16:14 And they buried him in his own sepulchres, which he had made
for himself in the city of David, and laid him in the bed
which was filled with sweet odours and divers kinds of spices
prepared by the apothecaries' art: and they made a very great
burning for him.
17:1 And Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead, and strengthened
himself against Israel.
17:2 And he placed forces in all the fenced cities of Judah, and
set garrisons in the land of Judah, and in the cities of
Ephraim, which Asa his father had taken.
17:3 And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the
first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim;
17:4 But sought to the Lord God of his father, and walked in his
commandments, and not after the doings of Israel.
17:5 Therefore the LORD stablished the kingdom in his hand; and all
Judah brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he had riches and
honour in abundance.
17:6 And his heart was lifted up in the ways of the LORD: moreover
he took away the high places and groves out of Judah.
17:7 Also in the third year of his reign he sent to his princes,
even to Benhail, and to Obadiah, and to Zechariah, and to
Nethaneel, and to Michaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah.
17:8 And with them he sent Levites, even Shemaiah, and Nethaniah,
and Zebadiah, and Asahel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehonathan, and
Adonijah, and Tobijah, and Tobadonijah, Levites; and with them
Elishama and Jehoram, priests.
17:9 And they taught in Judah, and had the book of the law of the
LORD with them, and went about throughout all the cities of
Judah, and taught the people.
17:10 And the fear of the LORD fell upon all the kingdoms of the
lands that were round about Judah, so that they made no war
17:11 Also some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents, and
tribute silver; and the Arabians brought him flocks, seven
thousand and seven hundred rams, and seven thousand and seven
hundred he goats.
17:12 And Jehoshaphat waxed great exceedingly; and he built in Judah
castles, and cities of store.
17:13 And he had much business in the cities of Judah: and the men
of war, mighty men of valour, were in Jerusalem.
17:14 And these are the numbers of them according to the house of
their fathers: Of Judah, the captains of thousands; Adnah the
chief, and with him mighty men of valour three hundred
17:15 And next to him was Jehohanan the captain, and with him two
hundred and fourscore thousand.
17:16 And next him was Amasiah the son of Zichri, who willingly
offered himself unto the LORD; and with him two hundred
thousand mighty men of valour.
17:17 And of Benjamin; Eliada a mighty man of valour, and with him
armed men with bow and shield two hundred thousand.
17:18 And next him was Jehozabad, and with him an hundred and
fourscore thousand ready prepared for the war.
17:19 These waited on the king, beside those whom the king put in
the fenced cities throughout all Judah.
18:1 Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined
affinity with Ahab.
18:2 And after certain years he went down to Ahab to Samaria. And
Ahab killed sheep and oxen for him in abundance, and for the
people that he had with him, and persuaded him to go up with
him to Ramothgilead.
18:3 And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah,
Wilt thou go with me to Ramothgilead? And he answered him, I
am as thou art, and my people as thy people; and we will be
with thee in the war.
18:4 And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray
thee, at the word of the LORD to day.
18:5 Therefore the king of Israel gathered together of prophets
four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall we go to
Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go
up; for God will deliver it into the king's hand.
18:6 But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the
LORD besides, that we might enquire of him?
18:7 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one
man, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for
he never prophesied good unto me, but always evil: the same is
Micaiah the son of Imla. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the
king say so.
18:8 And the king of Israel called for one of his officers, and
said, Fetch quickly Micaiah the son of Imla.
18:9 And the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat king of Judah sat
either of them on his throne, clothed in their robes, and they
sat in a void place at the entering in of the gate of Samaria;
and all the prophets prophesied before them.
18:10 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah had made him horns of iron,
and said, Thus saith the LORD, With these thou shalt push
Syria until they be consumed.
18:11 And all the prophets prophesied so, saying, Go up to
Ramothgilead, and prosper: for the LORD shall deliver it into
the hand of the king.
18:12 And the messenger that went to call Micaiah spake to him,
saying, Behold, the words of the prophets declare good to the
king with one assent; let thy word therefore, I pray thee, be
like one of their's, and speak thou good.
18:13 And Micaiah said, As the LORD liveth, even what my God saith,
that will I speak.
18:14 And when he was come to the king, the king said unto him,
Micaiah, shall we go to Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I
forbear? And he said, Go ye up, and prosper, and they shall be
delivered into your hand.
18:15 And the king said to him, How many times shall I adjure thee
that thou say nothing but the truth to me in the name of the LORD?
18:16 Then he said, I did see all Israel scattered upon the
mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd: and the LORD said,
These have no master; let them return therefore every man to
his house in peace.
18:17 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, Did I not tell
thee that he would not prophesy good unto me, but evil?
18:18 Again he said, Therefore hear the word of the LORD; I saw the
LORD sitting upon his throne, and all the host of heaven
standing on his right hand and on his left.
18:19 And the LORD said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that
he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one spake saying
after this manner, and another saying after that manner.
18:20 Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the
said, I will entice him. And the LORD said unto him,
18:21 And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth
of all his prophets. And the Lord said, Thou shalt entice him,
and thou shalt also prevail: go out, and do even so.
18:22 Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the
mouth of these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil
18:23 Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near, and smote
Micaiah upon the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of
the LORD from me to speak unto thee?
18:24 And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see on that day when thou
shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself.
18:25 Then the king of Israel said, Take ye Micaiah, and carry him
back to Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king's
18:26 And say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the prison,
and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of
affliction, until I return in peace.
18:27 And Micaiah said, If thou certainly return in peace, then hath
not the LORD spoken by me. And he said, Hearken, all ye
18:28 So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went
up to Ramothgilead.
18:29 And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise
myself, and I will go to the battle; but put thou on thy
robes. So the king of Israel disguised himself; and they went
to the battle.
18:30 Now the king of Syria had commanded the captains of the
chariots that were with him, saying, Fight ye not with small
or great, save only with the king of Israel.
18:31 And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw
Jehoshaphat, that they said, It is the king of Israel.
Therefore they compassed about him to fight: but Jehoshaphat
cried out, and the LORD helped him; and God moved them to
depart from him.
18:32 For it came to pass, that, when the captains of the chariots
perceived that it was not the king of Israel, they turned back
again from pursuing him.
18:33 And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king
of Israel between the joints of the harness: therefore he said
to his chariot man, Turn thine hand, that thou mayest carry me
out of the host; for I am wounded.
18:34 And the battle increased that day: howbeit the king of Israel
stayed himself up in his chariot against the Syrians until the
even: and about the time of the sun going down he died.
19:1 And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in
peace to Jerusalem.
19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and
said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and
love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee
from before the LORD.
19:3 Nevertheless there are good things found in thee, in that thou
hast taken away the groves out of the land, and hast prepared
thine heart to seek God.
19:4 And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he went out again
through the people from Beersheba to mount Ephraim, and
brought them back unto the LORD God of their fathers.
19:5 And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities
of Judah, city by city,
19:6 And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not
for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.
19:7 Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed
and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor
respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.
19:8 Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the Levites, and
of the priests, and of the chief of the fathers of Israel, for
the judgment of the LORD, and for controversies, when they
returned to Jerusalem.
19:9 And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the fear of
the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.
19:10 And what cause soever shall come to you of your brethren that
dwell in your cities, between blood and blood, between law and
commandment, statutes and judgments, ye shall even warn them
that they trespass not against the LORD, and so wrath come
upon you, and upon your brethren: this do, and ye shall not
19:11 And, behold, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all
matters of the LORD; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the
ruler of the house of Judah, for all the king's matters: also
the Levites shall be officers before you. Deal courageously,
and the LORD shall be with the good.
20:1 It came to pass after this also, that the children of Moab,
and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the
Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.
20:2 Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, There
cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on
this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which
20:3 And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the
proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
20:4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the
LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek
20:5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and
Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,
20:6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in
heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the
heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so
that none is able to withstand thee?
20:7 Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of
this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed
of Abraham thy friend for ever?
20:8 And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary
therein for thy name, saying,
20:9 If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or
pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy
presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee
in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.
20:10 And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount
Seir, whom thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came
out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and
destroyed them not;
20:11 Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of
thy possession, which thou hast given us to inherit.
20:12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might
against this great company that cometh against us; neither
know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
20:13 And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones,
their wives, and their children.
20:14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah,
the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons
of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the
20:15 And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of
Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto
you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great
multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.
20:16 To morrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the
cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook,
before the wilderness of Jeruel.
20:17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves,
stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O
Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go
out against them: for the LORD will be with you.
20:18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground:
and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the
20:19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the
children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of
Israel with a loud voice on high.
20:20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the
wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood
and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem;
Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established;
believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.
20:21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed
singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of
holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise
the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever.
20:22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD
ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount
Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
20:23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the
inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them:
and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir,
every one helped to destroy another.
20:24 And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness,
they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead
bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.
20:25 And when Jehoshaphat and his people came to take away the
spoil of them, they found among them in abundance both riches
with the dead bodies, and precious jewels, which they stripped
off for themselves, more than they could carry away: and they
were three days in gathering of the spoil, it was so much.
20:26 And on the fourth day they assembled themselves in the valley
of Berachah; for there they blessed the LORD: therefore the
name of the same place was called, The valley of Berachah,
unto this day.
20:27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and
Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem
with joy; for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their
20:28 And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and
trumpets unto the house of the LORD.
20:29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those
countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against
the enemies of Israel.
20:30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him
rest round about.
20:31 And Jehoshaphat reigned over Judah: he was thirty and five
years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and
five years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Azubah the
daughter of Shilhi.
20:32 And he walked in the way of Asa his father, and departed not
from it, doing that which was right in the sight of the LORD.
20:33 Howbeit the high places were not taken away: for as yet the
people had not prepared their hearts unto the God of their
20:34 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, first and last,
behold, they are written in the book of Jehu the son of
Hanani, who is mentioned in the book of the kings of Israel.
20:35 And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with
Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly:
20:36 And he joined himself with him to make ships to go to
Tarshish: and they made the ships in Eziongaber.
20:37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against
Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy works. And the ships were
broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.
21:1 Now Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers, and was buried with
his fathers in the city of David. And Jehoram his son reigned
in his stead.
21:2 And he had brethren the sons of Jehoshaphat, Azariah, and
Jehiel, and Zechariah, and Azariah, and Michael, and
Shephatiah: all these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of
21:3 And their father gave them great gifts of silver, and of gold,
and of precious things, with fenced cities in Judah: but the
kingdom gave he to Jehoram; because he was the firstborn.
21:4 Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father, he
strengthened himself, and slew all his brethren with the
sword, and divers also of the princes of Israel.
21:5 Jehoram was thirty and two years old when he began to reign,
and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem.
21:6 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did
the house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife:
and he wrought that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD.
21:7 Howbeit the LORD would not destroy the house of David, because
of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he
promised to give a light to him and to his sons for ever.
21:8 In his days the Edomites revolted from under the dominion of
Judah, and made themselves a king.
21:9 Then Jehoram went forth with his princes, and all his chariots
with him: and he rose up by night, and smote the Edomites
which compassed him in, and the captains of the chariots.
21:10 So the Edomites revolted from under the hand of Judah unto
this day. The same time also did Libnah revolt from under his
hand; because he had forsaken the LORD God of his fathers.
21:11 Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah and
caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and
compelled Judah thereto.
21:12 And there came a writing to him from Elijah the prophet,
saying, Thus saith the LORD God of David thy father, Because
thou hast not walked in the ways of Jehoshaphat thy father,
nor in the ways of Asa king of Judah,
21:13 But hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast
made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whoring,
like to the whoredoms of the house of Ahab, and also hast
slain thy brethren of thy father's house, which were better
21:14 Behold, with a great plague will the LORD smite thy people,
and thy children, and thy wives, and all thy goods:
21:15 And thou shalt have great sickness by disease of thy bowels,
until thy bowels fall out by reason of the sickness day by
21:16 Moreover the LORD stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the
Philistines, and of the Arabians, that were near the
21:17 And they came up into Judah, and brake into it, and carried
away all the substance that was found in the king's house, and
his sons also, and his wives; so that there was never a son
left him, save Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons.
21:18 And after all this the LORD smote him in his bowels with an
21:19 And it came to pass, that in process of time, after the end of
two years, his bowels fell out by reason of his sickness: so
he died of sore diseases. And his people made no burning for
him, like the burning of his fathers.
21:20 Thirty and two years old was he when he began to reign, and he
reigned in Jerusalem eight years, and departed without being
desired. Howbeit they buried him in the city of David, but not
in the sepulchres of the kings.
22:1 And the inhabitants of Jerusalem made Ahaziah his youngest son
king in his stead: for the band of men that came with the
Arabians to the camp had slain all the eldest. So Ahaziah the
son of Jehoram king of Judah reigned.
22:2 Forty and two years old was Ahaziah when he began to reign,
and he reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother's name also
was Athaliah the daughter of Omri.
22:3 He also walked in the ways of the house of Ahab: for his
mother was his counsellor to do wickedly.
22:4 Wherefore he did evil in the sight of the LORD like the house
of Ahab: for they were his counsellors after the death of his
father to his destruction.
22:5 He walked also after their counsel, and went with Jehoram the
son of Ahab king of Israel to war against Hazael king of Syria
at Ramothgilead: and the Syrians smote Joram.
22:6 And he returned to be healed in Jezreel because of the wounds
which were given him at Ramah, when he fought with Hazael king
of Syria. And Azariah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went
down to see Jehoram the son of Ahab at Jezreel, because he was
22:7 And the destruction of Ahaziah was of God by coming to Joram:
for when he was come, he went out with Jehoram against Jehu
the son of Nimshi, whom the LORD had anointed to cut off the
house of Ahab.
22:8 And it came to pass, that, when Jehu was executing judgment
upon the house of Ahab, and found the princes of Judah, and
the sons of the brethren of Ahaziah, that ministered to
Ahaziah, he slew them.
22:9 And he sought Ahaziah: and they caught him, (for he was hid in
Samaria,) and brought him to Jehu: and when they had slain
him, they buried him: Because, said they, he is the son of
Jehoshaphat, who sought the LORD with all his heart. So the
house of Ahaziah had no power to keep still the kingdom.
22:10 But when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was
dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal of the house
22:11 But Jehoshabeath, the daughter of the king, took Joash the son
of Ahaziah, and stole him from among the king's sons that were
slain, and put him and his nurse in a bedchamber. So
Jehoshabeath, the daughter of king Jehoram, the wife of
Jehoiada the priest, (for she was the sister of Ahaziah,) hid
him from Athaliah, so that she slew him not.
22:12 And he was with them hid in the house of God six years: and
Athaliah reigned over the land.
23:1 And in the seventh year Jehoiada strengthened himself, and
took the captains of hundreds, Azariah the son of Jeroham, and
Ishmael the son of Jehohanan, and Azariah the son of Obed, and
Maaseiah the son of Adaiah, and Elishaphat the son of Zichri,
into covenant with him.
23:2 And they went about in Judah, and gathered the Levites out of
all the cities of Judah, and the chief of the fathers of
Israel, and they came to Jerusalem.
23:3 And all the congregation made a covenant with the king in the
house of God. And he said unto them, Behold, the king's son
shall reign, as the LORD hath said of the sons of David.
23:4 This is the thing that ye shall do; A third part of you
entering on the sabbath, of the priests and of the Levites,
shall be porters of the doors;
23:5 And a third part shall be at the king's house; and a third
part at the gate of the foundation: and all the people shall
be in the courts of the house of the LORD.
23:6 But let none come into the house of the LORD, save the
priests, and they that minister of the Levites; they shall go
in, for they are holy: but all the people shall keep the watch
of the LORD.
23:7 And the Levites shall compass the king round about, every man
with his weapons in his hand; and whosoever else cometh into
the house, he shall be put to death: but be ye with the king
when he cometh in, and when he goeth out.
23:8 So the Levites and all Judah did according to all things that
Jehoiada the priest had commanded, and took every man his men
that were to come in on the sabbath, with them that were to go
out on the sabbath: for Jehoiada the priest dismissed not the
23:9 Moreover Jehoiada the priest delivered to the captains of
hundreds spears, and bucklers, and shields, that had been king
David's, which were in the house of God.
23:10 And he set all the people, every man having his weapon in his
hand, from the right side of the temple to the left side of
the temple, along by the altar and the temple, by the king
23:11 Then they brought out the king's son, and put upon him the
crown, and gave him the testimony, and made him king. And
Jehoiada and his sons anointed him, and said, God save the
23:12 Now when Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and
praising the king, she came to the people into the house of
23:13 And she looked, and, behold, the king stood at his pillar at
the entering in, and the princes and the trumpets by the king:
and all the people of the land rejoiced, and sounded with
trumpets, also the singers with instruments of musick, and
such as taught to sing praise. Then Athaliah rent her clothes,
and said, Treason, Treason.
23:14 Then Jehoiada the priest brought out the captains of hundreds
that were set over the host, and said unto them, Have her
forth of the ranges: and whoso followeth her, let him be slain
with the sword. For the priest said, Slay her not in the house
of the LORD.
23:15 So they laid hands on her; and when she was come to the
entering of the horse gate by the king's house, they slew her
23:16 And Jehoiada made a covenant between him, and between all the
people, and between the king, that they should be the LORD's
23:17 Then all the people went to the house of Baal, and brake it
down, and brake his altars and his images in pieces, and slew
Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.
23:18 Also Jehoiada appointed the offices of the house of the
LORD by the hand of the priests the Levites, whom David had
distributed in the house of the LORD, to offer the burnt
offerings of the LORD, as it is written in the law of Moses,
with rejoicing and with singing, as it was ordained by David.
23:19 And he set the porters at the gates of the house of the
that none which was unclean in any thing should enter in.
23:20 And he took the captains of hundreds, and the nobles, and the
governors of the people, and all the people of the land, and
brought down the king from the house of the LORD: and they
came through the high gate into the king's house, and set the
king upon the throne of the kingdom.
23:21 And all the people of the land rejoiced: and the city was
quiet, after that they had slain Athaliah with the sword.
24:1 Joash was seven years old when he began to reign, and he
reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was
Zibiah of Beersheba.
24:2 And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the
LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.
24:3 And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and he begat sons and
24:4 And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to
repair the house of the LORD.
24:5 And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said
to them, Go out unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all
Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to
year, and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the Levites
hastened it not.
24:6 And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto him,
Why hast thou not required of the Levites to bring in out of
Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, according to the
commandment of Moses the servant of the LORD, and of the
congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness?
24:7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up the
house of God; and also all the dedicated things of the house
of the LORD did they bestow upon Baalim.
24:8 And at the king's commandment they made a chest, and set it
without at the gate of the house of the LORD.
24:9 And they made a proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to
bring in to the LORD the collection that Moses the servant of
God laid upon Israel in the wilderness.
24:10 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced, and brought
in, and cast into the chest, until they had made an end.
24:11 Now it came to pass, that at what time the chest was brought
unto the king's office by the hand of the Levites, and when
they saw that there was much money, the king's scribe and the
high priest's officer came and emptied the chest, and took it,
and carried it to his place again. Thus they did day by day,
and gathered money in abundance.
24:12 And the king and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the work of
the service of the house of the LORD, and hired masons and
carpenters to repair the house of the LORD, and also such as
wrought iron and brass to mend the house of the LORD.
24:13 So the workmen wrought, and the work was perfected by them,
and they set the house of God in his state, and strengthened
24:14 And when they had finished it, they brought the rest of the
money before the king and Jehoiada, whereof were made vessels
for the house of the LORD, even vessels to minister, and to
offer withal, and spoons, and vessels of gold and silver. And
they offered burnt offerings in the house of the LORD continually all the days of Jehoiada.
24:15 But Jehoiada waxed old, and was full of days when he died; an
hundred and thirty years old was he when he died.
24:16 And they buried him in the city of David among the kings,
because he had done good in Israel, both toward God, and
toward his house.
24:17 Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and
made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.
24:18 And they left the house of the LORD God of their fathers, and
served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and
Jerusalem for this their trespass.
24:19 Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the
LORD; and they testified against them: but they would not give
24:20 And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada
the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them,
Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the LORD, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the
LORD, he hath also forsaken you.
24:21 And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at
the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the LORD.
24:22 Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada
his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he
died, he said, The LORD look upon it, and require it.
24:23 And it came to pass at the end of the year, that the host of
Syria came up against him: and they came to Judah and
Jerusalem, and destroyed all the princes of the people from
among the people, and sent all the spoil of them unto the king
24:24 For the army of the Syrians came with a small company of men,
and the LORD delivered a very great host into their hand,
because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. So
they executed judgment against Joash.
24:25 And when they were departed from him, (for they left him in
great diseases,) his own servants conspired against him for
the blood of the sons of Jehoiada the priest, and slew him on
his bed, and he died: and they buried him in the city of
David, but they buried him not in the sepulchres of the kings.
24:26 And these are they that conspired against him; Zabad the son
of Shimeath an Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith a
24:27 Now concerning his sons, and the greatness of the burdens laid
upon him, and the repairing of the house of God, behold, they
are written in the story of the book of the kings. And Amaziah
his son reigned in his stead.
25:1 Amaziah was twenty and five years old when he began to reign,
and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his
mother's name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.
25:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the
not with a perfect heart.
25:3 Now it came to pass, when the kingdom was established to him,
that he slew his servants that had killed the king his father.
25:4 But he slew not their children, but did as it is written in
the law in the book of Moses, where the LORD commanded,
saying, The fathers shall not die for the children, neither
shall the children die for the fathers, but every man shall
die for his own sin.
25:5 Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together, and made them
captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, according
to the houses of their fathers, throughout all Judah and
Benjamin: and he numbered them from twenty years old and
above, and found them three hundred thousand choice men, able
to go forth to war, that could handle spear and shield.
25:6 He hired also an hundred thousand mighty men of valour out of
Israel for an hundred talents of silver.
25:7 But there came a man of God to him, saying, O king, let not
the army of Israel go with thee; for the LORD is not with
Israel, to wit, with all the children of Ephraim.
25:8 But if thou wilt go, do it; be strong for the battle: God
shall make thee fall before the enemy: for God hath power to
help, and to cast down.
25:9 And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do for
the hundred talents which I have given to the army of Israel?
And the man of God answered, The LORD is able to give thee
much more than this.
25:10 Then Amaziah separated them, to wit, the army that was come to
him out of Ephraim, to go home again: wherefore their anger
was greatly kindled against Judah, and they returned home in
25:11 And Amaziah strengthened himself, and led forth his people,
and went to the valley of salt, and smote of the children of
Seir ten thousand.
25:12 And other ten thousand left alive did the children of Judah
carry away captive, and brought them unto the top of the rock,
and cast them down from the top of the rock, that they all
were broken in pieces.
25:13 But the soldiers 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 smote three
thousand of them, and took much spoil.
25:14 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.
25:15 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?
25:16 And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king said
unto him, Art thou made of the king's counsel? forbear; why
shouldest thou be smitten? Then the prophet forbare, and said,
I know that God hath determined to destroy thee, because thou
hast done this, and hast not hearkened unto my counsel.
25:17 Then Amaziah king 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.
25:18 And Joash king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah,
saying, The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that
was in Lebanon, saying, Give thy daughter to my son to wife:
and there passed by a wild beast that was in Lebanon, and
trode down the thistle.
25:19 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?
25:20 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.
25:21 So Joash the king of Israel went up; and they saw one another
in the face, both he and Amaziah king of Judah, at
Bethshemesh, which belongeth to Judah.
25:22 And Judah was put to the worse before Israel, and they fled
every man to his tent.
25:23 And Joash the king of Israel took Amaziah king 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 corner gate, four hundred cubits.
25:24 And he took all the gold and the silver, and all the vessels
that were found in the house of God with Obededom, and the
treasures of the king's house, the hostages also, and returned
25:25 And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the
death of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years.
25:26 Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, first and last, behold,
are they not written in the book of the kings of Judah and
25:27 Now after the time that Amaziah did turn away from following
the LORD they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem; and
he fled to Lachish: but they sent to Lachish after him, and
slew him there.
25:28 And they brought him upon horses, and buried him with his
fathers in the city of Judah.
26:1 Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen
years old, and made him king in the room of his father
26:2 He built Eloth, and restored it to Judah, after that the king
slept with his fathers.
26:3 Sixteen years old was Uzziah when he began to reign, and he
reigned fifty and two years in Jerusalem. His mother's name
also was Jecoliah of Jerusalem.
26:4 And he did that which was right in the sight of the
according to all that his father Amaziah did.
26:5 And he sought God in the days of Zechariah, who had
understanding in the visions of God: and as long as he sought
the LORD, God made him to prosper.
26:6 And he went forth and warred against the Philistines, and
brake down the wall of Gath, and the wall of Jabneh, and the
wall of Ashdod, and built cities about Ashdod, and among the
26:7 And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the
Arabians that dwelt in Gurbaal, and the Mehunims.
26:8 And the Ammonites gave gifts to Uzziah: and his name spread
abroad even to the entering in of Egypt; for he strengthened
26:9 Moreover Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the corner gate,
and at the valley gate, and at the turning of the wall, and
26:10 Also he built towers in the desert, and digged many wells: for
he had much cattle, both in the low country, and in the
plains: husbandmen also, and vine dressers in the mountains,
and in Carmel: for he loved husbandry.
26:11 Moreover Uzziah had an host of fighting men, that went out to
war by bands, according to the number of their account by the
hand of Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the ruler, under the
hand of Hananiah, one of the king's captains.
26:12 The whole number of the chief of the fathers of the mighty men
of valour were two thousand and six hundred.
26:13 And under their hand was an army, three hundred thousand and
seven thousand and five hundred, that made war with mighty
power, to help the king against the enemy.
26:14 And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the host shields,
and spears, and helmets, and habergeons, and bows, and slings
to cast stones.
26:15 And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to
be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and
great stones withal. And his name spread far abroad; for he
was marvellously helped, till he was strong.
26:16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his
destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and
went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the
altar of incense.
26:17 And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him
fourscore priests of the LORD, that were valiant men:
26:18 And they withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him, It
appertaineth not unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the LORD, but to the priests the sons of Aaron, that are
consecrated to burn incense: go out of the sanctuary; for thou
hast trespassed; neither shall it be for thine honour from the LORD God.
26:19 Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a censer in his hand to burn
incense: and while he was wroth with the priests, the leprosy
even rose up in his forehead before the priests in the house
of the LORD, from beside the incense altar.
26:20 And Azariah the chief priest, and all the priests, looked upon
him, and, behold, he was leprous in his forehead, and they
thrust him out from thence; yea, himself hasted also to go
out, because the LORD had smitten him.
26:21 And Uzziah the king was a leper unto the day of his death, and
dwelt in a several house, being a leper; for he was cut off
from the house of the LORD: and Jotham his son was over the
king's house, judging the people of the land.
26:22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, first and last, did Isaiah
the prophet, the son of Amoz, write.
26:23 So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his
fathers in the field of the burial which belonged to the
kings; for they said, He is a leper: and Jotham his son
reigned in his stead.