1 In the three and twentieth year of Joash the son of Ahaziah, king
of Judah, Jehoahaz the son of Jehu began to reign over Israel in Samaria,
and reigned seventeen years. 2 He did that which was evil in the
sight of Yahweh, and followed the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, with
which he made Israel to sin; he didnít depart from it. 3 The anger of
Yahweh was kindled against Israel, and he delivered them into the hand of
Hazael king of Syria, and into the hand of Benhadad the son of Hazael,
continually. 4 Jehoahaz begged Yahweh, and Yahweh listened to him; for he
saw the oppression of Israel, how that the king of Syria oppressed them.
5 (Yahweh gave Israel a savior, so that they went out from under the hand
of the Syrians; and the children of Israel lived in their tents as before.
6 Nevertheless they didnít depart from the sins of the house of Jeroboam,
with which he made Israel to sin, but walked therein: and there remained the
Asherah also in Samaria.) 7 For he didnít leave to Jehoahaz of the people
save fifty horsemen, and ten chariots, and ten thousand footmen; for the king
of Syria destroyed them, and made them like the dust in threshing. 8 Now
the rest of the acts of Jehoahaz, and all that he did, and his might, arenít
they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
9 Jehoahaz slept with his fathers; and they buried him in Samaria: and
Joash his son reigned in his place. 10 In the thirty-seventh year of Joash
king of Judah began Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz to reign over Israel in
Samaria, and reigned sixteen years. 11 He did that which was evil
in the sight of Yahweh; he didnít depart from all the sins of Jeroboam the
son of Nebat, with which he made Israel to sin; but he walked therein.
12 Now the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, and his might
with which he fought against Amaziah king of Judah, arenít they written in
the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? 13 Joash slept with his
fathers; and Jeroboam sat on his throne: and Joash was buried in Samaria with
the kings of Israel. 14 Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof
he died: and Joash the king of Israel came down to him, and wept over him,
and said, My father, my father, the chariots of Israel 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 Israel, Put your hand on the bow; and he
put his hand on it. Elisha laid his hands on the kingís hands.
17 He said, Open the window eastward; and he opened it. Then Elisha said,
Shoot; and he shot. He said, Yahwehís arrow of victory, even the arrow of
victory over Syria; for you shall strike the Syrians in Aphek, until you have
consumed them. 18 He said, Take the arrows; and he took them. He said to
the king of Israel, 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 Syria until you had consumed it,
whereas now you shall strike Syria but thrice. 20 Elisha died, and they
buried him. Now the bands of the Moabites 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 Hazael king of Syria oppressed Israel all the days of Jehoahaz.
23 But Yahweh was gracious to them, and had compassion on them, and had
respect to them, because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and
would not destroy them, neither cast he them from his presence as yet.
24 Hazael king of Syria died; and Benhadad his son reigned in his place.
25 Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz took again out of the hand of Benhadad the
son of Hazael the cities which he had taken out of the hand of Jehoahaz his
father by war. Three times did Joash strike him, and recovered the cities of
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