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and flew him on his Bed: but they buried him not in the Sepulchres of the Kings.

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 Araaziah his Son reigned in his stead.

IT is observed by the learned Dr. Lightsoot, That the Murder of Zacharias the Prophet in the Court of the Temples was the Beginning of the Ruin of Judah, whereby they plainly (hew'd, that they despised and rejected the Lord, his Temple, Priesthood, and Prophecy; and from that Time did their State decay, of which they were forewarn'd by the Prophet Hosea,

Chap. iv. Ver. 1 Hear the Word of the Lord, ye Children of Israel: for the Lord hath a Controversy with the Inhabitants of the Land, because there is no Truth, nor Mercy, nor Knowledge of God in the Land.

2 By Swearing, and Lying, and Killing, and Stealing, and committing Adultery, they break out, and Blood toucheth Blood.

3 Therefore shall the Land Mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall Languish, with the Beasts of the Field, and with the Fowls of Heaven, yea, the Fishes of the Sea also shall be taken away.

4 Yet let no Man strive, nor reprove another: for thy People are as they that strive with the Priest.

5 Therefore shalt thou fall in the Day, and the Prophet also shall fall with thee in the Night, and I will destroy thy Mother.

6 My People are Destroyed for Lack of Knowledge: because thou hast rejected Knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no Priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the Law of thy God, I will also forget thy Children.

XL KINGS, IL KINGS, CHAP. XIII.

1 Jehoahaz his wicked Reign. 3 Jehoahaz oppressed by Hazael, is relieved by Prayer. 8 Joast succeedeth him: 10 His wicked Reign, 12 Jeroboam succeedeth him. 14 Elista dying, prophesteth to Joast three Victories over the Syrians. 20 The Moabites invading the Land, Elista's Bones raise up a dead Man. 22 Hazael dying, Joast getteth three Victories over Benhadad.

Ver. 1 TN the three and twentieth Year of Joafh the Son JL of Ahaziah King of Judah, Jehoahaz began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned Seventeen Years.

2 And he did that which was Evil in the sight of the Lord, and followed the Sins of Jeroboam, which made Israel to sin, he departed not therefrom.

3 And the Anger of the Lord 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, all their Days.

4 And Jehoahaz Besought the Lord, and the Lord Hearkned unto him: for he saw the Oppression of Israel, because the King of Syria opprefled them.

5 (And the Lord gave Israel a Saviour, so that they went out from under the Hand of the Syrians: and the Children of Israel dwelt in their Tents, as beforetime.

6 Nevertheless they departed not from the Sins of the House of Jeroboam, but walked therein, and there remained the Grove also in Samaria.)

7 Neither did he leave of the People to Jehoahaz, but fifty Horsemen, and ten Chariots, and ten thousand Footmen; for the King of Syria had destroyed them, and had made them like the Dust by Threshing.

9 And Jehoahaz slept with his Fathers, and they buried him in Samaria, and Joafh his Son reigned in his stead.

10 In the thirty and seventh Year of Joafh King of Judah, began Jehoafh the Son of Jehoahaz to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned sixteen Years.

11 And he did that which was evil in the fight of the Lord; he departed not from all the Sins of Jeroboam.

12 And the rest of the Acts of Joafh, and all that he did, and his Might wherewith he fought against Amaziah King

of of Judah, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?

13 And Joash slept with his Fathers, and Jeroboam sat upon his Throne: and Joash was buried in iiamaria with the Kings of Israel.

14 Now Elisha was sallen fick of his Sicknefs whereof he died, and Joash the King of Israel came down unto him, and Wept over his Face, and said, O my Father, my Father, the Chariot of Israel, and the Horsemen thereof.

15 And Elisha said unto him, Take Bow and Arrows: and he took unto him Bow and Arrows.

16 And he said to the King of Israel, Put thine Hand upon the Bow: and he put his Hand upon it: and Elisha put his Hands upon the King's Hands.

17 And he said, Open the Window Eastward : and he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot: and he shot. And he said, The Arrow of the Lord's Deliverance, and the Arrow of Deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them.

18 And he said, Take the Arrows: and he took them. And he said unto the King of Israel, Smite upon the Ground: and he smote thrice, and stayed.

19 And the Man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldft have smitten five or fix times, then hadst thou smitten Syria, till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.

II. C HRO N. CHAP. XXV.

1 Amazidh beginneth to reign well: 3 He execute//) Justice upon the Traitors: 5 Having hired an Army of Israelites against the Edomites, at the Word of a Prophet, he lo set b the hundred Talents, and dismiffith them: 11 He overt hroweth the Edomites. 13 The Israelites discontented with their Dismission, spoil as they return home. 14 Amaz.iab proud of his Viclories, serveth the Gods of Edom, and despisrtb the Admonitions of the Prophet: 1 7 He provoketh joaj!) to his Overthrow: 25 His Reign: 27 He is fain by Conspiracy.

Ver. 1 A MAZIAH was twenty and five Years old when Jlx he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and nine Years in Jerusalem.

2 And he did that which was Right in the fight of the Lord, b.ut not with a Perfect Heart.

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.

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.

5 Moreover, Amaziah gathered Judah together, and Benjamin: and he numbred 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.

6 He hired also an hundred thousand mighty Men of Valour out of Israel, for an hundred Talents of Silver.

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.

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.

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.

10 Then Amaziah separated the Army that was come to him out of Ephraim, to go home again: and they returned home in great Anger.

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.

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 were broken all in pieces.

13 But the Soldiers of the Army which Amaziah sent back, that they should not go with him to Battle, sell upon the Cities of Judah, from Samaria even unto Beth-horon, and smote three thousand of them, and took much Spoil.

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

God:, Gods, and Bowed down himself before them, and burned Incense unto them.

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.

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 shouldst 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 Hearkned unto my Counsel.

17 Then Amaziah King of Judah took Advice, and sent to Joash, saying, Come, let us fee one another in the Face.

18 And Joash King of Israel sent to Amaziah, saying, The Thistle that was in Lebanon, sent to the Cedar that was in Lebanon, faying, Give me thy Daughter to my Son to Wife: and there passed by a wild Beast that was in Lebanon, and trod down the Thistle.

19 Thou fayest, Lo, thou hast smitten the Edomites, and thine Heart Lifteth thee up to boast: abide now at home, why shouldst thou meddle to thine Hurt, that thou shouldst fall, even thou and Judah with thee?

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.

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 Beth-shemesh, which belongcth to Judah.

22 And Judah was put to the worse before Israel, and they fled every Man to his Tent.

23 And Joash the King of Israel took Amaziah King of Tudah the Son of Joash, the Son of Jehoahaz, at Bethshemesh, and brought him to Jerusalem, and brake down the Wall of Jerusalem, four hundred Cubits.

24 And he took all the Gold, and the Silver, and all the Vessels that were found in the House of God with Obed-edom, and the Treasures of the King's House, the Hostages also, and returned to Samaria.

2; And Amaziah the Son of Joash King os Judah, lived aster the Death of Joash Son of Jehoahaz King of Israel, fifteen Years.

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