2 Kings 14:1-29, NLT
2 Kings 14
Amaziah Rules in Judah
1Amaziah son of Joash began to rule over Judah in the second year of the reign of King Jehoash*14:1 Hebrew Joash, a variant spelling of Jehoash; also in 14:13, 23, 27. of Israel.
5When Amaziah was well established as king, he executed the officials who had assassinated his father.
7Amaziah also killed 10,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt. He also conquered Sela and changed its name to Joktheel, as it is called to this day.
8One day Amaziah sent messengers with this challenge to Israel’s king Jehoash, the son of Jehoahaz and grandson of Jehu: “Come and meet me in battle!”*14:8 Hebrew Come, let us look one another in the face.
9But King Jehoash of Israel replied to King Amaziah of Judah with this story: “Out in the Lebanon mountains, a thistle sent a message to a mighty cedar tree: ‘Give your daughter in marriage to my son.’ But just then a wild animal of Lebanon came by and stepped on the thistle, crushing it!
10“You have indeed defeated Edom, and you are proud of it. But be content with your victory and stay at home! Why stir up trouble that will only bring disaster on you and the people of Judah?”
11But Amaziah refused to listen, so King Jehoash of Israel mobilized his army against King Amaziah of Judah. The two armies drew up their battle lines at Beth-shemesh in Judah.
15The rest of the events in Jehoash’s reign and everything he did, including the extent of his power and his war with King Amaziah of Judah, are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Israel.
17King Amaziah of Judah lived for fifteen years after the death of King Jehoash of Israel.
19There was a conspiracy against Amaziah’s life in Jerusalem, and he fled to Lachish. But his enemies sent assassins after him, and they killed him there.
21All the people of Judah had crowned Amaziah’s sixteen-year-old son, Uzziah,*14:21 Hebrew Azariah, a variant spelling of Uzziah. as king in place of his father, Amaziah.
Jeroboam II Rules in Israel
23Jeroboam II, the son of Jehoash, began to rule over Israel in the fifteenth year of King Amaziah’s reign in Judah. He reigned in Samaria forty-one years.
26For the Lord saw the bitter suffering of everyone in Israel, and that there was no one in Israel, slave or free, to help them.
28The rest of the events in the reign of Jeroboam II and everything he did—including the extent of his power, his wars, and how he recovered for Israel both Damascus and Hamath, which had belonged to Judah*14:28 Or to Yaudi. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.—are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Israel.