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
And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect
Now it came to pass, when the kingdom was established to him, that he slew his
servants that had killed the king his father.
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
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.
He hired also an hundred thousand mighty men of valour out of Israel for an hundred
talents of silver.
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
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.
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.
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 great anger.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
And Judah was put to the worse before Israel, and they fled every man to his
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.
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 to Samaria.
And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the death of Joash son of
Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years.
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 Israel?
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.
And they brought him upon horses, and buried him with his fathers in the city of