2 Malakim Chapters 15 and 16

Chapter 15: Azariyah Reigns in Yahudah and Does Right in the Sight of Yah But He Did Not Tear Down the High Places: Yah Strikes Azariyah with Leprosy

1 In the twenty-seventh year of Yeroboam king of Ysrayl, Azariyah the son of Amaziyah, king of Yahudah, became king. 2 He was sixteen years old when he became king and he reigned fifty-two years in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Yahcholiyah of Yahrushalom. 3 And he did what was right in the sight of Yah, according to all that his father Amaziyah had done–4 Except that the high places were not removed. The people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places. 5 Then Yah struck the king, so that he was a leper until the day of his death. So he dwelt in an isolated house. And Yahtham the king’s son was over the royal house, judging the people of the land. 6 Now the rest of the acts of Azariyah and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Yahudah? 7 So Azariyah rested with his fathers and they buried him with his fathers in the City of David. Then Yahtham his son reigned in his place.

Zechariyah Reigns in Ysrayl and He is Evil in the Sight of Yah: His Son Shallum Murders Him and Becomes King

8 In the thirty-eighth year of Azariyah king of Yahudah, Zechariyah the son of Yeroboam reighned over Ysrayl in Samaria six months. 9 And he did evil in the sight of Yah, as his fathers had done. He did not depart from the sins of Yeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Ysrayl sin. 10 Then Shallum the son of Yahbesh conspired against him and struck and killed him in front of the people and he reigned in his place. 11 Now the rest of the acts of Zechariyah, indeed they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Ysrayl. 12 This was the word of Yah which He spoke to Yahu saying, “Your sons shall sit on the throne of Ysrayl to the fourth generation (2 Kings 10:30). And so it was.

Shallum Reigns in Ysrayl One Month

13 Shallum the son of Yahbesh became king in the thirty-ninth year of Uzziyah (or Azariyah 14:21, 15:1) king of Yahudah and he reigned a full month in Samaria. 14 For Menahem the son of Gadi went up from Tirzah, came to Samaria and struck Shallum the son of Yahbesh in Samaria and killed him and he reigned in his place. 15 Now the rest of the acts of Shallum and the conspiracy which he led, indeed they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Ysrayl. 16 Then from Tizrah, Menahem attacked Tipshah, all who were there and its territory. Because they did not surrender, therefore he attacked it. All the women there who were with child he ripped open.

*See Exodus 20:12, You shall Honor your mother and father so that your days upon the earth shall be many.

Menahem Reigns in Ysrayl  Ten Years and He is Evil in the Sight of Yah

17 In the thirty-ninth year of Azariyah king of Yahudah, Menahem the son of Gadi became king over Ysrayl and reigned ten years in Samaria. 18 And he did evil in the sight of Yah. He did not depart all his days from the sins of Yeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Ysrayl sin. 19 Pul (that is Tiglath-Pileser III), king of Assyria came against the land and Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver, that his hand might be with him to strengthen the kingdom under his control. 20 And Menahem exacted the money from Ysrayl, from all the very wealthy, from each man fifty shekels of silver, to give to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria turned back and did not stay there in the land. 21 Now the rest of the acts of Menahem and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Ysrayl? 22 So Menahemarested with his fathers. Then Pekahiyah his son reigned in his place.

Pekahiyah Reigns in Ysrayl Two Years and He is Evil in the Sight of Yah: Pekah the Son of an Officer Murders Pekahiyah

23 In the fiftieth year of Azariyah king of Yahudah, Pekahiyah the son of Menahem became king over Ysrayl in Samaria and reigned two years. 24 And he did evil in the sight of Yah. He did not depart from the sins of Yeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Ysrayl sin. 25 Then Pekah the son of Remaliyah, an officer of his, conspired against him and killed him in Samaria, in the citadel of the king’s house, along with Argob and Arieh and with him were fifty men of Gilead. He killed him and reigned in his place.

Pekah Reigns in Ysrayl Twenty Years: He was Evil in the sight of Yah: Many Cities of Naphtali are Captured: Hosea and His Men Murder Pekah

27 In the fifty-second year of Azariyah king of Yahudah, Pekah the son of Remaliyah became king over Ysrayl in Samaria and reigned twenty years. 28 And he did evil in the sight of Yah. He did not depart from the sins of Yeroboam the son of Nebat, who had made Ysrayl sin. 29 In the days of Pekah king of Ysrayl, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria came and took Iyon, Abyl Beth Maachah, Yanoah, Kedesh, Hazor, Gilead and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali and he carried them captive to Assyria. 30 Then Hosea the son of Ylah led a conspiracy against Pekah the son of Remaliyah and struck and killed him. So he  reigned in his place in the twentieth year of Yahtham the son of Uzziyah. 31 Now the rest of the acts of Pekah and all that he did, indeed they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Ysrayl.

Yahtham Reigns in Yahudah and Does Right in the Sight of Yah However He Does Not Tear Down the High Places: Yahtham Builds an Upper Gate For the House of Yah: Yah Sends Assyria and Ysrayl Against Yahudah

32 In the second year of Pekah the son of Remaliyah, the king of Ysrayl, Yahtham the son of Uzziyah, king of Yahudah, began to reign. 33 He was twenty-five years old when he became king and he reigned sixteen years in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Yahrusha (spelled Yahrushah in 2 Chronicles 27:1) the daughter of Zadok. 34 And he did what was right in the sight of Yah. He did according to all that his father Uzziyah had done. 35 However, the high places were not removed. The people still sacrificed and burned incense on the high places. He built the Upper Gate of the house of Yah. 36 Now the rest of the acts of Yahtham and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Yahudah? 37 In those days Yah began to send Rezin the king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliyah against Yahudah. 38 So Yahtham rest with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the City of David his father. Then Ahaz his son reigned in his place.

Chapter 16: Ahaz (or Ahaziyah) Reigns in Yahudah Twenty Years and He is Evil in the Sight of Yah

1 In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliyah, Ahaz the son of Yatham, king of Yahudah began to reign. 2 Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king and he reigned sixteen years in Yahrushalom and he did not do what was right in the sight of Yah his Almighty, as his father David had done. 3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Ysrayl. Indeed, he made his son pass through fire, according to the abominations of the nations whom Yah had cast out from before the children of Ysrayl. 4 And he sacrificed and burned incense on the high places, on the hills and under every green tree.

*He worshiped Molech, Leviticus 18:21.

Ysrayl and Syria Come Against Ahaz of Yahudah But Do Not Prevail

5 Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah the son of Remaliyah, king of Ysrayl came up to Yahrushalom to make war and they besieged Ahaz but could not overcome him. 6 At that time Rezin king of Syria captured Ylath for Syria and drove the men of Yahudah from Ylath. Then the Edomites (some translations read Syrians) went to Ylath and dwell there to this day.

Ahaz Asks the King of Assyria For Help and Pays with Silver and Gold: The King of Assyria Has Rezin Killed

7 So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria saying, “I am your servant and your son. Come up and save me from the hand of the king of Syria and from the hand of the king of Ysrayl, who rise up against me”. 8 And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of Yah and in the treasuries of the king’s house and sent it as a present to the king of Assyria. 9 So the king of Assyria heeded him, for the king of Assyria went up against Damascus and took it, carried its people captive to Kir and killed Rezin.

Ahaz Has Uriyah the Priest Build an Altar  in Yahrushalom Like the Altar in Assyria: Ahaz Serves the God of Assyria

10 Now King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria and saw an altar that was at Damascus and King Ahaz set to Uriyah the priest the design of the altar and its pattern, according to all its workmanship. 11 Then Uriyah the priest built an altar according to all that King Ahaz had sent from Damascus. So Uriyah the priest made it before King Ahaz back from Damascus. 12 And when the king came back from Damascus, the king saw the altar and the king approached the altar and made offerings on it. 13 So he burned his burnt offering and his grain offering and he poured his drink offering and sprinkled the blood of his peace offering on the altar. 14 He also brought the bronze altar which was before Yah, from the front of the temple, from between the new altar and the house of Yah and put it on the north side of the new altar. 15 Then King Ahaz commanded Uriyah the priest saying, “On the great new altar burn the morning burnt offering, the evening grain offering, the king’s burnt sacrifice and his grain offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land, their grain offering and their drink offerings and sprinkle on it all the blood of the burnt offering and all the blood of the sacrifice. And the bronze altar shall be for me to inquire by. 16 Thus did Uriyah the priest, according to all that King Ahaz commanded.

Ahaz Removes Hallmarks of Yah’s Temple

17 And King Ahaz cut off the panels of the carts and removed the lavers from them. And he took down the Sea from the bronze oxen that were under it and put it on a pavement of stones. 18 Also he removed the Shabbat pavilion which they had built in the temple and he removed the king’s outer entrance from the house of Yah, on account of the king of Assyria. 19 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaz which he did, are they not written int he book of the chronicles of the kings of Yahudah? 20 So Ahaz rested with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the City of David. Then Hezekiyah his son reigned in his place.

 

 

 

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