Chapter 25: Amaziyah Reigns in Yahudah Twenty-nine Years and is Right in the Sight of Yah but He Was Not Loyal To Yah
1 Amaziyah was twenty-five years old when he became king and he reigned twenty-nine years in Yahrushalom. 2 And he did what was right in the sight of Yah but now with a loyal heart.
*Amaziyah means strengthened by Yah
Amaziyah Executes the Men that Murdered His Father King Yoash And Follows the Law Concerning Their Children
3 Now it happened, as soon as the kingdom was established for him, that he executed his servants who had murdered his father the king. 4 However, he did not execute their children but did as it is written in the Law in the Book of Moshe, where Yah commanded saying, “The fathers shall not be put to death for their children nor shall the children be put to death for their fathers but a person shall die for his own sin. (Deuteronomy 24:16)
Amaziyah Gathers the Mighty Men of Yahudah Benyamin and Some From Ysrayl: A Man of Yah Warns Amaziyah About the Mighty Men of Ysrayl Especially Ephraim: Yah is Able to Give You Much More Silver Than You Have Lost: Ephraim is Mad with Amaziyah
5 Moreover, Amaziyah gathered Yahudah together and set over them captains of thousands and captains of hundreds, according to their father’s houses, throughout all Yahudah and Benyamin and he numbered them from twenty years old and above and found them to be three hundred thousand choice men, able to go to war, who could handle spear and shield. 6 He also hired one hundred thousand mighty men of valor from Ysrayl for one hundred talents of silver. 7 But a man of Yah came to him saying, “O king, do not let the army of Ysrayl go with you, for Yah is not with Ysrayl, not with any of the children of Ephraim. 8 But if you go, be gone! Be strong in battle! Even so, Yah shall make you fall before the enemy, for Yah has power to help and to overthrow”. 9 Then Amaziyah said to the man of Yah, “But what shall we do about the hundred talents which I have given to the troops of Ysrayl”? And the man of Yah answered, “Yah is able to give you much more than this”. 10 So Amaziyah discharged the troops that had come to him from Ephraim, to go back home. Therefore, their anger was greatly aroused against Yahudah and they returned home in great anger.
Amaziyah Goes to War Against Edom
11 Then Amaziyah strengthened himself and leading his people, he went to the Valley of Salt and killed ten thousand of the people of Seir. 12 Also the children of Yahudah took captive ten thousand alive, brought them to the top of the rock and cast them down from the top of the rock, so that they all were dashed in pieces.
Amaziyah Bows Down to the Gods of Seir: Yah Sends a Prophet to Amaziyah But He Will Not Listen
13 But as for the soldiers of the army which Amaziyah had discharged, so that they would not go with him to battle, they raided the cities of Yahudah from Samaria to Beth Horon, killed three thousand in them and took much spoil. 14 Now it was so, after Amaziyah came from the slaughter of the Edomites, that he brought the gods of the people of Seir, set them up to be his gods and bowed down before them and burned incense to them.
*This makes me wonder if he anointed himself before going into war? To keep those evil spirits that were on those people from jumping on him because all of sudden, he wanted to do this evil thing.
15 Therefore, the anger of Yah was aroused against Amaziyah and He sent him a prophet who said to him, “Why have you sought the gods of the people, which could not rescue their own people from your hand”? 16 So it was, as he talked with him, that the king said to him, “Have we made you the king’s counselor? Cease!Why should you be killed? Then the prophet ceased and said, “I know that Yah has determined to destroy you because you have done this and have not heeded my advice”.
Amaziyah is Puffed Up After Defeating the Edomites and Wants to Fight Ysrayl: Yah Delivers Amaziyah Into the Hand of Ysrayl Because He Worshiped the Gods of Edom: Amaziyah Captured and the Treasures of Yah’s House Taken
17 Now Amaziyah king of Yahudah asked the advice and sent to Yoash (or Yahoash compare to 2 Kings 14:8), the son of Yahyl (or YahYah), king of Ysrayl saying, “Come, let us face one another in battle”. 18 And Yoash king of Ysrayl sent to Amaziyah king of Yahudah saying, “The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon saying, ‘Give your daughter to my son as wife and a wild beast that was in Lebanon passed by and trampled the thistle’. 19 Indeed, you say that you have defeated the Edomites and your heart is lifted up to boast. Stay at home now. Why should you meddle with trouble, that you should fall, you and Yahudah with you”? 20 But Amaziyah would not heed, for it came from Yah, that He might give them into the hand of their enemies, because they sought the gods of Edom. 21 So Yoash king of Ysrayl went out and he and Amaziyah king of Yahudah faced one another at Beth Shemesh, which belongs to Yahudah. 22 And Yahudah was defeated by Ysrayl and every man fled to his tent. 23 Then Yoash the king of Ysrayl captured Amaziyah king of Yahudah, the son of Yoash, the son of Yahoahaz, at Beth Shemesh and he brought him to Yahrushalom and broke down the wall of Yahrushalom from the Gate of Ephraim to the Corner Gate, four hundred cubits. 24 And he took all the gold and silver, all the articles that were found in the house of Yah with Obed-Edom, the treasures of the king’s house and hostages and returned to Samaria.
Amaziyah Lived Fifteen Years After Yoash of Ysrayl: Amaziyah Runs For His Life But is Captured and Killed: Amaziyah Rests with His Fathers
25 Amaziyah the son of Yoash, king of Yahudah lived fifteen years after the death of Yoash the son of Yahoahaz, king of Ysrayl. 26 Now the rest of the acts of Amaziyah, from first to last, indeed are they not written in the book of the kings of Yahudah and Ysrayl? 27 After the time that Amaziyah turned away from following Yah, they made a conspiracy against him in Yahrushalom and he fled to Lachish but they sent after him to Lachisha and killed him there. 28 Then they brought him on horses and buried him with his fathers in the City of Yahudah.
Chapter 26: At Sixteen Years Old Uzziyah (Azariyah) Reigns in Yahudah and for Fifty-two Years: Uzziyah is Righteous in the Sight of Yah
1 Now all the people of Yahudah took Uzziyah (also called Azariyah 2 Kings 14:21), who was sixteen years old and made him king instead of his father Amaziyah. 2 He built Ylath (Hebrew Yloth) and restored it to Yahudah, after the king rested with his fathers. 3 Uzziyah was sixteen years old when he became king and he reigned fifty-two years in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Yacholiyah of Yahrushalom. 4 And he did what was right in the sight of Yah, according to all that his father Amaziyah had done. 5 He sought Yah in the days of Zechariyah, who had understanding in the visions (fear) of Yah and as long as he sought Yah, Yah made him prosper.
Yah Helps Uzziyah Against the Philistines and the Nations All Around: Uzziyah Builds Watch Towers Wells and Farms
6 Now he went out and made war against the Philistines and broke down the wall of Gath, the wall of Yabneh and the wall of Ashdod and he built cities around Ashdod and among the Philistines. 7 Yah helped him against the Philistines, against the Arabians who lived in Gur Baal and against the Meunites. 8 Also, the Ammonites brought tribute to Uzziyah. His fame spread as far as the entrance of Egypt, for he became exceedingly strong. 9 And Uzziyah built towers in Yahrushalom at the Corner Gate, at the Valley Gate and at the corner buttress of the wall, then he fortified them. 10 Also he built towers in the desert. He dug many wells, for he had much livestock, both in the lowlands and in the plains. He also had farmers and vinedressers in the mountains and in Carmyl, for he loved the soil.
Uzziyah Prepares His Army with Armor: Uzziyah Puts a Weapon on Each Tower
11 Moreover, Uzziyah had an army of fighting men who went out to war by companies, according to the number on their roll as prepared by Yaiyl the scribe and Masseiyah the officer, under the hand of Hananiyah, one of the king’s captains. 12 The total number of chief officers (literally chief fathers) of the mighty men of valor was two thousand six hundred. 13 And under their authority was an army of three hundred and seven thousand five hundred, that made war with mighty power, to help the king against the enemy. 14 Then Uzziyah prepared for them, for the entire army, shields, spears, helmets, body armor and slings to cast stones. 15 And he made devices in Yahrushalom, invented by skillful men, to be on the towers and the corners, to shoot arrows and large stones. so his fame spread far and wide, for he was marvelously helped till he became strong.
Uzziyah Becames Puffed Up with Pride and Sins Against Yah By Entering the Temple: Yah Strikes Uzziyah with Leprosy
16 But when he was strong his heart was lifted up, to his destruction, for he transgressed against Yah his Almighty by entering the temple of Yah to burn incense on the altar of incense. 17 So Azariyah the priest went in after him and with him were eighty priests of Yah, valiant men. 18 And they withstood King Uzziyah and said to him, “It is not for you, Uzziyah, to burn incense to Yah but for the priests, the sons Aharon, who are consecrated to burn incense. Get out of the sanctuary, for you have trespassed! You shall have no honor from Yah Almighty”. 19 Then Uzziyah became furious and he had a censer in his hand to burn incense. And while he was angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead, before the priests in the house of Yah, beside the incense altar. 20 And Azariyah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him and there, on his forehead, he was leprous. So they thrust him out of that place. Indeed, he also hurried to get out, because Yah had struck him.
*Sounds like he had to run out the temple before that leprosy spread over his body.
21 King Uzziyah was a leper until the day of his death. He dwelt in an isolated house because he was a leper, for he was cut off from the house of Yah. Then Yatham his son was over the king’s house, judging the people of the land.
*Uzziyah means strength in Yah. Azariyah means Yah is my help.
*Read Leviticus chapter 16, The Levites had to wash themselves a certain way before entering the temple. They also had certain times to enter the temple. Only the Levites could burn the incense to Yah in the temple. Yah is all about order.
The Prophet Isaiah Wrote About Uzziyah
22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziyah, from first to last, the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz wrote. 23 So Uzziyah rested with his fathers and they buried him with his fathers in the field of burial which belonged to the kings, for they said, “He is a leper”. Then Yatham his son reigned in his place.