THE SECOND BOOK OF
2 Kings 13 ©
Jehoahaz the king of Israel follows the sin of Jeroboam, v. 1, etc. Is oppressed by Hazael, 3. Helped by his prayer, 4. Dies, and Jehoash his son reigns, who is like unto his father in idolatry, 9. He dies; Elisha is sick, prophecies against the Syrians, dies, 14. The Moabites fall into the land, 20. A dead man, being cast into the sepulchre of Elisha, is restored to life, 21. Jehoahaz recovers the cities, which the Syrians had taken from his father, 22.
IN the three and twentieth year of Joash the son of Ahaziah king of Judah 1Jehoahaz the son of Jehu began to reign over Israel in Samaria, 2and reigned 3seventeen years.
And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, and 4followed the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not 5therefrom.
¶And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he delivered 6them into the hand of Hazael king of Syria, and into the hand of Ben-hadad the son of Hazael, 7all their days.
And Jehoahaz besought the LORD, and the LORD hearkened unto him: for 8he saw the oppression of Israel, because the king of Syria oppressed them.
(And the LORD gave Israel a 9saviour, so that they went out from under 10the hand of the Syrians: and the children of Israel dwelt 11in their tents, 12as beforetime.
Nevertheless they departed not from the sins of the house of Jeroboam, who made Israel sin, but 13walked 14therein: and there remained 15the grove also in Samaria.)
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 16like the dust by threshing.
¶Now the rest of the acts of Jehoahaz, and all that he did, and his might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
And Jehoahaz slept with his fathers; and they buried him in Samaria: and Joash his son reigned in his stead.
¶In 17the thirty and seventh year of Joash king of Judah began Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned sixteen years.
And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD; he departed not from all 18the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin: but he walked 19therein.
And the rest of the acts of Joash, and all that he did, and his might wherewith he fought against Amaziah king of Judah, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
And Joash slept with his fathers; and Jeroboam 20sat upon his throne: and Joash was buried in Samaria with the kings of Israel.
¶Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him, and wept over his face, and said, 21Oa my father, my father, the 22chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof.
And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows.
And he said to the king of Israel, 23Put thine hand upon the bow. And he put his hand upon it: and 24Elisha put his hands upon the king's hands.
And he said, Open the window 25eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, 26The arrow of the LORD's deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians inb27Aphek, till thou have consumed them.
And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, 28Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed.
And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.
¶And Elisha died, and they buried him. And 29the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year.
And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet.
¶But Hazael king of Syria oppressed Israel 30all the days of Jehoahaz.
And the LORD was gracious unto them, and had compassion on them, and had respect unto them, 31because of his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them, neither cast he them from his presence as yet.
So Hazael king of Syria died; and Ben-hadad his son reigned in his stead.
And Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz 32took again out of the hand of Ben-hadad the son of Hazael the cities, which he had taken out of the hand of Jehoahaz his father by war. Three times did Joash beat him, and 33recovered the cities of Israel.