2 Kings 15

Azariah becomes the king of Judah

1 Amaziah's son Azariah became king of Judah when Jeroboam had been king of Israel for 27 years. when Azariah began to rule Judah. 2 Azariah was 16 years old when he became king. He ruled in Jerusalem for 52 years. His mother's name was Jecoliah. She came from Jerusalem. 3 Azariah did things that the Lord said were good, as his father Amaziah had done. 4 But he did not remove the altars on the hills. The people continued to offer sacrifices and to burn incense on those altars.

15:1Azariah was also called Uzziah. See 2 Kings 15:13; 15:30-34and Isaiah 6:1.

5 The Lord caused the king to have a bad illness in his skin. He had the illness until the day that he died. He lived in a house away from other people. His son Jotham had authority in the palace and he ruled the people of Judah.

15:5The illness may have been what we call leprosy.

6 The other things that happened while Azariah was king are written in a book. The book is called ‘The History of Judah's Kings’. It tells about the things that Azariah did. 7 Azariah died and they buried him beside his ancestors in the City of David. His son Jotham became king after him.

Zechariah becomes the king of Israel

8 Jeroboam's son Zechariah became king of Israel when Azariah had been king of Judah for 38 years. He ruled Israel as king in Samaria for 6 months. 9 Zechariah did things that the Lord said were evil, as his ancestors had done. He did not turn away from the bad things that Nebat's son Jeroboam had done. Jeroboam had caused many people in Israel to do those sins.

10 Jabesh's son Shallum made a plan to kill Zechariah. Shallum murdered Zechariah at Ibleam and he became king himself. 11 The other things that happened while Zechariah was king are written in a book. The book is called ‘The History of Israel's Kings’. 12 The Lord had given this promise to Jehu: ‘Your descendants will be kings of Israel for four generations.’ That is what happened.

15:12See 2 Kings 10:30. The four descendants of Jehu who became king were: Jehoahaz, Jehoash, Jeroboam II and Zechariah.

Shallum becomes the king of Israel

13 Jabesh's son Shallum became the king of Israel when Uzziah had been king of Judah for 39 years. He ruled as king in Samaria for one month. 14 Then Gadi's son Menahem went from Tirzah up to Samaria. He attacked King Shallum and he killed him. Menahem became king of Israel instead.

15 The other things that happened while Shallum was king are written in a book. The book is called ‘The History of Israel's Kings’. It tells about the plan that he made to kill Shallum. 16 At that time, when Menahem came from Tirzah, he attacked the city called Tiphsah. The people who lived there refused to let him go into their city. So he killed them all. He even cut open the pregnant women.

Menahem becomes the king of Israel

17 Gadi's son Menahem became the king of Israel when Azariah had been king of Judah for 39 years. He ruled as king in Samaria for 10 years. 18 Menahem did things that the Lord said were evil. He did not turn away from the bad things that Nebat's son Jeroboam had done. Jeroboam had caused many people in Israel to do those sins. 19 Then Pul, the king of Assyria, attacked the land of Israel. Menahem paid him 34 tons of silver to help him to rule Israel with greater power. 20 Menahem made all the rich people in Israel pay taxes to him. Every rich man had to pay 50 silver coins. Menahem gave that money to the king of Assyria. Then the king of Assyria went away. He did not stay any longer in Israel.

15:19Pul was a short name for King Tiglath Pileser III.

21 The other things that happened while Menahem was king are written in a book. The book is called ‘The History of Israel's Kings’. It tells about the things that Menahem did. 22 Menahem died and his son, Pekahiah, became king after him.

Pekahiah becomes the king of Israel

23 Menahem's son Pekahiah became the king of Israel when Azariah had been king of Judah for 50 years. He ruled Israel as king in Samaria for two years. 24 Pekahiah did things that the Lord said were evil. He did not turn away from the bad things that Nebat's son Jeroboam had done. Jeroboam had caused many people in Israel to do those sins.

25 One of Pekahiah's officers was Remaliah's son, Pekah. Pekah made a plan to kill Pekahiah. He took 50 men from Gilead with him, and he killed King Pekahiah. He also killed Argob and Arieh. He killed them all in a strong room in the king's palace in Samaria. Pekah then became king instead of Pekahiah. 26 The other things that happened while Pekahiah was king are written in a book. The book is called ‘The History of Israel's Kings’. It tells about the things that Pekahiah did.

Pekah becomes the king of Israel

27 Remaliah's son Pekah became the king of Israel when Azariah had been king of Judah for 52 years. He ruled Israel as king in Samaria for 20 years. 28 Pekah did things that the Lord said were evil. He did not turn away from the bad things that Nebat's son Jeroboam had done. Jeroboam had caused many people in Israel to do those sins.

29 While Pekah was the king of Israel, the king of Assyria, Tiglath Pileser, attacked towns in Israel. He took these places for himself: Ijon, Abel Beth Maakah, Janoah, Kedesh, Hazor, Gilead, Galilee and all of Naphtali's land. He took the people that lived in those places as prisoners to Assyria.

30 Then Elah's son Hoshea made a plan to kill Remaliah's son, Pekah. Hoshea murdered Pekah and he became king instead. That happened when Uzziah's son Jotham had been king of Judah for 20 years. 31 The other things that happened while Pekah was king are written in a book. The book is called ‘The History of Israel's Kings’. It tells about the things that Pekah did.

Jotham becomes the king of Judah

32 Uzziah's son Jotham became the king of Judah when Remaliah's son Pekah had been king of Israel for 2 years. 33 Jotham was 25 years old when he became king. He ruled Judah as king in Jerusalem for 16 years. His mother's name was Jerusha. She was Zadok's daughter. 34 Jotham did things that the Lord said were good, as his father Uzziah had done. 35 But he did not remove the altars on the hills. The people continued to offer sacrifices and to burn incense on those altars. Jotham built the Upper Gate of the Lord's temple.

36 The other things that happened while Jotham was king are written in a book. The book is called ‘The History of Judah's Kings’. It tells about the things that Jotham did. 37 While Jotham was king, the Lord began to send King Rezin of Syria and Remaliah's son Pekah to attack Judah. 38 Jotham died and they buried him beside his ancestors in the City of David, who was his ancestor. His son Ahaz became king after him.