1 Amaziah was twenty-five years old when he came to the throne and he reigned for twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.
2 He did what Yahweh regards as right, though not wholeheartedly.
2Chr 25:14 2Chr 24:2 Jas 4:8 1Sam 16:7 2Chr 26:4 2Kgs 14:4 Acts 8:21
3 Once the kingdom was firmly under his control, he killed those of his retainers who had murdered the king his father.
2Chr 24:25-26 2Kgs 14:5-22 Exod 21:14 Gen 9:5-6 Num 35:31-33
4 But he did not put their sons to death; this was in accordance with what is written in the Law, in the book of Moses, where Yahweh had commanded, 'Parents may not be put to death for children, nor children for parents, but each must be put to death for his own crime.'
Deut 24:16 Ezek 18:20 2Kgs 14:5-6 Ezek 18:4 Jer 31:29-30
5 Amaziah summoned Judah and organised all Judah and Benjamin by families under commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds. He also made a register of those who were twenty years old and upwards, and found there were three hundred thousand picked men, ready for service and capable of wielding spear and shield.
Num 1:3 2Chr 17:14-18 2Chr 11:1 1Chr 13:1 1Chr 27:1 1Sam 8:12 2Chr 14:8
6 Furthermore, he hired a hundred thousand tough fighting men from Israel for a hundred talents of silver.
7 A man of God then came to him and said, 'My lord king, do not let the Israelite troops march with you, for Yahweh is not with Israel or with any of the Ephraimites.
2Chr 19:2 1Kgs 12:28 1Kgs 13:1 1Tim 6:11 2Chr 13:12 2Sam 12:1 2Tim 3:17
8 For however valiantly you act in war, God will bring you down before the enemy, for God has the power to uphold or to throw down.'
2Chr 20:6 2Chr 14:11 Phil 4:19 1Sam 14:6 2Chr 1:12 2Chr 18:14 Deut 8:18
9 Amaziah said to the man of God, 'But what about the hundred talents which I have paid for the Israelite troops?' 'Yahweh can give you far more than that,' said the man of God.
Deut 8:18 Prov 10:22
10 At this, Amaziah dismissed the troops who had come to him from Ephraim and sent them home again. They were furious with Judah and went home in a great rage.
1Kgs 12:24 2Sam 19:43 Prov 29:22
11 Amaziah then, coming to a decision, led out his own troops and, having reached the Valley of Salt, struck down ten thousand Seirites.
2Kgs 14:7 2Sam 8:13 Ps 60:1
12 The men of Judah captured ten thousand more alive and, taking them to the summit of the Rock, threw them off the summit of the Rock so that they were all dashed to pieces.
1Chr 20:3 2Chr 20:10 2Chr 21:8-10 2Sam 12:31
13 Meanwhile, the troops whom Amaziah had dismissed and not allowed to go into battle with him rased the towns of Judah, from Samaria to Beth-Horon, killing three thousand of their inhabitants and capturing great quantities of plunder.
1Kgs 9:17 1Kgs 16:24 1Kgs 16:29 2Chr 8:5
14 On returning from his slaughter of the Edomites, Amaziah brought the gods of the Seirites with him; he set these up as his gods, bowing down before them and burning incense to them.
2Chr 28:23 2Sam 5:21 Deut 7:5 Deut 7:25 Exod 20:3-5 Isa 44:19
15 Yahweh's anger was aroused by Amaziah and he sent him a prophet, who said to him, 'Why do you consult those people's gods when they could not save their own people from your clutches?'
2Chr 25:11-12 Ps 96:5 1Cor 8:4 1Cor 10:20 2Chr 16:7-9 2Chr 19:2 2Chr 20:37
16 He was still speaking when Amaziah interrupted him. 'Have we appointed you a royal counsellor? Stop, as you value your life!' So the prophet stopped, and then said, 'I know that God has decided to destroy you for having done this and for not listening to my advice.'
1Sam 2:25 2Chr 16:10 2Chr 18:20-21 2Chr 18:25 2Chr 24:21 2Tim 4:3 Acts 4:28
17 After consultation, Amaziah king of Judah then sent a message to Joash son of Jehoahaz son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, 'Come and make a trial of strength!'
2Kgs 14:8-14 2Chr 25:13 2Sam 2:14 Prov 20:3
18 Joash king of Israel sent back word to Amaziah king of Judah, 'The thistle of Lebanon sent a message to the cedar of Lebanon, saying, "Give my son your daughter in marriage"; but a wild animal of the Lebanon ran over the thistle and squashed it.
Judg 9:8-15 1Kgs 4:33 Ps 80:13
19 "Look at me, the conqueror of Edom," you say, and now aspire to even greater glory. But stay where you belong! Why challenge disaster, to your own and Judah's ruin?'
2Chr 26:16 2Chr 32:25 1Cor 1:29 1Pet 5:5 2Chr 35:21 Dan 5:20-23 Deut 8:14
20 But Amaziah would not listen, for this was an act of God to deliver them up for having consulted the gods of Edom.
1Kgs 12:15 2Chr 22:7 1Pet 2:8 2Chr 25:16 2Thess 2:9-11 Acts 28:25-27 Ps 81:11-12
21 So Joash king of Israel marched to the attack. And at Beth-Shemesh, which belongs to Judah, he and Amaziah king of Judah made their trial of strength.
1Sam 6:9 1Sam 6:19-20 Josh 21:16
22 Judah was defeated by Israel, and everyone fled to his tent.
1Kgs 22:36 1Sam 4:10 2Chr 28:5-6
23 The king of Judah, Amaziah son of Joash, son of Ahaziah, was taken prisoner at Beth-Shemesh by Joash king of Israel who led him off to Jerusalem, where he demolished four hundred cubits of the city wall between the Ephraim Gate and the Corner Gate;
2Chr 21:17 Neh 8:16 2Chr 22:1 2Chr 26:9 Jer 31:38 Neh 12:39 2Chr 22:6
24 he then took back with him to Samaria all the gold and silver, and all the vessels to be found in the Temple of God in the care of Obed-Edom, the treasures in the palace, and hostages besides.
1Chr 26:15 2Chr 12:9 2Kgs 14:14
25 Amaziah son of Joash, king of Judah, lived for fifteen years after the death of Joash son of Jehoahaz, king of Israel.
26 The rest of the history of Amaziah, from first to last, is this not recorded in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel?
2Chr 20:34 2Kgs 14:15
27 Some time after Amaziah had defected from Yahweh, a plot having been hatched against him in Jerusalem, he fled to Lachish where he was murdered.
2Chr 15:2 2Chr 24:25 2Kgs 14:19 Josh 10:31
28 He was then transported by horse and buried with his ancestors in the city of David.