SECOND KINGS CHAPTER THIRTEEN

SECOND KINGS CHAPTER THIRTEEN

1 In Joash son of Ahaziah king

Of Judah’s twenty-third year, Jehu’s son,

Jehoahaz became Israel’s king

Within Samaria. For seventeen

Years he did reign, 2 and he did evil in

The eyes of God by following the sins

Of Jeroboam son of Nebat, which

He had caused Israel to do, and he

Did not turn off from them. 3 God’s anger burned

Against the men of Israel, and for

 A long time he kept them beneath the power

Of Hazael the king of Aram and

His son  Ben‑Hadad, 4 then Jehoahaz

Sought the LORD’s favor, and God listened to

Him, for he saw how harshly Aram’s king

Oppressed the land of Israel, 5 and God

Gave a deliverer to Israel,     

And they escaped from Aram’s power, so

The Israelites lived in their own homes as

They had before, 6 but they did not turn off

From sins of Jeroboam’s house, the sins

Which he’d caused Israel to do; they kept

On doing them. The Asherah pole stayed

Up in Samaria, too. 7 Nothing had

Remained of Jehoahaz’s army but

His fifty horsemen and ten chariots

And infantry (ten thousand men), because

The king of Aram had destroyed the rest

And made them like the dust at threshing time.

8 As for the other incidents within

The reign of Jehoahaz, all he did

And his achievements, aren’t they written in

The annals book of kings of Israel?

9 Now Jehoahaz rested with his fathers

And he was buried in Samaria.

And Jehoash his son succeeded him

As king, 10 and in the thirty‑seventh year

Of Joash king of Judah, Jehoash

Son of Jehoahaz became the king

Of Israel within Samaria,

And he did reign for sixteen years. 11 He did

Evil in God’s eyes and did not turn off

From any of the sins of Jeroboam

The son of Nebat, which he had incited

Israel to commit; instead, he kept

On doing them. 12 The other incidents

Of Jehoash’s reign, all that he did,

And his accomplishments, including his

Own war with Amaziah, Judah’s king,

Are they not written in the annals book

Of kings of Israel? 13 Jehoash rested

With his own forefathers, and Jeroboam

Took his place on the throne. Jehoash was

Then buried in Samaria with kings

Of Israel. 14 Elisha had been ailing

From the same illness he died from. Jehoash

The king of Israel went down to see

Him and wept over him. “My father! My

Father!” he cried. “The chariots and horsemen

Of Israel!” 15 Elisha said, “Go get

A bow and arrows,” and he did so. 16 “Take

The bow in your own hands,” he told the king

Of Israel. He took it, then Elisha

Put his own hands upon the king’s hands. 17 “Open

The window to the east,” he said, and he

Opened it. “Shoot!” Elisha said. He shot.

Elisha stated, “The LORD’s arrow of

Victory, arrow of your victory

Over Aram! You will completely rout

The Arameans there at Aphek,” 18 then

He said, “Now take the arrows,” and the king

Took them. Elisha told him, “Strike the ground.”

He struck it three times and then stopped. 19 The man

Of God was angry with him and he said,

“You should have struck the ground five or six times;

Then you would have defeated Aram and

Completely wiped it out, but now you will

Defeat it but three times.” 20 Elisha died

And he was buried. Moabite invaders

Would come inside the country every spring.

21 Once while some Israelites were burying

A man, at once they saw a raiders’ band;

They threw the body of the man inside

Elisha’s tomb and when the body touched

Elisha’s bones, the man came back to life

And stood up on his feet. 22 Hazael king

Of Aram troubled Israel throughout

The reign of Jehoahaz, 23 but God was gracious

To them and had compassion and displayed

Concern for them due to his covenant

With Abraham and  Isaac and with Jacob.

Down to this day he’s been unwilling to

Destroy them or to cast them from his presence.

24 Hazael king of Aram died, and Ben‑

Hadad his son succeeded him as king,

25 Then Jehoash the son of Jehoahaz re-

Took from Ben‑Hadad son of Hazael

The towns that he had taken in a battle

From Jehoahaz his father, for Jehoash

Defeated him three times, so he took back

The towns of Israelites with his attacks.