The restoration of the Israelite territory (2 Kings 14:25-14:27)

“King Jeroboam II restored the border of Israel from Lebo-hamath as far as the Sea of the Arabah. This was according to the word of Yahweh, the God of Israel, which he spoke by his servant Jonah the son of Amittai, the prophet, who was from Gath-hepher. Yahweh saw that the distress of Israel was very bitter. There was no one left, bond or free. There was no one to help Israel. But Yahweh had not said that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven, so he saved them by the hand of King Jeroboam son of Joash.”

However, King Jeroboam II restored the original borders of Israel that were lost during the time of King Jehu, as in chapter 10. That was a big deal. Of course, this was accomplished by the word of Yahweh who took pity on Israel since no was on their side and he did not want to blot out their name. Yet within 50 years, Israel will be conquered. At this time they were more powerful than Judah. Yahweh seems to favor King Jeroboam II, who seems to have his own prophet, Jonah. This is the prophet Jonah who is usually assigned to the whale story in the Book of Jonah. He was from the northern area, Gath-hepher, which is Zebulun territory. There are no details of these various wars and how the territory was restored to Israel. Other northern prophets will appear about this time in the books of Amos and Hosea.


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