Israel defeats Judah (2 Chr 25:20-25:24)

“However, King Amaziah would not listen. This was God’s doing, in order to hand him over to his enemies, because they had sought the gods of Edom. So King Joash of Israel went up, as he and King Amaziah of Judah faced one another in battle at Beth-shemesh, which belongs to Judah. Judah was defeated by Israel. Everyone fled home. King Joash king of Israel captured King Amaziah of Judah, son of Joash, son of Ahaziah, at Beth-shemesh. He brought him to Jerusalem. He broke down the wall of Jerusalem from the Ephraim Gate to the Corner Gate, a distance of four hundred cubits. He seized all the gold and silver, and all the vessels that were found in the house of God, as well as Obed-edom with them. He seized also the treasuries of the king’s house and also hostages. He then returned to Samaria.”

Once again, this is based on 2 Kings, chapter 14, word for word except for a different opening twist. King Amaziah would not listen to anyone. Here, however, it is the work of God because he had worshipped false gods, which was not mentioned in 2 Kings. King Amaziah wanted to fight the king of Israel, King Joash. They met at the battlefield in Beth-shemesh, which was in Judah territory. King Joash and Israel prevailed. They defeated and captured King Amaziah and the people of Judah. Everyone fled to their own homes. King Joash proceeded to Jerusalem where he broke down the northern wall in a section that was 200 yards or 600 feet long (400 cubits), that left a gaping hole. He took the gold, silver, and other treasures from the house of the king, the palace, and from Yahweh’s house, the Temple. King Joash then took some hostages and went home to Samaria. This was a crushing defeat for King Amaziah, Jerusalem, and Judah. The north had conquered the south.

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