The war with the Arameans (2 Chr 24:23-24:24)

“At the end of the year, the army of Aram came up against King Joash. They came to Judah and Jerusalem. They destroyed all the officials of the people from among them. They sent all the booty they took to the king of Damascus. Although the army of the Arameans had come with few men, Yahweh delivered into their hand a very great army, because they had abandoned Yahweh, the God of their ancestors. Thus the Arameans executed judgment on King Joash.”

This is rewritten from 2 Kings, chapter 12.   Instead of King Hazael of the Arameans coming to capture Jerusalem, here it is a small Aramean army. Instead of King Joash giving the Arameans money not to attack, the Arameans attack, kill the leaders, and take their wealth. Here it is a personal defeat for King Joash instead of a payoff to the Arameans for them to go home and leave Jerusalem alone.

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