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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 15

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Azariah of Judah. 1 i 1ff: 2 Chr 26, 3f . Azariah, son of Amaziah, king of Judah, became king in the twenty‐seventh year* of Jeroboam, king of Israel. 2He was sixteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty‐two years in Jerusalem. His mother, whose name was Jecholiah, was from Jerusalem. 3He pleased the LORD just as his father Amaziah had done. 4Yet the high places did not disappear; the people continued to sacrifice and to burn incense on them. 5 j 5ff: 2 Chr 26, 21ff . The LORD afflicted the king, and he was a leper to the day of his death. He lived in a house apart, while Jotham, the king's son, was vizier and regent for the people of the land. 6The rest of the acts of Azariah, and all his accomplishments, are recorded in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah. 7Azariah rested with his ancestors, and was buried with them in the City of David. His son Jotham succeeded him as king.

Zechariah of Israel. 8In the thirty‐eighth year of Azariah, king of Judah, Zechariah, son of Jeroboam, was king of Israel in Samaria for six months. 9He did evil in the sight of the LORD as his fathers had done, and did not desist from the sins which Jeroboam, son of Nebat, had caused Israel to commit. 10Shallum, son of Jabesh, conspired against Zechariah, attacked and killed him at Ibleam, and reigned in his place. 11The rest of the acts of Zechariah are recorded in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel. 12Thus the LORD's promise to Jehu, “Your descendants to the fourth generation shall sit upon the throne of Israel,” was fulfilled. k 2 Kgs 10, 30 .

Shallum of Israel. 13Shallum, son of Jabesh, became king in the thirty‐ninth year of Uzziah, king of Judah; he reigned one month in Samaria. 14Menahem, son of Gadi, came up from Tirzah to Samaria, where he attacked and killed Shallum, son of Jabesh, and reigned in his place. 15The rest of the acts of Shallum, and the fact of his conspiracy, are recorded in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel. 16At that time, Menahem punished Tappuah, all the inhabitants of the town and of its whole district, because on his way from Tirzah they did not let him in. He punished them even to ripping open all the pregnant women.

Menahem of Israel. 17In the thirty‐ninth year of Azariah, king of Judah, Menahem, son of Gadi, began his ten‐year reign over Samaria. 18He did evil in the sight of the LORD, not desisting from the sins which Jeroboam, son of Nebat, had caused Israel to commit. During his reign, 19Pul,* king of Assyria, invaded the land, and Menahem gave him a thousand talents of silver to have his assistance in strengthening his hold on the kingdom. 20Menahem secured the money to give to the king of Assyria by exacting it from all the men of substance in the country, fifty silver shekels from each. The king of Assyria did not remain in the country but withdrew. 21The rest of the acts of Menahem, and all his accomplishments, are recorded in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel. 22Menahem rested with his ancestors, and his son Pekahiah succeeded him as king.

Pekahiah of Israel. 23In the fiftieth year of Azariah, king of Judah, Pekahiah, son of Menahem, began his two‐year reign over Israel in Samaria. 24He did evil in the sight of the LORD, not desisting from the sins which Jeroboam, son of Nebat, had caused Israel to commit. 25His adjutant Pekah, son of Remaliah, who had with him fifty men from Gilead, conspired against him, killed him within the palace stronghold in Samaria, and reigned in his place. 26The rest of the acts of Pekahiah, and all his accomplishments, are recorded in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

Pekah of Israel. 27In the fifty‐second year of Azariah, king of Judah, Pekah, son of Remaliah, began his twenty‐year reign over Israel in Samaria.* 28He did evil in the sight of the LORD, not desisting from the sins which Jeroboam, son of Nebat, had caused Israel to commit. 29During the reign of Pekah, king of Israel, Tiglath‐pileser, king of Assyria, came and took Ijon, Abel‐beth‐maacah, Janoah, Kedesh, Hazor, all the territory of Naphtali, Gilead, and Galilee, deporting the inhabitants to Assyria. 30Hoshea, son of Elah, conspired against Pekah, son of Remaliah; he attacked and killed him, and reigned in his place [in the twentieth year of Jotham, son of Uzziah]. 31The rest of the acts of Pekah, and all his accomplishments, are recorded in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

Jotham of Judah. 32 l 32–38: 2 Chr 27, 1–4. 7–9 . In the second year of Pekah, son of Remaliah, king of Israel, Jotham, son of Uzziah, king of Judah, began to reign. 33He was twenty‐five years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jerusha, daughter of Zadok. 34He pleased the LORD, just as his father Uzziah had done. 35Nevertheless the high places did not disappear and the people continued to sacrifice and to burn incense on them. It was he who built the Upper Gate* of the temple of the LORD. 36The rest of the acts of Jotham, and all his accomplishments, are recorded in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah. 37It was at that time that the LORD first loosed Rezin, king of Aram, and Pekah, son of Remaliah, against Judah. 38Jotham rested with his ancestors and was buried with them in his forefather's City of David. His son Ahaz succeeded him as king.

Notes:

i: 1ff: 2 Chr 26, 3f .

j: 5ff: 2 Chr 26, 21ff .

k: 2 Kgs 10, 30 .

l: 32–38: 2 Chr 27, 1–4. 7–9 .

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