1 In the twenty-third year of Joash the son of Ahaziah, king of Judah, Jehoahaz the son of Jehu became king over Israel at Samaria, and he reigned seventeen years.
2 He did evil in the sight of the Lord, and followed the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, awith which he made Israel sin; he did not turn from them.
11 He did evil in the sight of the Lord; he did not turn away from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, with which he made Israel sin, but he walked in 1them.
12 aNow the rest of the acts of Joash and all that he did and his might with which he fought against Amaziah king of Judah, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?
14 When Elisha 1became sick with the illness of which he was to die, Joash the king of Israel came down to him and wept over 2him and said, “aMy father, my father, the chariots of Israel and its horsemen!”
15 Elisha said to him, “Take a bow and arrows.” So he 1took a bow and arrows.
17 He said, “Open the window toward the east,” and he opened it. Then Elisha said, “Shoot!” And he shot. And he said, “The Lord’s arrow of victory, even the arrow of victory over Aram; for you will 1defeat the Arameans at aAphek until you have 2destroyed them.”
18 Then he said, “Take the arrows,” and he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground,” and he struck it three times and 1stopped.
19 So athe man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck five or six times, then you would have struck Aram until you would have 1destroyed it. But now you shall strike Aram bonly three times.”
20 Elisha died, and they buried him. Now athe bands of the Moabites would invade the land in the spring of the year.
22 Now aHazael king of Aram had oppressed Israel all the days of Jehoahaz.
23 But the aLord was gracious to them and bhad compassion on them and turned to them because of cHis covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and would not destroy them or cast them from His presence until now.
25 Then aJehoash the son of Jehoahaz took again from the hand of Ben-hadad the son of Hazael the cities which he had taken in war from the hand of Jehoahaz his father. bThree times Joash 1defeated him and recovered the cities of Israel.
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