15:16 At that time Menahem came from Tirzah and attacked Tiphsah. He struck down all who lived in the city and the surrounding territory, because they would not surrender. 1 He even ripped open the pregnant women.
Menahem’s Reign over Israel
15:17 In the thirty-ninth year of King Azariah’s reign over Judah, Menahem son of Gadi became king over Israel. He reigned for twelve years in Samaria. 2 15:18 He did evil in the sight of 3 the Lord; he did not repudiate 4 the sinful ways of Jeroboam son of Nebat who encouraged Israel to sin. 5
During his reign, 15:19 Pul 6 king of Assyria invaded the land, and Menahem paid 7 him 8 a thousand talents 9 of silver to gain his support 10 and to solidify his control of the kingdom. 11 15:20 Menahem got this silver by taxing all the wealthy men in Israel; he took fifty shekels of silver from each one of them and paid it to the king of Assyria. 12 Then the king of Assyria left; he did not stay there in the land.
The Birth of Ishmael
16:1 Now Sarai, 1 Abram’s wife, had not given birth to any children, 2 but she had an Egyptian servant 3 named Hagar. 4
18:13 The Lord said to Abraham, “Why 1 did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really 2 have a child when I am old?’ 18:14 Is anything impossible 3 for the Lord? I will return to you when the season comes round again and Sarah will have a son.” 4 18:15 Then Sarah lied, saying, “I did not laugh,” because she was afraid. But the Lord said, “No! You did laugh.” 5
Abraham Pleads for Sodom
18:16 When the men got up to leave, 6 they looked out over 7 Sodom. (Now 8 Abraham was walking with them to see them on their way.) 9