Bible: 2 Chronicles 25:14-23

25:14 When Amaziah returned from defeating the Edomites, he brought back the gods of the people 1  of Seir and made them his personal gods. 2  He bowed down before them and offered them sacrifices. 25:15 The Lord was angry at Amaziah and sent a prophet to him, who said, “Why are you following 3  these gods 4  that could not deliver their own people from your power? 5  25:16 While he was speaking, Amaziah 6  said to him, “Did we appoint you to be a royal counselor? Stop prophesying or else you will be killed!” 7  So the prophet stopped, but added, “I know that the Lord has decided 8  to destroy you, because you have done this thing and refused to listen to my advice.”

25:17 After King Amaziah of Judah consulted with his advisers, 9  he sent this message to the king of Israel, Joash son of Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, “Come, face me on the battlefield.” 10  25:18 King Joash of Israel sent this message back to King Amaziah of Judah, “A thorn bush in Lebanon sent this message to a cedar in Lebanon, ‘Give your daughter to my son as a wife.’ Then a wild animal of Lebanon came by and trampled down the thorn bush. 11  25:19 You defeated Edom 12  and it has gone to your head. 13  Gloat over your success, 14  but stay in your palace. Why bring calamity on yourself? Why bring down yourself and Judah along with you? 15 

25:20 But Amaziah did not heed the warning, 16  for God wanted to hand them over to Joash because they followed the gods of Edom. 17  25:21 So King Joash of Israel attacked. He and King Amaziah of Judah faced each other on the battlefield 18  in Beth Shemesh of Judah. 25:22 Judah was defeated by Israel, and each man ran back home. 19  25:23 King Joash of Israel captured King Amaziah of Judah, son of Joash son of Jehoahaz, in Beth Shemesh and brought him to Jerusalem. He broke down the wall of Jerusalem from the Gate of Ephraim to the Corner Gate – a distance of about six hundred feet. 20 

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