Bible: 2 Kings 15:16-20

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.

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