Bible: 2 Kings 15:8-16

Zechariah’s Reign over Israel

15:8 In the thirty-eighth year of King Azariah’s reign over Judah, Jeroboam’s son Zechariah became king over Israel. He reigned in Samaria 1  for six months. 15:9 He did evil in the sight of 2  the Lord, as his ancestors had done. He did not repudiate 3  the sinful ways of Jeroboam son of Nebat who encouraged Israel to sin. 15:10 Shallum son of Jabesh conspired against him; he assassinated him in Ibleam 4  and took his place as king. 15:11 The rest of the events of Zechariah’s reign are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Israel. 5  15:12 His assassination brought to fulfillment the Lord’s word to Jehu, 6 Four generations of your descendants will rule over Israel.” 7  That is exactly what happened. 8 

15:13 Shallum son of Jabesh became king in the thirty-ninth year of King Uzziah’s 9  reign over Judah. He reigned for one month 10  in Samaria. 15:14 Menahem son of Gadi went up from Tirzah to 11  Samaria and attacked Shallum son of Jabesh. 12  He killed him and took his place as king. 15:15 The rest of the events of Shallum’s reign, including the conspiracy he organized, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Israel. 13  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. 14  He even ripped open the pregnant women.

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