25 1 Amaziah was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem. 25 2 And he did what was right in the eyes of Yahweh, yet not with a blameless heart. 25 3 And as soon as the royal power was firmly in his hand he killed his servants who had slain the king his father. 25 4 But he did not put their children to death, according to what is written in the law, in the book of Moses, where Yahweh commanded, "The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, or the children be put to death for the fathers; but every man shall die for his own sin."
25 5 Then Amaziah assembled the men of Judah, and set them by fathers' houses under commanders of thousands and of hundreds for all Judah and Benjamin. He mustered those twenty years old and upward, and found that they were three hundred thousand picked men, fit for war, able to handle spear and shield. 25 6 He hired also a hundred thousand mighty men of valor from Israel for a hundred talents of silver. 25 7 But a man of God came to him and said, "O king, do not let the army of Israel go with you, for Yahweh is not with Israel, with all these Ephraimites. 25 8 But if you suppose that in this way you will be strong for war, God will cast you down before the enemy; for God has power to help or to cast down." 25 9 And Amaziah said to the man of God, "But what shall we do about the hundred talents which I have given to the army of Israel?" The man of God answered, "Yahweh is able to give you much more than this." 25 10 Then Amaziah discharged the army that had come to him from Ephraim, to go home again. And they became very angry with Judah, and returned home in fierce anger. 25 11 But Amaziah took courage, and led out his people, and went to the Valley of Salt and smote ten thousand men of Seir. 25 12 The men of Judah captured another ten thousand alive, and took them to the top of a rock and threw them down from the top of the rock; and they were all dashed to pieces. 25 13 But the men of the army whom Amaziah sent back, not letting them go with him to battle, fell upon the cities of Judah, from Samaria to Beth-horon, and killed three thousand people in them, and took much spoil.
25 14 After Amaziah came from the slaughter of the Edomites, he brought the gods of the men of Seir, and set them up as his gods, and worshipped them, making offerings to them. 25 15 Therefore Yahweh was angry with Amaziah and sent to him a prophet, who said to him, "Why have you resorted to the gods of a people, which did not deliver their own people from your hand?" 25 16 But as he was speaking the king said to him, "Have we made you a royal counselor? Stop! Why should you be put to death?" So the prophet stopped, but said, "I know that God has determined to destroy you, because you have done this and have not listened to my counsel."