15:18 He did evil in the sight of 1 the Lord; he did not repudiate 2 the sinful ways of Jeroboam son of Nebat who encouraged Israel to sin. 3
During his reign, 15:19 Pul 4 king of Assyria invaded the land, and Menahem paid 5 him 6 a thousand talents 7 of silver to gain his support 8 and to solidify his control of the kingdom. 9 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. 10 Then the king of Assyria left; he did not stay there in the land.
2 Kings 15:29Context
15:29 During Pekah’s reign over Israel, King Tiglath-pileser of Assyria came and captured Ijon, Abel Beth Maacah, Janoah, Kedesh, Hazor, 11 Gilead, and Galilee, including all the territory of Naphtali. He deported the people 12 to Assyria.
1 tn Heb “in the eyes of.”
2 tn Heb “turn away from.”
3 tc The MT of v. 18 ends with the words, “all his days.” If this phrase is taken with what precedes, then one should translate, “[who encouraged Israel to sin] throughout his reign.” However, it may be preferable to emend the text to בְיֹמָיו (bÿyomav), “in his days,” and join the phrase to what follows. The translation assumes this change.
5 tn Heb “gave.”
6 tn Heb “Pul.” The proper name has been replaced by the pronoun (“him”) in the translation for stylistic reasons.
7 tn The Hebrew term כִּכָּר (kikkar, “circle”) refers generally to something that is round. When used of metals it can refer to a disk-shaped weight made of the metal or to a standard unit of weight, generally regarded as a talent. Since the accepted weight for a talent of metal is about 75 pounds, this would have amounted to about 75,000 pounds of silver (cf. NCV “about seventy-four thousand pounds”); NLT “thirty-seven tons”; CEV “over thirty tons”; TEV “34,000 kilogrammes.”
8 tn Heb “so his hands would be with him.”
9 tn Heb “to keep hold of the kingdom in his hand.”
10 tn Heb “and Menahem brought out the silver over Israel, over the prominent men of means, to give to the king of Assyria, fifty shekels of silver for each man.”
12 tn Heb “them.”