But the Lord 1 struck down some of the people of Beth Shemesh because they had looked into the ark of the Lord; he struck down 50,070 2 of the men. The people grieved because the Lord had struck the people with a hard blow.
For the battle with Israel the Philistines had amassed 3,000 1 chariots, 6,000 horsemen, and an army as numerous as the sand on the seashore. They went up and camped at Micmash, east of Beth Aven.
So Joab’s men 1 came and laid siege against him in Abel of Beth Maacah. They prepared a siege ramp outside the city which stood against its outer rampart. As all of Joab’s soldiers were trying to break through 2 the wall so that it would collapse,
Ben Hadad accepted King Asa’s offer and ordered his army commanders to attack the cities of Israel. 1 They conquered 2 Ijon, Dan, Abel Beth Maacah, and all the territory of Naphtali, including the region of Kinnereth. 3
On the border of Manasseh’s territory were Beth-Shean 1 and its surrounding towns, Taanach and its surrounding towns, Megiddo 2 and its surrounding towns, and Dor and its surrounding towns. The descendants of Joseph, Israel’s son, lived here.
Now the troops Amaziah had dismissed and had not allowed to fight in the battle 1 raided 2 the cities of Judah from Samaria 3 to Beth Horon. They killed 4 3,000 people and carried off a large amount of plunder.
The Philistines had raided the cities of Judah in the lowlands 1 and the Negev. They captured and settled in Beth Shemesh, Aijalon, Gederoth, Soco and its surrounding villages, Timnah and its surrounding villages, and Gimzo and its surrounding villages.
Nehemiah son of Azbuk, head of a half-district of Beth Zur, worked after him as far as the tombs of David and the artificial pool and the House of the Warriors.
The cart was coming to the field of Joshua, who was from Beth Shemesh. It paused there near a big stone. Then they cut up the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering to the Lord.
He said, “Capture them alive!” So they captured them alive and then executed all forty-two of them in the cistern at Beth Eked. He left no survivors.
“Run for safety, people of Benjamin! Get out of Jerusalem! 1 Sound the trumpet 2 in Tekoa! Light the signal fires at Beth Hakkerem! For disaster lurks 3 out of the north; it will bring great destruction. 4
Although you, O Israel, commit adultery, do not let Judah become guilty! Do not journey to Gilgal! Do not go up to Beth Aven! 1 Do not swear, “As surely as the Lord lives!”
The inhabitants 1 of Samaria will lament 2 over the calf idol 3 of Beth Aven. 4 Its people will mourn over it; its idolatrous priests will wail 5 over it, 6 because its splendor will be taken from them 7 into exile.
I will break the bar 1 on the gate of Damascus. I will remove 2 the ruler 3 from Wicked Valley, 4 the one who holds the royal scepter from Beth Eden. 5 The people of Aram will be deported to Kir.” 6 The Lord has spoken!
As they fled from Israel on the slope leading down from 1 Beth Horon, the Lord threw down on them large hailstones from the sky, 2 all the way to Azekah. They died – in fact, more died from the hailstones than the Israelites killed with the sword.
Within Issachar’s and Asher’s territory Manasseh was assigned Beth Shean, Ibleam, the residents of Dor, En Dor, the residents of Taanach, the residents of Megiddo, 1 the three of Napheth, 2 and the towns surrounding all these cities. 3
It then turned on the west side southward from the hill near Beth Horon on the south and extended to Kiriath Baal (that is, Kiriath Jearim), a city belonging to the tribe 1 of Judah. This is the western border. 2