Later the men of Judah went down to attack the Canaanites living in the hill country, the Negev, and the lowlands. 1
For the music director; according to the shushan-eduth style; 2 a prayer 3 of David written to instruct others. 4 It was written when he fought against Aram Naharaim and Aram-Zobah. That was when Joab turned back and struck down 5 12,000 Edomites 6 in the Valley of Salt. 7 O God, you have rejected us. 8 You suddenly turned on us in your anger. 9 Please restore us!
For this reason what they have made and stored up, they carry over the Stream of the Poplars.
Get up, make your way across Wadi Arnon. Look! I have already delivered over to you Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, 1 and his land. Go ahead! Take it! Engage him in war!
They came from Ephraim, who uprooted Amalek, 1 they follow 2 after you, Benjamin, with your soldiers. From Makir leaders came down, from Zebulun came 3 the ones who march carrying 4 an officer’s staff.
Then the men of Israel and Judah charged forward, shouting a battle cry. 1 They chased the Philistines to the valley 2 and to the very gates of Ekron. The Philistine corpses lay fallen along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron.
He also removed Maacah his grandmother 1 from her position as queen because she had made a loathsome Asherah pole. Asa cut down her Asherah pole and burned it in the Kidron Valley.
But Josiah did not turn back from him; 1 he disguised himself for battle. He did not take seriously 2 the words of Necho which he had received from God; he went to fight him in the Plain of Megiddo. 3
After him the priests worked, men of the nearby district.
When King Zedekiah of Judah and all his soldiers saw them, they tried to escape. They departed from the city during the night. They took a path through the king’s garden and passed out through the gate between the two walls. 1 Then they headed for the Jordan Valley. 2
“Look! I am about to bring 1 a nation against you, family 2 of Israel.” The Lord, the God who commands armies, is speaking. “They will oppress 3 you all the way from Lebo-Hamath 4 to the Stream of the Arabah.” 5
“Get up, go down and meet King Ahab of Israel who lives in Samaria. He is at the vineyard of Naboth; he has gone down there to take possession of it.
Abram settled in the land of Canaan, but Lot settled among the cities of the Jordan plain 1 and pitched his tents next to Sodom.
If you ever do leave and cross the Kidron Valley, know for sure that you will certainly die! You will be responsible for your own death.” 1
God brought about Ahaziah’s downfall through his visit to Joram. 1 When Ahaziah 2 arrived, he went out with Joram to meet Jehu son of Nimshi, whom the Lord had commissioned 3 to wipe out Ahab’s family. 4