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Menahem passed away 1 and his son Pekahiah replaced him as king.
Menahem son of Gadi went up from Tirzah to 1 Samaria and attacked Shallum son of Jabesh. 2 He killed him and took his place as king.
In the thirty-ninth year of King Azariah’s reign over Judah, Menahem son of Gadi became king over Israel. He reigned for twelve years in Samaria. 1
Pul 1 king of Assyria invaded the land, and Menahem paid 2 him 3 a thousand talents 4 of silver to gain his support 5 and to solidify his control of the kingdom. 6
The rest of the events of Menahem’s reign, including all his accomplishments, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Israel. 1
In the fiftieth year of King Azariah’s reign over Judah, Menahem’s son Pekahiah became king over Israel. He reigned in Samaria 1 for two years.
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. 1 He even ripped open the pregnant women.
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. 1 Then the king of Assyria left; he did not stay there in the land.