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  • Then Menahem son of Gadi went to Samaria from Tirzah and assassinated him, and he became the next king. - 2 Kings 15:14

  • At that time Menahem destroyed the town of Tappuah* and all the surrounding countryside as far as Tirzah, because its citizens refused to surrender the town. He killed the entire population and ripped open the pregnant women.4 - 2 Kings 15:16

  • Menahem son of Gadi began to rule over Israel in the thirty-ninth year of King Uzziah's reign in Judah. He reigned in Samaria ten years. - 2 Kings 15:17

  • But Menahem did what was evil in the LORD's sight. During his entire reign, he refused to turn from the sins of idolatry that Jeroboam son of Nebat had led Israel to commit. - 2 Kings 15:18

  • Then King Tiglath-pileser* of Assyria invaded the land. But Menahem paid him thirty-seven tons* of silver to gain his support in tightening his grip on royal power.5 - 2 Kings 15:19

  • Menahem extorted the money from the rich of Israel, demanding that each of them pay twenty ounces* of silver in the form of a special tax. So the king of Assyria turned from attacking Israel and did not stay in the land.6 - 2 Kings 15:20

  • The rest of the events in Menahem's reign and all his deeds are recorded in [The Book of the History of the Kings of Israel.] - 2 Kings 15:21

  • When Menahem died, his son Pekahiah became the next king. - 2 Kings 15:22

  • Pekahiah son of Menahem began to rule over Israel in the fiftieth year of King Uzziah's reign in Judah. He reigned in Samaria two years. - 2 Kings 15:23

New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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