2 Kings 16

Ukubusa kukaAhazi

Ngomnyaka wetshumi lesikhombisa kaPheka indodana kaRemaliya uAhazi indodana kaJothamu inkosi yakoJuda waba yinkosi. UAhazi wayeleminyaka engamatshumi amabili lapho esiba yinkosi; wabusa iminyaka elitshumi lesithupha eJerusalema. Kenzanga-ke okulungileyo emehlweni e Nkosi uNkulunkulu wakhe, njengoDavida uyise. Kodwa wahamba ngendlela yamakhosi akoIsrayeli, yebo, futhi wenza indodana yakhe idabule emlilweni, njengezinengiso zezizwe i Nkosi eyazixotsha elifeni phambi kwabantwana bakoIsrayeli. Wanikela imihlatshelo watshisa impepha endaweni eziphakemeyo laphezu kwamaqaqa langaphansi kwaso sonke isihlahla esiluhlaza.

Khona uRezini inkosi yeSiriya loPheka indodana kaRemaliya, inkosi yakoIsrayeli, benyukela eJerusalema ukulwa, bamvimbezela uAhazi kodwa kababanga lakho ukunqoba. Ngalesosikhathi uRezini inkosi yeSiriya wabuyisela iElathi eSiriya, waxotsha amaJuda eElathi; amaSiriya asesiza eElathi ahlala khona kuze kube lamuhla. UAhazi wasethuma izithunywa kuTigilathi Pileseri inkosi yeAsiriya esithi: Ngiyinceku yakho lendodana yakho; yenyuka ungisindise esandleni senkosi yeSiriya lesandleni senkosi yakoIsrayeli abangivukelayo. UAhazi wasethatha isiliva legolide okwakutholwa endlini kaJehova lenothweni yendlu yenkosi, wathumela isipho enkosini yeAsiriya. Inkosi yeAsiriya yasimlalela, ngoba inkosi yeAsiriya yenyuka imelene leDamaseko yayithumba, yabathumbela eKiri abantu bayo, yabulala uRezini.

10 Inkosi uAhazi yasisiya eDamaseko ukuhlangana loTigilathi Pileseri inkosi yeAsiriya, yabona ilathi elaliseDamaseko. Inkosi uAhazi yasithumela kuUriya umpristi isimo selathi lomfanekiso walo njengokwenziwa kwalo konke. 11 U-Uriya umpristi wasesakha ilathi njengakho konke uAhazi akuthumela kuvela eDamaseko; uUriya umpristi wenza njalo, yaze yafika inkosi uAhazi ivela eDamaseko. 12 Inkosi isibuyile eDamaseko inkosi yalibona ilathi. Inkosi yasondela elathini, yanikela phezu kwalo. 13 Yasitshisa umnikelo wayo wokutshiswa lomnikelo wayo wokudla, yathela umnikelo wayo wokunathwayo, yafafaza igazi leminikelo yokuthula eyayilayo phezu kwelathi. 14 Kodwa ilathi lethusi elaliphambi kwe Nkosi yalisondeza lisuka phambi kwendlu, lisuka phakathi kwelathi lendlu ye Nkosi, yalifaka ehlangothini lwenyakatho lwelathi. 15 Inkosi uAhazi yasimlaya uUriya umpristi isithi: Phezu kwelathi elikhulu tshisa umnikelo wokutshiswa wekuseni, lomnikelo wokudla wantambama, lomnikelo wokutshiswa wenkosi, lomnikelo wayo wokudla, lomnikelo wokutshiswa wabo bonke abantu belizwe, lomnikelo wabo wokudla, leminikelo yabo yokunathwayo; ufafaze phezu kwalo lonke igazi lomnikelo wokutshiswa lalo lonke igazi lomhlatshelo. Kodwa ilathi lethusi lizakuba ngelami ukubuza ngalo. 16 U-Uriya umpristi wasesenza njengakho konke inkosi uAhazi eyayikulayile.

17 Inkosi uAhazi yasiquma imiphetho yezisekelo, yasusa inditshi yokugezela kuzo, yethula ulwandle phezu kwenkabi zethusi ezazingaphansi kwalo, yalubeka phezu kokugandelwe ngamatshe. 18 Lokwembesiweyo kwesabatha ababekwakhe endlini, lentuba yenkosi phandle, yakususa endlini ye Nkosi, ngenxa yenkosi yeAsiriya.

19 Ezinye-ke zezindaba zikaAhazi azenzayo, kazibhalwanga yini egwalweni lwemilando yamakhosi akoJuda? 20 UAhazi waselala kuboyise, wangcwatshelwa kuboyise emzini kaDavida. UHezekhiya indodana yakhe wasesiba yinkosi esikhundleni sakhe.

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