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19 Pul,[a] king of Assyria, came against the land. But Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver to have his help in holding onto his kingdom. 20 Menahem paid out silver on behalf of Israel, that is, for all the people of substance, by giving the king of Assyria fifty shekels of silver for each one. So the king of Assyria went home and did not stay in the land.

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  1. 15:19 Pul: the Babylonian throne name of the Assyrian Tiglath-pileser III; cf. v. 29.

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