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Go to Commentary on 2 Kng 16
Ahaz Reigns in Judah

1In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah, Ahaz the son of Jotham king of Judah began to reign.
  2Ahaz was 20 years old when he began to reign, and he reigned 16 years in Jerusalem; and he did not do what was right in the eyes of Yahweh his God like David his father.
  3He walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and even made his son pass through the fire just like the abominations of the nations that Yahweh had driven out from before the children of Israel.
  4He offered sacrifices and burned incense at the local shrines and on the hills and under every green tree.

5Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel came up to Jerusalem for battle, and they besieged Ahaz but could not conquer him.
  6At that time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria and drove the Jews from Elath, and the Edomitesa came to Elath and lived there to this day.

7So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, saying, “I am your servant and your son. Come up and save me out of the hand of the king of Syria and out of the hand of the king of Israel who have risen up against me!”
  8And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of Yahweh and in the treasuries of the king’s house and sent it as a gift to the king of Assyria.
  9The king of Assyria listened to him. So the king of Assyria went up against Damascus and captured it and carried its people captive to Kir and killed Rezin.

Ahaz’s Idolatry

10Then King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria and he saw the altar that was at Damascus. And King Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest a likeness of the altar and its pattern, according to all its workmanship.
  11So Urijah the priest built an altar in accordance with everything that King Ahaz had sent from Damascus, and Urijah the priest made it before Ahaz the king came from Damascus.
  12When the king had come from Damascus, the king saw the altar, and the king approached the altar and offered on it.
  13He burned his burnt offering and his grain offering into smoke, and poured out his drink offerings and sprinkled the blood of his peace offerings on the altar.
  14The bronze altar that was in the presence of Yahweh he brought from the front of the house, from between his altar and the house of Yahweh, and put it on the north side of his altar.

15And King Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, “Burn the morning burnt offering and the evening grain offering on the great altar, along with the king’s burnt offering and his grain offering, and with the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their grain offering and their drink offerings; and sprinkle on it all the blood of the burnt offering and all the blood of the sacrifices; but the bronze altar will be for me to inquire by.”
  16So Urijah the priest did according to all that King Ahaz commanded.

17King Ahaz cut off the panels of the bases and removed the basin from off them, and took down the sea from off the bronze oxen that were under it and put it on a pavement of stone.
  18The covered place for the Sabbath that they had built in the house and the king’s entry outside, he removed from the house of Yahweh because of the king of Assyria.

The Death of Ahaz

19Now the rest of the acts of Ahaz that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the kings of Judah?
  20And Ahaz slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David, and Hezekiah his son reigned in his place.

Masoretic text read “Syrians”

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