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Go to Bible: 2 Kings 16
2Ki 16:1(top)
2Ki 16:2(top)
2Ki 16:3

“made his son to pass through the fire.” Ahaz practiced human sacrifice in the form of burning his children to death. Although the text here in Kings says “son,” Chronicles lets us know he sacrificed many of his children (2 Chron. 28:3).

2Ki 16:4(top)
2Ki 16:5(top)
2Ki 16:6

“Elath.” Elath was a city on the northern tip of what is today called the Gulf of Aqaba. It was located near Ezion-geber.

“the Syrians came to Elath.” There is some debate about whether the Syrians came to Elath. The Septuagint text reads “Edomites,” which might be correct. The Hebrew word for “Syrians” (more technically, Arameans), is very similar to the word for “Edomites.”

2Ki 16:7(top)
2Ki 16:8

“the house of Yahweh.” That is, the Temple.

“the treasures of the king’s house.” That is, the treasures of the palace.

“as a gift.” The king of Assyria did not demand this tribute, so this “gift” is basically a bribe, and it was effective. That Ahaz took the treasures from the Temple of Yahweh to hire the Assyrians to attack Syria and Israel was why when he spoke to Isaiah the prophet he pretended to be so holy and not ask God for a sign that he would not be conquered by Syria and Israel (Isa. 7:11).

2Ki 16:9

“went up against Damascus and captured it​.” Damascus was the capital of Syria and the location of the palace of Rezin the king of Syria. The Assyrians conquered it in 732 BC.

2Ki 16:10(top)
2Ki 16:11(top)
2Ki 16:12

“the king approached the altar and offered on it.” There is nothing godly about this! There is a pagan altar in the Temple of Yahweh and the king is a Judean not a priest, yet he is offering on the altar.

2Ki 16:13(top)
2Ki 16:14

“the north side.” That is the left side, the place of lesser honor. This shows the lack of respect that Ahaz had for God and the things of God.

2Ki 16:15

“will be for me to inquire by.” Perhaps to deliberately humilitate Yahweh, Ahaz uses his new altar to offer the offerings required by the Law of Moses, but uses the altar from Yahweh’s temple to perform his acts of divination. Divination was strictly prohibited in the Mosaic Law (Deut. 18:9-14).

2Ki 16:16(top)
2Ki 16:17(top)
2Ki 16:18(top)
2Ki 16:19(top)
2Ki 16:20(top)

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