2 Kings 16
Judah’s King Ahaz1In the seventeenth year of Pekah son of Remaliah, a Ahaz b son of Jotham became king of Judah. 2 Ahaz was 20 years old when he became king and reigned 16 years in Jerusalem. He did not do what was right in the sight of the Lord his God like his ancestor David c 3but walked in the way of the kings of Israel. d He even made his son pass through the fire, ▼
▼Either a Canaanite cult practice or child sacrificeimitating the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had dispossessed before the Israelites. f 4He sacrificed and burned incense g on the ▼
▼high place(s): An ancient place of worship most often associated with pagan religions, usually built on an elevated locationhigh places, on the hills, and under every green tree. i 5 Then j Aram’s King Rezin and Israel’s King Pekah son of Remaliah came to wage war against Jerusalem. They besieged Ahaz but were not able to conquer him. k 6At that time Rezin king of Aram recovered Elath for Aram and expelled the Judahites from Elath. l Then the Arameans came to Elath, and they live there until today. m 7So Ahaz sent messengers n to Tiglath-pileser o king of Assyria, saying, “I am your servant and your son. March up and save me from the power of the king of Aram and of the king of Israel, who are rising up against me.” 8 Ahaz also took the silver and gold found in the Lord’s temple and in the treasuries of the king’s palace and sent them to the king of Assyria as a gift. p 9So the king of Assyria listened to him q and marched up to Damascus and captured it. r He deported its people to Kir s but put Rezin to death.
Ahaz’s Idolatry10 King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-pileser t king of Assyria. When he saw the altar that was in Damascus, King Ahaz sent a model of the altar and complete plans for its construction to Uriah the priest. u 11 Uriah built the altar according to all the instructions King Ahaz sent from Damascus. Therefore, by the time King Ahaz came back from Damascus, Uriah the priest had completed it. 12When the king came back from Damascus, he saw the altar. Then he approached the altar v and ascended it. 13He offered his ▼
▼burnt offering(s): Or holocaust, an offering completely burned to ashes; it was used in connection with worship, seeking God's favor, expiating sin, or averting judgment.burnt offering x and his ▼
▼grain offering(s): An offering given along with animal sacrifices or given by itself. A portion was burnt and the priests and participant ate the remainder.grain offering, poured out his drink offering, and sprinkled the blood of his ▼
▼fellowship sacrifice(s) or offering(s): An animal offering was given to maintain and strengthen a person's relationship with God. It was not required as a remedy for impurity or sin but was an expression of thanksgiving for various blessings. An important function of this sacrifice was to provide meat for the priests and the participants in the sacrifice; it was also called the peace offering or the sacrifice of well-being.fellowship offerings aa on the altar. 14He took the bronze altar ab that was before the Lord in front of the temple between his altar and the Lord’s temple, and put it on the north side of his altar. 15Then King Ahaz commanded Uriah the priest, “Offer on the great altar the morning burnt offering, the evening grain offering, and the king’s burnt offering and his grain offering. Also offer the burnt offering of all the people of the land, their grain offering, and their drink offerings. Sprinkle on the altar all the blood of the burnt offering and all the blood of sacrifice. The bronze altar will be for me to seek guidance.” ▼
▼Hb obscure16 Uriah the priest did everything King Ahaz commanded. 17Then King Ahaz cut off the frames of the water carts ▼
▼Lit the stands, ae and removed the bronze basin from each of them. He took the reservoir ▼
▼Lit sea, ag from the bronze oxen that were under it and put it on a stone pavement. 18To satisfy the king of Assyria, he removed from the Lord’s temple the Sabbath canopy they had built in the palace, and he closed the outer entrance for the king.
Ahaz’s Death19 The rest ah of the events of Ahaz’s reign, along with his accomplishments, are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings. ai 20 Ahaz rested with his fathers aj and was buried with his fathers in the city of David, and his son Hezekiah became king in his place.
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