2 Kings 16

Ahaz Reigns over Judah

1In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah a  Ahaz the son of Jotham, king of Judah, became king. 2 b  Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem; and he did not do what was right in the sight of the  Lord his God, as his father David had done. 3But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel c  and even made his son pass through the fire d  according to the abominations of the nations whom the  Lord had
Or dispossessed
driven out from before the sons of Israel.
4He f  sacrificed and burned incense on the high places and on the hills and under every green tree.

5Then g  Rezin king of Aram and Pekah son of Remaliah, king of Israel, came up to Jerusalem to wage war; and they besieged Ahaz h  but could not
Lit fight
overcome him.
6At that time Rezin king of Aram recovered j  Elath for Aram, and cleared the Judeans out of
Heb Eloth
Elath entirely; and the
So with some ancient versions; Heb Edomites
Arameans came to Elath and have lived there to this day.

Ahaz Seeks Help of Aram

7 m  So Ahaz sent messengers to n  Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, saying, “I am your servant and your son; come up and deliver me from the
Lit palm
hand of the king of Aram and from the
Lit palm
hand of the king of Israel, who are rising up against me.”
8 q  Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the  Lord and in the treasuries of the king’s house, and sent a present to the king of Assyria. 9 r  So the king of Assyria listened to him; and the king of Assyria went up against Damascus and s  captured it, and carried the people of it away into exile to t  Kir, and put Rezin to death.

Damascus Falls

10Now King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet u  Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, and saw the altar which was at Damascus; and King Ahaz sent to v  Urijah the priest the
Lit likeness
pattern of the altar and its model, according to all its workmanship.
11So Urijah the priest built an altar; according to all that King Ahaz had sent from Damascus, thus Urijah the priest made it
Lit until
before the coming of King Ahaz from Damascus.
12When the king came from Damascus, the king saw the altar; then y  the king approached the altar and
Or offered on it
went up to it,
13and
Lit offered in smoke
burned his burnt offering and his meal offering, and poured his drink offering and sprinkled the blood of his peace offerings on the altar.
14 ab  The bronze altar, which was before the  Lord
Lit he also
he brought from the front of the house, from between ad  his altar and the house of the  Lord, and he put it on the north side of his altar.
15Then King Ahaz
Lit commanded him, Urijah
commanded Urijah the priest, saying, “Upon the great altar
Lit offer in smoke
burn ag  the morning burnt offering and the evening meal offering and the king’s burnt offering and his meal offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land and their meal offering and their drink offerings; and sprinkle on it all the blood of the burnt offering and all the blood of the sacrifice. But ah  the bronze altar shall be for me to inquire by.”
16So Urijah the priest did according to all that King Ahaz commanded.

17Then King Ahaz ai  cut off the borders of the stands, and removed the laver from them; he also aj  took down the sea from the bronze oxen which were under it and put it on a pavement of stone. 18The covered way for the sabbath which they had built in the house, and the outer entry of the king, he removed from the house of the  Lord because of the king of Assyria.

Hezekiah Reigns over Judah

19Now the rest of the acts of Ahaz which he did, are they not written ak  in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 20So al  Ahaz slept with his fathers, and am  was buried with his fathers in the city of David; and his son Hezekiah reigned in his place.
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