|2 Kings 16 |
1 In the seventeenth year of Pekah, the son of Remaliah; Ahaz, the son of Jotham, king of Judah, began to reign.
2 Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned for sixteen years in Jerusalem. He did not do what was right in the sight of the LORD his God, like David, his forefather.
3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yes, and even made his son pass through the fire [sacrificed him], following the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD had driven out before the children of Israel.
4 And he sacrificed and burned incense in the high places, on the hills, and under every green tree.
5 Then Rezin, king of Syria, and Pekah, son of Remaliah, king of Israel, came up to Jerusalem to wage war; and they besieged Ahaz, but could not overcome him.
6 At that time Rezin, king of Syria, recovered Elath for Syria and drove the Jews from it. Then the Syrians came to Elath, and dwell there to this day.
7 So 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 hands of the king of Syria and the king of Israel, who are rising up against me."
8 And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the temple of the LORD and in the treasures of the king's palace and sent it as a gift to the king of Assyria.
9 So the king of Assyria hearkened to him; he went up against Damascus, took it, and carried the people of it captive to Kir, and slew Rezin.
10 Now King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-pileser, king of Assyria, and saw a heathen altar there; and he sent the design of the altar, and the pattern for its construction to Urijah, the priest.
11 So Urijah, the priest, built an altar according to all the plans that King Ahaz had sent from Damascus. He made it before King Ahaz returned from Damascus.
12 And when the King Ahaz returned from Damascus, he saw the altar; and he went up to the altar and made offerings on it.
13 King Ahaz burned his burnt offering and his grain offering, poured his drink offering, and sprinkled the blood of his peace offerings upon that altar.
14 And he also brought the bronze altar, which was before the LORD, from the front of the temple — from between the new altar and the temple of the LORD — and put it on the north side of the new altar.
15 Then King Ahaz commanded Urijah, the priest, saying, "Upon the great [new] altar, burn the morning burnt offering, the evening grain offering, the king's burnt sacrifice and his grain offering, with the burnt offering and the grain offering and drink offering of all the people of the land; and sprinkle upon the new altar all the blood of the burnt offerings and the sacrifices. But the bronze altar shall kept be for me to inquire [of the LORD] by."
16 So Urijah, the priest, did all that King Ahaz commanded.
17 And King Ahaz cut off the panels of the bases and removed the basins from them; and he took down the Sea from the bronze oxen that supported it and set it on a stone base.
18 He also removed the covered canopy for the Sabbath that they had built in the temple court, and the king's entry outside the temple of the LORD, because of the king of Assyria.
19 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaz are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah.
20 So Ahaz slept with his forefathers and was buried with them in the city of David. And Hezekiah, his son, reigned in his place.
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