|2 Chronicles 28 |
1 Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem; but he did not do what right in the sight of the LORD, like David his ancestor.
2 For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and also made molten images for Baals.
3 In addition he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.
4 He also sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.
5 Therefore the LORD his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria; and they smote him, and carried away a great multitude of them captives, and brought them to Damascus. He was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who smote him with a great slaughter.
6 For Pekah, the son of Remaliah, slew in Judah a hundred and twenty thousand in one day, who were all valiant men; they were slain because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers.
7 And Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, slew Maaseiah the king's son, and Azrikam the governor of the house, and Elkanah, who was next to the king.
8 The children of Israel carried away captive of their brothers two hundred thousand, women, sons, and daughters, and took also away much spoil from them, and brought the spoil to Samaria.
9 But a prophet of the LORD was there, whose name was Oded; and he went out before the host that came to Samaria, and said to them, "Behold, because the LORD God of your fathers was angry with Judah, he has delivered them into your hand; and you have slain them in a rage that reaches up to heaven.
10 And now you purpose to keep under the children of Judah and Jerusalem for bondmen and bondwomen to you; but are do you also not sin against the LORD your God?
11 Now hear me therefore, and return the captives whom you have taken from your brothers for the fierce wrath of the LORD is upon you.
12 Then some of the heads of the children of Ephraim stood up against those who came from the war; those opposing the army were Azariah, the son of Johanan; Berechiah, the son of Meshillemoth; Jehizkiah, the son of Shallum; and Amasa the son of Hadlai;
13 And they said to army, "You shall not bring in the captives here because we have already offended the LORD, and you intend to add more to our sins and to our trespass; and our trespass is great, and there is already fierce wrath against Israel.
14 So the armed men relinquished the captives and the spoil to the princes and all the congregation.
15 The men who were previously identified by name rose up and took charge of the captives; and with the spoil clothed all who were naked among them, arrayed them, shod them, gave them to eat and to drink, anointed them, transported all the feeble of them upon asses, and brought them to Jericho, the city of palm trees, to their brothers. Then the heads of the children of Ephraim returned to Samaria.
16 At that time king Ahaz sent to the kings of Assyria to help him.
17 For the Edomites had again come and struck Judah, carrying away captives.
18 The Philistines had also invaded the cities of the low country, and of the south of Judah, and had taken Bethshemesh, Ajalon, Gederoth, Shocho with its villages, Timnah with its villages, and Gimzo with its villages; and they dwelled there.
19 For the LORD brought Judah low through king Ahaz of Israel who had dealt very severely with Judah, and who was faithless against the LORD.
20 Tilgathpilneser, king of Assyria came to him, and distressed him, without strengthening him.
21 Ahaz took away a portion out of the house of the LORD, and out of the house of the king, and from the princes, giving it to the king of Assyria; but he did not help Ahaz.
22 And in the time of his distress he trespassed even more against the LORD. This is how king Ahaz further trespassed:
23 He sacrificed to the gods of Damascus, which had defeated him, saying, "Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them, therefore will I sacrifice to them, so that they may help me." But they were the ruin of him, and of all Israel.
24 Ahaz gathered together the vessels of the house of God, and cut in pieces the vessels of the house of God, and shut up the doors of the house of the LORD, and he made himself altars in every corner of Jerusalem.
25 And in every several city of Judah he made high places to burn incense to other gods, and provoked to anger the LORD God of his fathers.
26 Now the rest of his acts and of all his ways, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
27 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city, even in Jerusalem; but they did not entomb him in the tombs of the kings of Israel. His son Hezekiah reigned in his place.
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