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Chapter 16

Ahaz Reigns over Judah

1 In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah, aAhaz the son of Jotham, king of Judah, became king.

2 aAhaz 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.

3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, aand even made his son pass through the fire, baccording to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord had 1driven out from before the sons of Israel.

4 He asacrificed and burned incense on the high places and on the hills and under every green tree.

5 Then aRezin king of Aram and Pekah son of Remaliah, king of Israel, came up to Jerusalem to wage war; and they besieged Ahaz, bbut could not 1overcome him.

6 At that time Rezin king of Aram recovered aElath for Aram, and cleared the Judeans out of 1Elath entirely; and the 2Arameans came to Elath and have lived there to this day.

Ahaz Seeks Help of Aram

7 aSo Ahaz sent messengers to bTiglath-pileser king of Assyria, saying, “I am your servant and your son; come up and deliver me from the 1hand of the king of Aram and from the 1hand of the king of Israel, who are rising up against me.”

8 aAhaz 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 aSo the king of Assyria listened to him; and the king of Assyria went up against Damascus and bcaptured it, and carried the people of it away into exile to cKir, and put Rezin to death.

Damascus Falls

10 Now King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet aTiglath-pileser king of Assyria, and saw the altar which was at Damascus; and King Ahaz sent to bUrijah the priest the 1pattern of the altar and its model, according to all its workmanship.

11 So Urijah the priest built an altar; according to all that King Ahaz had sent from Damascus, thus Urijah the priest made it, 1before the coming of King Ahaz from Damascus.

12 When the king came from Damascus, the king saw the altar; then athe king approached the altar and 1went up to it,

13 and 1burned his burnt offering and his meal offering, and poured his drink offering and sprinkled the blood of his peace offerings on the altar.

14 aThe bronze altar, which was before the Lord, 1he brought from the front of the house, from between bhis altar and the house of the Lord, and he put it on the north side of his altar.

15 Then King Ahaz 1commanded Urijah the priest, saying, “Upon the great altar 2burn athe 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 bthe bronze altar shall be for me to inquire by.

16 So Urijah the priest did according to all that King Ahaz commanded.

17 Then King Ahaz acut off the borders of the stands, and removed the laver from them; he also btook down the sea from the bronze oxen which were under it and put it on a pavement of stone.

18 The 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

19 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaz which he did, are they not written ain the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?

20 So aAhaz slept with his fathers, and bwas buried with his fathers in the city of David; and his son Hezekiah reigned in his place.


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