2 Chronicles 28
28 1Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign; and he reigned
sixteen years in Jerusalem: and he did not that which was right in the eyes
of Jehovah, like David his father;
2but he walked in the ways of the
kings of Israel, and made also molten images for the Baalim.
burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in
the fire, according to the abominations of the nations whom Jehovah cast out
before the children of Israel.
4And he sacrificed and burnt incense in
the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.
Jehovah his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria; and they
smote him, and carried away of his a great multitude of captives, and brought
them to Damascus. And he was also delivered into the hand of the king of
Israel, who smote him with a great slaughter.
6For Pekah the son of
Remaliah slew in Judah a hundred and twenty thousand in one day, all of them
valiant men; because they had forsaken Jehovah, the God of their fathers.
7And Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, slew Maaseiah the king's son, and
Azrikam the ruler of the house, and Elkanah that was next to the king.
8And the children of Israel carried away captive of their brethren two
hundred thousand, women, sons, and daughters, and took also away much spoil
from them, and brought the spoil to Samaria.
9But a prophet of Jehovah
was there, whose name was Oded: and he went out to meet the host that came to
Samaria, and said unto them, Behold, because Jehovah, the God of your
fathers, was wroth with Judah, he hath delivered them into your hand, and ye
have slain them in a rage which hath reached up to heaven.
10And now ye
purpose to keep under the children of Judah and Jerusalem for bondmen and
bondwomen unto you: but are there not even with you trespasses of
your own against Jehovah your God?
11Now hear me therefore, and send back
the captives, that ye have taken captive of your brethren; for the fierce
wrath of Jehovah is upon you.
12Then certain of the heads of the children
of Ephraim, Azariah the son of Johanan, Berechiah the son of Meshillemoth,
and Jehizkiah the son of Shallum, and Amasa the son of Hadlai, stood up
against them that came from the war,
13and said unto them, Ye shall not
bring in the captives hither: for ye purpose that which will bring upon us a
trespass against Jehovah, to add unto our sins and to our trespass; for our
trespass is great, and there is fierce wrath against Israel.
armed men left the captives and the spoil before the princes and all the
15And the men that have been mentioned by name rose up, and
took the captives, and with the spoil clothed all that were naked among them,
and arrayed them, and shod them, and gave them to eat and to drink, and
anointed them, and carried all the feeble of them upon asses, and brought
them to Jericho, the city of palm-trees, unto their brethren: then they
returned to Samaria.
16At that time did king Ahaz send unto the kings of
Assyria to help him.
17For again the Edomites had come and smitten Judah,
and carried away captives.
18The Philistines also had invaded the cities
of the lowland, and of the South of Judah, and had taken Beth-shemesh, and
Aijalon, and Gederoth, and Soco with the towns thereof, and Timnah with the
towns thereof, Gimzo also and the towns thereof: and they dwelt there.
19For Jehovah brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he
had dealt wantonly in Judah, and trespassed sore against Jehovah.
Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria came unto him, and distressed him, but
strengthened him not.
21For Ahaz took away a portion out of the house of
Jehovah, and out of the house of the king and of the princes, and gave it
unto the king of Assyria: but it helped him not.
22And in the time of his
distress did he trespass yet more against Jehovah, this same king Ahaz.
23For he sacrificed unto the gods of Damascus, which smote him; and he
said, Because the gods of the kings of Syria helped them, therefore
will I sacrifice to them, that they may help me. But they were the ruin of
him, and of all Israel.
24And 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 Jehovah; and he made him altars in every corner of
25And in every city of Judah he made high places to burn
incense unto other gods, and provoked to anger Jehovah, the God of his
26Now the rest of his acts, and all his ways, first and last,
behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
27And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city, even
in Jerusalem; for they brought him not into the sepulchres of the kings of
Israel: and Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.