1In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah Ahaz the son
of Jotham king of Judah began to reign.
2Twenty years old was Ahaz when
he began to reign; and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: and he didn’t
do that which was right in the eyes of Yahweh his God, like David his father.
3But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yes, and made his son
to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the nations, whom
Yahweh cast out from before the children of Israel.
4He sacrificed and
burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green
5Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel
came up to Jerusalem to war: and they besieged Ahaz, but could not overcome
6At that time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria, and
drove the Jews from Elath; and the Syrians came to Elath, and lived there, to
7So 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 hand
of the king of Syria, and out of the hand of the king of Israel, who rise up
8Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of
Yahweh, and in the treasures of the king’s house, and sent it for a present
to the king of Assyria.
9The king of Assyria listened to him; and the
king of Assyria went up against Damascus, and took it, and carried the
people of it captive to Kir, and killed Rezin.
10King Ahaz went to
Damascus to meet Tiglath Pileser king of Assyria, and saw the altar that was
at Damascus; and king Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the fashion of the
altar, and the pattern of it, according to all the workmanship of it.
11Urijah the priest built an altar: according to all that king Ahaz had
sent from Damascus, so did Urijah the priest make it against the coming of
king Ahaz from Damascus.
12When the king was come from Damascus, the king
saw the altar: and the king drew near to the altar, and offered thereon.
13He burnt his burnt offering and his meal offering, and poured his
drink offering, and sprinkled the blood of his peace offerings, on the altar.
14The brazen altar, which was before Yahweh, he brought from the
forefront of the house, from between his altar and the house of Yahweh, and
put it on the north side of his altar.
15King Ahaz commanded Urijah the
priest, saying, On the great altar burn 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 the brazen altar
shall be for me to inquire by.
16Thus did Urijah the priest, according to
all that king Ahaz commanded.
17King Ahaz cut off the panels of the
bases, and removed the basin from off them, and took down the sea from off
the brazen oxen that were under it, and put it on a pavement of stone.
18The covered way for the Sabbath that they had built in the house, and
the king’s entry outside, turned he to the house of Yahweh, because of the
king of Assyria.
19Now the rest of the acts of Ahaz which he did, aren’t
they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David:
and Hezekiah his son reigned in his place.