2 Chronicles 28
Ahaz reigning very wickedly is greatly afflicted by the Syrians.
2 Chronicles 28:1 Ahaz was twentie yeeres olde when hee beganne to reigne, and he reigned sixteene yeres in Ierusalem: but hee did not that which [was] right in the sight of the LORD, like Dauid his father. 2 Chronicles 28:2 For he walked in the wayes of the Kings of Israel, and made also molten images for Baalim. 2 Chronicles 28:3 Moreouer, he burnt incense in the valley of the sonne of Hinnom, & burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen, whome the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel. 2 Chronicles 28:4 Hee sacrificed also, and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hils, and vnder euery greene tree. 2 Chronicles 28:5 Wherefore the LORD his God deliuered him into the hand of the king of Syria, and they smote him, and caried away a great multitude of them captiues, and brought them to Damascus: And he was also deliuered into the hand of the king of Israel, who smote him wich a great slaughter.
Judah being captivated by the Israelites is sent home by the counsel of Obed the prophet.
2 Chronicles 28:6 For Pekah the sonne of Remaliah slew in Iudah an hundred & twentie thousand in one day, which were all valiant men: because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. 2 Chronicles 28:7 And Zichri a mightie man of Ephraim, slue Maaseiah the kings sonne, and Azrikam the gouernour of the house, and Elkanah that was next to the King. 2 Chronicles 28:8 And the children of Israel caried away captiue of their brethren, two hundred thousand, women, sonnes and daughters, and tooke also away much spoile from them, and brought the spoile to Samaria. 2 Chronicles 28:9 But a Prophet of the LORD was there, whose name was Oded: and hee went out before the hoste that came to Samaria, and said vnto them, Behold, because the LORD God of your fathers was wroth with Iudah, he hath deliuered them into your hand, and yee haue slaine them in a rage that reacheth vp vnto heauen. 2 Chronicles 28:10 And now ye purpose to keepe vnder the children of Iudah and Ierusalem for bondmen, and bondwomen vnto you: [But] are there not with you, euen with you, sinnes against the LORD your God? 2 Chronicles 28:11 Now heare me therefore, and deliuer the captiues againe, which ye haue taken captiue of your brethren: for the fierce wrath of GOD [is] vpon you. 2 Chronicles 28:12 Then certeine of the heads of the children of Ephraim, Azariah the sonne of Iohanan, Berechiah the sonne of Meshillemoth, and Iehizkiah the son of Shallum, and Amasa the sonne of Hadlai, stood vp against them that came from the warre, 2 Chronicles 28:13 And said vnto them, Ye shall not bring in the captiues hither: for whereas wee haue offended against the LORD [already], ye intend to adde more to our sinnes and to our trespasse: for our trespasse is great, and [there is] fierce wrath against Israel. 2 Chronicles 28:14 So the armed men left the captiues, and the spoile before the Princes, and all the congregation. 2 Chronicles 28:15 And the men which were expressed by name, rose vp and tooke the captiues, and with the spoile clothed all that were naked among them, and arayed them, and shod them, and gaue them to eate and to drinke, and anointed them, and caried all the feeble of them vpon asses, and brought them to Iericho, the city of palme-trees, to their brethren: then they returned to Samaria.
Ahaz sending for aid to Assyria is not helped thereby.
2 Chronicles 28:16 At that time did king Ahaz send vnto the kings of Assyria to helpe him. 2 Chronicles 28:17 For againe the Edomites had come and smitten Iudah, and caried away captiues. 2 Chronicles 28:18 The Philistines also had inuaded the cities of the low-countrey, and of the South of Iudah, and had taken Beth-shemesh, and Aialon, and Gedetoth, and Shocho with the villages thereof, and Timnah with the villages thereof, Gimzo also, and the villages thereof: and they dwelt there. 2 Chronicles 28:19 For the LORD brought Iudah low, because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Iudah naked, and transgressed sore against the LORD. 2 Chronicles 28:20 And Tilgath-Pilneser king of Assyria came vnto him, and distressed him, but strengthened him not. 2 Chronicles 28:21 For Ahaz tooke away a portion [out] of the house of the LORD, and [out] of the house of the King, and of the Princes, and gaue it vnto the King of Assyria: but he helped him not.
In his distress he groweth more idolatrous.
2 Chronicles 28:22 And in the time of this distresse did hee trespasse yet more against the LORD: This [is] that king Ahaz. 2 Chronicles 28:23 For he sacrificed vnto the gods of Damascus, which smote him: and he said, Because the gods of the kings of Syria helpe them, therefore will I sacrifice to them, that they may helpe me: but they were the ruine of him, and of all Israel. 2 Chronicles 28:24 And Ahaz gathered together the vessels of the house of God, and cut in pieces the vessels of the house of God, and shut vp the doores of the house of the LORD, and hee made him altars in euery corner of Ierusalem. 2 Chronicles 28:25 And in euery seuerall city of Iudah hee made high places to burne incense vnto other gods, and prouoked to anger the LORD God of his fathers.
He dying, Hezekiah succeedeth him.
2 Chronicles 28:26 Now the rest of his acts, and of all his wayes, first and last, behold, they [are] written in the booke of the kings of Iudah and Israel. 2 Chronicles 28:27 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the citie, euen in Ierusalem: but they brought him not into the sepulchres of the kings of Israel: and Hezekiah his sonne reigned in his stead.