2 Kings 16
Ahaz his wicked reign.
2 Kings 16:1 In the seuenteenth yeere of Pekah the sonne of Remaliah, Ahaz the sonne of Iotham King of Iudah began to reigne. 2 Kings 16:2 Twentie yeeres olde [was] Ahaz when hee began to reigne, and reigned sixteene yeeres in Ierusalem, and did not that [which was] right in the sight of the LORD his God, like Dauid his father: 2 Kings 16:3 But hee walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea & made his sonne to passe through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel. 2 Kings 16:4 And hee sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hils, and vnder euery greene tree.
Ahaz assailed by Rezin and Pekah, hireth Tiglath-pileser against them.
2 Kings 16:5 Then Rezin king of Syria, and Pekah sonne of Remaliah king of Israel, came vp to Ierusalem to warre: and they besieged Ahaz, but could not ouercome him. 2 Kings 16:6 At that time Rezin king of Syria, recouered Elath to Syria, & draue the Iewes from Elath: and the Syrians came to Elath, and dwelt there vnto this day. 2 Kings 16:7 So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglath Pileser king of Assyria, saying, I [am] thy seruant, and thy sonne: come vp, and saue me out of the hand of the king of Syria, and out of the hand of the king of Israel, which rise vp against me. 2 Kings 16:8 And Ahaz tooke the siluer and gold that was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the kings house, and sent [it for] a present to the king of Assyria. 2 Kings 16:9 And the king of Assyria hearkened vnto him: for the king of Assyria went vp against Damascus, and tooke it, and caried [the people of] it captiue to Kir, and slew Rezin.
Ahaz, sending a pattern of an altar from Damascus to Urijah, diverteth the brasen altar to his own devotion.
2 Kings 16:10 And King Ahaz went to Damascus, to meete Tiglath Pileser king of Assyria, and saw an altar that [was] at Damascus: and king Ahaz sent to Uriiah the Priest the fashion of the altar, and the paterne of it, according to all the workemanship thereof. 2 Kings 16:11 And Uriiah the Priest built an altar: according to all that king Ahaz had sent from Damascus, so Uriiah the Priest made [it], against king Ahaz came from Damascus. 2 Kings 16:12 And when the king was come from Damascus, the King saw the altar: and the King approched to the altar, and offered thereon. 2 Kings 16:13 And he burnt his burnt offering, and his meate offering, and powred his drinke offering, and sprinkled the blood of his peace offerings vpon the altar. 2 Kings 16:14 And hee brought also the brasen altar which was before the LORD, from the forefront of the house, from betweene the altar and the house of the LORD, and put it on the North side of the altar. 2 Kings 16:15 And king Ahaz commanded Uriiah the Priest, saying, Upon the great altar, burne the morning burnt offering, and the euening meate offering, and the Kings burnt sacrifice, and his meate offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their meate offering, and their drinke offerings, and sprinkle vpon it all the blood of the burnt offering, and all the blood of the sacrifice: and the brasen altar shall be for me to enquire [by]. 2 Kings 16:16 Thus did Uriiah the Priest, according to all that king Ahaz commaunded.
He spoileth the Temple.
2 Kings 16:17 And king Ahaz cut off the borders of the bases, and remooued the lauer from off them, and tooke downe the sea from off the brasen oxen that were vnder it, and put it vpon a pauement of stones: 2 Kings 16:18 And the couert for the Sabbath that they had built in the house, and the kings entry without, turned hee from the house of the LORD, for the king of Assyria.
Hezekiah succeedeth him.
2 Kings 16:19 Now the rest of the actes of Ahaz, which he did, are they not written in the booke of the Chronicles of the kings of Iudah? 2 Kings 16:20 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of Dauid, and Hezekiah his sonne reigned in his stead.