2 Kings 16
Ahaz his wicked reign.
2 Kings 16:1 The seuenteenth yere of Pecah the sonne of Remaliahu [king of Israel] Ahaz the sonne of Iotham king of Iuda began to raigne. 2 Kings 16:2 Twentie yeres olde was he when he was made king, and raigned sixteene yeres in Hierusalem, & did not that which was right in the eies of the Lorde his God, lyke Dauid his father: 2 Kings 16:3 But walked in the way of the kinges of Israel, yea and made his sonnes to go through the fire after the abhominations of the heathen whom the Lorde cast out before the children of Israel. 2 Kings 16:4 And he offred and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hilles, and vnder euery thicke tree.
Ahaz assailed by Rezin and Pekah, hireth Tiglath-pileser against them.
2 Kings 16:5 Then Rezin king of Syria, and Pecah sonne of Remaliahu king of Israel, came vp to Hierusalem to fight: And they fought against Ahaz, but could not ouercome him. 2 Kings 16:6 At the same tyme Rezin king of Syria brought Elath againe to Syria, and ryd the Iewes thence: And the Syrians came to Elath, and dwelt therein vnto this day. 2 Kings 16:7 So Ahaz sent messengers to Thiglath Peleser king of Assyria, saying: I am thy seruaunt and thy sonne, come vp and deliuer me out of the hande of the king of Syria, and out of the hande of the king of Israel, which rise vp against me. 2 Kings 16:8 And Ahaz toke the siluer and golde that was founde in the house of the Lord, and in the treasures of the kinges house, and sent a rewarde to the king of Assyria. 2 Kings 16:9 And the king of Assyria consented vnto him: For the king of Assyria went vp against Damasco, and when he had taken it, he carryed the people away to Kir, and slue 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 Damascon, to meete Thiglath Peleser king of Assyria: And when king Ahaz sawe an aulter that was at Damascon, he sent to Uria the priest, the paterne of the aulter and the fashion of it, and all the workemanship thereof. 2 Kings 16:11 And Uria the priest made an aulter, in all poyntes lyke to the paterne which king Ahaz had sent from Damascon, euen so did Uria ye priest make it against king Ahaz came from Damascon. 2 Kings 16:12 And so when the king was come from Damascon, he sawe the aulter: and the king went to it, and offred thereon: 2 Kings 16:13 And he burnt his burnt offring, and his meate offring, & powred his drincke offring, and sprinckled the blood of his peace offringes beside the aulter, 2 Kings 16:14 And by the brasen aulter which was before the Lorde, and set it without the temple betweene the aulter and the temple of the Lorde, and put it on the northsyde of the aulter. 2 Kings 16:15 And king Ahaz commaunded Uria the priest, & saide: Upon the great aulter, set on fire in the morning the burnt offring, and in the euen the meate offering, and the kinges burnt sacrifice, and his meate offring, with the burnt offering of all the people of the lande, and their meate offring, and their drinke offringes, and powre thereby al the blood of the burnt offring, and all the blood of the sacrifice: and the brasen aulter wyll I come, and see. 2 Kings 16:16 And Uria the priest did according to al thinges as king Ahaz commaunded him.
He spoileth the Temple.
2 Kings 16:17 And king Ahaz brake the sydes of the botomes, and toke the lauer from of them, & toke downe the lauatorie from of the brasen oxen that were vnder it, and put it vpon a pauement of stones. 2 Kings 16:18 And the vayle for the Sabbath that they had made in the house, and the kinges entrie without, turned he to the house of the Lorde, for feare of the king of Assyria.
Hezekiah succeedeth him.
2 Kings 16:19 The rest of the wordes that concerne Ahaz what he did, are they not written in the booke of the cronicles of the kinges of Iuda? 2 Kings 16:20 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the citie of Dauid, & Hezekia his sonne raigned in his steade.