2 Chronicles 28
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2 Chronicles 28
Ahaz King of Judah...
Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Yerushalayim. And he did not do what was right in the eyes of YHWH, as his father Dawid had done,
and walked in the ways of the sovereigns of Yisra'el, and made moulded images for the Ba'als.
And he himself burned incense in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, and burned his children in the fire, according to the abominations of the gentiles whom YHWH dispossessed from before the children of Yisra'el,
and slaughtered and burned incense on the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.
Therefore YHWH his Elohim gave him into the hand of the sovereign of Aram, and they smote him, and took many of them away as captives, and brought them to Damascus. And he was also given into the hand of the sovereign of Yisra'el, who smote him with a great slaughter.
And Peqah son of Remalyahu slew one hundred and twenty thousand in Yehudah in one day, all brave men, because they had forsaken YHWH Elohim of their fathers.
And Zikri, a mighty man of Ephrayim, slew Ma'aseyahu son of the sovereign, and Azriqam the officer over the house, and Elqanah who was second to the sovereign.
And the children of Yisra'el took captive from their brothers two hundred thousand women, sons and daughters. And they also seized from them much spoil, and they brought the spoil to Shomeron.
But a prophet of YHWH was there, whose name was Oded. And he went out before the army that came to Shomeron, and said to them, 'See, because YHWH Elohim of your fathers was displeased with Yehudah, He has given them into your hand, and you have slain them in a rage that reaches up to the heavens.
'And now you are planning to make the children of Yehudah and Yerushalayim your male and female slaves, but are you not also guilty before YHWH your Elohim?
'Now therefore, listen to me, and return the captives whom you have taken captive from your brothers, for the heat of the wrath of YHWH is upon you.'
And some of the heads of the children of Ephrayim: Azaryahu son of Yehohanan, Berekyahu son of Meshillemoth, and Yehizqiyahu son of Shallum, and Amasa son of Hadlai, stood up against those who came from the army,
and said to them, 'Do not bring the captives here, to bring on us guilt before YHWH. Are you planning to add to our sins and to our guilt? For our guilt is great, and burning is the wrath on Yisra'el.'
And the armed men left the captives and the spoil before the leaders and all the assembly.
And the men who were designated by name rose up and took the captives, and from the spoil they put on all the naked among them, dressed them and gave them sandals, and gave them food and drink, and anointed them, and let all the weak ones ride on donkeys, and brought them to their brothers at Yeriho, the city of palm trees, then returned to Shomeron.
At that time Sovereign Ahaz sent to the sovereigns of Ashshur to help him.
For the Edomites had come again, and smote Yehudah, and took away captives.
And the Philistines invaded the cities of the low country and of the South of Yehudah, and captured Beyth Shemesh, and Ayalon, and Gederoth, and Soko with its villages, and Timnah with its villages, and Gimzo with its villages, and dwelt there.
For YHWH had brought Yehudah low because of Ahaz sovereign of Yisra'el, for he brought about a lack of restraint in Yehudah and trespassed against YHWH.
And Tiglath-Pileser the sovereign of Ashshur came against him and distressed him, and did not help him,
though Ahaz had taken some of the treasures from the House of YHWH, from the house of the sovereign, and from the leaders, and he gave it to the sovereign of Ashshur, but he did not help him.
And in the time of his distress Sovereign Ahaz trespassed even more against YHWH - this Sovereign Ahaz -
and he slaughtered to the mighty ones of Damascus, those smiting him, saying, 'Because the mighty ones of the sovereigns of Aram help them, I offer to them and they help me.' But they were to cause him and all Yisra'el to stumble.
And Ahaz gathered the utensils of the House of Elohim, and cut in pieces the utensils of the House of Elohim, and shut the doors of the House of YHWH, and made for himself altars in every corner of Yerushalayim.
And in every city, even the cities of Yehudah, he made high places to burn incense to other mighty ones, and provoked YHWH Elohim of his fathers.
And the rest of his acts and all his ways, from first to last, see, they are written in the book of the sovereigns of Yehudah and Yisra'el.
So Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city, in Yerushalayim, but they did not bring him into the tombs of the sovereigns of Yisra'el. And Hizqiyahu his son reigned in his place.
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