2 Kings 16
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2 Kings 16
Evil Ahaz King of Judah...
In the seventeenth year of Peqah son of Remalyahu, Ahaz son of Yotham, sovereign of Yehudah, began to reign.
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 his Elohim, as his father Dawid had done.
But he walked in the way of the sovereigns of Yisra'el, and he also made his son pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the gentiles whom YHWH had dispossessed from before the children of Yisra'el.
And he slaughtered and burned incense on the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.
Then Retsin sovereign of Aram and Peqah son of Remalyahu, sovereign of Yisra'el, came up to Yerushalayim, to battle. And they besieged Ahaz but were unable to overcome him.
At that time Retsin sovereign of Aram recovered Eylath for Aram, and drove the men of Yehudah from Eylath. And the Edomites went to Eylath, and have dwelt there to this day.
And Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglath-Pileser sovereign of Ashshur, saying, 'I am your servant and your son. Come up and save me from the hand of the sovereign of Aram and from the hand of the sovereign of Yisra'el, who are rising up against me.'
And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the House of YHWH, and in the treasuries of the house of the sovereign, and sent it as a present to the sovereign of Ashshur.
And the sovereign of Ashshur listened to him. And the sovereign of Ashshur went up against Damascus and captured it, and exiled it to Qir, and he killed Retsin.
And Sovereign Ahaz went to meet Tiglath-Pileser sovereign of Ashshur at Damascus, and saw an altar that was at Damascus. And Sovereign Ahaz sent to Uriyah the priest a sketch of the altar and its pattern, according to all its workmanship.
And Uriyah the priest built an altar according to all that Sovereign Ahaz had sent from Damascus. And Uriyah the priest made it before Sovereign Ahaz came from Damascus.
And when the sovereign came from Damascus, the sovereign saw the altar, and the sovereign approached the altar and made offerings on it.
And he burned his burnt offering and his grain offering. And he poured his drink offering and sprinkled the blood of his peace offerings on the altar.
And the bronze altar which was before YHWH he brought from the front of the House, from between the new altar and the House of YHWH, and put it on the north side of his altar.
And Sovereign Ahaz commanded Uriyah the priest, saying, 'On the great altar burn the morning burnt offering, and the evening grain offering, and the sovereign's burnt offering, and his grain offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their grain offering, and their drink offerings. And sprinkle on it all the blood of the burnt offering and all the blood of the slaughtering. And the bronze altar is for me to inquire by.'
And Uriyah the priest did according to all that Sovereign Ahaz commanded.
And Sovereign Ahaz cut off the side panels of the stands, and removed the basins from them. And he took down the Sea from the bronze oxen that were under it, and put it on a pavement of stones.
And the covered way which they had built in the House for the Sabbath, and the sovereign's outer entrance, he took from the House of YHWH, because of the sovereign of Ashshur.
And the rest of the acts of Ahaz which he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the sovereigns of Yehudah?
So Ahaz slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the City of Dawid. And Hizqiyahu his son reigned in his place.
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