Second Kings 16


16:1 In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah Ahaz
 the son of Jotham king of Judah began to reign.
16:2 Twenty years old [was] Ahaz when he began to reign, and
 reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem, and did not [that which
 was] right in the sight of the LORD his God, like David his
 father.
16:3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and even
 made his son to pass through the fire, according to the
 abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before
 the children of Israel.
16:4 And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and
 on the hills, and under every green tree.
16:5 Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of
 Israel came up to Jerusalem to war: and they besieged Ahaz, but
 could not overcome [him].
16:6 At that time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria,
 and drove the Jews from Elath: and the Syrians came to Elath,
 and have dwelt there to this day.
16:7 So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria,
 saying, I [am] thy servant and thy son: come up, and save me
 from the hand of the king of Syria, and from the hand of the
 king of Israel, who rise up against me.
16:8 And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the
 house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king's house,
 and sent [it for] a present to the king of Assyria.
16:9 And the king of Assyria hearkened to him: for the king of
 Assyria went up against Damascus, and took it, and carried [the
 people of] it captive to Kir, and slew Rezin.
16:10 And king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-pileser
 king of Assyria, and saw an altar that [was] at Damascus: and
 king Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the fashion of the altar,
 and the pattern of it, according to all the workmanship of it.
16:11 And Urijah the priest built an altar according to all that
 king Ahaz had sent from Damascus: so Urijah the priest made
 [it] against king Ahaz came from Damascus.
16:12 And when the king had come from Damascus, the king saw the
 altar: and the king approached to the altar, and offered on it.
16:13 And he burnt his burnt-offering and his meat-offering, and
 poured his drink-offering, and sprinkled the blood of his
 peace-offerings upon the altar.
16:14 And he brought also the brazen altar, which [was] before
 the LORD, from the front of the house, from between the altar
 and the house of the LORD, and put it on the north side of the
 altar.
16:15 And king Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, Upon
 the great altar burn the morning burnt-offering, and the
 evening meat-offering, and the king's burnt-sacrifice, and his
 meat-offering, with the burnt-offering of all the people of the
 land, and their meat-offering, and their drink-offerings; and
 sprinkle upon it all the blood of the burnt-offering, and all
 the blood of the sacrifice: and the brazen altar shall be for
 me to inquire [by].
16:16 Thus did Urijah the priest, according to all that king
 Ahaz commanded.
16:17 And king Ahaz cut off the borders of the bases, and
 removed the laver from off them; and took down the sea from off
 the brazen oxen that [were] under it, and put it upon a
 pavement of stones.
16:18 And the covert for the sabbath that they had built in the
 house, and the king's entry without, he turned from the house
 of the LORD for the king of Assyria.
16:19 Now the rest of the acts of Ahaz which he did, [are] they
 not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of
 Judah?
16:20 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and was buried with his
 fathers in the city of David: and Hezekiah his son reigned in
 his stead.
 
 

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