16:8 Ahaz also took the silver and gold. Ahaz, like a number of kings before him, attempted to buy security with a large tribute payment given as a bribe to a foreign power (12:18; Ex. 23:8; Deut. 16:19; 1 Kin. 15:18; Is. 5:23; Ezek. 22:12). A list from Assyria of rulers who brought tribute to Tiglath-pileser in 734 b.c. includes the name of “Jehoahaz of Judah” (Ahaz).