Ahaz Seeks Help of Aram

(A)So Ahaz sent messengers to (B)Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, saying, “I am your servant and your son; come up and deliver me from the [a]hand of the king of Aram and from the [b]hand of the king of Israel, who are rising up against me.”

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  1. 2 Kings 16:7 Lit palm
  2. 2 Kings 16:7 Lit palm

Damascus Falls

10 Now King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet (A)Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, and saw the altar which was at Damascus; and King Ahaz sent to (B)Urijah the priest the [a]pattern of the altar and its model, according to all its workmanship. 11 So Urijah the priest built an altar; according to all that King Ahaz had sent from Damascus, thus Urijah the priest made it, [b]before the coming of King Ahaz from Damascus. 12 When the king came from Damascus, the king saw the altar; then (C)the king approached the altar and [c]went up to it, 13 and [d]burned his burnt offering and his meal offering, and poured his drink offering and sprinkled the blood of his peace offerings on the altar. 14 (D)The bronze altar, which was before the Lord, [e]he brought from the front of the house, from between (E)his altar and the house of the Lord, and he put it on the north side of his altar. 15 Then King Ahaz [f]commanded Urijah the priest, saying, “Upon the great altar [g]burn (F)the morning burnt offering and the evening meal offering and the king’s burnt offering and his meal offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land and their meal offering and their drink offerings; and sprinkle on it all the blood of the burnt offering and all the blood of the sacrifice. But (G)the bronze altar shall be for me to inquire by.” 16 So Urijah the priest did according to all that King Ahaz commanded.

17 Then King Ahaz (H)cut off the borders of the stands, and removed the laver from them; he also (I)took down the sea from the bronze oxen which were under it and put it on a pavement of stone. 18 The covered way for the sabbath which they had built in the house, and the outer entry of the king, he removed from the house of the Lord because of the king of Assyria.

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  1. 2 Kings 16:10 Lit likeness
  2. 2 Kings 16:11 Lit until
  3. 2 Kings 16:12 Or offered on it
  4. 2 Kings 16:13 Lit offered in smoke
  5. 2 Kings 16:14 Lit he also
  6. 2 Kings 16:15 Lit commanded him, Urijah
  7. 2 Kings 16:15 Lit offer in smoke

Compromise with Assyria

16 (A)At that time King Ahaz sent to the [a]kings of Assyria for help.

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  1. 2 Chronicles 28:16 Ancient versions read king

20 So (A)Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria came against him and afflicted him instead of strengthening him. 21 (B)Although Ahaz took a portion out of the house of the Lord and out of the palace of the king and of the princes, and gave it to the king of Assyria, it did not help him.

22 Now in the time of his distress this same King Ahaz (C)became yet more unfaithful to the Lord. 23 (D)For he sacrificed to the gods of Damascus which had [a]defeated him, and said, “(E)Because the gods of the kings of Aram helped them, I will sacrifice to them that they may help me.” But they became the [b]downfall of him and all Israel.

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  1. 2 Chronicles 28:23 Lit smitten
  2. 2 Chronicles 28:23 Lit stumbling

18 “But now what are you doing (A)on the road to Egypt,
To drink the waters of the [a](B)Nile?
Or what are you doing on the road to Assyria,
To drink the waters of the [b]Euphrates?

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  1. Jeremiah 2:18 Heb Shihor
  2. Jeremiah 2:18 Lit River

36 “Why do you (A)go around so much
Changing your way?
Also, (B)you will be put to shame by Egypt
As you were put to shame by (C)Assyria.

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12 She lusted after the [a](A)Assyrians, governors and officials, the ones near, magnificently dressed, horsemen riding on horses, all of them desirable young men.

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  1. Ezekiel 23:12 Lit sons of Asshur

The thing itself will be carried to (A)Assyria
As tribute to [a](B)King Jareb;
Ephraim will [b]be (C)seized with shame
And Israel will be ashamed of its (D)own counsel.

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  1. Hosea 10:6 Or the avenging king or the great king
  2. Hosea 10:6 Lit receive shame

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