37 (In those days the Lord began to send Rezin(A) king of Aram and Pekah son of Remaliah against Judah.) 38 Jotham rested with his ancestors and was buried with them in the City of David, the city of his father. And Ahaz his son succeeded him as king.

Ahaz King of Judah(B)

16 In the seventeenth year of Pekah son of Remaliah, Ahaz(C) son of Jotham king of Judah began to reign. Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. Unlike David his father, he did not do what was right(D) in the eyes of the Lord his God. He followed the ways of the kings of Israel(E) and even sacrificed his son(F) in the fire, engaging in the detestable(G) practices of the nations the Lord had driven out before the Israelites. He offered sacrifices and burned incense(H) at the high places, on the hilltops and under every spreading tree.(I)

Then Rezin(J) king of Aram and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel marched up to fight against Jerusalem and besieged Ahaz, but they could not overpower him. At that time, Rezin(K) king of Aram recovered Elath(L) for Aram by driving out the people of Judah. Edomites then moved into Elath and have lived there to this day.

Ahaz sent messengers to say to Tiglath-Pileser(M) king of Assyria, “I am your servant and vassal. Come up and save(N) me out of the hand of the king of Aram and of the king of Israel, who are attacking me.” And Ahaz took the silver and gold found in the temple of the Lord and in the treasuries of the royal palace and sent it as a gift(O) to the king of Assyria. The king of Assyria complied by attacking Damascus(P) and capturing it. He deported its inhabitants to Kir(Q) and put Rezin to death.

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