12 “She lusted for the neighboring (A)Assyrians,
(B)Captains and rulers,
Clothed most gorgeously,
Horsemen riding on horses,
All of them desirable young men.

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So Ahaz sent messengers to (A)Tiglath-Pileser[a] king of Assyria, saying, “I am your servant and your 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.” And Ahaz (B)took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the Lord, and in the treasuries of the king’s house, and sent it as a present to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria heeded him; for the king of Assyria went up against (C)Damascus and (D)took it, carried its people captive to (E)Kir, and killed Rezin.

10 Now 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 design of the altar and its pattern, according to all its workmanship. 11 Then (F)Urijah the priest built an altar according to all that King Ahaz had sent from Damascus. So Urijah the priest made it before King Ahaz came back from Damascus. 12 And when the king came back from Damascus, the king saw the altar; and (G)the king approached the altar and made offerings on it. 13 So 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. 14 He also brought (H)the bronze altar which was before the Lord, from the front of the [b]temple—from between the new altar and the house of the Lord—and put it on the north side of the new altar. 15 Then King Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, “On the great new altar burn (I)the morning burnt offering, the evening grain offering, the king’s burnt sacrifice, and his grain offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the land, their grain offering, and their drink offerings; and sprinkle on it all the blood of the burnt offering and all the blood of the sacrifice. And the bronze altar shall be for me to inquire by.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Kings 16:7 A later name of Pul, 2 Kin. 15:19
  2. 2 Kings 16:14 Lit. house

23 The Babylonians,
All the Chaldeans,
(A)Pekod, Shoa, Koa,
(B)All the Assyrians with them,
All of them desirable young men,
Governors and rulers,
Captains and men of renown,
All of them riding on horses.

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The Older Sister, Samaria

“Oholah played the harlot even though she was Mine;
And she lusted for her lovers, the neighboring (A)Assyrians,
Who were clothed in purple,
Captains and rulers,
All of them desirable young men,
Horsemen riding on horses.

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28 You also played the harlot with the (A)Assyrians, because you were insatiable; indeed you played the harlot with them and still were not satisfied.

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Assyria Refuses to Help Judah(A)

16 (B)At the same time King Ahaz sent to the [a]kings of Assyria to help him. 17 For again the (C)Edomites had come, attacked Judah, and carried away captives. 18 (D)The Philistines also had invaded the cities of the lowland and of the South of Judah, and had taken Beth Shemesh, Aijalon, Gederoth, Sochoh with its villages, Timnah with its villages, and Gimzo with its villages; and they dwelt there. 19 For the Lord [b]brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of (E)Israel, for he had (F)encouraged moral decline in Judah and had been continually unfaithful to the Lord. 20 Also (G)Tiglath-Pileser[c] king of Assyria came to him and distressed him, and did not assist him. 21 For Ahaz took part of the treasures from the house of the Lord, from the house of the king, and from the leaders, and he gave it to the king of Assyria; but he did not help him.

Apostasy and Death of Ahaz(H)

22 Now in the time of his distress King Ahaz became increasingly unfaithful to the Lord. This is that King Ahaz. 23 For (I)he sacrificed to the gods of Damascus which had defeated him, saying, “Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them, I will sacrifice to them (J)that they may help me.” But they were the ruin of him and of all Israel.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Chronicles 28:16 LXX, Syr., Vg. king (cf. v. 20)
  2. 2 Chronicles 28:19 humbled Judah
  3. 2 Chronicles 28:20 Heb. Tilgath-Pilneser

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