3 Ahaz King of Judah consecrateth his son in fire. 5 Jerusalem is besieged. 9 Damascus is taken, and Rezin slain. 11 Idolatry. 19 The death of Ahaz. 20 Hezekiah succeedeth him. The seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah, Ahaz the son of Jotham King of Judah began to reign.
New king of Judah: Ahaz Father’s name: Jotham His age at the beginning of his reign: 20 years old Length of reign: 16 years, in Jerusalem Character of his reign: evil Reigning in Israel at that time: King Pekah (son of Remaliah), who had been the king there for 17 years
In the seventeenth year of Pekah son of Remaliah, Ahaz son of Jotham became king of Judah. Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king and he ruled for sixteen years in Jerusalem. He didn’t behave in the eyes of his God; he wasn’t at all like his ancestor David. Instead he followed in the track of the kings of Israel. He even indulged in the outrageous practice of “passing his son through the fire”—a truly abominable act he picked up from the pagans God had earlier thrown out of the country. He also participated in the activities of the neighborhood sex-and-religion shrines that flourished all over the place.
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