Second Chronicles 28


28:1 Ahaz [was] twenty years old when he began to reign, and he
 reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: but he did not [that which
 was] right in the sight of the LORD, like David his father:
28:2 For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made
 also molten images for Baalim.
28:3 Moreover, he burnt incense in the valley of the son of
 Hinnom, and burnt his children in the fire, after the
 abominations of the heathen whom the LORD had cast out before
 the children of Israel.
28:4 He sacrificed also and burnt incense in the high places,
 and on the hills, and under every green tree.
28:5 Wherefore the LORD his God delivered him into the hand of
 the king of Syria; and they smote him, and carried away a great
 multitude of them captives, and brought [them] to Damascus. And
 he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who
 smote him with a great slaughter.
28:6 For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah a hundred and
 twenty thousand in one day, [who were] all valiant men; because
 they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers.
28:7 And Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, slew Maaseiah the
 king's son, and Azrikam the governor of the house, and Elkanah
 [that was] next to the king.
28:8 And the children of Israel carried away captive of their
 brethren two hundred thousand, women, sons, and daughters, and
 also took away much spoil from them, and brought the spoil to
 Samaria.
28:9 But a prophet of the LORD was there, whose name [was] Oded:
 and he went out before the army that came to Samaria, and said
 to them, Behold, because the LORD God of your fathers was wroth
 with Judah, he hath delivered them into your hand, and ye have
 slain them in a rage [that] reacheth to heaven.
28:10 And now ye purpose to keep under the children of Judah and
 Jerusalem for bond-men and bond-women to you: [but are there]
 not with you, even with you, sins against the LORD your God?
28:11 Now hear me therefore, and deliver the captives again,
 which ye have taken captive of your brethren: for the fierce
 wrath of the LORD [is] upon you.
28:12 Then certain of the heads of the children of Ephraim,
 Azariah the son of Johanan, Berechiah the son of Meshillemoth,
 and Jehizkiah the son of Shallum, and Amasa the son of Hadlai,
 stood up against them that came from the war.
28:13 And said to them, Ye shall not bring in the captives
 hither: for whereas we have offended against the LORD
 [already], ye intend to add [more] to our sins and to our
 trespass: for our trespass [is] great, and [there is] fierce
 wrath against Israel.
28:14 So the armed men left the captives and the spoil before
 the princes and all the congregation.
28:15 And the men who were expressed by name arose, and took the
 captives, and with the spoil clothed all that were naked among
 them, and arrayed them, and shod them, and gave them to eat and
 to drink, and anointed them, and carried all the feeble of them
 upon asses, and brought them to Jericho, the city of palm
 trees, to their brethren: then they returned to Samaria.
28:16 At that time king Ahaz sent to the kings of Assyria to
 help him.
28:17 For again the Edomites had come and smitten Judah, and
 carried away captives.
28:18 The Philistines also had invaded the cities of the low
 country, and of the south of Judah, and had taken Beth-shemesh,
 and Ajalon, and Gederoth, and Shocho with its villages, and
 Timnah with its villages, Gimzo also and its villages: and they
 dwelt there.
28:19 For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of
 Israel: for he made Judah naked, and greatly transgressed
 against the LORD.
28:20 And Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria came to him, and
 distressed him, but strengthened him not.
28:21 For Ahaz took away a portion from the house of the LORD,
 and from the house of the king, and of the princes, and gave
 [it] to the king of Assyria: but he helped him not.
28:22 And in the time of his distress he trespassed yet more
 against the LORD: this [is that] king Ahaz.
28:23 For he sacrificed to the gods of Damascus, which smote
 him: and he said, Because the gods of the kings of Syria help
 them, [therefore] will I sacrifice to them, that they may help
 me. But they were the ruin of him, and of all Israel.
28:24 And Ahaz collected the vessels of the house of God, and
 cut in pieces the vessels of the house of God, and shut up the
 doors of the house of the LORD, and he made for himself altars
 in every corner of Jerusalem.
28:25 And in every several city of Judah he made high places to
 burn incense to other gods, and provoked to anger the LORD God
 of his fathers.
28:26 Now the rest of his acts and of all his ways, first and
 last, behold, they [are] written in the book of the kings of
 Judah and Israel.
28:27 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in
 the city, [even] in Jerusalem: but they brought him not into
 the sepulchers of the kings of Israel: and Hezekiah his son
 reigned in his stead.
 
 

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