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 2 Chronicles 28
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   Book of 2 ChroniclesClick Verse Reference for Study Notes
    28:1-27 - Study Chapter  - Click for Chapter Audio

Ahaz Succeeds Jotham in Judah

1 Ahaz R512 was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem; and he R513 did not do right in the sight of the LORD as David his father had done. 2 But R514 he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel; he also made R515 molten images for the Baals. 3 Moreover, he R516 burned incense in the valley of Ben-hinnom and burned R517 his sons in fire, according R518 to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD had driven out before the sons of Israel. 4 He sacrificed and burned R519 incense on the high places, on the hills and under every green tree.

Judah Is Invaded

5 Wherefore, the R520 LORD his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Aram; and they defeated F250 him and carried away from him a great number of captives and brought them to Damascus. And he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who inflicted F251 him with heavy casualties. 6 For Pekah R521 the son of Remaliah slew in Judah 120,000 in one day, all valiant men, because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers. 7 And Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, slew Maaseiah the king's son and Azrikam the ruler of the house and Elkanah the second to the king.

8 The R522 sons of Israel carried away captive of their R523 brethren 200,000 women, sons and daughters; and they took F252 also a great deal of spoil from them, and brought the spoil to Samaria. 9 But a prophet of the LORD was there, whose name was Oded; and he R524 went out to meet the army which came to Samaria and said to them, "Behold, because the LORD, the God of your fathers, was R525 angry with Judah, He has delivered them into your hand, and you have slain them in a rage which R526 has even reached heaven. 10 "Now you are proposing to subjugate R527 for yourselves the people of Judah and Jerusalem for male and female slaves. Surely, do you not have transgressions of your own against the LORD your God? 11 "Now therefore, listen to me and return the captives whom R528 you captured from your brothers, for R529 the burning anger of the LORD is against you." 12 Then some of the heads of the sons of Ephraim--Azariah the son of Johanan, Berechiah the son of Meshillemoth, Jehizkiah the son of Shallum, and Amasa the son of Hadlai--arose against those who were coming from the battle, 13 and said to them, "You must not bring the captives in here, for you are proposing to bring upon us guilt against the LORD adding to our sins and our guilt; for our guilt is great so that His burning anger is against Israel." 14 So the armed men left the captives and the spoil before the officers and all the assembly. 15 Then the R530 men who were designated by name arose, took the captives, and they clothed all their naked ones from the spoil; and they gave them clothes and sandals, fed them and gave R531 them drink, anointed them with oil, led all their feeble ones on donkeys, and brought them to Jericho, the R532 city of palm trees, to their brothers; then they returned to Samaria.

Compromise with Assyria

16 At R533 that time King Ahaz sent to the kings F253 of Assyria for help. 17 For R534 again the Edomites had come and attacked Judah and carried away captives. 18 The R535 Philistines also had invaded the cities of the lowland F254 and of the Negev of Judah, and had taken Beth-shemesh, Aijalon, Gederoth, and Soco with its villages, Timnah with its villages, and Gimzo with its villages, and they settled there. 19 For the LORD humbled Judah because of Ahaz king of Israel, R536 for he had brought about a lack of restraint in Judah and was very unfaithful to the LORD. 20 So Tilgath-pilneser R537 king of Assyria came against him and afflicted him instead of strengthening him. 21 Although R538 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 became R539 yet more unfaithful to the LORD. 23 For R540 he sacrificed to the gods of Damascus which had defeated F255 him, and said, "Because R541 the gods of the kings of Aram helped them, I will sacrifice to them that they may help me." But they became the downfall F256 of him and all Israel. 24 Moreover, when Ahaz gathered together the utensils of the house of God, he cut R542 the utensils of the house of God in pieces; and he closed R543 the doors of the house of the LORD and made R544 altars for himself in every corner of Jerusalem. 25 In every city of Judah he made high places to burn incense to other gods, and provoked the LORD, the God of his fathers, to anger. 26 Now R545 the rest of his acts and all his ways, from first to last, behold, they are written in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel. 27 So R546 Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city, in Jerusalem, for they did not bring him into the tombs of the kings of Israel; R547 and Hezekiah his son reigned in his place.


FOOTNOTES:
F250: Lit smote
F251: Lit smote him with a great smiting
F252: Lit plundered
F253: Ancient versions read king
F254: Hebrew shephelah
F255: Lit smitten
F256: Lit stumbling

CROSS REFERENCES:
R512: 2 Kings 16:2-4
R513: 2 Chronicles 27:2
R514: 2 Chronicles 22:3
R515: Exodus 34:17
R516: Joshua 15:8
R517: Leviticus 18:21; 2 Chronicles 33:6
R518: 2 Chronicles 33:2
R519: 2 Chronicles 28:25
R520: 2 Kings 16:5; 2 Chronicles 24:24; Isaiah 7:1
R521: 2 Kings 16:5
R522: Deuteronomy 28:25,41
R523: 2 Chronicles 11:4
R524: 2 Chronicles 25:15
R525: Isaiah 47:6
R526: Ezra 9:6; Revelation 18:5
R527: Leviticus 25:39
R528: 2 Chronicles 28:8
R529: James 2:13
R530: 2 Chronicles 28:12
R531: 2 Kings 6:22; Proverbs 25:21,22
R532: Deuteronomy 34:3
R533: 2 Kings 16:7
R534: Obadiah 1:1:10,14
R535: Ezekiel 16:57
R536: 2 Chronicles 21:2
R537: 1 Chronicles 5:26
R538: 2 Kings 16:8,9
R539: Isaiah 1:5; Jeremiah 5:3; Revelation 16:11
R540: 2 Chronicles 25:14
R541: Jeremiah 44:17,18
R542: 2 Kings 16:17
R543: 2 Chronicles 29:7
R544: 2 Chronicles 30:14; 33:3-5
R545: 2 Kings 16:19,20
R546: 2 Kings 16:20; 2 Chronicles 24:25; Isaiah 14:28
R547: 2 Chronicles 21:2

 
 

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