2 Chronicles 28 ©
Ahaz reigning very wickedly is smitten by the kings of Syria and Israel. The Israelites, having carried many thousands of Judah captive to Samaria, at the remonstrance of the prophet Oded send them home. Ahaz calleth the king of Assyria to his aid, but is not at all benefited by his assistance. In his distress he becometh still more idolatrous. His acts and death: Hezekiah succeedeth him.
AHAZ was atwenty 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:
Wherefore the LORD hhis 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 2Damascus. And he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who smote him with a great slaughter.
And Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, slew Maaseiah the king's son, and Azrikam the governor of the house, and Elkanah that was 4next to the king.
But a prophet of the LORD was there, whose name was Oded: and lhe went out before the host that came to Samaria, and said unto them, Behold, mbecause 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 nup unto heaven.
And said unto them, Ye shall not bring in the captives hither: for whereas we have offended against the LORD already, ye intend uto add more to our sins and to our *trespass: for our trespass is great, and there is fierce wrath against Israel.
So the armed men left the captives and the spoil before the princes and all the congregation.
And the men which vwere expressed by name rose up, and took the captives, and with the spoil wclothed all that were naked among them, and arrayed them, and shod them, and xgave them to eat and to drink, and anointed them, and carried all the feeble of them upon asses, and brought them to yJericho, the city of palm trees, to their brethren: then they returned to Samaria.
The bPhilistines also had cinvaded the cities of dthe low country, and of the south of Judah, and had taken eBeth-shemesh, and Ajalon, and Gederoth, and Shocho with the villages thereof, and Timnah with the villages thereof, Gimzo also and the villages thereof: and they dwelt there.
For he sacrificed unto the gods of 6Damascus, which smote him: and he said, kBecause the gods of the kings of Syria help them, therefore will I sacrifice to them, lthat they may help me. But they were the ruin of him, and of all Israel.
And in every several city of Judah he made high places 7to burn incense unto other gods, and provoked to anger the LORD God of his fathers.