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2 Chronicles 28 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Ahaz Succeeds Jotham in Judah

(2Ki 16:1–4 )
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:1 - Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem for sixteen years. He did not do what was right in the sight of the LORD as his father David had done.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:2 - But he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel; he also made cast metal images for the Baals.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:3 - Furthermore, he burned incense in the Valley of Ben-hinnom, and burned his sons in fire, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD had driven out from the sons of Israel.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:4 - He sacrificed and burned incense on the high places, on the hills, and under every green tree.

Judah Is Invaded

(2Ki 16:5, 6; Isa 7:1 )
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:5 - Therefore the LORD his God handed him over to the king of Aram; and they [fn]defeated him and carried from him a great number of captives, and brought them to Damascus. And he was also handed over to the king of Israel, who struck him with heavy casualties.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:6 - For Pekah the son of Remaliah killed 120,000 in Judah in one day, all valiant men, because they had abandoned the LORD God of their fathers.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:7 - And Zichri, a mighty man of Ephraim, killed Maaseiah the king’s son, Azrikam the ruler of the house, and Elkanah the second to the king.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:8 - The sons of Israel led away captive two hundred thousand of their relatives, women, sons, and daughters; and they also [fn]took a great deal of spoils from them, and brought the spoils to Samaria.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:9 - But a prophet of the LORD was there, whose name was Oded; and he went out to meet the army which came to Samaria and said to them, “Behold, because the LORD, the God of your fathers, was angry with Judah, He has handed them over to you, and you have killed them in a rage which has even reached heaven.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:10 - “Now you are proposing to subjugate the people of Judah and Jerusalem as male and female slaves for yourselves. Are you not, however guilty yourselves of offenses against the LORD your God?
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:11 - “Now then, listen to me and return the captives whom you captured from your brothers, for the burning anger of the LORD is against you.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:12 - Then some of the leading men 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—rose up against those who were coming from the battle,
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:13 - and said to them, “You must not bring the captives in here, for you are proposing to bring guilt upon us before the LORD, adding to our sins and our guilt; for our guilt is great, and His burning anger is against Israel.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:14 - So the armed men left the captives and the spoils before the officers and all the assembly.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:15 - Then the men who were designated by name got up, took the captives, and they clothed all their naked people from the spoils; they gave them clothes and sandals, fed them and gave them drink, anointed them with oil, led all their feeble ones on donkeys, and brought them to Jericho, the city of palm trees, to their brothers; then they returned to Samaria.

Compromise with Assyria

(2Ki 16:7–9 )
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:16 - At that time King Ahaz sent word to the [fn]kings of Assyria for help.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:17 - For the Edomites had come again and attacked Judah, and led away captives.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:18 - The Philistines had also invaded the cities of the [fn]lowland 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 had settled there.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:19 - For the LORD had humbled Judah because of Ahaz king of Israel, for he had brought about a lack of restraint in Judah and was very unfaithful to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:20 - So Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria came against him and afflicted him instead of strengthening him.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:21 - Although 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.
(2Ki 16:12–20 )
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:22 - Now during the time of his distress, this same King Ahaz became even more unfaithful to the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:23 - For he sacrificed to the gods of Damascus who had [fn]defeated him, and said, “Because the gods of the kings of Aram helped them, I will sacrifice to them so that they may help me.” But they became the [fn]downfall of him and all Israel.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:24 - Moreover, when Ahaz gathered together the utensils of the house of God, he cut the utensils of the house of God in pieces; and he closed the doors of the house of the LORD, and made altars for himself in every corner of Jerusalem.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:25 - 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.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:26 - Now the rest of his acts and all his ways, from the first to the last, behold, they are written in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 28:27 - So Ahaz [fn]lay down with his fathers, and they buried him in the city, in Jerusalem, for they did not bring him to the tombs of the kings of Israel; and his son Hezekiah reigned in his place.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit struck
Lit plundered
Ancient versions king
Heb shephelah
Lit struck
Lit stumbling
I.e., died

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