Ahaz1 was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. Unlike David his father, he did not do what was right in the eyes of the LORD.
He walked in the ways of the kings of Israel and also made cast idols2 for worshiping the Baals.
He burned sacrifices in the Valley of Ben Hinnom3 and sacrificed his sons4 in the fire, following the detestable5 ways of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites.
He offered sacrifices and burned incense at the high places, on the hilltops and under every spreading tree.
Therefore the LORD his God handed him over to the king of Aram.6 The Arameans defeated him and took many of his people as prisoners and brought them to Damascus. He was also given into the hands of the king of Israel, who inflicted heavy casualties on him.
In one day Pekah7 son of Remaliah killed a hundred and twenty thousand soldiers in Judah8--because Judah had forsaken the LORD, the God of their fathers.
Zicri, an Ephraimite warrior, killed Maaseiah the king's son, Azrikam the officer in charge of the palace, and Elkanah, second to the king.
The Israelites took captive from their kinsmen9 two hundred thousand wives, sons and daughters. They also took a great deal of plunder, which they carried back to Samaria.10