At that time King Ahaz sent to the kinga of Assyria1 for help.
The Edomites2 had again come and attacked Judah and carried away prisoners,318
while the Philistines4 had raided towns in the foothills and in the Negev of Judah. They captured and occupied Beth Shemesh, Aijalon5 and Gederoth,6 as well as Soco,7 Timnah8 and Gimzo, with their surrounding villages.
The LORD had humbled Judah because of Ahaz king of Israel,b for he had promoted wickedness in Judah and had been most unfaithful9 to the LORD.
Tiglath-Pileserc10 king of Assyria11 came to him, but he gave him trouble12 instead of help.1321
Ahaz14 took some of the things from the temple of the LORD and from the royal palace and from the princes and presented them to the king of Assyria, but that did not help him.1522
In his time of trouble King Ahaz became even more unfaithful16 to the LORD.
He offered sacrifices to the gods17 of Damascus, who had defeated him; for he thought, "Since the gods of the kings of Aram have helped them, I will sacrifice to them so they will help me."18 But they were his downfall and the downfall of all Israel.1924
Ahaz gathered together the furnishings20 from the temple of God21 and took them away.d He shut the doors22 of the LORD's temple and set up altars23 at every street corner in Jerusalem.
In every town in Judah he built high places to burn sacrifices to other gods and provoked the LORD, the God of his fathers, to anger.