while the Philistines1 had raided towns in the foothills and in the Negev of Judah. They captured and occupied Beth Shemesh, Aijalon2 and Gederoth,3 as well as Soco,4 Timnah5 and Gimzo, with their surrounding villages.
The LORD had humbled Judah because of Ahaz king of Israel,a for he had promoted wickedness in Judah and had been most unfaithful6 to the LORD.
Tiglath-Pileserb7 king of Assyria8 came to him, but he gave him trouble9 instead of help.1021
Ahaz11 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.1222
In his time of trouble King Ahaz became even more unfaithful13 to the LORD.
He offered sacrifices to the gods14 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."15 But they were his downfall and the downfall of all Israel.1624
Ahaz gathered together the furnishings17 from the temple of God18 and took them away.c He shut the doors19 of the LORD's temple and set up altars20 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.
The other events of his reign and all his ways, from beginning to end, are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
Ahaz rested21 with his fathers and was buried22 in the city of Jerusalem, but he was not placed in the tombs of the kings of Israel. And Hezekiah his son succeeded him as king.