And the king of Assyria hearkened unto him
Complied with his request:
for the king of Syria went up against Damascus, and took it;
the metropolis of the kingdom of Syria, and so made a powerful diversion in favour of the king of Judah:
and carried the people of it captive to Kir;
not Cyrene, as the Vulgate Latin version, a country belonging to Egypt, which the king of Assyria had no power over; but a place in upper Media, as Josephus F16 relates, which belonged to the Assyrian king; see ( Isaiah 22:6 ) , compared with ( 2 Kings 21:2 ) , of this captivity Amos had prophesied some time before, ( Amos 1:5 )
and slew Rezin;
the king of Syria, which also was foretold in the same prophecy.
F16 Antiqu. l. 9. c. 12. sect. 3.