At that time did Hezekiah cut off the gold from the doors
the temple of the Lord
The plates of gold with which they were covered; or scraped off the gold from them, as the Targum interprets it:
and from the pillars which Hezekiah king of Judah had
or the posts, as the Targum, the lintel or side posts of the doors of the temple; which though covered in Solomon's time, the gold was worn off, or had been taken off by Ahaz, but was renewed by Hezekiah; and who, in this time of distress, thought he might take it off again, no doubt with a full purpose to replace it, when he should be able. This is one of the three things the Talmudic writers F19 disapprove of in Hezekiah:
and gave it to the king of Assyria;
to make up the thirty talents of gold he demanded.
F19 T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 10. 2.