In the seventeenth year of Pekah son of Remaliah, King Ahaz son of Jotham of Judah began to reign.
Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign; he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. He did not do what was right in the sight of the Lord his God, as his ancestor David had done,
but he walked in the way of the kings of Israel. He even made his son pass through fire, according to the abominable practices of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel.
He sacrificed and made offerings on the high places, on the hills, and under every green tree.