In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah Ahaz the son of Jotham king of
Judah began to reign.
Twenty years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in
Jerusalem, and did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD his God, like
David his father.
But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass
through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out
from before the children of Israel.
And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under
every green tree.
Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel came up to
Jerusalem to war: and they besieged Ahaz, but could not overcome him.
At that time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria, and drave the Jews from
Elath: and the Syrians came to Elath, and dwelt there unto this day.
So Ahaz sent messengers to Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, saying, I am thy servant
and thy son: come up, and save me out of the hand of the king of Syria, and out of the
hand of the king of Israel, which rise up against me.
And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the LORD, and in
the treasures of the king’s house, and sent it for a present to the king of
And the king of Assyria hearkened unto him: for the king of Assyria went up against
Damascus, and took it, and carried the people of it captive to Kir, and slew
And king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and saw an
altar that was at Damascus: and king Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the fashion of the
altar, and the pattern of it, according to all the workmanship thereof.
And Urijah the priest built an altar according to all that king Ahaz had sent from
Damascus: so Urijah the priest made it against king Ahaz came from Damascus.
And when the king was come from Damascus, the king saw the altar: and the king
approached to the altar, and offered thereon.
And he burnt his burnt offering and his meat offering, and poured his drink
offering, and sprinkled the blood of his peace offerings, upon the altar.
And he brought also the brasen altar, which was before the LORD, from the forefront
of the house, from between the altar and the house of the LORD, and put it on the north
side of the altar.
And king Ahaz commanded Urijah the priest, saying, Upon the great altar burn the
morning burnt offering, and the evening meat offering, and the king’s burnt
sacrifice, and his meat offering, with the burnt offering of all the people of the
land, and their meat offering, and their drink offerings; and sprinkle upon it all the
blood of the burnt offering, and all the blood of the sacrifice: and the brasen altar
shall be for me to enquire by.
Thus did Urijah the priest, according to all that king Ahaz commanded.
And king Ahaz cut off the borders of the bases, and removed the laver from off
them; and took down the sea from off the brasen oxen that were under it, and put it
upon the pavement of stones.
And the covert for the sabbath that they had built-in the house, and the
king’s entry without, turned he from the house of the LORD for the king of
Now the rest of the acts of Ahaz which he did, are they not written in the book of
the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of
David: and Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.