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3 He built the high Gate of the House of the LORD, and on the Wall of Ophel he built much.

4. Moreover, he built Cities in the Mountains of Judah, and in the Forests he built Castles and Towers.

5 He fought also with the King of the Ammonites, and prevailed against them. And the Children of Ammon gave him the same Year, an hundred Talents of Silver, and ten thousand Measures of Wheat, and ten thousand of Barley. So much did the Children of Ammon pay unto him, both the second Year and the third.

6 So Jotham became mighty, because he PREPARED his Ways before the Lord his God.

8 He was five and twenty Years old when he began to reign, and reigned fixteen Years in Jerusalem.

9 And Jotham slept with his Fathers, and they buried him in the City of David, and Ahaz his Son reigned in his stead.

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II. KINGS, CHA P. XVI.

I Abaz his wicked Reign. 5 Abaz assailed by Rezir and

Pekah, hireth Tiglath-pile fer against them. 10 Abaz fending a Pattern of an Altar from Damascus to Urijah, diverteth the brazen Altar to his own Devotion : 17 He spoileth the Temple.

Ver. I TN the seventeenth Year of Pekah the Son of Rema

I liah, Ahaz the Son of Jotham King of Judah began to reign.

2 Twenty Years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned fixteen Years in Jerusalem, and did not that which was right in the sight of the Lord his God, like David his Father.

Ź But he WALKED in the Ways of the Kings of Israel, yea, and made his Son to pass through the Fire, according to the ABOMINATION of the Heathen, whom the LORD CAST out from before the Children of Israel.

4 He sacrificed and burnt Incense in the high Places, and on the Hills, and under every green Tree.

5 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. 6 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.

7 So Ahaz sent Messengers to Tiglath-pileser 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.

8 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 Affyria.

9 And the King of Affyria hearkned unto him : for the King of Assyria went up against Damascus, and took it, and carried the People of it Captive to Kir, and flew Rezin.

10 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.

u And Urijah the Priest built an Altar, according to all that King Ahaz had sent from Damascus : fo Urijah the Priest made it against King Ahaz came from Damascus.

12 And when the King was come from Damascus, the King saw the Altar : and the King approached to the Altar, and offered thereon.

13 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.

14 And he brought 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.

15 And King Ahaz commanded Urijah the Priest, saying, Upon the GREAT ALTAR burn the Morning Burntoffering, and the Evening Meat-offering, and the King's Burnt-facrifice, 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.

16 Thus did URIJAH the PRIEST, according to all that King Ahaz COMMANDED.

17 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 a Pavement of Stones.

18 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 Allyria.

II. CHRON. CHA P. XXVIII. 1 Ahaz reigning very wickedly, is greatly afflicted by the Sy

rians. 6 Judah being captivated by the Israelites, is fent home by the Counsel of Oded the Prophet. '16 Abaz fending for Aid to Asyria, is not helped thereby. 22 In this Distress he groweth more idolatrous. 26 He dying, Hezekiah succeedeth him.

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Ver. 3 M COreover, he burnt Incense in the Valley of

I the Son of Hinnon, and BURNT his CHILDREN in the Fire, after the ABOMINATIONS of the Heathen whom the LORD had cast out before the Children of Israel.

4 He sacrificed also, and burnt Incense in the high Places, and on the Hills, and under every green Tree.

5 Wherefore the Lord his GOD DELIVERED him into the Hand of the King of SYRIA, and they smote him, and carried away a great MULTITUDE of them CAPTIVES, and brought them to DAMASCUS : and he was also DELIVERED into the Hand of the King of Israel, who smote him with a great Slaughter.

6 For Pekah the Son of Remaliah sew in Judah an HUNDRED and TWENTY THOUSAND in one Day, which were all valiant Men; because they had FORSAKEN the LORD God of their Fathers.

7 And Zichri a mighty Man of Ephraim, New Maaseiah the King's Son, and Azricam the Governour of the House, and Elkanah that was next to the King.

8 And the Children of Israel carried away Captive of their Brethren, TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND Women, Sons and Daughters, and took also away much Spoil from them, and brought the Spoil to Samaria.

9 But a PROPHEȚ of the LORD was there, whose Name was Oded : and he went out before the Hof that came ta

Samaria,

7 And Son, and Azext to the carried away omen, Sons

Samaria, and said unto them, Behold, because the LORD God of your Fathers was WROTH with JUDAH, he hath DELIVERED them into your Hand, and ye have slain them in a Rage that reacheTh up into Heaven.

10 And now ye purpose to keep under the Children of Judah and Jerusalem for Bond-men and Bond-women unto you : but are there not with you, even with you, Sins against the LORD your God?

u Now hear me, therefore, and DELIVER the CAPTIVES again which ye have taken Captive of your Brethren : for the FIERCE WRATH of the Lord is upon you.

12 Then certain of the Heads of the Children of Ephraim stood up against them that came from the War.

13 And said unto them, Ye shall not BRING in the CapTIVES hither : for whereas we have OFFENDED against the LORD ALREADY, ye intend to ADD MORE to our Sins, and to our Trespass : for our Trespass is great, and there is FieRCE WRATH against Israel. j 14 So the armed Men left the Captives, and the Spoil, Before the Princes and all the Congregation.

15 And the Men which were expressed by Name, rose up, and took the Captives, and with the Spoil cloathed all that were naked among them, and arrayed them, and shod them, and gave them to eat and to drink, and anointed them, and carried all the feeble of them upon Afles, and brought them to Jericho, the City of Palm-trees, to their Brethren : then they returned to Samaria.

16 At that Time did King Ahaz send unto the Kings of Assyria to help him.

17 For again the Edomites had come and smitten Judah, and carried away Captives.

18 The Philistines also had invaded the Cities of the Low-countrey, and of the South of Judah, and had taken Beth-shemesh, and Aijalon, and Gederoth, and Shocho with the Villages thereof, and Timnah with the Villages thereof, Gimzo also and the Villages thereof: and they dwelt there. · 19 For the LORD BROUGHT JUDAH Low, because of Ahaz King of Israel; for he made Judah NAKED, and transgressed sore against the Lord.

20 And Tilgath-pilneser King of Allyria came unto him, and DISTRESSED him, but STRENGTHNED HIM NOT.

21 For Ahaz took away a Portion out of the House of the LORD, and out of the House of the King, and of the Princes, and gave it to the King of Affyria : but he HELPED him not.

22 And in the Time of his Distress, did he TRESPASS yet more against the LORD: this is THAT King AHAZ.

23 For he sacrificed unto the Gods of Damascus, which SMote him: and he said, Because the Gods of the King of Syria help them, therefore will I SACRIFICE to them, that they may help me : but they were the Ruin of HIM and of all ISRAEL.

24 And Ahaz gathered together the Vessels of the House of God, and cut in pieces the Vessels of the House of God, and sHUT UP the Doors of the House of the LORD, and he made him Altars in every Corner of Jerusalem.

25 And in every several City of Judah he made high Places to burn Incense unto other Gods, and provoked to Anger the LORD God of his Fathers.

27 And Ahaz slept with his Fathers, and they buried him in the City of Jerusalem : but they brought him not into the Sepulchres of the Kings of Israel : and Hezekiah his) Son reigned in his stead.

II. KINGS, CHA P. XVII.

i Hopea his wicked Reign : 3 Being subdued by Shalmanezer,

he conspireth against him with So King of Egypt. 24 The strange Nations which were transplanted into Samaria, being plagued with Lions, make a Mixture of Religions.

Ver. 1 T N the twelfth Year of Ahaz King of Judah, began

I Hoshea the Son of Elah to reign in Samaria, over Israel nine Years.

2 And he did that which was EVIL in the fight of the Lord, but not as the Kings of Israel that were before him.

3 Against him came up Shalmanezer King of Assyria, and Hofhea became his Servant, and gave him Presents.

4 And the King of Affyria found Conspiracy in Hofhea: for he had sent Meslengers to So King of Egypt, and brought no Present to the King of Assyria, as he had done Year by Year : therefore the King of Aflyria Thut him up, and bound him in Prison.

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