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16:1 In the seventeenth year of Pekah Ben Remalyahu Achaz Ben Yotam melekh Yehudah began to reign.
16:2 Twenty years old was Achaz when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Yerushalayim, and did not that which was right in the sight of YEHOVAH (יהוה) his Elohim (אלהים), like David his father.
16:3 But he walked in the way of the Melkhei Yisra'el, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the Goyim, whom YEHOVAH (יהוה) cast out from before the Benai Yisra'el.
16:4 And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.
16:5 Then Rezin melekh Aram and Pekah Ben Remalyahu melekh Yisra'el came up to Yerushalayim to war: and they besieged Achaz, but could not overcome [him].
16:6 At that time Rezin melekh Aram recovered Eilat to Aram, and drave the Yehudim from Eilat: and the Syrians came to Eilat, and dwelt there unto this day.
16:7 So Achaz sent messengers to Tiglat-Pileser melekh Ashur, saying, I [am] thy servant and thy son: come up, and save me out of the hand of the melekh Aram, and out of the hand of the melekh Yisra'el, which rise up against me.
16:8 And Achaz took the silver and gold that was found in the Beit YEHOVAH (יהוה), and in the treasures of the king's house, and sent [it for] a present to the melekh Ashur.
16:9 And the melekh Ashur hearkened unto him: for the melekh Ashur went up against Dammesek, and took it, and carried [the people of] it captive to Kir, and slew Rezin.
16:10 And melekh Achaz went to Dammesek to meet Tiglat-Pileser melekh Ashur, and saw an altar that [was] at Dammesek: and melekh Achaz sent to Uriyah ha Kohen the demut (likeness, sketch) of the altar, and the pattern of it, according to all the workmanship thereof.
16:11 And Uriyah ha Kohen built an altar according to all that melekh Achaz had sent from Dammesek: so Uriyah ha Kohen made [it] against melekh Achaz came from Dammesek.
16:12 And when the melekh was come from Dammesek, the melekh saw the altar: and the melekh approached to the altar, and offered thereon.
16:13 And he burnt his Olah and his minchah, and poured his nesekh, and sprinkled the blood of his peace offerings, upon the altar.
16:14 And he brought also the brazen altar, which [was] before YEHOVAH (יהוה), from the forefront of the house, from between the altar and the Beit YEHOVAH (יהוה), and put it on the north side of the altar.
16:15 And melekh Achaz commanded Uriyah ha Kohen, saying, Upon the great altar burn the morning Olah, and the evening minchah, and the king's burnt sacrifice, and his minchah, with the Olah of all the people of the land, and their minchah, and their nesakhim; and sprinkle upon it all the blood of the Olah, and all the blood of the sacrifice: and the brazen altar shall be for me to enquire [by].
16:16 Thus did Uriyah ha Kohen, according to all that melekh Achaz commanded.
16:17 And melekh Achaz cut off the borders of the bases, and removed the laver from off them; and took down the sea from off the brazen oxen that were under it, and put it upon a pavement of stones.
16:18 And he removed the Shabbat pavilion (portico) which they had built in the temple, and he removed the king's outer entrance from Beit YEHOVAH (יהוה) on account of melekh Ashur.
16:19 Now the rest of the acts of Achaz which he did, [are] they not written in the sefer Divrei ha Yamin (chronicles) of the Melkhei Yehudah?
16:20 And Achaz slept with his avot, and was buried with his avot in the city of David: and Chizkiyahu his son reigned in his stead.
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