2 Chronicles 28:1-27, NLT
2 Chronicles 28
Ahaz Rules in Judah
1Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem sixteen years. He did not do what was pleasing in the sight of the Lord, as his ancestor David had done.
5Because of all this, the Lord his God allowed the king of Aram to defeat Ahaz and to exile large numbers of his people to Damascus. The armies of the king of Israel also defeated Ahaz and inflicted many casualties on his army.
9But a prophet of the Lord named Oded was there in Samaria when the army of Israel returned home. He went out to meet them and said, “The Lord, the God of your ancestors, was angry with Judah and let you defeat them. But you have gone too far, killing them without mercy, and all heaven is disturbed.
12Then some of the leaders of Israel*28:12 Hebrew Ephraim, referring to the northern kingdom of Israel.—Azariah son of Jehohanan, Berekiah son of Meshillemoth, Jehizkiah son of Shallum, and Amasa son of Hadlai—agreed with this and confronted the men returning from battle.
14So the warriors released the prisoners and handed over the plunder in the sight of the leaders and all the people.
Ahaz Closes the Temple
16At that time King Ahaz of Judah asked the king of Assyria for help.
20So when King Tiglath-pileser*28:20 Hebrew Tilgath-pilneser, a variant spelling of Tiglath-pileser. of Assyria arrived, he attacked Ahaz instead of helping him.
22Even during this time of trouble, King Ahaz continued to reject the Lord.
24The king took the various articles from the Temple of God and broke them into pieces. He shut the doors of the Lord’s Temple so that no one could worship there, and he set up altars to pagan gods in every corner of Jerusalem.
26The rest of the events of Ahaz’s reign and everything he did, from beginning to end, are recorded in The Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel.