Chapter 27: Yatham Reigns in Yahudah Sixteen Years and is Righteous in Yah’s Sight
1 Yatham was twenty-five years old when he became king and he reigned sixteen years in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Yarusha, the daughter of Zadok. 2 And he did what was right in the sight of Yah, according to all that his father Uzziyah had done (although he did not enter the temple of Yah). But still, the people acted corruptly.
Building and Expansion Done by Yatham: Yatham Defeats the Ammonites: Yatham Walks in the Ways of Yah
3 He built the Upper Gate of the house of Yah and he built extensively on the wall of Ophyl. 4 Moreover, he built cities in the mountains of Yahudah and in the forests he built fortresses and towers. 5 He also fought with the king of the Ammonites and defeated them. And the people of Ammon gave him in that year one hundred talents of silver, ten thousand kors of wheat and ten thousand of barley. The people of Ammon paid this to him in the second and third years also. 6 So Yatham became mighty because he prepared his ways before Yah his Almighty.
Yatham Rests With His Fathers
7 Now the rest of the acts of Yatham and all his wars and his ways, indeed they are written in the book of the kings of Ysrayl and Yahudah. 8 He was twenty-five years old when he became king and he reigned sixteen years in Yahrushalom. So Yatham rested with his fathers and they buried him in the City of David. Then Ahaz his son reigned in his place.
*Yatham means Yah is perfect or honest.
Chapter 28: Ahaz Reigns Sixteen Years in Yahudah and Does Not Do Right Concerning Yah: Ahaz Burns His Children and Burns Incense To the Fallen Angles (Gods)
1 Ahaz was twenty years old when he became king and he reigned sixteen years in Yahrushalom and he did not do what was right in the sight of Yah, as his father David had done. 2 For he walked in the ways of the kings of Ysrayl and made molded images for the Baals. 3 He burned incense in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom and burned his children in the fire, according to the abominations of the nations whom Yah had cast out before the children of Ysrayl. 4 And he sacrificed and burned incense on the high places, on the hills and under every green tree.
Yah Stirs Up Syria and Ysrayl Against Yahudah and Takes Them Captive but Ysrayl Kills the Yahudites With a Great Slaughter Which Yah is Not Happy About
5 Therefore, Yah his Almighty delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria. They defeated him and carried away a great multitude of them as captives and brought them to Damascus. Then he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Ysrayl, who defeated him with a great slaughter. 6 For Pekah, the son of Remaliyah killed one hundred and twenty thousand in Yahudah in one day, all valiant men, because they had forsaken Yah Almighty of their fathers. 7 Zichri, a mighty man of Ephram, killed Maaseiyah the king’s son, Azrikam the officer over the house and Ylkanah who was second to the king. 8 And the children of Ysrayl carried away captive of their brothers two hundred thousand women, sons and daughters and they also took away much spoil from them and brought the spoil to Samaria.
Yah Sends the Prophet Obed to Ysrayl Because They Plan to Make the Yahudite Children Slaves: Yah Warns Ysrayl to Return the Yahudites to Their Land: Some of the Men of Ephraim Want to Disobey Yah But the Leaders of Ephraim Stop Them
9 But a prophet of Yah was there, whose name was Obed and he went out before the army that came to Samaria and said to them: “Look, because Yah Almighty of your fathers was angry with Yahudah, He has delivered them into your hand but you have killed them in a rage that reaches up to heaven. 10 And now you propose to force the children of Yahudah and Yahrushalom to be your male and female slaves but are you not also guilty before Yah your Almighty? 11 Now hear me, therefore and return the captives whom you have taken captive from your brothers, for the fierce wrath of Yah is upon you”. 12 Then some of the heads of the children of Ephraim, Azariyah the son of Yahanan, Berechiyah the son of Meshillemoth, Yahizkiyah the son of Shallum and Amasa the son of Hadlai, stood up against those who came from the war. 13 And said to them, “You shall not bring the captives here, for we already have offended Yah. You intend to add to our sins and to our guilt, for our guilt is great and there is fierce wrath against Ysrayl”. 14 So the armed men left the captives and the spoil before the leaders and all the assembly. 15 Then the men who were designated by name rose up and took the captives and from the spoil they clothed all who were naked among them, dressed them and gave them sandals, gave them food and drink and anointed them and they let all the feeble ones ride on donkeys. So they brought them to their brothers at Yericho, the city of palm trees. Then they returned to Samaria (Shamariyah).
*They were dropped off in Yericho, which is in the land of Benyamin, See Yahoshua 18:21.
Edom and Then the Philistines Invade Yahudah: King Ahaz Asks the Assyrians For Help and Give them Treasures But The Assyrians Still Refuse to Help
16 At the same time King Ahaz sent to the kings of Assyria to help him. 17 For again the Edomites had come, attacked Yahudah and carried away captives. 18 The Philistines also had invaded the cities of the lowland and of the south of Yahudah and had taken Beth Shemesh, Aiyalon, Gederoth, Sochoh with its villages, Timnah with its villages and Gimzo with its villages and they dwelt there. 19 For Yah brought Yahudah low because of Ahaz king of Ysrayl, for he had encouraged moral decline in Yahudah and had been continually unfaithful to Yah. 20 Also Tiglath-Pilser (Hebrew Tilgath-Pilneser) king of Assyria came to him and distressed him and did not assist him. 21 For Ahaz took part of the treasures from the house of Yah, from the house of the king and from the leaders and he gave it to the king of Assyria but he did not help him.
King Ahaz Does Not Repent and Becomes More Unfaithful to Yah
22 Now in the time of his distress King Ahaz became increasingly unfaithful to Yah. This is that King Ahaz. 23 For he sancified to the gods of Damascus which had defeated him saying, “Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them, I will sacrifice to them that they may help me”. But they were the ruin of him and of all Ysrayl. 24 So Ahaz gathered the articles of the house of Yah, cut in pieces the articles of the house of Yah, shut up the doors of the house of Yah and made for himself altars in every corner of Yahrushalom. 25 And in every single city of Yahudah, he made high places to burn incense to the gods and provoked to anger Yah Almighty of his father.
Ahaz Dies and Is Not Buried with the Other Kings
26 Now the rest of his acts and all his ways, from first to last, indeed they are written in the book of the kings of Yahudah and Ysrayl. 27 So Ahaz rested with his fathers and they buried him in the city, in Yahrushalom but they did not bring him into the tombs of the kings of Ysrayl. Then Hezekiyah his son reigned in his place.