28:2 For a he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and
made also molten images for b Baalim.
(a) He was an idolater like them.
(b) As the idolaters have certain chief idols, who are as
patrons (as were these Baalim) so have they others who
are inferior and represent the great idols.
28:6 For c Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah an hundred
and twenty thousand in one day, [which were] all valiant
men; because they had forsaken the LORD God of their
(c) Who was king of Israel.
28:8 And the children of Israel carried away captive of their
brethren d two hundred thousand, women, sons, and
daughters, and took also away much spoil from them, and
brought the spoil to Samaria.
(d) Thus by the just judgment of God, Israel destroyed
28:9 But a prophet of the LORD was there, whose name [was] Oded:
and he went out before the host that came to Samaria, and
said unto them, Behold, e 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 unto heaven.
(e) For they thought they had overcome them by their own
valiantness, and did not consider that God had
delivered them into their hands, because Judah had
28:10 And now ye purpose to keep under the children of Judah and
Jerusalem for bondmen and bondwomen unto you: [but are
there] not with you, even with you, f sins against the
LORD your God?
(f) May not God also punish you for your sins as he has
done these men for theirs, seeing that yours are
28:12 Then certain of the heads of the children of g Ephraim,
Azariah the son of Johanan, Berechiah the son of
Meshillemoth, and Jehizkiah the son of Shallum, and Amasa
the son of Hadlai, stood up against them that came from
(g) Which tribe was now greatest and had most authority.
28:13 And said unto them, Ye shall not bring in the captives
hither: for whereas we have h 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.
(h) God will not allow this sin which we commit against
him, to go unpunished.
28:15 And the men which were i expressed by name rose up, and
took the captives, and with the spoil clothed all that
were naked among them, and arrayed them, and shod them,
and gave them to eat and to drink, and k anointed them,
and carried all the feeble of them upon asses, and brought
them to Jericho, the city of palm trees, to their l
brethren: then they returned to Samaria.
(i) Whose name were rehearsed before, (2Ch 28:12).
(k) Either for their wounds or weariness.
(l) To them of the tribe of Judah.
28:16 At that time did king Ahaz send unto the m kings of
Assyria to help him.
(m) To Tiglath Pileser and those kings who were under his
dominion, (2Ki 16:7).
28:19 For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of n
Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore
against the LORD.
(n) He means Judah, because Ahaz forsook the Lord and
sought help from the infidels. )See Geneva l
"2Ch 15:17") for when Judah was called Israel.
28:23 For he sacrificed unto the gods of Damascus, which o
smote him: and he said, Because the gods of the kings of
Syria help them, [therefore] will I sacrifice to them,
that they may p help me. But they were the ruin of him,
and of all Israel.
(o) As he falsely supposed.
(p) Thus the wicked measure God's favour by prosperity and
adversity: for if idolaters prosper, they make their
idols gods, not considering that God often punishes
them whom he loves and gives his enemies good success
for a time whom afterward he will destroy.
28:27 And Ahaz slept with his fathers, and they buried him in
the city, [even] in Jerusalem: but they brought him not
into the q sepulchres of the kings of Israel: and
Hezekiah his son reigned in his stead.
(q) They did not bury him in the city of David, where the
sepulchres of the kings were.