Wherefore the LORD his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria; and theysmote him, and carriedaway a greatmultitude of themcaptives, and broughtthem to Damascus. And he was alsodeliveredinto the hand of the king of Israel, who smote him with a greatslaughter.
But a prophet of the LORD was there, whosename was Oded: and he went out before the hostthatcame to Samaria, and saiduntothem, Behold, because the LORD God of yourfathers was wrothwithJudah, he hathdeliveredthemintoyourhand, and ye haveslainthem in a ragethatreacheth up untoheaven.
Thencertain of the heads of the children of 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 againstthemthatcamefrom the war,
And saiduntothem, Ye shall not bring in the captiveshither: for whereas we haveoffendedagainst the LORDalready, ye intend to add more to our sins and to our trespass: for our trespass is great, and there is fiercewrathagainstIsrael.
And the men whichwereexpressed by namerose up, and took the captives, and with the spoilclothed all thatwerenakedamongthem, and arrayedthem, and shodthem, and gavethem to eat and to drink, and anointedthem, and carried all the feeble of themuponasses, and broughtthem to Jericho, the city of palmtrees, to theirbrethren: thentheyreturned to Samaria.
The Philistinesalso had invaded the cities of the low country, and of the south of Judah, and had takenBethshemesh, and Ajalon, and Gederoth, and Shochowith the villagesthereof, and Timnahwith the villagesthereof, Gimzoalso and the villagesthereof: and theydweltthere.
For he sacrificedunto the gods of Damascus, whichsmote him: and he said, Because the gods of the kings of Syriahelpthem, thereforewill I sacrifice to them, thatthey may help me. But theywere the ruin of him, and of all Israel.
And Ahazgatheredtogether 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 everycorner of Jerusalem.