Ahaz asks the king of Assyria for help
16 At that time, King Ahaz asked the king of Assyria for help. 17 The people from Edom had come again. They had attacked Judah and they had taken people away. 18 At the same time, the Philistines had attacked towns in the low hills in the west and the Negev in the south of Judah. They won the towns called Beth-Shemesh, Aijalon and Gederoth. They also won Soco, Timnah and Gimzo with the villages near to them. Then they went and they lived in them. 19 The Lord had caused trouble for Judah because of all the wicked things that Ahaz, their king had done. Ahaz let the people in Judah do what was wrong. He sinned badly and he had stopped worshipping the Lord. 20 Tiglath-Pileser, the king of Assyria came to Ahaz. But he caused trouble and he did not help Ahaz. 21 Ahaz had taken many valuable things from the Lord's house and from the king's house and from the rulers. He gave them to the king of Assyria but that did not help Ahaz.