Ahaz asks the king of Assyria for help
16 At that time, King Ahaz asked the king of Assyria for help. 17 Soldiers from Edom had attacked Judah again. They had taken people away as their prisoners. 18 Philistine soldiers had also attacked towns in the low hills in the west of Judah and in the Negev in the south. They took these towns for themselves and they lived in them:Beth-Shemesh, Aijalon, Gederoth;Soco, Timnah and Gimzo with the villages around them.
19 The Lord caused a lot of trouble for Judah's people because of their king, Ahaz. He turned away from the Lord and he allowed his people to do wicked things.
20 King Tiglath-Pileser of Assyria came to Ahaz. But he did not help Ahaz. Instead, he caused trouble. 21 Ahaz took valuable things from the Lord's temple, from the king's palace and from his officers. He gave those things to the king of Assyria. But the king of Assyria still did not help him.