God punishes Ahaz
5 So, the Lord his God sent the king of Syria against him. He caused the king of Syria to win the fight. Then the king of Syria took many people from Judah to Damascus and he kept them there. The Lord also let the king of Israel win a fight with Ahaz. And he killed many people. 6 Remaliah's son Pekah from Israel killed 120,000 of Judah's best soldiers in one day. God let that happen because the people in Judah had stopped worshipping the Lord, the God of their ancestors. 7 Zikri, a good fighter from Ephraim, killed Maaseiah the king's son. He also killed Azrikam, the officer over the king's house and Elkanah who was the king's most important officer. 8 The Israelites took away 200,000 wives, sons and daughters from Judah. It did not matter to them that those people were also descendants of Jacob. They also took away to Samaria many good and valuable things.