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2 Kings 16:8

Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the Lord and in the treasuries of the king's house, and sent a present to the king of Assyria.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ahaz;   Alliances;   Diplomacy;   Israel, Prophecies Concerning;   Rezin;   Syria;   Tiglath-Pileser;   Thompson Chain Reference - Ahaz;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Assyria;   Kings;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Gifts;   Pekah;   Rezin;   Temple;   Tiglath-Pileser;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Ahaz;   Assyria;   Isaiah;   Judah, tribe and kingdom;   Nahum;   Pekah;   Syria;   Temple;   Treaty;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Gods and Goddesses, Pagan;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Assyria;   Damascus;   Pekah;   Rezin;   Temple, Solomon's;   Tiglath-Pileser Iii.;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Ahaz;   Assur;   Damascus;   Gifts;   Jareb;   Rezin;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Assyria, History and Religion of;   Damascus;   Hezekiah;   Tribute;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ahaz;   Alliance;   Damascus;   Gift, Giving;   Rezin;   Tiglath-Pileser;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Ahaz ;   Assyria ;   Damascus;   Rezin ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Pekah;   Rezin;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Alliances;   Damas'cus,;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Gifts;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Ahaz;   Alliance;   Captivity;   Gold;   Isaiah;   Rezin;   Syrians;   Tax;   Temple;   Tiglath-Pileser;   Treasure;   Treasury (of Temple);   War;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Assyria;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Rezin;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Compare the marginal reference and 1 Kings 15:18. Political necessity was always held to justify the devotion of the temple treasure to secular purposes.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:8". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-kings-16.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the Lord,.... Which Uzziah and Jotham had put there; for all that was found there in the times of Amaziah was taken away by Jehoash king of Israel, 2 Kings 14:14.

and in the treasures of the king's house; whatever gold and silver he had of his own:

and sent it for a present to the king of Assyria; to obtain his help and assistance.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:8". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-kings-16.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the f house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king's house, and sent [it for] a present to the king of Assyria.

(f) Thus he did not spare the temple of God from being spoiled to gain help from men and would not once lift his heart to God to desire his help or hear his prophet's counsel.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:8". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-kings-16.html. 1599-1645.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Kings 16:8 And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king’s house, and sent [it for] a present to the king of Assyria.

Ver. 8. And sent it for a present to the king of Assyria.] Who being ambitious of a universal monarchy, was glad of the opportunity, when he saw the gold especially.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:8". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-kings-16.html. 1865-1868.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

8.Ahaz took the silver and gold — He did to the king of Assyria what Jehoash had done for a like purpose to the king of Syria. See 2 Kings 12:18.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:8". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-kings-16.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

2 Kings 16:8. And Ahaz took the silver, &c. — The treasures of the house of the Lord, and of the king’s house, had been sent some years before by Jehoash to the king of Syria, 2 Kings 12:18. It seems, however, they had been well replenished again by the piety of his successors, Amaziah, Azariah, and especially Jotham. But what authority had Ahaz to dispose thus of the public money, and exhaust the treasures of both church and state, to gratify his new patron and guardian? We can only answer, that it is common for those, who have brought themselves into straits by one sin, to endeavour to extricate themselves by another. And those that have alienated themselves from God, will make no difficulty in alienating from him any other of his rights. In this instance, the sin itself was its own punishment; for, though the king of Assyria hearkened unto Ahaz, and, for his own ends, made a descent on Damascus, and took it, thereby giving a powerful diversion to the king of Syria, and obliging him to forego his design against Jerusalem; yet Ahaz made but an ill bargain, seeing he not only robbed the temple, and expended his own treasures, but enslaved both himself and his people to the king of Assyria.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:8". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/2-kings-16.html. 1857.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

house. Some codices, with two early printed editions, and Septuagint, read "treasures of the house".

a present. Tiglath-pileser regarded it (in his inscriptions) as tribute.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:8". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-kings-16.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king's house, and sent it for a present to the king of Assyria. No JFB commentary on this verse.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:8". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/2-kings-16.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(8) Ahaz took the silver and gold.—“He was well aware that the only conditions on which protection would be vouchsafed were acceptance of the Assyrian suzerainty with the payment of a huge tribute, and an embassy was despatched laden with all the treasures of the palace and the Temple. The ambassadors had no difficulty in attaining their object, which perfectly fell in with the schemes of the great king. The invincible army was set in motion, Damascus was taken, and its inhabitants led captive, and Gilead and Galilee suffered the same fate” (Robertson Smith). (Comp. 2 Kings 15:29.) According to Schrader, the expedition “to Philistia”in 734 B.C., was directed against Pekah, who probably saved himself by an instant submission. It was only after Tiglath had settled matters with the northern kingdom, and so isolated Damascus, that he turned his arms against Rezin. Two whole years were spent in reducing him (733-732 B.C. ) In an inscription dating from his seventeenth year, Tiglath Pileser mentions that he received tribute from Eniel, king of Hamath, Muthumbaal, king of Arvad, Sanibu of Ammon, Salamanu of Moab, Mitinti of Asca-lon, Jahuhazi (Jehoahaz, i.e., Ahaz) of Judah, Qausmalaka of Edom, Hanun of Gaza, and other princes. This probably relates to the expedition of 734 B.C., in which year, therefore, Ahaz (Jehoahaz) must have put himself under the protection of Assyria (Schrader, K.A.T., p. 257 seq.).

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:8". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-kings-16.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king's house, and sent it for a present to the king of Assyria.
the silver
17,18; 12:17,18; 18:15,16; 2 Chronicles 16:2; 28:20,21
to the king
Psalms 7:15,16; Isaiah 7:17; 8:7,8
Reciprocal: Genesis 43:11 - carry down;  2 Kings 15:19 - Menahem;  2 Kings 17:3 - and Hoshea;  1 Chronicles 28:12 - the treasuries;  2 Chronicles 12:9 - took away;  Isaiah 7:20 - shave;  Isaiah 10:13 - robbed;  Joel 3:5 - ye;  Micah 1:14 - give

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Kings 16:8". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-kings-16.html.