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2 Kings 16:15-17

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16:15 King Ahaz ordered Uriah the priest, “On the large altar 1  offer the morning burnt sacrifice, the evening grain offering, the royal burnt sacrifices and grain offering, the burnt sacrifice for all the people of Israel, their grain offering, and their libations. Sprinkle all the blood of the burnt sacrifice and other sacrifices on it. The bronze altar will be for my personal use.” 2  16:16 So Uriah the priest did exactly as 3  King Ahaz ordered.

16:17 King Ahaz took off the frames of the movable stands, and removed the basins from them. He took “The Sea” 4  down from the bronze bulls that supported it 5  and put it on the pavement.

1 tn That is, the newly constructed altar.

2 tn Heb “for me to seek.” The precise meaning of בָּקַר (baqar), “seek,” is uncertain in this context. For discussion see M. Cogan and H. Tadmor, II Kings (AB), 189.

3 tn Heb “according to all which.”

4 sn See the note at 1 Kgs 7:23.

5 tn Heb “that [were] under it.”



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