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2_Chronicles 27: 5 He fought also with the king of the children of Ammon, and prevailed against them. And the children of Ammon gave him the same year a hundred talents of silver, and ten thousand measures of wheat, and ten thousand of barley. So much did the children of Ammon render unto him, in the second year also, and in the third.
2_Chronicles 27: 6 So Jotham became mighty, because he ordered his ways before the LORD his God.
2_Chronicles 27: 7 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all his wars, and his ways, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.
2_Chronicles 27: 8 He was five and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem.
2_Chronicles 27: 9 And Jotham slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David; and Ahaz his son reigned in his stead.
2_Chronicles 28: 1 Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign; and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem; and he did not that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, like David his father;
2_Chronicles 28: 2 but he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made also molten images for the Baalim.
2_Chronicles 28: 3 Moreover he offered in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.
2_Chronicles 28: 4 And he sacrificed and offered in the high places, and on the hills, and under every leafy tree.