28 In the
year [shaneh ] that king [melek] Ahaz ['Achaz] died [maveth] was this
burden [massa']. KJV-Interlinear
28 In the
year that King Ahaz died this oracle came: NASB
Prior to King Ahaz, the Philistines had been subdued by the predecessor of Ahaz, who was Azariah, 2 Kg. 15:1, also known as Uzziah, 2 Chron. 26:1.
While Ahaz was preoccupied with Samaria and Syria, the Philistines took back a few of the cities, 2 Chron. 28, and had their eyes on taking more of Judah.
When Ahaz died, approximately 716 B.C., the Philistines saw that the reign of Hezekiah seemed to be weak, and so they planned to invade Judah, and here God warns them that any such invasion would not go well for them.
And thus this series of verses is made to give comfort to Judah, at the time of Ahaz’s death and a change in leaders was at hand.
Even though the verses in this warning are directed toward Philistia, the intent here is to give comfort and assurance to Judah, that any plans of the Philistines, would be thwarted, leaving Judah safe.
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