“At that time King Ahaz sent to the king of Assyria for help. The Edomites had again invaded and defeated Judah. They carried away captives. The Philistines had made raids on the cities in the Shephelah and the Negeb of Judah. They had taken Beth-shemesh, Aijalon, and Gederoth. They also took Soco with its villages, Timnah with its villages, and Gimzo with its villages. They settled there. Yahweh brought Judah low because of King Ahaz of Israel. King Ahaz had behaved without restraint in Judah. He had been faithless to Yahweh.”
As King Ahaz was being attacked on the east from the Edomites and the west from the Philistines, he asked for help from the king of Assyria. King Ahaz had lost a battle to the northern Arameans and the Israelites. The Edomites took captives, so there were not many people left in Judah. The Philistines actually inhabited the towns that they took back. They took over the lowlands and the desert area with the towns of Beth-shemesh, Aijalon, Gederoth, Soco, Timnah, and Gimzo. These towns were northwest of Jerusalem. All of this took place because King Ahaz had no restraint and was unfaithful to Yahweh. Things are not looking good for King Ahaz and Judah.