12 And when the king was come from Damascus, the king saw the altar: and the king approached to the altar, and offered thereon.
12 When the king came back from Damascus and saw the altar, he approached it and presented offerings
12 And when the king came from Damascus, the king viewed the altar. Then the king drew near to the altar and went up on it
12 The minute the king saw the altar he approached it with reverence and arranged a service of worship with a full course of offerings:
12 And when the king came back from Damascus, the king saw the altar; and the king approached the altar and made offerings on it.
12 When the king returned, he inspected the altar and made offerings on it.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on 2 Kings 16:12
Commentary on 2 Kings 16:10-16
(Read 2 Kings 16:10-16)
God's altar had hitherto been kept in its place, and in use; but Ahaz put another in the room of it. The natural regard of the mind of man to some sort of religion, is not easily extinguished; but except it be regulated by the word, and by the Spirit of God, it produces absurd superstitions, or detestable idolatries. Or, at best, it quiets the sinner's conscience with unmeaning ceremonies. Infidels have often been remarkable for believing ridiculous falsehoods.