18 He took away the Sabbath canopy[1] that had been built at the temple and removed the royal entryway outside the temple of the Lord, in deference to the king of Assyria.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 2 Kings 16:18

Commentary on 2 Kings 16:17-20

(Read 2 Kings 16:17-20)

Ahaz put contempt upon the sabbath, and thus opened a wide inlet to all manner of sin. This he did for the king of Assyria. When those who have had a ready passage to the house of the Lord, turn it another way to please their neighbours, they are going down-hill apace to ruin.