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.
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SDA Bible Commentary (limited)
11. Built an altar. This was a shocking deed for a priest of God. The priesthood was dedicated to the service of God, not to the service of idols, and yet this priest of the Lord built a heathen altar that was to take the place of the sacred altar of God in the Temple.