The brasen altar shall be for me to inquire by - The bulk of modern commentators translate - “As for the Brasen altar, it will be for me to inquire (or consider) what I shall do with it.”
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Concise Bible Commentary
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)
15. The great altar. The new altar took the place of Solomon’s brazen altar. It is called “great,” probably not with reference to size, for it may have been much smaller than Solomon’s altar of huge dimensions (2 Chron. 4:1), but from the standpoint of its function. The new altar was now to supersede the old one for many of the principal offerings prescribed by the Mosaic code (see Ex. 29:38-42; Num. 28:3-31; 29:2-39).
Brasen altar. The designation “brasen” may imply that the new altar was of different material, probably stone.
Enquire.Heb.baqar, “to inquire,” “to seek,” “to look for.” The passage may be understood in two ways. It may mean that Ahaz was going to look into the matter as to what use was to be made of the brazen altar; or it may apply specifically to the use of the altar for divination. Some have suggested that Ahaz had adopted the Babylonian custom of divination by means of omen-sacrifices in which the will of the gods was ascertained by examining the entrails of sacrificial animals (see Eze. 21:21-23).