1Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam the son of Nebat began
Abijam to reign over Judah.
2Three years reigned he in Jerusalem: and his
mother’s name was Maacah the daughter of Abishalom.
3He walked in all the
sins of his father, which he had done before him; and his heart was not
perfect with Yahweh his God, as the heart of David his father.
4Nevertheless for David’s sake did Yahweh his God give him a lamp in
Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem;
5because David did that which was right in the eyes of Yahweh, and didn’t
turn aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life,
except only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.
6Now there was war
between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days of his life.
7The rest of the
acts of Abijam, and all that he did, aren’t they written in the book of the
chronicles of the kings of Judah? There was war between Abijam and Jeroboam.
8Abijam slept with his fathers; and they buried him in the city of David:
and Asa his son reigned in his place.
9In the twentieth year of Jeroboam
king of Israel began Asa to reign over Judah.
10Forty-one years reigned
he in Jerusalem: and his mother’s name was Maacah the daughter of Abishalom.
11Asa did that which was right in the eyes of Yahweh, as did David his
12He put away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the
idols that his fathers had made.
13Also Maacah his mother he removed from
being queen, because she had made an abominable image for an Asherah; and Asa
cut down her image, and burnt it at the brook Kidron.
14But the high
places were not taken away: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect with
Yahweh all his days.
15He brought into the house of Yahweh the things
that his father had dedicated, and the things that himself had dedicated,
silver, and gold, and vessels.
16There was war between Asa and Baasha
king of Israel all their days.
17Baasha king of Israel went up against
Judah, and built Ramah, that he might not allow anyone to go out or come in
to Asa king of Judah.
18Then Asa took all the silver and the gold that
were left in the treasures of the house of Yahweh, and the treasures of the
king’s house, and delivered them into the hand of his servants; and king Asa
sent them to Ben Hadad, the son of Tabrimmon, the son of Hezion, king of
Syria, who lived at Damascus, saying,
19There is a league between
me and you, between my father and your father: behold, I have sent to you a
present of silver and gold; go, break your league with Baasha king of Israel,
that he may depart from me.
20Ben Hadad listened to king Asa, and sent
the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel, and struck Ijon, and
Dan, and Abel Beth Maacah, and all Chinneroth, with all the land of Naphtali.
21It happened, when Baasha heard of it, that he left off building Ramah,
and lived in Tirzah.
22Then king Asa made a proclamation to all Judah;
none was exempted: and they carried away the stones of Ramah, and the timber
of it, with which Baasha had built; and king Asa built therewith Geba of
Benjamin, and Mizpah.
23Now the rest of all the acts of Asa, and all his
might, and all that he did, and the cities which he built, aren’t they
written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? But in the time
of his old age he was diseased in his feet.
24Asa slept with his fathers,
and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father; and
Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his place.
25Nadab the son of Jeroboam
began to reign over Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah; and he
reigned over Israel two years.
26He did that which was evil in the sight
of Yahweh, and walked in the way of his father, and in his sin with which he
made Israel to sin.
27Baasha the son of Ahijah, of the house of Issachar,
conspired against him; and Baasha struck him at Gibbethon, which belonged to
the Philistines; for Nadab and all Israel were laying siege to Gibbethon.
28Even in the third year of Asa king of Judah did Baasha kill him, and
reigned in his place.
29It happened that, as soon as he was king, he
struck all the house of Jeroboam: he didn’t leave to Jeroboam any who
breathed, until he had destroyed him; according to the saying of Yahweh,
which he spoke by his servant Ahijah the Shilonite;
30for the sins of
Jeroboam which he sinned, and with which he made Israel to sin, because of
his provocation with which he provoked Yahweh, the God of Israel, to anger.
31Now the rest of the acts of Nadab, and all that he did, aren’t they
written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all their days.
33In the third
year of Asa king of Judah began Baasha the son of Ahijah to reign over all
Israel in Tirzah, and reigned twenty-four years.
34He did that
which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, and walked in the way of Jeroboam, and
in his sin with which he made Israel to sin.