1In the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa, Baasha 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.
2Then Asa brought out silver
and gold out of the treasures of the house of Yahweh and of the king’s house,
and sent to Ben Hadad king of Syria, who lived at Damascus, saying,
3There is a league between me and you, as there was
between my father and your father: behold, I have sent you silver and gold;
go, break your league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me.
4Ben Hadad listened to king Asa, and sent the captains of his armies
against the cities of Israel; and they struck Ijon, and Dan, and Abel Maim,
and all the storage cities of Naphtali.
5It happened, when Baasha heard of
it, that he left off building Ramah, and let his work cease.
the king took all Judah; and they carried away the stones of Ramah, and the
timber of it, with which Baasha had built; and he built therewith Geba and
7At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said
to him, Because you have relied on the king of Syria, and have not relied on
Yahweh your God, therefore is the army of the king of Syria escaped out of
8Weren’t the Ethiopians and the Lubim a huge army, with
chariots and horsemen exceeding many? yet, because you did rely on Yahweh, he
delivered them into your hand.
9For the eyes of Yahweh run back and forth
throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them
whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein you have done foolishly; for from
henceforth you shall have wars.
10Then Asa was angry with the seer, and
put him in the prison; for he was in a rage with him because of this
thing. Asa oppressed some of the people at the same time.
acts of Asa, first and last, behold, they are written in the book of the
kings of Judah and Israel.
12In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa
was diseased in his feet; his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease
he didn’t seek Yahweh, but to the physicians.
13Asa slept with his
fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.
buried him in his own tombs, which he had hewn out for himself in the city of
David, and laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet odors and various
kinds of spices prepared by the perfumers’ art: and they made a very
great burning for him.