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Abijam Reigns over Judah

1 aNow in the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, Abijam became king over Judah. 2 He reigned three years in Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was IaMaacah the daughter of IIbAbishalom. 3 He walked in all the sins of his father which he had committed before him; and ahis heart was not Iwholly devoted to the LORD his God, like the heart of his father David. 4 But for David’s sake the LORD his God gave him a alamp in Jerusalem, to raise up his son after him and to establish Jerusalem; 5 abecause David did what was right in the sight of the LORD, and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, bexcept in the case of Uriah the Hittite. 6 aThere was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days of his life.

[1] a2Ch 13:1
[2] IIn 2Ch 13:2, Micaiah, the daughter of Uriel IIIn 2Ch 11:20, Absalom a2Ch 13:2 b2Ch 11:21
[3] ILit complete with a1K 11:4; Ps 119:80
[4] a2S 21:17; 1K 11:36; 2Ch 21:7
[5] a1K 9:4; 14:8; Lk 1:6 b2S 11:3f, 15-17; 12:9, 10
[6] a1K 14:30; 2Ch 12:15-13:20

7 ¶ Now athe rest of the acts of Abijam and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? bAnd there was war between Abijam and Jeroboam.

[7] a2Ch 13:2, 21, 22 b2Ch 13:3-20

Asa Succeeds Abijam

8 aAnd Abijam slept with his fathers and they buried him in the city of David; and Asa his son became king in his place.

[8] a2Ch 14:1

9 ¶ So in the twentieth year of Jeroboam the king of Israel, Asa began to reign as king of Judah. 10 He reigned forty-one years in Jerusalem; and ahis mother’s name was Maacah the daughter of Abishalom. 11 aAsa did what was right in the sight of the LORD, like David his father. 12 aHe also put away the male cult prostitutes from the land and bremoved all the idols which his fathers had made. 13 IaHe also removed Maacah his mother from [being] queen mother, because she had made a horrid image IIas an Asherah; and Asa cut down her horrid image and bburned [it] at the brook Kidron. 14 aBut the high places were not taken away; nevertheless bthe heart of Asa was Iwholly devoted to the LORD all his days. 15 aHe brought into the house of the LORD the dedicated things of his father and his own dedicated things: silver and gold and utensils.

[10] a1K 15:2
[11] a2Ch 14:2
[12] aDt 23:17; 1K 14:24; 22:46 b1K 11:7, 8; 14:23; 2Ch 14:2-5
[13] ILit also Maacah his mother and he removed her IIOr for Asherah a2Ch 15:16-18 bEx 32:20
[14] ILit complete with a1K 22:43; 2K 12:3 b1K 8:61; 15:3
[15] a1K 7:51

16aNow there was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all their days. 17 aBaasha king of Israel went up against Judah and Ibfortified Ramah cin order to prevent [anyone] from going out or coming in to Asa king of Judah. 18 Then aAsa took all the silver and the gold which were left in the treasuries of the house of the LORD and the treasuries of the king’s house, and delivered them into the hand of his servants. And bKing Asa sent them to Ben-hadad the son of Tabrimmon, the son of Hezion, king of Aram, who lived in cDamascus, saying, 19 “[Let there be] a atreaty between Iyou and me, [as] between my father and your father. Behold, I have sent you a present of silver and gold; go, break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel so that he will withdraw from me.” 20 So Ben-hadad listened to King Asa and sent the commanders of his armies against the cities of Israel, and Iconquered aIjon, bDan, cAbel-beth-maacah and all dChinneroth, besides all the land of Naphtali. 21 When Baasha heard [of it], ahe ceased Ifortifying Ramah and remained in bTirzah. 22 Then King Asa made a proclamation to all Judah—none was exempt—and they carried away the stones of Ramah and its timber with which Baasha had built. And King Asa built with them aGeba of Benjamin and Mizpah.

[16] a1K 15:32
[17] ILit built a2Ch 16:1-6 bJsh 18:25; 1K 15:21, 22 c1K 12:26-29
[18] a1K 14:26; 15:15 b2K 12:17, 18; 2Ch 16:2 cGn 14:15; 1K 11:23, 24
[19] ILit me and you a2Ch 16:7
[20] ILit smote a2K 15:29 bJg 18:29; 1K 12:29 c2S 20:15; 2K 15:29 dJsh 11:2; 12:3
[21] ILit building a1K 15:17 b1K 14:17; 16:15-18
[22] aJsh 18:24; 21:17

Jehoshaphat Succeeds Asa

23aNow the rest of all the acts of Asa and all his might and all that he did and the cities which he built, are they not 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. 24 And Asa slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father; and aJehoshaphat his son reigned in his place.

[23] a2Ch 16:11-14
[24] a1K 22:41-44; 2Ch 17:1; Mt 1:8

Nadab, then Baasha, Rules over Israel

25 ¶ Now aNadab the son of Jeroboam became king over Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah, and he reigned over Israel two years. 26 He did evil in the sight of the LORD, and awalked in the way of his father and bin his sin which he made Israel sin. 27 Then aBaasha the son of Ahijah of the house of Issachar conspired against him, and Baasha struck him down at bGibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines, while Nadab and all Israel were laying siege to Gibbethon.

[25] a1K 14:20
[26] a1K 12:28-33; 13:33, 34 b1K 14:16; 15:30, 34
[27] a1K 14:14 bJsh 19:44; 21:23; 1K 16:15

28 ¶ So Baasha killed him in the third year of Asa king of Judah and reigned in his place. 29 It came about as soon as he was king, he struck down all the household of Jeroboam. He did not leave to Jeroboam Iany persons alive, until he had destroyed them, aaccording to the word of the LORD, which He spoke by His servant Ahijah the Shilonite, 30 [and] because of the sins of Jeroboam which he sinned, and awhich he made Israel sin, because of his provocation with which he provoked the LORD God of Israel to anger.

[29] ILit any breath a1K 14:9-16
[30] a1K 15:26

31aNow the rest of the acts of Nadab and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?

[31] a1K 14:19

War with Judah

32 aThere was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all their days.

[32] a1K 15:16

33 ¶ In the third year of Asa king of Judah, Baasha the son of Ahijah became king over all Israel at Tirzah, [and reigned] twenty-four years. 34 He did evil in the sight of the LORD, and awalked in the way of Jeroboam and in his sin which he made Israel sin.

[34] a1K 15:26


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Abijam's wicked reign.

1 ¶ Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam the son of Nebat reigned Abijam over Judah. 2 Three years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name [was] Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom. 3 And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father. 4 Nevertheless for David's sake did the LORD his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem: 5 Because David did [that which was] right in the eyes of the LORD, and turned not aside from any [thing] that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite. 6 And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days of his life. 7 Now the rest of the acts of Abijam, and all that he did, [are] they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? And there was war between Abijam and Jeroboam.

[1] 1K 14:31; 2Ch 13:1, 2.
[2] 1K 15:13; 2Ch 11:20, 21; 13:2.
[3] 1K 3:14; 11:4, 33; 14:21; 2K 20:3; 2Ch 25:2; 31:20; Ps 119:80.
[4] Gn 12:2; 19:29; 26:5; Dt 4:37; 2S 7:12; 1K 11:12, 32, 36; 2Ch 21:7; Ps 18:28; 87:5; 132:17; Is 9:7; 14:32; 37:35; 62:7; Jr 33:2, 20; Mi 4:1; Mt 16:18; Lk 1:69; 2:32; Jn 8:12; Ro 11:28; Rv 22:16.
[5] 2S 11:4, 15; 12:9; 1K 14:8; 15:3; 2K 22:2; 2Ch 34:2; Ps 51:1; 119:6; Lk 1:6; Ac 13:22, 36.
[6] 1K 14:30; 2Ch 13:3.
[7] 1K 14:29; 2Ch 13:2, 3, 21.

Asa succeedeth him.

8 And Abijam slept with his fathers; and they buried him in the city of David: and Asa his son reigned in his stead.

[8] 1K 14:1, 31; 1Ch 3:9; 2Ch 14:1; Mt 1:7.

Asa's good reign.

9 ¶ And in the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel reigned Asa over Judah. 10 And forty and one years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name [was] Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom. 11 And Asa did [that which was] right in the eyes of the LORD, as [did] David his father. 12 And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made. 13 And also Maachah his mother, even her he removed from [being] queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt [it] by the brook Kidron. 14 But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa's heart was perfect with the LORD all his days. 15 And he brought in the things which his father had dedicated, and the things which himself had dedicated, into the house of the LORD, silver, and gold, and vessels.

[10] 1K 15:2, 13; 2Ch 11:20; 13:2.
[11] 1K 15:3; 2Ch 14:2, 11; 15:17; 16:7.
[12] 1K 11:7; 14:23, 24; 15:3; 22:46; 2Ch 14:2; Ezk 20:18; Zc 1:2; Ro 1:26; 1P 1:18; Jde 1:7.
[13] Ex 32:20; Lv 26:30; Dt 7:5; 9:21; 13:6; 33:9; Jsh 6:24; 2S 15:23; 1K 15:2, 10; 2K 18:4; 23:6, 12; 2Ch 15:15, 16; 34:4; Zc 13:3; Mt 10:37; 12:46; Jn 18:1; 2Co 5:16; Ga 2:5, 14.
[14] 1K 8:61; 11:4; 15:3; 22:43; 2K 12:3; 14:4; 15:4; 2Ch 14:3, 5; 15:17; 16:9; 25:2.
[15] 1K 7:51; 1Ch 26:26; 2Ch 14:13; 15:18.

The war between Baasha and him causeth him to make a league with Ben-hadad.

16 ¶ And there was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all their days. 17 And Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah, and built Ramah, that he might not suffer any to go out or come in to Asa king of Judah. 18 Then Asa took all the silver and the gold [that were] left in the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king's house, and delivered them into the hand of his servants: and king Asa sent them to Benhadad, the son of Tabrimon, the son of Hezion, king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying, 19 [There is] a league between me and thee, [and] between my father and thy father: behold, I have sent unto thee a present of silver and gold; come and break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me. 20 So Benhadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of the hosts which he had against the cities of Israel, and smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abelbethmaachah, and all Cinneroth, with all the land of Naphtali. 21 And it came to pass, when Baasha heard [thereof], that he left off building of Ramah, and dwelt in Tirzah. 22 Then king Asa made a proclamation throughout all Judah; none [was] exempted: and they took away the stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha had builded; and king Asa built with them Geba of Benjamin, and Mizpah.

[16] 1K 14:30; 15:6, 32; 2Ch 16:1.
[17] Jsh 18:25; 1S 15:34; 1K 12:27; 15:21, 27; 2Ch 11:13; 16:1; Jr 31:15.
[18] Gn 14:15; 15:2; 1K 11:23; 14:26; 15:15; 20:1, 33; 2K 8:7; 12:18; 18:15; 2Ch 15:18; 16:2; Jr 49:27; Am 1:4.
[19] 2S 21:2; 2Ch 16:3; 19:2; Is 31:1; Ezk 17:13; Ro 1:31; 3:8.
[20] Gn 14:14; Jsh 11:2; 12:3; Jg 18:29; 2S 20:14; 1K 12:29; 2K 15:29; Ezk 48:1.
[21] 1K 14:17; 16:15; 2Ch 16:5; So 6:4.
[22] Jsh 18:24, 26; 21:17; 1S 7:5; 2Ch 16:6; Jr 40:6, 10.

Jehoshaphat succeedeth Asa.

23 The rest of all the acts of Asa, and all his might, and all that he did, and the cities which he built, [are] they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? Nevertheless in the time of his old age he was diseased in his feet. 24 And Asa slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father: and Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead.

[23] 1K 14:29; 15:7; 2Ch 16:12; Ps 90:10.
[24] 1K 22:41; 2Ch 16:14; 17:1; Mt 1:8.

Nadab's wicked reign.

25 ¶ And Nadab the son of Jeroboam began to reign over Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned over Israel two years. 26 And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of his father, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin.

[25] 1K 14:12, 20.
[26] Gn 20:9; Ex 32:21; 1S 2:24; 1K 12:28; 13:33; 14:16; 15:30, 34; 16:7, 19, 25, 26, 30; 21:22; 22:52; 2K 3:3; 21:11; 23:15; Jr 32:35; Ro 14:15; 1Co 8:10.

Baasha conspiring against him executeth Ahijah's prophecy.

27 ¶ And Baasha the son of Ahijah, of the house of Issachar, conspired against him; and Baasha smote him at Gibbethon, which [belonged] to the Philistines; for Nadab and all Israel laid siege to Gibbethon. 28 Even in the third year of Asa king of Judah did Baasha slay him, and reigned in his stead. 29 And it came to pass, when he reigned, [that] he smote all the house of Jeroboam; he left not to Jeroboam any that breathed, until he had destroyed him, according unto the saying of the LORD, which he spake by his servant Ahijah the Shilonite: 30 Because of the sins of Jeroboam which he sinned, and which he made Israel sin, by his provocation wherewith he provoked the LORD God of Israel to anger.

[27] Jsh 19:44; 21:23; 1K 14:14; 15:16; 16:9, 15, 17; 2K 12:20.
[28] Dt 32:35.
[29] 1K 14:9; 2K 9:7, 36; 10:10, 31; 19:25.
[30] 1K 14:9, 22; 15:26.

Nadab's acts and death.

31 ¶ Now the rest of the acts of Nadab, and all that he did, [are] they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? 32 And there was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all their days.

[31] 1K 14:19; 16:5, 14, 20, 27.
[32] 1K 15:16; 16:8; 2Ch 15:19; 16:1.

Baasha's wicked reign.

33 In the third year of Asa king of Judah began Baasha the son of Ahijah to reign over all Israel in Tirzah, twenty and four years. 34 And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin.

[33] 1K 16:8.
[34] 1K 12:28; 13:33; 14:16; 15:26; Is 1:4.


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