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Asa Wars against Baasha

1 In the thirty-sixth year of Asa’s reign aBaasha king of Israel came up against Judah and Ifortified Ramah in order to prevent [anyone] from going out or coming in to Asa king of Judah. 2 Then Asa brought out silver and gold from the treasuries of the house of the LORD and the king’s house, and sent them to Ben-hadad king of Aram, who lived in Damascus, saying, 3 “[Let there be] a treaty between Iyou and me, [as] between my father and your father. Behold, I have sent you silver and gold; go, break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel so that he will withdraw from me.” 4 So Ben-hadad listened to King Asa and sent the commanders of his armies against the cities of Israel, and they Iconquered Ijon, Dan, Abel-maim and all athe IIstore cities of Naphtali. 5 When Baasha heard [of it], he ceased Ifortifying Ramah and stopped his work. 6 Then King Asa brought all Judah, and they carried away the stones of Ramah and its timber with which Baasha had been building, and with them he Ifortified Geba and Mizpah.

[1] ILit built a1K 15:17-22
[3] ILit me and you
[4] ILit smote IILit storage places of the cities aEx 1:11
[5] ILit building
[6] ILit built

Asa Imprisons the Prophet

7 ¶ At that time aHanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him, “bBecause you have relied on the king of Aram and have not relied on the LORD your God, therefore the army of the king of Aram has escaped out of your hand. 8 Were not athe Ethiopians and the Lubim ban immense army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet cbecause you relied on the LORD, He delivered them into your hand. 9 For athe eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those bwhose heart is completely His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars.” 10 Then Asa was angry with the seer and put him in Iprison, for he was enraged at him for this. And Asa oppressed some of the people at the same time.

[7] a1K 16:1; 2Ch 19:2 b2Ch 14:11; 32:7, 8
[8] a2Ch 14:9 b2Ch 12:3 c2Ch 13:16, 18
[9] aPv 15:3; Jr 16:17; Zc 4:10 b2Ch 15:17
[10] ILit the house of the stocks

11aNow, the acts of Asa from first to last, behold, they are written in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel. 12 In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa became diseased in his feet. His disease was severe, yet even in his disease he adid not seek the LORD, but the physicians. 13 So Asa slept with his fathers, Ihaving died in the forty-first year of his reign. 14 They buried him in his own tomb which he had cut out for himself in the city of David, and they laid him in the resting place which he had filled awith spices of various kinds blended by the perfumers’ art; and bthey made a very great fire for him.

[11] a1K 15:23, 24
[12] aJr 17:5
[13] ILit and
[14] aGn 50:2; Jn 19:39, 40 b2Ch 21:19


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Asa, by the aid of the Syrians, diverteth Baasha from building of Ramah.

1 ¶ In the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah, and built Ramah, to the intent that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah. 2 Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of the LORD and of the king's house, and sent to Benhadad king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying, 3 [There is] a league between me and thee, as [there was] between my father and thy father: behold, I have sent thee silver and gold; go, break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me. 4 And Benhadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel; and they smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abelmaim, and all the store cities of Naphtali. 5 And it came to pass, when Baasha heard [it], that he left off building of Ramah, and let his work cease. 6 Then Asa the king took all Judah; and they carried away the stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha was building; and he built therewith Geba and Mizpah.

[1] 1K 12:27; 15:16, 32; 2Ch 11:13; 15:5, 9.
[2] 2K 12:18; 16:8; 18:15; 2Ch 28:21.
[3] Gn 20:9; Ex 32:21; Jsh 9:19; Jg 2:2; 2S 21:2; 2Ch 18:3; 19:2; Ps 15:4; Is 31:1; Ezk 17:18; Ro 1:31; 2Co 6:16; 2Ti 3:3.
[4] Gn 14:14; Jg 18:28; 20:1; 1K 9:19; 15:20; 2Ch 8:6; 17:12; 1Ti 6:10; 2P 2:15.
[5] 2Ch 16:1.
[6] Jsh 15:38; 18:24, 26; 1S 7:6, 16; 10:17; 1K 15:22; 1Ch 6:60; 2Ch 21:17; Is 10:29; Zc 14:10.

Being reproved thereof by Hanani, he putteth him in prison.

7 ¶ And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand. 8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he delivered them into thine hand. 9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of [them] whose heart [is] perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars. 10 Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison house; for [he was] in a rage with him because of this [thing]. And Asa oppressed [some] of the people the same time.

[7] 1K 16:1; 2K 18:5; 1Ch 5:20; 2Ch 13:18; 16:3; 19:2; 20:34; 32:7; Ps 146:3; Is 31:1; 32:2; Jr 17:5; Ep 1:12.
[8] 2Ch 12:3; 14:9; 16:7; Ps 9:9; 37:39.
[9] 1S 13:13; 2S 12:7; 1K 15:32; 2K 20:3; 1Ch 21:8; 2Ch 6:20; 15:17; Jb 34:18, 21; Ps 34:15; 37:37; 113:6; Pv 5:21; 15:3; Jr 5:21; 16:17; 32:19; Zc 4:10; Mt 5:22; Lk 12:20; 1Co 15:36; Ga 3:1; He 4:13; 1P 3:12.
[10] 2S 11:4; 12:13, 31; 24:10; 2Ch 18:26; 25:16; 26:19; Jb 20:19; Ps 141:5; Pv 9:7; Is 51:23; Jr 20:2; 29:26; 51:34; Lm 3:34; Mt 14:3; Lk 3:20; Ac 16:23.

Among his other acts in his disease he seeketh not God, but to the physicians.

11 ¶ And, behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they [are] written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. 12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease [was] exceeding [great]: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.

[11] 1K 15:23; 2Ch 9:29; 12:15; 20:34; 25:26; 26:22; 27:7; 32:32; 34:18; 35:27.
[12] Gn 50:2; 1Ch 10:14; 2Ch 16:9; 28:22; Jb 13:4; Jr 8:22; 17:5; Mt 7:2; 9:12; Mk 2:17; 5:26; Lk 6:37; Col 4:14; Rv 3:19.

His death and burial.

13 ¶ And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign. 14 And they buried him in his own sepulchres, which he had made for himself in the city of David, and laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet odours and divers kinds [of spices] prepared by the apothecaries' art: and they made a very great burning for him.

[13] 1K 15:24.
[14] Gn 50:2; Ex 30:25; 2Ch 21:19; 35:24; Ec 10:1; Is 22:16; Jr 34:5; Mk 16:1; Jn 19:39, 41.


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