15 1IN THE eighteenth year of King Jeroboam son of Nebat, Abijam began to reign over Judah. 2He reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mother was Maacah (Micaiah) daughter [granddaughter] of Abishalom (Absalom). 3He walked in all the sins of his father [Rehoboam] before him; and his heart was not blameless with the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father [forefather]. 4Nevertheless, for David’s sake the Lord his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, setting up his son after him and establishing Jerusalem, 5Because David did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and turned not aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite. 6There was war between [Abijam’s father] Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days of [Rehoboam’s] life. 7The 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. 8Abijam slept with his fathers and they buried him in the City of David. Asa his son reigned in his stead. 9In the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel, Asa began to reign over Judah. 10Forty-one years he reigned in Jerusalem. His mother was [also named] Maacah (Micaiah) daughter of Abishalom (Absalom). 11And Asa did right in the eyes of the Lord, as did David his father [forefather]. 12He put away the sodomites (male cult prostitutes) out of the land and removed all the idols that his fathers [Solomon, Rehoboam, and Abijam] had made or promoted. 13Also Maacah his mother he removed from being queen mother, because she had an image made for [the goddess] Asherah. Asa destroyed her image, burning it by the brook Kidron. 14But the high places were not removed. Yet Asa’s heart was blameless with the Lord all his days. 15He brought the things which his father had dedicated and the things which he himself had dedicated into the house of the Lord--silver, 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 up Ramah, that he might allow no one to go out or come in to Asa king of Judah. 18Then Asa took all the silver and gold left in the treasuries of the house of the Lord and of the king’s house and delivered them into the hands of his servants. And King Asa sent them to Ben-hadad son of Tabrimmon, the son of Hezion, king of Syria, who dwelt at Damascus, saying, 19Let there be a league between me and you, as was between my father and your father. Behold, I am sending you a present of silver and gold; go, break your league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may withdraw from me. 20So Ben-hadad hearkened to king Asa and sent the commanders of his armies against the cities of Israel, and smote Ijon, Dan, Abel-beth-maacah, and all Chinneroth, with all the land of Naphtali. 21When Baasha heard of it, he quit building up Ramah and dwelt in Tirzah. 22Then King Asa made a proclamation to all Judah--none was exempted. They carried away the stones of Ramah and its timber with which Baasha had been building. And King Asa built up with them Geba of Benjamin, and also Mizpah. 23The rest of all the acts of Asa, all his might, 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. 24Asa slept with his fathers and was buried with them in the city of David his father. Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead. 25Nadab son of Jeroboam began to reign over Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned two years. 26He did evil in the sight of the Lord and walked in the way of his father and in his sin, with which he made Israel sin. 27Baasha son of Ahijah of the house of Issachar conspired against Nadab, and Baasha smote him at Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines, for Nadab and all Israel were laying siege to Gibbethon. 28In the third year of Asa king of Judah Baasha slew Nadab and reigned in his stead. 29As soon as he was king, Baasha killed all the household of Jeroboam. He left to [it] not one who breathed, until he had destroyed it, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by His servant Ahijah the Shilonite-- 30Because of the sins of Jeroboam which he sinned and by which he made Israel to sin, and because of his provocation of the Lord, the God of Israel, to anger. 31The rest of Nadab’s acts, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? 32There was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all their days. 33In the third year of Asa king of Judah, Baasha son of Ahijah began his reign of twenty-four years over all Israel in Tirzah. 34He did evil in the sight of the Lord and walked in the way of Jeroboam and in his sin, with which he made Israel sin.
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