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1 Kings 15:1-34

15  And in the year eighteen of King Jeroboam the son of Nebat, Abijam became king over Judah; 2*  he reigned three years at Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Maʽacah the daughter of Abishalom. 3*  And he walked in his father’s sins that he had done before him, and his heart was not at one with his God Jehovah like his father David’s heart— 4  for it was on David’s account that his God Jehovah had given him a lamp at Jerusalem, setting up his sons after him and keeping up Jerusalem, 5**  David having done what Jehovah approved and not turned from anything that he commanded him all his life. 6  —— 7  and as to the rest of the history of Abijam, and all that he did, it is recorded in the chronicles of the kings of Judah. And there was war between Abijam and Jeroboam. 8  And Abijam went to rest with his fathers, and they buried him in David’s City; and his son Asa succeeded him. 9*  And in the year twenty of King Jeroboam of Israel, Asa of Judah became king; 10  and he reigned forty-one years at Jerusalem; and his mother’s name was Maʽacah the daughter of Abishalom. 11  And Asa did what Jehovah approved, like his father David; 12  and he dispatched the religious sodomites out of the country, and removed all the fetishes his fathers had made, 13**  and his mother Maʽacah too he deposed from her queenship because she had made a horror of an asherah; and Asa cut down her horror and burned it in Kidron Arroyo. 14  But the heights were not removed; Asa’s heart, however, was at one with Jehovah all his life. 15*  And he brought in his father’s consecrated articles and his own to Jehovah’s house, silver and gold and furnishings. 16  And there was war between Asa and King Baʽasha of Israel all their reigns; 17  and King Baʽasha of Israel came up against Judah and fortified Ramah, blockading King Asa of Judah. 18  And Asa took all the silver and gold that was left in the treasuries of Jehovah’s house and the palace treasuries and committed them to his officers, and King Asa sent them to Ben-Hadad the son of Tabrimmon the son of Hezjon, the king of Syria, who lived at Damascus, with the message 19  “There is a treaty between you and me, between your father and mine; here I have sent you a present of silver and gold: go break your treaty with King Baʽasha of Israel, so that he will withdraw from his attack on me.” 20  And Ben-Hadad listened to King Asa, and sent his generals against the cities of Israel, and ravaged ʽIjon and Dan and Abel Beth-Maʽacah and all Gennesaret, along with all the country of Naphtali; 21  and when Baʽasha heard of it he left off fortifying Ramah and went back to Tirsah, 22  and King Asa summoned all Judah, nobody being exempt, and they carried away the stone and timber of Ramah, that Baʽasha had built in, and with it King Asa fortified Gebaʽ in Benjamin and Mispah. 23  And as to all the rest of the history of Asa, and all his exploits and everything he did, and the cities he fortified, they are recorded in the chronicles of the kings of Judah. During his old age, however, he was diseased in his feet. 24  And Asa went to rest with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in his father David’s city; and his son Jehoshaphat succeeded him. 25  And Nadab the son of Jeroboam became king over Israel in the year two of King Asa of Judah, and reigned over Israel two years; 26  and he did what displeased Jehovah, and followed in his father’s path and his sin which he made Israel sin. 27*  And Baʽasha the son of Ahijah, of the family of Issacar, organized a revolution against him; 28  and Baʽasha assassinated him at Gibbethon, which belongs to the Philistines, as Nadab and all Israel were besieging Gibbethon, in the year three of King Asa of Judah, and succeeded him. 29  And when he came to the throne he killed all Jeroboam’s family, not leaving a living soul of Jeroboam’s in accordance with Jehovah’s prediction which he had made by his servant Ahijah the Shilonite, 30  for Jeroboam’s sins that he committed and caused Israel to commit in the provocation he gave to Israel’s God Jehovah. 31*  And as to the rest of the history of Nadab, and all that he did, it is recorded in the chronicles of the kings of Israel. 32  —— 33  In the year three of King Asa of Judah, Baʽasha the son of Ahijah became king over Israel for a reign of twenty-four years at Tirsah; 34  and he did what displeased Jehovah, and followed Jeroboam’s path and his sin that he caused Israel to commit.

Footnotes

15:2 Var. reigned six years
15:3 Var. in all his father’s sins
15:5 Var. adds only in the affair of Urijah the Hittite
15:5 Var. adds verse 6, And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all his lifetime.
15:9 Var. the year twenty-four
15:13 (horror) Unc.; very probably a name for some sort of symbol
15:13 Or for Asherah
15:15 Var. his father’s consecrated articles and the consecrated articles of Jehovah’s house
15:27 Var. Baʽasha the son of Ahijah, over the family of Belaan (var. Beddama) the son of Issachar
15:31 Var. adds verse 32, And there was war between Asa and King Baʽasha of Israel throughout their time.