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1 Kings 15

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 1 Now in the eighteenth year of the reign of King Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, Abijam became king over Judah.

 2  He reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom.

 3 And he committed all the sins which his father had done; and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as the heart of David his forefather.

 4 Nevertheless, for David's sake the LORD his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, by setting up his son after him and establishing Jerusalem,

 5 Because David had done what was right in the eyes of the LORD and did not turn aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.

 6 And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all of Abijam's life.

 7 Now the rest of the acts of Abijam, and all that he did, they are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah. And there was also war between Abijam and Jeroboam.

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

 9 In the twentieth year of the reign Jeroboam, king of Israel, Asa became king over Judah.

 10 He reigned forty one years in Jerusalem. His grandmother's name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom.

 11 Now Asa did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his forefather had done.

 12 He expelled the sodomites out of the land and removed all the idols that his forefathers had made.

 13 He even removed Maachah, his grandmother, from being queen mother, because she had made an idol of Asherah. Asa destroyed her horrid idol and burned it by the Brook Kidron.

 14 But the high places were not removed. Nevertheless Asa's heart was blameless before the LORD all his days.

 15 He brought the things that his father had dedicated and the things that he himself had dedicated into the temple of the LORD: silver, gold, and vessels.

 16 Now there was war between Asa and Baasha, king of Israel, all their days.

 17 Baasha, king of Israel went up against Judah and fortified Ramah, in order to cut off supplies to pass to or from Asa, king of Judah.

 18 Then Asa took all the silver and gold that was left in the treasures of the temple of the LORD and of the king's palace, and delivered them into the hand of his servants. And King Asa sent them to Benhadad son of Tabrimon, the son of Hezion, king of Syria, who dwelt at Damascus, saying,

 19 "Let there be a treaty between me and you, as there was between my father and your father. Behold, I am sending a present of silver and gold to you; go and break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel, so that he will withdraw from me."

 20 So Benhadad heeded King Asa and sent the commanders of the armies against the cities of Israel, and smote Ijon, Dan, Abelbethmaachah, and all Cinneroth, with all the land of Naphtali.

 21 Now when Baasha heard of it, he stopped building up Ramah and remained in Tirzah.

 22 Then King Asa made a proclamation throughout all Judah; no ne was exempt. And they carried away the all stones of Ramah and its timber with which Baasha had been building. And with them King Asa built Geba of Benjamin, and also Mizpah.

 23 The rest of all the acts of Asa, all his might, all that he did, and the cities that he built, are 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 Then Asa slept with his forefathers and was buried with them in the city of David his father. And Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his place.

 25 Now Nadab the son of Jeroboam became king over Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned over Israel for two years.

 26 And he did evil in the sight of the LORD and walked in the ways of his father and in his sin, with which he had caused Israel to sin.

 27 And Baasha the 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.

 28 In the third year of Asa, king of Judah, Baasha killed Nadab and reigned in his place.

 29 And as soon as he reigned, he killed all the house of Jeroboam. He did not leave to Jeroboam any who breathed, until he had destroyed him, according to the word of the LORD, which He had spoken by his servant Ahijah the Shilonite,

 30 Because of the sins Jeroboam had committed and had caused Israel to commit, and because he provoked the LORD God of Israel to anger.

 31 Now the rest of the acts of Nadab, and all that he did, are 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.

 33 In the third year of Asa, king of Judah, Baasha, the son of Ahijah, began his twenty four year reign over all Israel in Tirzah.

 34 And he also he did evil in the sight of the LORD and walked in the ways of Jeroboam and committed his sin, by which he had caused Israel to sin.


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