1In the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam son of Nebat, Abijam became king of Judah 2and reigned for three years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Maacah descendant of Absalom. 3In everything he fol owed the sinful example of his father before him; his heart was not wholly withYahweh his God, as the heart of David his ancestor had been. 4However, for David's sake, Yahweh his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, with a son to succeed him,so keeping Jerusalem secure; 5for David had done what Yahweh regarded as right and had never in all his life disobeyed whatever hecommanded him (except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite). 6. 7The rest of the history of Abijam, his entire career, is this not recorded in the Book of the Annals of theKings of Judah? Abijam and Jeroboam made war on each other. 8When Abijam fel asleep with his ancestors, he was buried in the City of David; his son Asa succeededhim. 9In the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel, Asa became king of Judah 10and reigned for forty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Maacah descendant ofAbsalom. 11Asa did what Yahweh regards as right, as his ancestor David had done. 12He drove the male prostitutes out of the country and got rid of all the idols which his ancestors hadmade. 13He even deprived his grandmother Maacah of the dignity of Great Lady for having made an obscenityfor Asherah; Asa cut down her obscenity and burnt it in the ravine of the Kidron. 14Though the high places were not abolished, Asa's heart was loyal to Yahweh throughout his life. 15He deposited his father's and his own dedicated gifts of silver, gold and sacred vessels in the Templeof Yahweh. 16Asa and Baasha king of Israel were at war with each other throughout their reigns. 17Baasha king of Israel marched on Judah and fortified Ramah to blockade Asa king of Judah. 18Asa then took al the remaining silver and gold left in the treasuries of the Temple of Yahweh and theroyal palace. Entrusting this to his servants, King Asa sent them with the fol owing message to Ben-Hadad sonof Tabrimmon, son of Hezion, the king of Aram who lived in Damascus, 19'Let us make an al iance between myself and yourself, between my father and your father! Look, Ihave sent you a gift of silver and gold. Come, break off your al iance with Baasha king of Israel, which wil makehim withdraw from me.' 20Ben-Hadad listened favourably to King Asa, and sent the generals of his armies to attack the towns ofIsrael; he ravaged Ijon, Dan, Abel-Beth-Maacah, al Chinneroth, and the whole territory of Naphtali. 21When Baasha heard this he gave up fortifying Ramah and retired to Tirzah. 22King Asa then summoned al Judah, no one was exempt; they took away the stones and timber withwhich Baasha had been fortifying Ramah, and King Asa used them to fortify Geba of Benjamin and Mizpah. 23The rest of the history of Asa, al his valour, his entire career, is this not recorded in the Book of theAnnals of the Kings of Judah? In his old age, however, he contracted a disease of his feet. 24When Asa fell asleep with his ancestors, he was buried with his ancestors in the City of his ancestorDavid; his son Jehoshaphat succeeded him. 25Nadab son of Jeroboam became king of Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah, and hereigned over Israel for two years. 26He did what is displeasing to Yahweh; he copied his father's example and the sin into which he hadled Israel. 27Baasha son of Ahijah, of the House of Issachar, plotted against him and murdered him at Gibbethon,a Philistine town which Nadab and all Israel were besieging. 28Baasha kil ed Nadab and succeeded him in the third year of Asa king of Judah. 29No sooner was he king than he butchered the entire House of Jeroboam, not sparing a soul, and putan end to it, just as Yahweh had foretold through his servant Ahijah of Shiloh, 30because of the sins which he had committed and into which he had led Israel, and because he hadprovoked the anger of Yahweh, God of Israel. 31The rest of the history of Nadab, his entire career, is this not recorded in 32the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Israel? 33In the third year of Asa king of Judah, Baasha son of Ahijah became king of Israel at Tirzah fortwenty-four years. 34He did what is displeasing to Yahweh; he copied the example of Jeroboam and the sin into which hehad led Israel.
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