1The word of Yahweh came to Jehu son of Hanani against Baasha: 2'I raised you from the dust and made you leader of my people Israel, but you have fol owed Jeroboam'sexample and led my people Israel into sins which provoke my anger. 3Now I shal sweep away Baasha and his House; I shal make your House like the House of Jeroboamson of Nebat. 4Those of Baasha's family who die in the city, the dogs wil eat; and those who die in the open country,the birds of the air wil eat.' 5The rest of the history of Baasha, his career, his valour, is this not recorded in the Book of the Annalsof the Kings of Israel? 6When Baasha fel asleep with his ancestors, he was buried in Tirzah; his son Elah succeeded him. 7Furthermore, the word of Yahweh was delivered through the prophet Jehu son of Hanani againstBaasha and his House, first because of the many ways in which he had displeased Yahweh, provoking him toanger by his actions and becoming like the House of Jeroboam; secondly because he had destroyed that House. 8In the twenty-sixth year of Asa king of Judah, Elah son of Baasha became king of Israel at Tirzah, fortwo years. 9Zimri, one of his officers, captain of half his chariotry, plotted against him. While he was at Tirzah,drinking himself senseless in the house of Arza who was master of the palace in Tirzah, 10Zimri came in, struck him down and kil ed him in the twenty-seventh year of Asa king of Judah, andsucceeded him. 11On his accession, as soon as he was seated on the throne, he butchered Baasha's entire family, notleaving him one manjack of them alive, neither relative nor friend. 12Zimri destroyed the whole House of Baasha, in accordance with the word which Yahweh had spokenagainst Baasha through the prophet Jehu, 13because of all the sins of Baasha and his son Elah into which they had led Israel, provoking the angerof Yahweh, God of Israel, with their worthless idols. 14The history of Elah, his entire career, is this not recorded in the Book of the Annals of the Kings ofIsrael? 15In the twenty-seventh year of Asa king of Judah, Zimri became king for seven days, at Tirzah. Thepeople were then encamped in front of Gibbethon, a Philistine town. 16When news reached the camp of how Zimri had not only plotted against but actual y killed the king, alIsrael proclaimed the army commander Omri as king of Israel in the camp that very day. 17Omri, and all Israel with him, raised the siege of Gibbethon and laid siege to Tirzah. 18When Zimri saw that the town had been captured, he went into the keep of the royal palace, burnedthe palace over his own head, and died. 19This was because of the sin which he had committed in doing what is displeasing to Yahweh, bycopying the example of Jeroboam and the sin into which he had led Israel. 20The rest of the history of Zimri and of his conspiracy, is this not recorded in the Book of the Annals ofthe Kings of Israel? 21The people of Israel then split into two factions: one half fol owing Tibni son of Ginath to make himking, the other half fol owing Omri. 22But the faction of Omri proved stronger than that of Tibni son of Ginath; thus Tibni lost his life andOmri became king. 23In the thirty-first year of Asa king of Judah, Omri became king of Israel and reigned for twelve years.He reigned for six years at Tirzah. 24Then for two talents of silver he bought the hil of Samaria from Shemer and on it built a town whichhe named Samaria after Shemer who had owned the hil . 25Omri did what is displeasing to Yahweh, and was worse than al his predecessors. 26In every way he copied the example of Jeroboam son of Nebat and the sins into which he had ledIsrael, provoking the anger of Yahweh, God of Israel, with their worthless idols. 27The rest of the history of Omri, his career, his valour, is this not recorded in the Book of the Annals ofthe Kings of Israel? 28When Omri fel asleep with his ancestors, he was buried in Samaria; his son Ahab succeeded him. 29Ahab son of Omri became king of Israel in the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, and reignedover Israel for twenty-two years in Samaria. 30Ahab son of Omri did what is displeasing to Yahweh, and was worse than al his predecessors. 31The least that he did was to fol ow the sinful example of Jeroboam son of Nebat: he married Jezebeldaughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians, and then proceeded to serve Baal and worship him. 32He erected an altar to him in the temple of Baal which he built in Samaria. 33Ahab also put up a sacred pole and committed other crimes as well, provoking the anger of Yahweh,God of Israel, more than all the kings of Israel his predecessors. 34It was in his time that Hiel of Bethel rebuilt Jericho. Laying its foundations cost him his eldest sonAbiram and erecting its gates cost him his youngest son Segub, just as Yahweh had foretold through Joshua sonof Nun.
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