1 Kings 15
1 In the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam the son of Nebat, Abijam became king over
2 He reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Maachah the daughter of
3 And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him; his heart was
not perfect toward Jehovah his God, as was the heart of his father David.
4 Nevertheless for David's sake Jehovah his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up
his son after him to establish Jerusalem;
5 because David had done what was right in the eyes of Jehovah, and had not turned aside
from anything that He had 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 the days of his life.
7 And the 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
8 And Abijam rested 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 Jeroboam king of Israel, Asa became king over Judah.
10 And he reigned forty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Maachah the
daughter of Abishalom.
11 Asa did what was right in the eyes of Jehovah, as did his father David.
12 And he took away the male temple prostitutes from the land, and removed all the idols
that his fathers had made.
13 Also he removed Maachah his mother from being queen mother, because she had
made a horrible thing in a grove. And Asa cut down her horrible thing and burned it by the
14 But the high places were not removed. Nevertheless Asa's heart was perfect toward
Jehovah all his days.
15 He also brought into the house of Jehovah the things which his father had set apart,
and the things which he himself had set apart: silver and gold and utensils.
16 And there was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all their days.
17 And Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah, and built Ramah, that he might let
no one go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.
18 Then Asa took all the silver and gold that was left in the treasuries of the house of
Jehovah and the treasuries of the king's house, and delivered them into the hand of his
servants. And King Asa sent them to Ben-Hadad the son of Tabrimmon, the son of
Hezion, king of Syria, who dwelt in Damascus, saying,
19 Let there be a treaty between you and me, as there was between my father and your
father. Behold, I have sent you a present of silver and gold. Come and break your treaty
with Baasha king of Israel, so that he will withdraw from me.
20 So Ben-Hadad heeded King Asa, and sent the commanders of his forces against the cities of Israel. And he struck Ijon, Dan, Abel Beth Maachah, and all Chinnereth, with all the land of Naphtali.
21 Now it happened, when Baasha heard it, that he stopped building Ramah, and
remained in Tirzah.
22 Then King Asa made a proclamation throughout all Judah; no one was exempted. And
they took away the stones and timber of Ramah, which Baasha had used for building; and
with them King Asa built Geba of Benjamin, and Mizpah.
23 The 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.
24 So Asa rested with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the City of David his
father. And Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his place.
25 Now Nadab the son of Jeroboam had become king over Israel in the second year of
Asa king of Judah, and he reigned over Israel two years.
26 And he did evil in the eyes of Jehovah, and walked in the ways of his father, and in his
sin by which he had made Israel sin.
27 And Baasha the son of Ahijah, of the house of Issachar, conspired against him. And
Baasha killed him at Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines, while Nadab and all
Israel was laying siege to Gibbethon.
28 Baasha killed him in the third year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned in his place.
29 And it was so, when he became king, that he killed all the house of Jeroboam. He did
not leave to Jeroboam anyone that breathed, until he had destroyed him, according to the
Word of Jehovah which He had spoken by His servant Ahijah the Shilonite,
30 because of the sins of Jeroboam, which he had sinned and by which he had made Israel
sin, because of his provocation with which he had provoked Jehovah the God of Israel to
31 Now the rest of the acts of Nadab, and all that he did, are they not 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 became king over all
Israel in Tirzah, and reigned twenty-four years.
34 He did evil in the eyes of Jehovah, and walked in the ways of Jeroboam, and in his sin
by which he had made Israel sin.