Bible: 1 Kings 15

Abijah’s Reign over Judah

15:1 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Jeroboam son of Nebat, Abijah 1  became king over Judah. 15:2 He ruled for three years in Jerusalem. 2  His mother was Maacah, the daughter of Abishalom. 3  15:3 He followed all the sinful practices of his father before him. He was not wholeheartedly devoted to the Lord his God, as his ancestor David had been. 4  15:4 Nevertheless for David’s sake the Lord his God maintained his dynasty 5  in Jerusalem by giving him a son 6  to succeed him 7  and by protecting Jerusalem. 8  15:5 He did this 9  because David had done what he approved 10  and had not disregarded any of his commandments 11  his entire lifetime, except for the incident involving Uriah the Hittite. 15:6 Rehoboam 12  and Jeroboam were continually at war with each other throughout Abijah’s 13  lifetime. 15:7 The rest of the events of Abijah’s reign, including all his accomplishments, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Judah. 14  Abijah and Jeroboam had been at war with each other. 15:8 Abijah passed away 15  and was buried 16  in the city of David. His son Asa replaced him as king.

Asa’s Reign over Judah

15:9 In the twentieth year of Jeroboam’s reign over Israel, Asa became the king of Judah. 15:10 He ruled for forty-one years in Jerusalem. 17  His grandmother 18  was Maacah daughter of Abishalom. 15:11 Asa did what the Lord approved 19  like his ancestor 20  David had done. 15:12 He removed the male cultic prostitutes from the land and got rid of all the disgusting idols 21  his ancestors 22  had made. 15:13 He also removed Maacah his grandmother 23  from her position as queen because she had made a loathsome Asherah pole. Asa cut down her Asherah pole and burned it in the Kidron Valley. 15:14 The high places were not eliminated, yet Asa was wholeheartedly devoted to the Lord throughout his lifetime. 24  15:15 He brought the holy items that he and his father had made into the Lord’s temple, including the silver, gold, and other articles. 25 

15:16 Now Asa and King Baasha of Israel were continually at war with each other. 26  15:17 King Baasha of Israel attacked Judah and established Ramah as a military outpost to prevent anyone from leaving or entering the land of King Asa of Judah. 27  15:18 Asa took all the silver and gold that was left in the treasuries of the Lord’s temple and of the royal palace and handed it to his servants. He then told them to deliver it 28  to Ben Hadad son of Tabrimmon, the son of Hezion, king of Syria, ruler in Damascus, along with this message: 15:19 I want to make a treaty with you, like the one our fathers made. 29  See, I have sent you silver and gold as a present. Break your treaty with King Baasha of Israel, so he will retreat from my land.” 30  15:20 Ben Hadad accepted King Asa’s offer and ordered his army commanders to attack the cities of Israel. 31  They conquered 32  Ijon, Dan, Abel Beth Maacah, and all the territory of Naphtali, including the region of Kinnereth. 33  15:21 When Baasha heard the news, he stopped fortifying 34  Ramah and settled down in Tirzah. 15:22 King Asa ordered all the men of Judah (no exemptions were granted) to carry away the stones and wood that Baasha had used to build Ramah. 35  King Asa used the materials to build up 36  Geba (in Benjamin) and Mizpah.

15:23 The rest of the events of Asa’s reign, including all his successes and accomplishments, as well as a record of the cities he built, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Judah. 37  Yet when he was very old he developed a foot disease. 38  15:24 Asa passed away 39  and was buried with his ancestors in the city of his ancestor David. His son Jehoshaphat replaced him as king.

Nadab’s Reign over Israel

15:25 In the second year of Asa’s reign over Judah, Jeroboam’s son Nadab became the king of Israel; he ruled Israel for two years. 15:26 He did evil in the sight of 40  the Lord. He followed in his father’s footsteps and encouraged Israel to sin. 41 

15:27 Baasha son of Ahijah, from the tribe of Issachar, conspired against Nadab 42  and assassinated him in Gibbethon, which was in Philistine territory. This happened while Nadab and all the Israelite army were besieging Gibbethon. 15:28 Baasha killed him in the third year of Asa’s reign over Judah and replaced him as king. 15:29 When he became king, he executed Jeroboam’s entire family. He wiped out everyone who breathed, 43  just as the Lord had predicted 44  through his servant Ahijah the Shilonite. 15:30 This happened because of the sins which Jeroboam committed and which he made Israel commit. These sins angered the Lord God of Israel. 45 

15:31 The rest of the events of Nadab’s reign, including all his accomplishments, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Israel. 46  15:32 Asa and King Nadab of Israel were continually at war with each other.

Baasha’s Reign over Israel

15:33 In the third year of Asa’s reign over Judah, Baasha son of Ahijah became king over all Israel in Tirzah; he ruled for twenty-four years. 15:34 He did evil in the sight of 47  the Lord; he followed in Jeroboam’s footsteps and encouraged Israel to sin. 48 

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