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1 Kings 15:14-24 (New International Version)

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14 Although he did not remove1 the high places, Asa's heart was fully committed2 to the LORD all his life. 15 He brought into the temple of the LORD the silver and gold and the articles that he and his father had dedicated.3 16 There was war4 between Asa and Baasha king of Israel throughout their reigns. 17 Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah and fortified Ramah5 to prevent anyone from leaving or entering the territory of Asa king of Judah. 18 Asa then took all the silver and gold that was left in the treasuries of the LORD's temple6 and of his own palace. He entrusted it to his officials and sent7 them to Ben-Hadad8 son of Tabrimmon, the son of Hezion, the king of Aram, who was ruling in Damascus. 19 "Let there be a treaty9 between me and you," he said, "as there was between my father and your father. See, I am sending you a gift of silver and gold. Now break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel so he will withdraw from me." 20 Ben-Hadad agreed with King Asa and sent the commanders of his forces against the towns of Israel. He conquered10 Ijon, Dan, Abel Beth Maacah and all Kinnereth in addition to Naphtali. 21 When Baasha heard this, he stopped building Ramah11 and withdrew to Tirzah.12 22 Then King Asa issued an order to all Judah--no one was exempt--and they carried away from Ramah13 the stones and timber Baasha had been using there. With them King Asa14 built up Geba15 in Benjamin, and also Mizpah.16 23 As for all the other events of Asa's reign, all his achievements, all he did and the cities he built, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? In his old age, however, his feet became diseased. 24 Then Asa rested with his fathers and was buried with them in the city of his father David. And Jehoshaphat17 his son succeeded him as king.
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