There was war1 between Asa and Baasha king of Israel throughout their reigns.
Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah and fortified Ramah2 to prevent anyone from leaving or entering the territory of Asa king of Judah.
Asa then took all the silver and gold that was left in the treasuries of the LORD's temple3 and of his own palace. He entrusted it to his officials and sent4 them to Ben-Hadad5 son of Tabrimmon, the son of Hezion, the king of Aram, who was ruling in Damascus.
"Let there be a treaty6 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."
Ben-Hadad agreed with King Asa and sent the commanders of his forces against the towns of Israel. He conquered7 Ijon, Dan, Abel Beth Maacah and all Kinnereth in addition to Naphtali.
When Baasha heard this, he stopped building Ramah8 and withdrew to Tirzah.922
Then King Asa issued an order to all Judah--no one was exempt--and they carried away from Ramah10 the stones and timber Baasha had been using there. With them King Asa11 built up Geba12 in Benjamin, and also Mizpah.13