Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah and fortified Ramah1 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 temple2 and of his own palace. He entrusted it to his officials and sent3 them to Ben-Hadad4 son of Tabrimmon, the son of Hezion, the king of Aram, who was ruling in Damascus.
"Let there be a treaty5 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 conquered6 Ijon, Dan, Abel Beth Maacah and all Kinnereth in addition to Naphtali.
When Baasha heard this, he stopped building Ramah7 and withdrew to Tirzah.822
Then King Asa issued an order to all Judah--no one was exempt--and they carried away from Ramah9 the stones and timber Baasha had been using there. With them King Asa10 built up Geba11 in Benjamin, and also Mizpah.12