Asa then took all the silver and gold that was left in the treasuries of the LORD's temple1 and of his own palace. He entrusted it to his officials and sent2 them to Ben-Hadad3 son of Tabrimmon, the son of Hezion, the king of Aram, who was ruling in Damascus.
"Let there be a treaty4 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 conquered5 Ijon, Dan, Abel Beth Maacah and all Kinnereth in addition to Naphtali.
When Baasha heard this, he stopped building Ramah6 and withdrew to Tirzah.722
Then King Asa issued an order to all Judah--no one was exempt--and they carried away from Ramah8 the stones and timber Baasha had been using there. With them King Asa9 built up Geba10 in Benjamin, and also Mizpah.1123
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.
Then Asa rested with his fathers and was buried with them in the city of his father David. And Jehoshaphat12 his son succeeded him as king.
Nadab son of Jeroboam became king of Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah, and he reigned over Israel two years.
He did evil13 in the eyes of the LORD, walking in the ways of his father14 and in his sin, which he had caused Israel to commit.
Baasha son of Ahijah of the house of Issachar plotted against him, and he struck him down15 at Gibbethon,16 a Philistine town, while Nadab and all Israel were besieging it.
Baasha killed Nadab in the third year of Asa king of Judah and succeeded him as king.