Ben-Hadad agreed with King Asa and sent the commanders of his forces against the towns of Israel. They conquered Ijon, Dan, Abel Maima and all the store cities of Naphtali.15
When Baasha heard this, he stopped building Ramah and abandoned his work.
Then King Asa brought all the men of Judah, and they carried away from Ramah the stones and timber Baasha had been using. With them he built up Geba and Mizpah.27
At that time Hanani3 the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him: "Because you relied4 on the king of Aram and not on the LORD your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from your hand.
Were not the Cushitesb5 and Libyans a mighty army with great numbers6 of chariots and horsemenc ? Yet when you relied on the LORD, he delivered7 them into your hand.
For the eyes8 of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish9 thing, and from now on you will be at war.10"
Asa was angry with the seer because of this; he was so enraged that he put him in prison.11 At the same time Asa brutally oppressed some of the people.
The events of Asa's reign, from beginning to end, are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was afflicted12 with a disease in his feet. Though his disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek13 help from the LORD,14 but only from the physicians.
Then in the forty-first year of his reign Asa died and rested with his fathers.
They buried him in the tomb that he had cut out for himself15 in the City of David. They laid him on a bier covered with spices and various blended perfumes,16 and they made a huge fire17 in his honor.