In the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, Ahab son of Omri became king of Israel, and he reigned in Samaria over Israel twenty-two years.
Ahab son of Omri did more1 evil in the eyes of the LORD than any of those before him.
He not only considered it trivial to commit the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, but he also married2 Jezebel daughter3 of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and began to serve Baal4 and worship him.
He set up an altar5 for Baal in the temple6 of Baal that he built in Samaria.
Ahab also made an Asherah pole7 and did more8 to provoke the LORD, the God of Israel, to anger than did all the kings of Israel before him.
In Ahab's time, Hiel of Bethel rebuilt Jericho. He laid its foundations at the cost of his firstborn son Abiram, and he set up its gates at the cost of his youngest son Segub, in accordance with the word of the LORD spoken by Joshua son of Nun.9