In the twenty-sixth year of Asa king of Judah, Elah the son of Baasha began to reign over Israel in Tirzah, and he reigned two years.
But his servant 1Zimri, commander of half his chariots, conspired against him. When he was at Tirzah, drinking himself drunk in the house of Arza, 2who was over the household in Tirzah,
Zimri came in and struck him down and killed him, in the twenty-seventh year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned in his place.
When he began to reign, as soon as he had seated himself on his throne, he struck down 3all the house of Baasha. He 4did not leave him a single male of his relatives or his friends.
Thus Zimri destroyed all the house of Baasha, 5according to the word of the LORD, which he spoke against Baasha by 6Jehu the prophet,
for all the sins of Baasha and the sins of Elah his son, which they sinned and which they made Israel to sin, 7provoking the LORD God of Israel to anger with their idols.
Now the rest of the acts of Elah and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?