1 Kings 15 (Holman Christian Standard)

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Judah's King Abijam

1 In the eighteenth year of [Israel's] King Jeroboam son of Nebat, Abijam became king over Judah; 2 he reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Maacah daughtera of Abishalom.b 3 Abijam walked in all the sins his father had done before him, and he was not completely devoted to the Lord his God as his ancestor David had been. 4 But because of David, the Lord his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem to raise up his son after him and to establish Jerusalem 5 because David did what was right in the Lord's eyes, and he did not turn aside from anything He had commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite. 6 There had been war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days of Rehoboam's life. 7 The rest of the events of Abijam's [reign], along with all his accomplishments, are written about in the Historical Record of Judah's Kings. There was also war between Abijam and Jeroboam. 8 Abijam rested with his fathers and was buried in the city of David. His son Asa became king in his place.c

Judah's King Asa

9 In the twentieth year of Israel's King Jeroboam, Asa became king of Judah; 10 he reigned 41 years in Jerusalem. His grandmother'sd name was Maacah daughtere of Abishalom.f 11 Asa did what was right in the Lord's eyes, as his ancestor David had done. 12 He banished the male shrine prostitutes from the land and removed all of the idols that his fathers had made.g 13 He also removed his grandmotherh Maacahi from being queen mother because she had made an obscene image of Asherah. Asa chopped down her obscene image and burned it in the Kidron Valley.j 14 The high places were not taken away; but Asa's heart was completely with the Lord his entire life. 15 He brought his father's consecrated gifts and his own consecrated gifts into the Lord's temple: silver, gold, and utensils.k 16 There was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel throughout their reigns. 17 Israel's King Baasha went to war against Judah. He built Ramah in order to deny anyone access to Judah's King Asa. 18 So Asa withdrew all the silver and gold that remained in the treasuries of the Lord's temple and the treasuries of the royal palace and put it into the hands of his servants. Then King Asa sent them to Ben-hadad son of Tabrimmon son of Hezion king of Aram who lived in Damascus, saying, 19 "There is a treaty between me and you, between my father and your father. Look, I have sent you a gift of silver and gold. Go and break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel so that he will withdraw from me." 20 Ben-hadad listened to King Asa and sent the commanders of his armies against the cities of Israel. He attacked Ijon, Dan, Abel-beth-maacah, all Chinneroth, and the whole land of Naphtali. 21 When Baasha heard [about it], he quit building Ramah and stayed in Tirzah. 22 Then King Asa gave a command to everyone without exception in Judah, and they carried away the stones of Ramah and the timbers Baasha had built it with. Then King Asa built Geba of Benjamin and Mizpah with them.l 23 The rest of all the events of Asa's [reign], along with all his might, all his accomplishments, and the cities he built, are written about in the Historical Record of Judah's Kings. But in his old age he developed a disease in his feet. 24 Then Asa rested with his fathers and was buried in the city of his forefather David. His son Jehoshaphat became king in his place.m

Israel's King Nadab

25 Nadab son of Jeroboam became king over Israel in the second year of Judah's King Asa; he reigned over Israel two years. 26 Nadab did what was evil in the Lord's sight and followed the example of his father and the sin he had caused Israel to commit. 27 Then Baasha son of Ahijah of the house of Issachar conspired against Nadab, and Baasha struck him down at Gibbethon of the Philistines while Nadab and all Israel were besieging Gibbethon. 28 In the third year of Judah's King Asa, Baasha killed Nadab and reigned in his place. 29 When Baasha became king, he struck down the entire house of Jeroboam. He did not leave Jeroboam anyone alive until he had destroyed his family according to the word of the Lord He had spoken through His servant Ahijah the Shilonite.n 30 This was because of Jeroboam's sins he had committed and had caused Israel to commit in the provocation he had provoked the Lord God of Israel with. 31 The rest of the events of Nadab's [reign], along with all his accomplishments, are written about in the Historical Record of Israel's Kings. 32 There was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel throughout their reigns.

Israel's King Baasha

33 In the third year of Judah's King Asa, Baasha son of Ahijah became king over all Israel at Tirzah; [he reigned] 24 years. 34 He did what was evil in the Lord's sight and followed the example of Jeroboam and the sin he had caused Israel to commit.
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