Asa then took all the silver and gold that was left in the treasuries of the LORD's temple13 and of his own palace. He entrusted it to his officials and sent14 them to Ben-Hadad15 son of Tabrimmon, the son of Hezion, the king of Aram, who was ruling in Damascus.
"Let there be a treaty16 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."
Then King Asa issued an order to all Judah--no one was exempt--and they carried away from Ramah20 the stones and timber Baasha had been using there. With them King Asa21 built up Geba22 in Benjamin, and also Mizpah.23