1 Kings 15 (Today's New International Version)

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Abijah King of Judah

15:1-2,6-8pp -- 2Ch 13:1-2,22-14:1

1 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Jeroboam son of Nebat, Abijaha became king of Judah, 2 and he reigned in Jerusalem three years. His mother's name was Maakah1 daughter of Abishalom.b 3 He committed all the sins his father had done before him; his heart was not fully devoted2 to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his forefather had been. 4 Nevertheless, for David's sake the LORD his God gave him a lamp3 in Jerusalem by raising up a son to succeed him and by making Jerusalem strong. 5 For David had done what was right in the eyes of the LORD and had not failed to keep4 any of the LORD's commands all the days of his life--except in the case of Uriah5 the Hittite. 6 There was war6 between Abijahc and Jeroboam throughout Abijah's lifetime. 7 As for the other events of Abijah's reign, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? There was war between Abijah and Jeroboam. 8 And Abijah rested with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. And Asa his son succeeded him as king.

Asa King of Judah

15:9-22pp -- 2Ch 14:2-3; 15:16-16:6 15:23-24pp -- 2Ch 16:11-17:1

9 In the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel, Asa became king of Judah, 10 and he reigned in Jerusalem forty-one years. His grandmother's name was Maakah7 daughter of Abishalom. 11 Asa did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, as his father David8 had done. 12 He expelled the male shrine prostitutes9 from the land and got rid of all the idols10 his ancestors had made. 13 He even deposed his grandmother Maakah11 from her position as queen mother,12 because she had made a repulsive image for the worship of Asherah. Asa cut it down13 and burned it in the Kidron Valley. 14 Although he did not remove14 the high places, Asa's heart was fully committed15 to the LORD all his life. 15 He brought into the temple of the LORD the silver and gold and the articles that he and his father had dedicated.16 16 There was war17 between Asa and Baasha king of Israel throughout their reigns. 17 Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah and fortified Ramah18 to prevent anyone from leaving or entering the territory of Asa king of Judah. 18 Asa then took all the silver and gold that was left in the treasuries of the LORD's temple19 and of his own palace. He entrusted it to his officials and sent20 them to Ben-Hadad21 son of Tabrimmon, the son of Hezion, the king of Aram, who was ruling in Damascus. 19 "Let there be a treaty22 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." 20 Ben-Hadad agreed with King Asa and sent the commanders of his forces against the towns of Israel. He conquered23 Ijon, Dan, Abel Beth Maakah and all Kinnereth in addition to Naphtali. 21 When Baasha heard this, he stopped building Ramah24 and withdrew to Tirzah.25 22 Then King Asa issued an order to all Judah--no one was exempt--and they carried away from Ramah26 the stones and timber Baasha had been using there. With them King Asa27 built up Geba28 in Benjamin, and also Mizpah.29 23 As for all the other events of Asa's reign, all his achievements, all he did and the cities he built, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? In his old age, however, his feet became diseased. 24 Then Asa rested with his ancestors and was buried with them in the city of his father David. And Jehoshaphat30 his son succeeded him as king.

Nadab King of Israel

25 Nadab son of Jeroboam became king of Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah, and he reigned over Israel two years. 26 He did evil31 in the eyes of the LORD, following the ways of his father32 and committing the same sin his father had caused Israel to commit. 27 Baasha son of Ahijah of the house of Issachar plotted against him, and he struck him down33 at Gibbethon,34 a Philistine town, while Nadab and all Israel were besieging it. 28 Baasha killed Nadab in the third year of Asa king of Judah and succeeded him as king. 29 As soon as he began to reign, he killed Jeroboam's whole family.35 He did not leave Jeroboam anyone that breathed, but destroyed them all, according to the word of the LORD given through his servant Ahijah the Shilonite. 30 This happened because of the sins36 Jeroboam had committed and had caused37 Israel to commit, and because he aroused the anger of the LORD, the God of Israel. 31 As for the other events of Nadab's reign, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals38 of the kings of Israel? 32 There was war39 between Asa and Baasha king of Israel throughout their reigns.

Baasha King of Israel

33 In the third year of Asa king of Judah, Baasha son of Ahijah became king of all Israel in Tirzah,40 and he reigned twenty-four years. 34 He did evil41 in the eyes of the LORD, following the ways of Jeroboam and committing the same sin Jeroboam had caused Israel to commit.
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