Forasmuch as I exalted thee out of the dust
From a very low estate, and mean family:
and made thee prince over my people Israel;
as they were of right, and ought to have been; and though Baasha got the kingdom by treachery and murder, yet the translation of the kingdom to him was according to the appointment of God, and by his overruling providence; and even his act of killing Nadab was a fulfilment of a prophecy of his; and had he done it in obedience to the will of God, and in vengeance for his sin, would not have been blameworthy, since then he would have been an executioner of the, justice of God:
and thou hast walked in the way of Jeroboam, and hast made
Israel to sin, to provoke me to anger with their sins;
committing and encouraging the same idolatrous practices, so very provoking to God.