2 Chronicles 16

Asa Wars against Baasha

1 In the thirty-sixth year of Asa's reign 1Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah and fortified Ramah in order to prevent * anyone from going out or coming in to Asa king of Judah.
2 Then Asa brought out silver and gold from the treasuries of the house of the LORD and the king's house, and sent them to Ben-hadad king of Aram, who lived in Damascus, saying,
3 "Let there be a treaty between you and me, as between my father and your father. Behold, I have sent you silver and gold; go, break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel so that he will withdraw from me."
4 So Ben-hadad listened to King Asa and sent the commanders of his armies against the cities of Israel, and they conquered Ijon, Dan, Abel-maim and all 2the store cities of Naphtali.
5 When Baasha heard of it, he ceased fortifying Ramah and stopped his work.
6 Then King Asa brought all Judah, and they carried away the stones of Ramah and its timber with which Baasha had been building, and with them he fortified Geba and Mizpah.

Asa Imprisons the Prophet

7 At that time 3Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him, "4Because you have relied on the king of Aram and have not relied on the LORD your God, therefore * the army of the king of Aram has escaped out of your hand.
8 "Were not 5the Ethiopians and the Lubim 6an immense army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet 7because you relied on the LORD, He delivered them into your hand.
9 "For 8the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those 9whose heart is completely His. You have acted foolishly in this. Indeed, from now on you will surely have wars."
10 Then Asa was angry with the seer and put him in prison *, for he was enraged at him for this. And Asa oppressed some of the people at the same time.
11 10Now, the acts of Asa from first to last, behold, they are written in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel.
12 In the thirty-ninth * year of his reign Asa became diseased in his feet. His disease was severe, yet even in his disease he 11did not seek the LORD, but the physicians.
13 So Asa slept with his fathers, having died in the forty-first * year of his reign.
14 They buried him in his own tomb which he had cut out for himself in the city of David, and they laid him in the resting place which he had filled 12with spices of various kinds blended by the perfumers' * art; and 13they made a very * great fire for him.

2 Chronicles 16 Commentary

Chapter 16

Asa seeks the aid of the Syrians, His death.

- A plain and faithful reproof was given to Asa by a prophet of the Lord, for making a league with Syria. God is displeased when he is distrusted, and when an arm of flesh is relied on, more than his power and goodness. It is foolish to lean on a broken reed, when we have the Rock of ages to rely upon. To convince Asa of his folly, the prophet shows that he, of all men, had no reason to distrust God, who had found him such a powerful Helper. The many experiences we have had of the goodness of God to us, aggravate our distrust of him. But see how deceitful our hearts are! we trust in God when we have nothing else to trust to, when need drives us to him; but when we have other things to stay on, we are apt to depend too much on them. Observe Asa's displeasure at this reproof. What is man, when God leaves him to himself! He that abused his power for persecuting God's prophet, was left to himself, to abuse it further for crushing his own subjects. Two years before he died, Asa was diseased in his feet. Making use of physicians was his duty; but trusting to them, and expecting that from them which was to be had from God only, were his sin and folly. In all conflicts and sufferings we need especially to look to our own hearts, that they may be perfect towards God, by faith, patience, and obedience.

Cross References 13

  • 1. 1 Kings 15:17-22
  • 2. Exodus 1:11
  • 3. 1 Kings 16:1; 2 Chronicles 19:2
  • 4. 2 Chronicles 14:11; 2 Chronicles 32:7, 8
  • 5. 2 Chronicles 14:9
  • 6. 2 Chronicles 12:3
  • 7. 2 Chronicles 13:16, 18
  • 8. Proverbs 15:3; Jeremiah 16:17; Zechariah 4:10
  • 9. 2 Chronicles 15:17
  • 10. 1 Kings 15:23, 24
  • 11. Jeremiah 17:5
  • 12. Genesis 50:2; John 19:39, 40
  • 13. 2 Chronicles 21:19

Footnotes 8

Chapter Summary


Baasha coming up against Judah, and building Ramah, Asa made a league with the king of Syria, and hired him to make a diversion in his favour, and cause Baasha to leave off building, which succeeded, 2Ch 16:1-6, for which he was reproved by a prophet of the Lord, with whom he was so angry for it as to put him in prison, and oppress others, 2Ch 16:7,10, and the chapter is closed with an account of his disease and conduct under it, and of his death and burial, 2Ch 16:11-14.

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