This message from the LORD was delivered to King Baasha by the prophet Jehu son of Hanani:
“I lifted you out of the dust to make you ruler of my people Israel, but you have followed the evil example of Jeroboam. You have provoked my anger by causing my people Israel to sin.
So now I will destroy you and your family, just as I destroyed the descendants of Jeroboam son of Nebat.
The members of Baasha’s family who die in the city will be eaten by dogs, and those who die in the field will be eaten by vultures.”
The rest of the events in Baasha’s reign and the extent of his power are recorded in
When Baasha died, he was buried in Tirzah. Then his son Elah became the next king.
The message from the LORD against Baasha and his family came through the prophet Jehu son of Hanani. It was delivered because Baasha had done what was evil in the LORD ’s sight (just as the family of Jeroboam had done), and also because Baasha had destroyed the family of Jeroboam. The LORD ’s anger was provoked by Baasha’s sins.
Elah son of Baasha began to rule over Israel in the twenty-sixth year of King Asa’s reign in Judah. He reigned in the city of Tirzah for two years.
Then Zimri, who commanded half of the royal chariots, made plans to kill him. One day in Tirzah, Elah was getting drunk at the home of Arza, the supervisor of the palace.
Zimri walked in and struck him down and killed him. This happened in the twenty-seventh year of King Asa’s reign in Judah. Then Zimri became the next king.
Zimri immediately killed the entire royal family of Baasha, leaving him not even a single male child. He even destroyed distant relatives and friends.
So Zimri destroyed the dynasty of Baasha as the LORD had promised through the prophet Jehu.
This happened because of all the sins Baasha and his son Elah had committed, and because of the sins they led Israel to commit. They provoked the anger of the LORD, the God of Israel, with their worthless idols.
The rest of the events in Elah’s reign and everything he did are recorded in
Zimri began to rule over Israel in the twenty-seventh year of King Asa’s reign in Judah, but his reign in Tirzah lasted only seven days. The army of Israel was then attacking the Philistine town of Gibbethon.
When they heard that Zimri had committed treason and had assassinated the king, that very day they chose Omri, commander of the army, as the new king of Israel.
So Omri led the entire army of Israel up from Gibbethon to attack Tirzah, Israel’s capital.
When Zimri saw that the city had been taken, he went into the citadel of the palace and burned it down over himself and died in the flames.
For he, too, had done what was evil in the LORD ’s sight. He followed the example of Jeroboam in all the sins he had committed and led Israel to commit.
The rest of the events in Zimri’s reign and his conspiracy are recorded in
But now the people of Israel were split into two factions. Half the people tried to make Tibni son of Ginath their king, while the other half supported Omri.