Reign of Abijam. 1In the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam, son of Nebat, Abijam became king of Judah; e 2 Chr 13, 1f . 2he reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mothervs name was Maacah, daughter of Abishalom. 3He imitated all the sins his father had committed before him, and his heart was not entirely with the LORD, his God, like the heart of his grandfather David. 4Yet for David's sake the LORD, his God, gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, raising up his son after him and permitting Jerusalem to endure; 5because David had pleased the LORD and did not disobey any of his commands as long as he lived, except in the case of Uriah the Hittite. f 2 Sm 11, 4 .

7The rest of Abijamvs acts, with all that he did, are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah. g 2 Chr 13, 2 . 6There was war between Abijam and Jeroboam. 8Abijam rested with his ancestors; he was buried in the City of David, and his son Asa succeeded him as king.

Reign of Asa. 9In the twentieth year of Jeroboam, king of Israel, Asa, king of Judah, began to reign; 10he reigned forty-one years in Jerusalem. His grandmother's name was Maacah, daughter of Abishalom. 11Asa pleased the LORD like his forefather David, 12banishing the temple prostitutes from the land and removing all the idols his father had made. 13He also deposed his grandmother Maacah from her position as queen mother, because she had made an outrageous object for Asherah. Asa cut down this object and burned it in the Kidron Valley. 14The high places did not disappear; yet Asa's heart was entirely with the LORD as long as he lived. 1He brought into the temple of the LORD his father's and his own votive offerings of silver, gold, and various utensils.

16There was war between Asa and Baasha, king of Israel, as long as they both reigned. 17Baasha, king of Israel, attacked Judah and fortified Ramah to prevent communication with Asa, king of Judah. h 2 Chr 16, 1 . 18Asa then took all the silver and gold remaining in the treasuries of the temple of the LORD and of the royal palace. Entrusting them to his ministers, King Asa sent them to Ben-hadad, son of Tabrimmon, son of Hezion, king of Aram,* resident in Damascus. He said: 19“There is a treaty between you and me, as there was between your father and my father. I am sending you a present of silver and gold. Go, break your treaty with Baasha, king of Israel, that he may withdraw from me.” 20Ben-hadad agreed with King Asa and sent the leaders of his troops against the cities of Israel. They attacked Ijon, Dan, Abel-beth-maacah, and all Chinnereth, besides all the land of Naphtali. 21When Baasha heard of it, he left off fortifying Ramah, and stayed in Tirzah. 22Then King Asa summoned all Judah without exception, and they carried away the stones and beams with which Baasha was fortifying Ramah. With them King Asa built Geba of Benjamin and Mizpeh.

23The rest of the acts of Asa, with all his valor and accomplishments, and the cities he built, are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah. In his old age, Asa had an infirmity in his feet. 24He rested with his ancestors; he was buried in his forefather's City of David, and his son Jehoshaphat succeeded him as king. i 2 Chr 17, 1 .

Reign of Nadab. 25In the second year of Asa, king of Judah, Nadab, son of Jeroboam, became king of Israel; he reigned over Israel two years. 26He did evil in the LORD's sight, imitating his father's conduct and the sin which he had caused Israel to commit. 27Baasha, son of Ahijah, of the house of Issachar, plotted against him and struck him down at Gibbethon of the Philistines, which Nadab and all Israel were besieging. 28Baasha killed him in the third year of Asa, king of Judah, and reigned in his stead. 29Once he was king, he killed off the entire house of Jeroboam, not leaving a single soul to Jeroboam but destroying him utterly, according to the warning which the LORD had pronounced through his servant, Ahijah the Shilonite, j 1 Kgs 14, 10; 21, 22 . 30because of the sins Jeroboam committed and caused Israel to commit, by which he provoked the LORD, the God of Israel, to anger.

31The rest of the acts of Nadab, with all that he did, are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel. 32[There was war between Asa and Baasha, king of Israel, as long as they lived.]

Reign of Baasha. 33In the third year of Asa, king of Judah, Baasha, son of Ahijah, began his twenty-four-year reign over Israel in Tirzah. 34He did evil in the LORD's sight, imitating the conduct of Jeroboam and the sin he had caused Israel to commit.

Notes:

e: 2 Chr 13, 1f .

f: 2 Sm 11, 4 .

g: 2 Chr 13, 2 .

h: 2 Chr 16, 1 .

i: 2 Chr 17, 1 .

j: 1 Kgs 14, 10; 21, 22 .