Prophecy against Baasha
1Now the word of the Lord came to Jehu the son of Hanani against Baasha, saying,
2“Since I exalted you from the dust and made you leader over My people Israel, and you have walked in the way of Jeroboam and have misled My people Israel into sin, provoking Me to anger with their sins,
3behold, I am going to Another reading is sweep awayburn Baasha and his house, and I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
4Anyone belonging to Baasha who dies in the city, the dogs will eat; and anyone belonging to him who dies in the field, the birds of the sky will eat.”
5Now as for the rest of the acts of Baasha and what he did and his might, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?
The Israelite Kings
6And Baasha I.e., diedlay down with his fathers and was buried in Tirzah, and his son Elah became king in his place.
7Moreover, the word of the Lord through the prophet Jehu the son of Hanani came against Baasha and his household, both because of all the evil that he did in the sight of the Lord, provoking Him to anger with the work of his hands, by being like the house of Jeroboam, and because he struck Or himit.
8In the twenty-sixth year of Asa king of Judah, Elah the son of Baasha became king over Israel at Tirzah, and reigned for two years.
9And his servant Zimri, commander of half his chariots, conspired against him. Now Lit heElah was in Tirzah drinking himself drunk in the house of Arza, who was in charge of the household in Tirzah.
10Then Zimri came in and struck him and put him to death in the twenty-seventh year of Asa king of Judah, and he became king in his place.
11And when he became king, as soon as he sat on his throne, he Lit struckkilled all the household of Baasha; he did not leave Lit him who urinates against the walla single male alive, either of his Lit blood avengersrelatives or of his friends.
12So Zimri eliminated all the household of Baasha, in accordance with the word of the Lord which He spoke against Baasha through Jehu the prophet,
13for all the sins of Baasha and the sins of his son Elah, which they Lit sinnedcommitted and into which they misled Israel, provoking the Lord God of Israel to anger with their Lit non-existing thingsidols.
14Now as for the rest of the acts of Elah and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?
15In the twenty-seventh year of Asa king of Judah, Zimri reigned for seven days in Tirzah. Now the people were camped against Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines.
16And the people who were camped heard Lit sayingit being said, “Zimri has conspired and has also struck and killed the king!” Therefore all Israel made Omri, the commander of the army, king over Israel that day in the camp.
17Then Omri and all Israel with him went up from Gibbethon and besieged Tirzah.
18When Zimri saw that the city was taken, he went into the citadel of the king’s house and burned the king’s house over himself with fire, and died,
19because of his sins which he Lit sinnedcommitted, doing evil in the sight of the Lord, walking in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin which he committed, misleading Israel into sin.
20Now as for the rest of the acts of Zimri and his conspiracy which he Lit conspiredcarried out, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?
21Then the people of Israel were divided into two parts: half of the people followed Tibni the son of Ginath, to make him king; the other half followed Omri.
22But the people who followed Omri prevailed over the people who followed Tibni the son of Ginath. And Tibni died and Omri became king.
23In the thirty-first year of Asa king of Judah, Omri became king over Israel and reigned for twelve years; he reigned for six years at Tirzah.
24And he purchased the hill Heb ShomeronSamaria from Shemer for About 150 lb. or 68 kgtwo talents of silver; and he built on the hill, and named the city which he built Heb ShomeronSamaria, after the name of Shemer, the owner of the hill.
25Now Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord, and acted more wickedly than all who were before him.
26For he walked Lit in all the way ofentirely in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat and in his sins into which he misled Israel, provoking the Lord God of Israel to anger with their Lit non-existing thingsidols.
27Now as for the rest of the acts of Omri which he did and his might which he Lit diddisplayed, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?
28And Omri I.e., diedlay down with his fathers and was buried in Samaria; and his son Ahab became king in his place.
29Now Ahab the son of Omri became king over Israel in the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria for twenty-two years.
30Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord more than all who were before him.
31And as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, he married Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshiped him.
32So he erected an altar for Baal at the house of Baal, which he built in Samaria.
33Ahab also made the I.e., wooden symbol of a female deityAsherah. So Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him.
34In his days Hiel the Bethelite rebuilt Jericho; he laid its foundations with the loss of Abiram his firstborn, and set up its gates with the loss of his youngest son Segub, in accordance with the word of the Lord, which He spoke by Joshua the son of Nun.
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