2 Chronicles 16

Asa’s Last Years

1 aIn the bthirty-sixth year of the reign of Asa, Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah and built Ramah, cthat he might permit no one to go out or come in to Asa king of Judah. 2Then Asa took silver and gold from the treasures of the house of the Lord and the king’s house and sent them to Ben-hadad king of Syria, who lived in Damascus, saying, 3“There is a covenant
Or treaty; twice in this verse
between me and you, as there was between my father and your father. Behold, I am sending to you silver and gold. Go, break your covenant with Baasha king of Israel, that he may withdraw from me.”
4And 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 the estore cities of Naphtali. 5And when Baasha heard of it, he stopped building Ramah and let his work cease. 6Then King Asa took all Judah, and they carried away the stones of Ramah and its timber, with which Baasha had been building, and with them he built Geba and Mizpah.

7At that time fHanani gthe seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him, h“Because you relied on the king of Syria, and did not rely on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Syria has escaped you. 8Were not ithe Ethiopians and jthe Libyans a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet kbecause you relied on the Lord, he gave them into your hand. 9 lFor the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those mwhose heart is blameless
Or whole
toward him. oYou have done foolishly in this, for from now on pyou will have wars.”
10Then Asa was angry with the seer and put him qin the stocks in prison, for he was in a rage with him because of this. And Asa inflicted cruelties upon some of the people at the same time.

11 rThe acts of Asa, from first to last, are written in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel. 12In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was diseased in his feet, and his disease became severe. Yet even in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but sought help from physicians. 13And Asa slept with his fathers, dying in the forty-first year of his reign. 14They buried him in the tomb that he had cut for himself in the city of David. They laid him on a bier sthat had been filled with various kinds of spices prepared by the perfumer’s art, tand they made a very great fire in his honor.

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