Asa’s Treaty with Syria
1In the thirty-sixth year of the reign of Asa, #1 Kin. 15:17–22Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah and built Ramah, #2 Chr. 15:9that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah. 2Then Asa brought silver and gold from the treasuries of the house of the Lord and of the king’s house, and sent to Ben-Hadad king of Syria, who dwelt in Damascus, saying, 3“Let there be a treaty between you and me, as there was between my father and your father. See, I have sent you silver and gold; come, break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel, so that he will withdraw from me.”
4So Ben-Hadad heeded King Asa, and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel. They attacked Ijon, Dan, Abel Maim, and all the storage cities of Naphtali. 5Now it happened, when Baasha heard it, that he stopped building Ramah and ceased his work. 6Then King Asa took all Judah, and they carried away the stones and timber of Ramah, which Baasha had used for building; and with them he built Geba and Mizpah.
Hanani’s Message to Asa
7And at that time #1 Kin. 16:1; 2 Chr. 19:2Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said to him: #2 Chr. 32:8–10; Ps. 118:9; (Is. 31:1; Jer. 17:5)“Because you have relied on the king of Syria, and have not relied on the Lord your God, therefore the army of the king of Syria has escaped from your hand. 8Were #2 Chr. 14:9the Ethiopians and #2 Chr. 12:3the Lubim not a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because you relied on the Lord, He delivered them into your #2 Chr. 13:16, 18hand. 9#Job 34:21; (Prov. 5:21; 15:3; Jer. 16:17; 32:19); Zech. 4:10For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this #1 Sam. 13:13you have done foolishly; therefore from now on #1 Kin. 15:32you shall have wars.” 10Then Asa was angry with the seer, and #2 Chr. 18:26; Jer. 20:2; Matt. 14:3put him in prison, for he was enraged at him because of this. And Asa oppressed some of the people at that time.
Illness and Death of Asa
11#1 Kin. 15:23, 24; 2 Chr. 14:2Note that the acts of Asa, first and last, are indeed written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. 12And in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady was severe; yet in his disease he #(Jer. 17:5)did not seek the Lord, but the physicians.
13#1 Kin. 15:24So Asa rested with his fathers; he died in the forty-first year of his reign. 14They buried him in his own tomb, which he had made for himself in the City of David; and they laid him in the bed which was filled #Gen. 50:2; Mark 16:1; John 19:39, 40with spices and various ingredients prepared in a mixture of ointments. They made #2 Chr. 21:19; Jer. 34:5a very great burning for him.