Judah’s King Abijam
1In the eighteenth year of Israel’s King Jeroboam son of Nebat, Abijam became king over Judah 2and reigned three years in Jerusalem. # 2Ch 13:1-2 His mother’s name was Maacah # 1Kg 15:10,13; 2Ch 13:2 daughter # Possibly granddaughter; 2Ch 13:2 of Abishalom.
3Abijam walked in all the sins his father before him had committed, # 1Kg 14:21-22 and he was not completely devoted to the Lord his God as his ancestor David had been. # 1Kg 9:4; 11:4 4But because of David, the Lord his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem to raise up his son after him and to establish Jerusalem. # 2Sm 21:17; 1Kg 11:36; 2Ch 21:7 5For David did what was right in the Lord’s eyes, and he did not turn aside from anything He had commanded him all the days of his life, # 1Kg 9:4; 14:8 except in the matter of Uriah # 2Sm 11:3,15-17; 12:9-10 the Hittite.
6There had been war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days of Rehoboam’s life. # 1Kg 14:30; 2Ch 12:15 7The rest of the events of Abijam’s reign, along with all his accomplishments, are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings. # 1Kg 14:29 There was also war between Abijam and Jeroboam. # 2Ch 13:4-20 8Abijam rested with his fathers and was buried in the city of David. # 1Kg 14:31; 2Ch 14:1 His son Asa became king in his place. # 1Kg 14:31; 2Ch 14–16
Judah’s King Asa
9In the twentieth year of Israel’s King Jeroboam, # 1Kg 15:1 Asa became king of Judah 10and reigned 41 years in Jerusalem. His grandmother’s # Lit mother’s name was Maacah # 1Kg 15:2 daughter # Possibly granddaughter; 2Ch 13:2 of Abishalom.
11Asa did what was right in the Lord’s eyes, as his ancestor David had done. # 1Kg 9:4-5; 2Ch 14:2 12He banished the male cult prostitutes # Dt 23:17; 1Kg 14:24 from the land and removed all of the idols that his fathers had made. # 1Kg 11:7; 14:23; 2Ch 14:3,5 13He also # 2Ch 15:16-18 removed his grandmother # Lit mother Maacah from being queen mother because she had made an obscene image of Asherah. Asa chopped down her obscene image and burned it # Ex 32:20 in the Kidron Valley. # 2Kg 23:6 14The high places were not taken away; # 1Kg 22:43 but Asa’s heart was completely devoted to the Lord his entire life. # 1Kg 8:61; 15:3 15He brought his father’s consecrated gifts and his own consecrated gifts into the Lord’s temple: silver, gold, and utensils. # 1Kg 7:51
16There was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel throughout their reigns. # 1Kg 15:32 17Israel’s King Baasha went to war against Judah. # 2Ch 16:1-6 He built Ramah # Jos 18:25 in order to deny anyone access to Judah’s King Asa. 18So Asa withdrew all the silver and gold that remained in the treasuries of the Lord’s temple # 1Kg 14:26 and the treasuries of the royal palace and put it into the hands of his servants. Then King Asa sent them to Ben-hadad # 1Kg 20:1 son of Tabrimmon son of Hezion king of Aram who lived in Damascus, # 1Kg 11:23-24 saying, 19“There is a treaty between me and you, between my father and your father. # 1Kg 5:12; 2Ch 16:7 Look, I have sent you a gift of silver and gold. Go and break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel # 1Kg 15:27-28 so that he will withdraw from me.”
20Ben-hadad listened to King Asa and sent the commanders of his armies against the cities of Israel. He attacked Ijon, # 2Kg 15:29 Dan, # Jdg 18:29; 1Kg 12:29 Abel-beth-maacah, # 2Sm 20:15; 2Kg 15:29 all Chinnereth, # Jos 11:2; 12:3 and the whole land of Naphtali. # Jos 19:32-39; 1Kg 20:34 21When Baasha heard about it, he quit building Ramah and stayed in Tirzah. # 1Kg 14:17; 15:33; 16:8,15-18 22Then King Asa gave a command to everyone without exception in Judah, and they carried away the stones of Ramah and the timbers Baasha had built it with. Then King Asa built Geba # Jos 18:24; 21:17 of Benjamin and Mizpah # Jos 11:3; 2Ch 16:6 with them.
23The rest of all the events of Asa’s reign, # 2Ch 16:11-14 along with all his might, all his accomplishments, and the cities he built, are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings. # 1Kg 14:29; 15:7 But in his old age he developed a disease in his feet. # 2Ch 16:12 24Then Asa rested with his fathers and was buried in the city of his ancestor David. # 1Kg 14:31; 15:8 His son Jehoshaphat # 1Kg 22:41-50 became king in his place.
Israel’s King Nadab
25Nadab son of Jeroboam # 1Kg 14:20 became king over Israel in the second year of Judah’s King Asa; he reigned over Israel two years. 26Nadab did what was evil in the Lord’s sight and followed the example of his father and the sin he had caused Israel to commit. # 1Kg 14:16; 15:30,34
27Then Baasha # 1Kg 14:14; 15:16 son of Ahijah of the house of Issachar conspired against Nadab, and Baasha struck him down at Gibbethon # Jos 19:44; 1Kg 16:15 of the Philistines while Nadab and all Israel were besieging Gibbethon. 28In the third year of Judah’s King Asa, # 1Kg 15:8-24; 2Ch 14–16 Baasha killed Nadab # 1Kg 16:8-10 and reigned in his place.
29When Baasha became king, he struck down the entire house of Jeroboam. # 1Kg 13:34 He did not leave Jeroboam any survivors but # Lit Jeroboam anyone breathing until destroyed his family according to the word of the Lord He had spoken through His servant Ahijah the Shilonite. # 1Kg 14:10 30This was because Jeroboam had provoked # Lit provoked in the provocation of the Lord God of Israel by the sins he had committed and had caused Israel to commit. # 1Kg 14:7-9
31The rest of the events of Nadab’s reign, along with all his accomplishments, are written in the Historical Record of Israel’s Kings. # 1Kg 14:19; 16:5 32There was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel throughout their reigns. # 1Kg 15:16
Israel’s King Baasha
33In the third year of Judah’s King Asa, Baasha son of Ahijah became king over all Israel and reigned in Tirzah # 1Kg 15:21 24 years. 34He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight and followed the example of Jeroboam and the sin he had caused Israel to commit. # 1Kg 14:16