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1Then the Devar Hashem came to Yehu Ben Chanani against Ba'asha, saying, 2Forasmuch as I exalted thee out of the aphar (dust), and made thee nagid over My people Yisroel; and thou hast walked in the derech Yarov`am, and hast caused My people Yisroel to sin, to provoke Me to anger with their chattot; 3Hineni, I will sweep away after Ba'asha, and after his Bais; and I will make thy Bais like the Bais Yarov`am Ben Nevat. 4Him that dieth of Ba'asha in the Ir shall the kelavim eat; and him that dieth of his in the sadeh (country) shall the oph HaShomayim eat. 5Now the rest of the acts of Ba'asha, and what he did, and his gevurah, are they not written in the Sefer Divrei HaYamim L'Malkhei Yisroel? 6So Ba'asha slept with his avot, and was buried in Tirtzah: and Elah Bno reigned as Melech in his place. 7And also by the yad HaNavi Yehu Ben Chanani came the Devar Hashem against Ba'asha, and against his Bais, even for all ra'ah that he did in the eyes of Hashem, in provoking Him to anger by the ma'aseh (work) of his hands, in becoming like the Bais Yarov`am; and because he struck it. 8In the twenty and sixth year of Asa Melech Yehudah began Elah Ben Ba'asha to reign as Melech over Yisroel in Tirtzah, reigning two years. 9And his eved (official) Zimri, captain of half his chariots, plotted a kesher against him, while Elah was in Tirtzah, drinking himself shikkor in the bais Artza, who was in charge of the Bais (palace) in Tirtzah. 10And Zimri went in and struck him down, killed him, in the 27th year of Asa Melech Yehudah, and reigned as Melech in his place. 11And it came to pass, when he began to reign as king, as soon as he sat on his kisse, that he slaughtered kol Bais Ba'asha; he spared him not one mashtin b'kir (one urinating against a wall, i.e., one male), not go'alim (redeemers) of his nor re'a of his. 12Thus Zimri destroyed kol Bais Ba'asha, according to Devar Hashem, which He spoke against Ba'asha by Yehu HaNavi [2Chr 19:2; 20:34]. 13For all the chattot of Ba'asha, and the chattot of Elah Bno, by which they sinned, and by which they made Yisroel to sin, in provoking Hashem Elohei Yisroel to anger with their havalim (vanities, nothingnesses, i.e., idols). 14Now the rest of the acts of Elah, and all that he did, are they not written in the Sefer Divrei HaYamim L'Malkhei Yisroel? 15In the twenty and seventh year of Asa Melech Yehudah did Zimri reign as Melech shivah yamim in Tirtzah. And the army was encamped against Gibeton, which belonged to the Pelishtim. 16And the army that was encamped heard say, Zimri hath plotted a kesher, and hath also slain HaMelech; wherefore kol Yisroel made Omri, the Sar Tzava, Melech over Yisroel that day in the machaneh. 17And Omri withdrew from Gibeton, and kol Yisroel with him, and they laid siege to Tirtzah. 18And it came to pass, when Zimri saw that the Ir was taken, that he went into the armon (palace, castle) of the Bais HaMelech, and he burned the Bais HaMelech over him with eish, and died. 19For his chattot which he sinned in doing rah (evil) in the eyes of Hashem, in walking in the derech Yarov`am, and in his chattat which he did, to make Yisroel to sin. 20Now the rest of the acts of Zimri, and his kesher that he plotted, are they not written in the Sefer Divrei HaYamim L'Malkhei Yisroel? 21Then were HaAm Yisroel divided into two parts: half of the people followed Tivni Ben Ginat, to make him Melech; and half followed Omri. 22But the people that followed Omri were stronger against the people that followed Tivni Ben Ginat; so Tivni died, and Omri reigned as Melech. 23In the thirty and first year of Asa Melech Yehudah began Omri to reign as Melech over Yisroel, reigning twelve years; shesh shanim reigned he in Tirtzah. 24And he bought the Har Shomron from Shemer for two talents of kesef, and built on the hill, and called the shem of the Ir which he built, after the shem of Shemer, adonei hahar (owner of the hill), Shomron. 25But Omri wrought rah in the eyes of Hashem, and did sin more than all that were before him. 26For he walked in all the derech Yarov`am Ben Nevat, and in his chattat wherewith he made Yisroel to sin, to provoke Hashem Elohei Yisroel to anger with their havalim (vanities, nothingnesses, i.e., idols) 27Now the rest of the acts of Omri which he did, and his gevurah that he did, are they not written in the Sefer Divrei HaYamim L'Malkhei Yisroel? 28So Omri slept with his avot, and was buried in Shomron; and Ach'av Bno reigned as Melech in his place. 29And in the thirty and eighth year of Asa Melech Yehudah began Ach'av Ben Omri (Ahab Son of Omri) to reign as Melech over Yisroel; and Ach'av Ben Omri reigned over Yisroel in Shomron twenty and two shanah. 30And Ach'av Ben Omri did rah in the eyes of Hashem above all that were before him. 31And it came to pass, as if it had not been enough for him to walk in the chattot Yarov`am Ben Nevat, he even took as isha Izevel Bat Etba'al Melech Tzidonim, and went and served Ba'al, and worshipped him. 32And he set up a mizbe'ach for Ba'al in the Bais Ba'al, which he had built in Shomron. 33And Ach'av made HaAsherah; and Ach'av did more to provoke Hashem Elohei Yisroel to anger than all the Malkhei Yisroel that were before him. 34In his days did Chiel of Beit-El build up Yericho; he laid the foundation thereof [at the cost of the life of] Aviram his bechor; set up the gates thereof [at the cost of the life of] his youngest, Seguv, according to Devar Hashem, which He spoke by Yehoshua Ben Nun [see Josh. 6:26].
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