1 Kings 15
Holman Christian Standard Bible

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.a His mother’s name was Maacahb daughterc of Abishalom.

3Abijam walked in all the sins his father before him had committed,d and he was not completely devoted to the LORD his God as his ancestor David had been.e 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.f 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,g except in the matter of Uriahh the Hittite.

6There had been war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days of Rehoboam’s life.i 7The rest of the events of Abijam’s reign, along with all his accomplishments, are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings.j There was also war between Abijam and Jeroboam.k 8Abijam rested with his fathers and was buried in the city of David.l His son Asa became king in his place.m

Judah’s King Asa

9In the twentieth year of Israel’s King Jeroboam,n Asa became king of Judah 10and reigned 41 years in Jerusalem. His grandmother’so name was Maacahp daughterq of Abishalom.

11Asa did what was right in the LORD’s eyes, as his ancestor David had done.r 12He banished the male cult prostitutess from the land and removed all of the idols that his fathers had made.t 13He alsou removed his grandmotherv Maacah from being queen mother because she had made an obscene image of Asherah. Asa chopped down her obscene image and burned itw in the Kidron Valley.x 14The high places were not taken away;y but Asa’s heart was completely devoted to the LORD his entire life.z 15He brought his father’s consecrated gifts and his own consecrated gifts into the LORD’s temple: silver, gold, and utensils.aa

16There was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel throughout their reigns.ab 17Israel’s King Baasha went to war against Judah.ac He built Ramahad 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 templeae and the treasuries of the royal palace and put it into the hands of his servants. Then King Asa sent them to Ben-hadadaf son of Tabrimmon son of Hezion king of Aram who lived in Damascus,ag saying, 19There is a treaty between me and you, between my father and your father.ah Look, I have sent you a gift of silver and gold. Go and break your treaty with Baasha king of Israelai 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,aj Dan,ak Abel-beth-maacah,al all Chinnereth,am and the whole land of Naphtali.an 21When Baasha heard about it, he quit building Ramah and stayed in Tirzah.ao 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 Gebaap of Benjamin and Mizpahaq with them.

23The rest of all the events of Asa’s reign,ar along with all his might, all his accomplishments, and the cities he built, are written in the Historical Record of Judah’s Kings.as But in his old age he developed a disease in his feet.at 24Then Asa rested with his fathers and was buried in the city of his ancestor David.au His son Jehoshaphatav became king in his place.

Israel’s King Nadab

25Nadab son of Jeroboamaw 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.ax

27Then Baashaay son of Ahijah of the house of Issachar conspired against Nadab, and Baasha struck him down at Gibbethonaz of the Philistines while Nadab and all Israel were besieging Gibbethon. 28In the third year of Judah’s King Asa,ba Baasha killed Nadabbb and reigned in his place.

29When Baasha became king, he struck down the entire house of Jeroboam.bc He did not leave Jeroboam any survivors butbd destroyed his family according to the word of the LORD He had spoken through His servant Ahijah the Shilonite.be 30This was because Jeroboam had provokedbf the LORD God of Israel by the sins he had committed and had caused Israel to commit.bg

31The rest of the events of Nadab’s reign, along with all his accomplishments, are written in the Historical Record of Israel’s Kings.bh 32There was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel throughout their reigns.bi

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 Tirzahbj 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.bk


Footnotes:
a. 15:1-2 2Ch 13:1-2
b. 15:2 1Kg 15:10,13; 2Ch 13:2
c. 15:2 Possibly granddaughter; 2Ch 13:2
d. 15:3 1Kg 14:21-22
e. 15:3 1Kg 9:4; 11:4
f. 15:4 2Sm 21:17; 1Kg 11:36; 2Ch 21:7
g. 15:5 1Kg 9:4; 14:8
h. 15:5 2Sm 11:3,15-17; 12:9-10
i. 15:6 1Kg 14:30; 2Ch 12:15
j. 15:7 1Kg 14:29
k. 15:7 2Ch 13:4-20
l. 15:8 1Kg 14:31; 2Ch 14:1
m. 15:8 1Kg 14:31; 2Ch 14–16
n. 15:9 1Kg 15:1
o. 15:10 Lit mother’s
p. 15:10 1Kg 15:2
q. 15:10 Possibly granddaughter; 2Ch 13:2
r. 15:11 1Kg 9:4-5; 2Ch 14:2
s. 15:12 Dt 23:17; 1Kg 14:24
t. 15:11-12 1Kg 11:7; 14:23; 2Ch 14:3,5
u. 15:13-15 2Ch 15:16-18
v. 15:13 Lit mother
w. 15:13 Ex 32:20
x. 15:13 2Kg 23:6
y. 15:14 1Kg 22:43
z. 15:14 1Kg 8:61; 15:3
aa. 15:15 1Kg 7:51
ab. 15:16 1Kg 15:32
ac. 15:17-22 2Ch 16:1-6
ad. 15:17 Jos 18:25
ae. 15:18 1Kg 14:26
af. 15:18 1Kg 20:1
ag. 15:18 1Kg 11:23-24
ah. 15:19 1Kg 5:12; 2Ch 16:7
ai. 15:19 1Kg 15:27-28
aj. 15:20 2Kg 15:29
ak. 15:20 Jdg 18:29; 1Kg 12:29
al. 15:20 2Sm 20:15; 2Kg 15:29
am. 15:20 Jos 11:2; 12:3
an. 15:20 Jos 19:32-39; 1Kg 20:34
ao. 15:21 1Kg 14:17; 15:33; 16:8,15-18
ap. 15:22 Jos 18:24; 21:17
aq. 15:22 Jos 11:3; 2Ch 16:6
ar. 15:23-24 2Ch 16:11-14
as. 15:23 1Kg 14:29; 15:7
at. 15:23 2Ch 16:12
au. 15:24 1Kg 14:31; 15:8
av. 15:24 1Kg 22:41-50
aw. 15:25 1Kg 14:20
ax. 15:26 1Kg 14:16; 15:30,34
ay. 15:27 1Kg 14:14; 15:16
az. 15:27 Jos 19:44; 1Kg 16:15
ba. 15:28 1Kg 15:8-24; 2Ch 14–16
bb. 15:28 1Kg 16:8-10
bc. 15:29 1Kg 13:34
bd. 15:29 Lit Jeroboam anyone breathing until
be. 15:29 1Kg 14:10
bf. 15:30 Lit provoked in the provocation of
bg. 15:30 1Kg 14:7-9
bh. 15:31 1Kg 14:19; 16:5
bi. 15:32 1Kg 15:16
bj. 15:33 1Kg 15:21
bk. 15:34 1Kg 14:16
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