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1 Kings 15

Abijam's wicked reign.

1 Kings 15:1 In the eighteenth yere of king Ieroboam the sonne of Nabat, raigned Abiam ouer Iuda. 1 Kings 15:2 Three yeres raigned he in Hierusalem: and his mothers name was Maacha, the daughter of Abisalom. 1 Kings 15:3 And he walked in all the sinnes of his father which he had done before him, and his heart was not perfect with the Lorde his God, as the heart of Dauid his father. 1 Kings 15:4 Neuerthelesse, for Dauids sake did the Lorde his God geue him a lyght in Hierusalem, that he set vp his sonne after him, and stablished Hierusalem: 1 Kings 15:5 Because Dauid did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and turned from nothing that he commaunded him all the dayes of his lyfe, saue onely in the matter of Urias the Hethite. 1 Kings 15:6 And there was warre betweene Rehoboam and Ieroboam, as long as he lyued. 1 Kings 15:7 The rest of the wordes that concerne Abiam, and all that he did, are they not written in the booke of the cronicles of the kinges of Iuda? And there was warre betweene Abiam & Ieroboam.

Asa succeedeth him.

1 Kings 15:8 And Abiam slept with his fathers, & they buried him in the citie of Dauid: and Asa his sonne raigned in his steade.

Asa's good reign.

1 Kings 15:9 In the twentith yere of Ieroboam king of Israel raigned Asa ouer Iuda. 1 Kings 15:10 Fourtie & one yeres raigned he in Hierusalem: and his mothers name was Maacha, the daughter of Abisalom. 1 Kings 15:11 And Asa did [that seemed] ryght in the eyes of the Lorde, as did Dauid his father. 1 Kings 15:12 And he toke away the male stewes out of the lande, and put away all the abhominable idols that his fathers had made. 1 Kings 15:13 And he put downe Maacha his mother from bearing rule, because she had made an idoll in a groue: And Asa destroyed her idoll, and burnt it by the brooke Cedron. 1 Kings 15:14 But the hie places were not put downe: Neuerthelesse Asa his heart was perfect with the Lorde all his dayes. 1 Kings 15:15 He brought in the holy vessels of his father, and that he had dedicate vnto the house of the Lord, golde, and siluer, and iewels.

The war between Baasha and him causeth him to make a league with Ben-hadad.

1 Kings 15:16 And there was warre betweene Asa, & Baasa king of Israel all their dayes. 1 Kings 15:17 And Baasa king of Israel went vp against Iuda, and built Rama, so that he woulde let none go out or in to Asa king of Iuda. 1 Kings 15:18 Then Asa toke al the siluer and golde that was left in the treasures of the house of the Lorde, and the treasures of the kinges house, and deliuered them vnto the handes of his seruauntes, and king Asa sent them to Benhadad the sonne of Tabrimon the sonne of Hezion king of Syria that dwelt at Damasco, saying: 1 Kings 15:19 There is a bonde betweene me & thee, betweene my father and thy father: and beholde I haue sent vnto thee a present of siluer and golde, that thou come and breake the bonde that thou hast with Baasa king of Israel, that he may depart from me. 1 Kings 15:20 So Benhadad hearkened vnto king Asa, & sent the captaynes of the hoastes which he had, against the cities of Israel, and smote Hion, and Dan, and Abel, Beth Maacah, and all [the region of] Ceneroth, with all the lande of Nephthali. 1 Kings 15:21 And when Baasa heard thereof, he left building of Rama, and dwelt in Thirza. 1 Kings 15:22 Then king Asa made a proclamation throughout all Iuda, that none should be excused: And so they toke the stones of Ramah and the tymber wherewith Baasa had builded, and king Asa built with them the hill of Beniamin and Mispah.

Jehoshaphat succeedeth Asa.

1 Kings 15:23 The remnaunt of all the wordes that concerne Asa, and all his might, and all that he did, and the cities which he builded, are they not written in the booke of the cronicles of the kinges of Iuda? Neuerthelesse, in his olde age he was diseased in his feete. 1 Kings 15:24 And Asa slept with his fathers, & was buried beside his fathers in the citie of Dauid his father: And Iehosaphat his sonne raigned in his steade.

Nadab's wicked reign.

1 Kings 15:25 And Nadab the sonne of Ieroboam began to raigne vpon Israel the second yere of Asa king of Iuda, and raigned vpon Israel two yeres. 1 Kings 15:26 And he did euill in ye sight of the Lord, walking in ye way of his father, & in his sinne wherewith he made Israel sinne.

Baasha conspiring against him executeth Ahijah's prophecy.

1 Kings 15:27 And Baasa the sonne of Ahia, which was of the house of Isachar, conspired against him, and Baasa smote him at Gibbethon, which is a citie of the Philistines (for Nadab and al Israel layed siege to Gibbethon) 1 Kings 15:28 Euen in the third yere of Asa king of Iuda, did Baasa slay him, and raigned in his steade. 1 Kings 15:29 And it fortuned that when he was king, he smote all the house of Ieroboam, and he left him naught that breathed, vntill he had put him cleane out, according vnto the saying of the Lorde which he spake by his seruaunt Ahia the Selonite: 1 Kings 15:30 Because of the sinnes of Ieroboam, wherewith he sinned and made Israel sinne, when he with his prouocation angred the Lorde God of Israel.

Nadab's acts and death.

1 Kings 15:31 The rest of the wordes that concerne Nadab, and all that he did, are they not written in the booke of the cronicles of the kinges of Israel? 1 Kings 15:32 And there was warre betweene Asa & Baasa king of Israel all their dayes.

Baasha's wicked reign.

1 Kings 15:33 So in the third yere of Asa king of Iuda, began Baasa the sonne of Ahia to raigne ouer all Israel in Thirza, twentie and foure yeres. 1 Kings 15:34 And he did that which is euill in the sight of the Lorde, walking in the way of Ieroboam, and in his sinne, wherewith he made Israel to sinne.

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