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1 Kings 16

Jehu's prophecy against Baasha.

1 Kings 16:1 Then the worde of the Lorde came to Iehu the sonne of Hanani against Baasa, saying: 1 Kings 16:2 Forasmuch as I exalted thee out of the duste, and made thee captayne ouer my people Israel, and thou hast walked in the way of Ieroboam, and hast made my people Israel to sinne, to anger me with their sinnes: 1 Kings 16:3 Beholde, I will roote out the posteritie of Baasa, and the posteritie of his house: and will make thy house lyke the house of Ieroboa the sonne of Nabat. 1 Kings 16:4 That man of Baasa which dyeth in the citie, him shall the dogges eate: and that man of him which dyeth in the fieldes, shall the foules of the ayre eate. 1 Kings 16:5 The rest of the wordes that concerne Baasa, and what he did, & his power, are they not written in the booke of the cronicles of the kinges of Israel?

Elah succeedeth him.

1 Kings 16:6 And so Baasa slept with his fathers, and was buried in Thirza, and Ela his sonne raigned in his steade. 1 Kings 16:7 And by the hande of the prophet Iehu the sonne of Hanani, came the worde of the Lord against Baasa, and against his house, & against all the wickednesse that he did in the sight of the Lorde, in angryng him with the worke of his owne handes, that he should be like the house of Ieroboam, and because he killed him.

Zimri conspiring against Elah succeedeth him.

1 Kings 16:8 The twentie & sixth yere of Asa king of Iuda, began Ela the sonne of Baasa to raigne ouer Israel in Thirza, two yeres. 1 Kings 16:9 And his seruaunt Zimri (which was captayne of halfe his charets) conspired against him as he was in Thirza drinking, and was druncken in the house of Arza, steward of his house in Thirza. 1 Kings 16:10 And Zimri came, and smote him, and killed him in the twentie & seuenth yere of Asa king of Iuda, and raigned in his steade.

Zimri executeth Jehu's prophecy.

1 Kings 16:11 And it fortuned that when he was king and sat on his seate, he slue al the house of Baasa, not leauing thereof one to pysse against a wall: Yea, he slue his kinsefolkes and freendes also. 1 Kings 16:12 And thus did Zimri destroy all the house of Baasa, according to the worde of the Lorde, which he spake against Baasa by the hande of Iehu the prophet, 1 Kings 16:13 For all the sinnes of Baasa and sinnes of Ela his sonne which they sinned, and made Israel to sinne and angre the Lorde God of Israel with their vanities. 1 Kings 16:14 The rest of the wordes that concerne Ela & all that he did, are they not written in the booke of the cronicles of the kinges of Israel?

Omri, made king by the soldiers, forceth Zimri desperately to burn himself.

1 Kings 16:15 In the twentie & seuenth yere of Asa king of Iuda, did Zimri raigne seuen dayes in Thirza: & the people was then in the hoast besieging Gibbethon, a citie of the Philistines. 1 Kings 16:16 And the people in the hoast heard [one] saye, Zimri hath conspired, and slayne the king: Wherefore all they of Israel made Amri the captayne of the hoast, king ouer Israel that same day, euen in the hoast. 1 Kings 16:17 And Amri departed vp from Gibbethon, and all Israel with him, and they besieged Thirza. 1 Kings 16:18 And when Zimri sawe that the citie must needes be taken, he went into the palace of the kinges house, and burnt him selfe & the kinges house with fyre, and so dyed 1 Kings 16:19 For his sinnes which he sinned, in doing that which is euill in the sight of the Lorde, and in walking in the waye of Ieroboam, and in his sinnes which he did, and in that he made Israel to sinne. 1 Kings 16:20 The rest of the wordes that concerne Zimri, & the treason that he wrought, are they not written in the booke of the cronicles of the kinges of Israel?

The kingdom being divided, Omri prevaileth against Tibni.

1 Kings 16:21 Then were the people of Israel deuided into two partes: for halfe the people folowed Thibni the sonne of Ginath, making him king: and the other halfe folowed Amri. 1 Kings 16:22 But the people that folowed Amri, preuayled against the people that folowed Thibni the sonne of Ginath: And so Thibni dyed, and Amri raigned.

Omri buildeth Samaria.

1 Kings 16:23 In the thirtie and one yere of Asa king of Iuda, began Amri to raigne ouer Israel twelue yeres: Sixe yeres raigned he in Thirza. 1 Kings 16:24 He bought the hill Schomron of one Schemar for two talents of siluer, and buylt in the hill, and called the name of the citie which he buylt, after the name of Schemar, which had ben owner of the hill Schomron.

His wicked reign.

1 Kings 16:25 But Amri wrought that which is euil in the eyes of the Lorde, and did worse then all that were before him. 1 Kings 16:26 For he walked in all the way of Ieroboam the sonne of Nabat, and in his sinnes, that made Israel sinne, to anger the Lorde God of Israel with their vanities.

Ahab succeedeth him.

1 Kings 16:27 The rest of the wordes that concerne Amri, & al that he did, and his strength that he shewed, are they not written in the booke of the cronicles of the kinges of Israel? 1 Kings 16:28 And so Amri slept with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria, & Ahab his sonne raigned in his steade.

Ahab's most wicked reign.

1 Kings 16:29 In the thirtie and eyght yere of Asa king of Iuda, began Ahab the sonne of Amri to raigne ouer Israel, & the same Ahab the sonne of Amri raigned ouer Israel in Samaria twentie and two yeres. 1 Kings 16:30 And Ahab the sonne of Amri did euill in the sight of the Lorde aboue all that were before him. 1 Kings 16:31 For it seemed vnto him but a light thing to walke in the sinnes of Ieroboam the sonne of Nabat: He toke Iezabel also the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonites to wyfe, and went and serued Baal, and worshipped him. 1 Kings 16:32 And he reared vp an aulter for Baal in the temple of Baal which he had builded in Schomron: 1 Kings 16:33 And Ahab made a groue, and proceeded further in angring the Lorde God of Israel then all the kinges of Israel that were before him.

Joshua's curse upon Hiel the builder of Jericho.

1 Kings 16:34 In his dayes did Hiel of Bethel build Iericho: He layde the foundation therof in Abiram his eldest sonne, and set vp the gates thereof in his youngest sonne Segub, according vnto the word of the Lorde which he spake by Iosuah the sonne of Nun.

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