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1 Kings 16

Jehu's prophecy against Baasha.

1 Kings 16:1 Neuertheles the worde of the LORDE came vnto Iehu the sonne of Hanani agaynst Baesa, and sayde: 1 Kings 16:2 For so moch as I lifted the out of the dust, and made the prynce ouer my people of Israel, and thou walkest in the waye of Ieroboam, and makest my people ouer Israel for to synne, to prouoke me vnto wrath thorow their synnes, 1 Kings 16:3 beholde, therfore wyll I take awaye the posterite of Beasa, and the posterite of his house, and wyll set thine house euen as the house of Ieroboam the sonne of Nebat. 1 Kings 16:4 He that of Baesa dyeth in the cite, the dogges shal deuoure him: and who so beynge of him dyeth in the felde, the foules of the ayre shall eate him vp. 1 Kings 16:5 What more there is to saye of Baesa, & what he dyd, & of his power, beholde, it is wrytten in ye Cronicles of the kynges of Israel.

Elah succeedeth him.

1 Kings 16:6 And Baesa slepte with his fathers, & was buried at Thirza: & his sonne Ella was kynge in his steade. 1 Kings 16:7 And the worde of ye LORDE came by the prophet Iehu the sonne of Hanani, ouer Baesa, and ouer his house, and agaynst all the euell that he dyd in the sighte of ye LORDE, to prouoke him vnto wrath thorow the workes of his handes: so that he became as the house of Ieroboam, and because he slewe this man.

Zimri conspiring against Elah succeedeth him.

1 Kings 16:8 In the sixe & twentieth yeare of Asa kynge of Iuda, was Ella the sonne of Baesa kynge ouer Israel at Thirza two yeare. 1 Kings 16:9 Neuertheles his seruaunt Simri, ye principall man ouer the halfe of ye charettes cospyred against him. As for Ella, he was at Thirza, dranke & was dronke in ye house of Arza the ruler of Thirza. 1 Kings 16:10 And Simri came in, and slewe him in the seuen & twentieth yeare of Asa kynge of Iuda, and was kynge in his steade.

Zimri executeth Jehu's prophecy.

1 Kings 16:11 And whan he was kynge, and sat vpon his seate, he smote all the house of Baesa, & lefte not so moch as one to make water agaynst ye wall: his bloud auengers also & his frendes. 1 Kings 16:12 Thus dyd Simri destroye all the house of Baesa, acordinge to the worde of the LORDE, which he spake ouer Baesa by the prophet Iehu, 1 Kings 16:13 because of all the synnes of Baesa and of Ella his sonne, which they dyd, and made Israel for to synne, to prouoke the LORDE God of Israel vnto wrath thorow their vanities. 1 Kings 16:14 What more there is to saye of Ella, and all that he dyd, beholde, it is wrytten in the Cronicles of the kynges of Israel.

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

1 Kings 16:15 In the seuen and twentieth yeare of Asa kynge of Iuda, was Simri kynge vij. dayes at Thirza, and the people laye before Gibbethon of the Philistynes. 1 Kings 16:16 But whan the people in the hoost herde saye yt Simri had conspired and slayne the kynge, then all Israel the same daye made Amri the chefe captayne kynge ouer all in the hoost. 1 Kings 16:17 And Amri wente vp and all Israel with him from Gibbethon, and layed sege vnto Thirza. 1 Kings 16:18 But whan Simri sawe yt the cite shulde be wonne, he wente in to the palace in the kynges house, & brent it with ye kynges house, & dyed 1 Kings 16:19 because of his synnes which he had committed, in that he dyd euell in the sighte of the LORDE, and walked in the waye of Ieroboam, and in his synnes which he dyd, wherwith he made Israel to synne. 1 Kings 16:20 What more there is to saye of Simri, and how he conspired, beholde, it is wrytten in ye Cronicles of the kynges of Israel.

The kingdom being divided, Omri prevaileth against Tibni.

1 Kings 16:21 At the same tyme were ye people deuyded in two partes: the one parte helde with Thibni the sonne of Ginath, that they might make him kynge: the other halfe helde with Amri. 1 Kings 16:22 But the people that helde with Amri, were mightier then the people which helde with Thibni ye sonne of Ginath. And Thibni dyed, and Amri was kynge.

Omri buildeth Samaria.

1 Kings 16:23 In ye one and thirtieth yeare of Asa kynge of Iuda, was Amri kynge ouer Israel twolue yeares, & raigned at Thirza sixe yeares. 1 Kings 16:24 He boughte the mount of Samaria of Semer for two hundreth weight of syluer, & buylded vpon the mount, and called the cite which he buylded, after ye name of Semer ye owner of ye mount of Samaria.

His wicked reign.

1 Kings 16:25 And Amri dyd that which was euell in ye sighte of the LORDE, and was worse then all they that were before him, 1 Kings 16:26 and walked in all ye wayes of Ieroboam ye sonne of Nebat, and in his synnes, wherwith he made Israel to synne, so that they prouoked the LORDE God of Israel vnto wrath in their vanities.

Ahab succeedeth him.

1 Kings 16:27 What more there is to saye of Amri, & all that he dyd, and his power that he exercysed, beholde, it is wrytten in the Cronicles of the kynges of Israel. 1 Kings 16:28 And Amri slepte with his fathers, & was buried in Samaria, and Achab his sonne was kynge in his steade.

Ahab's most wicked reign.

1 Kings 16:29 In the eight & thirtieth yeare of Asa kynge of Iuda, was Achab the sonne of Amri kynge ouer Israel, & raigned ouer Israel at Samaria two & twentie yeare, 1 Kings 16:30 & dyd euell in the sighte of the LORDE, more the all they yt were before him. 1 Kings 16:31 And he thoughte it but a small matter to walke in the synnes of Ieroboam the sonne of Nebat: and toke Iesabel the doughter of Eth Baal kynge of Sidon to wife, and wente and serued Baal, and worshiped him. 1 Kings 16:32 And vnto Baal he set vp an altare in Baals house, which he buylded him in Samaria, 1 Kings 16:33 and made a groue: so that Achab dyd more to prouoke the God of Israel vnto wrath, then all the kynges yt were before him in Israel.

Joshua's curse upon Hiel the builder of Jericho.

1 Kings 16:34 At ye same tyme dyd Hiel of Bethel buylde Iericho: It cost him his first sonne Abiram, yt he layed ye foundacion: & his yongest sonne Segub, yt he set vp the portes: Acordinge to the worde of the LORDE, which he spake by Iosua the sonne of Nun.

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