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1 Kings 16

Jehu's prophecy against Baasha.

1 Kings 16:1 Then the word of the Lord came to Iehu the sonne of Hanani against Baasha, saying, 1 Kings 16:2 Forasmuch as I exalted thee out of the dust, & made thee captaine ouer my people Israel, and thou hast walked in the way of Ieroboam, and hast made my people Israel to sinne, to prouoke me with their sinnes, 1 Kings 16:3 Beholde, I will take away the posteritie of Baasha, and the posteritie of his house, and will make thine house like the house of Ieroboam the sonne of Nebat. 1 Kings 16:4 He that dyeth of Baashas stocke in the citie, him shal the dogs eate: and that man of him which dyeth in the fieldes, shall the foules of the ayre eate. 1 Kings 16:5 And the rest of the actes of Baasha & what he did, & his power, are they not written in the booke of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel?

Elah succeedeth him.

1 Kings 16:6 So Baasha slept with his fathers, and was buryed in Tirzah, and Elah his sonne reigned in his steade. 1 Kings 16:7 And also by the hande of Iehu the sonne of Hanani the Prophet, came the worde of the Lord to Baasha, and to his house, that he shoulde be like the house of Ieroboam, euen for all the wickednes that he did in the sight of the Lord, in prouoking him with the worke of his hands, and because he killed him.

Zimri conspiring against Elah succeedeth him.

1 Kings 16:8 In the sixe and twentie yeere of Asa king of Iudah began Elah ye sonne of Baasha to reigne ouer Israel in Tirzah, and reigned two yeere. 1 Kings 16:9 And his seruant Zimri, captaine of halfe his charets, conspired against him, as he was in Tirzah drinking, til he was drunken in the house of Arza steward of his house in Tirzah. 1 Kings 16:10 And Zimri came and smote him & killed him, in the seuen and twentie yeere of Asa king of Iudah, and reigned in his stead.

Zimri executeth Jehu's prophecy.

1 Kings 16:11 And when he was King, and sate on his throne, he slew al the house of Baasha, not leauing thereof one to pisse against a wall, neither of his kinsfolkes nor of his friendes. 1 Kings 16:12 So did Zimri destroy all the house of Baasha, according to the word of the Lord which he spake against Baasha by the hande of Iehu the Prophet, 1 Kings 16:13 For all the sinnes of Baasha, and sinnes of Elah his sonne, which they sinned & made Israel to sinne, and prouoked the Lorde God of Israel with their vanities. 1 Kings 16:14 And the rest of the actes of Elah, & all that he did, are they not written in the booke of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?

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

1 Kings 16:15 In the seuen and twentie yeere of Asa King of Iudah did Zimri reigne seuen dayes in Tirzah, & the people was then in campe against Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistims. 1 Kings 16:16 And the people of the hoste heard saye, Zimri hath conspired, and hath also slayne the King. Wherefore all Israel made Omri the captaine of the hoste, king ouer Israel that same day, euen in the hoste. 1 Kings 16:17 Then Omri went vp from Gibbethon, and all Israel with him, and they besieged Tirzah. 1 Kings 16:18 And when Zimri saw, that the citie was taken, he went into the palace of the Kings house, and burnt himselfe, and the Kings house with fire, and so dyed, 1 Kings 16:19 For his sinnes which hee sinned, in doing that which is euil in the sight of the Lord, in walking in the way of Ieroboam, and in his sinnes which he did, causing Israel to sinne. 1 Kings 16:20 And the rest of the actes of Zimri, and his treason that hee wrought, are they not written in the booke of the Chronicles 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 followed Tibni the sonne of Ginath to make him King, & the other halfe followed Omri. 1 Kings 16:22 But the people that folowed Omri, preuayled against the people that followed Tibni the sonne of Ginath: so Tibni dyed, & Omri reigned.

Omri buildeth Samaria.

1 Kings 16:23 In the one and thirtie yeere of Asa King of Iudah bega Omri to reigne ouer Israel, & reigned twelue yeere. Sixe yeere reigned he in Tirzah. 1 Kings 16:24 And he bought the mountaine Samaria of one Shemer for two talents of siluer, & buylt in the mountaine, & called the name of the citie, which he buylt, after the name of Shemer lord of the mountaine, Samaria.

His wicked reign.

1 Kings 16:25 But Omri did euil in the eyes of the Lord, 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 Nebat, & in his sinnes wherewith he made Israel to sinne in prouoking the Lord God of Israel with their vanities.

Ahab succeedeth him.

1 Kings 16:27 And the rest of the actes of Omri, that hee did, and his strength that he shewed, are they not written in the booke of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel? 1 Kings 16:28 And Omri slept with his fathers, and was buryed in Samaria: and Ahab his sonne reigned in his stead.

Ahab's most wicked reign.

1 Kings 16:29 Nowe Ahab the sonne of Omri began to reigne ouer Israel, in the eyght & thirtie yeere of Asa king of Iudah: and Ahab the sonne of Omri reigned ouer Israel in Samaria two & twety yere. 1 Kings 16:30 And Ahab the sonne of Omri did worse in ye sight of the Lord then al that were before him. 1 Kings 16:31 For was it a light thing for him to walke in the sinnes of Ieroboam the sonne of Nebat, except hee tooke Iezebel also the daughter of Ethbaal King of the Zidonians to wife, and went and serued Baal, and worshipped him? 1 Kings 16:32 Also he reared vp an altar to Baal in the house of Baal, which he had buylt in Samaria. 1 Kings 16:33 And Ahab made a groue, & Ahab proceeded, & did prouoke the Lord God of Israel more then all the kings of Israel that were before him.

Joshua's curse upon Hiel the builder of Jericho.

1 Kings 16:34 In his dayes did Hiel the Bethelite buylde Iericho: he layed the foundation thereof in Abiram his eldest sonne, and set vp the gates thereof in his yongest sonne Segub, according to the worde of the Lorde which he spake by Ioshua the sonne of Nun.

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