1 The eighteenth year of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, king Abijam reigned over Judah, 2 and ruled three years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Maacah, the daughter of Abishalom.
3 And he walked in all the sins of his father which he did before him, and his heart was not whole with the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father. 4 Nevertheless, for David's sake did the LORD his God give him a light in Jerusalem; that he set up his son after him to continue Jerusalem, 5 because that David did which pleased the LORD and turned from nothing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.
6 And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam as long as he lived. 7 And the rest of the deeds of Abijam and all that he did, are written in the book of the deeds that were done in the days of the kings of Judah. And there was war between Abijam and Jeroboam. 8 And Abijam rested with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David. And Asa his son reigned in his stead.
9 The twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel, Asa began to reign over Judah, 10 and ruled in Jerusalem forty one years. And his mother's name was Maacah the daughter of Abishalom.
11 And Asa did that seemed right in the eyes of the LORD, like David his father. 12 And he made the stews of males depart the land, and put away all the idols that his fathers had made. 13 And thereto he put down Maacah his mother from bearing rule, because she had made an idol in a grove. And Asa destroyed her idol and burnt it by the brook Kidron. 14 But he put not down the hill altars. Nevertheless, Asa's heart was whole with the LORD all his days. 15 And he brought in that which his father had dedicated, and the things dedicated unto the house of the LORD; silver, gold, and jewels.
16 And there was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all their days. 17 And Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah, and built Ramah, because that he would let none of Asa's people, king of Judah, go in or out. 18 Then Asa took all the silver and gold that was left in the treasure of the house of the LORD, and all the treasure of the king's house and delivered it unto his servants, and sent them to Benhadad the son of Tabrimmon the son of Hezion king of Syria that dwelt at Damascus, saying, 19 "There is a bond between thee and me as was between thy father and mine. Therefore, I send thee both gold and silver for a gift, that thou go and break the covenant between thee and Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me."
20 And Benhadad hearkened unto king Asa and sent the captains of the hosts which he had against the cities of Israel, and smote Ijon, Dan, Abel called Bethmaacah and all Chinnereth with all the land of Naphtali. 21 And when Baasha heard that, he left building of Ramah and dwelt in Tirzah. 22 Then king Asa made a proclamation throughout all Judah, that none should be excused. And they took the stones of Ramah and the timber wherewith Baasha had built, and king Asa built therewith Geba in Benjamin and Mizphah.
23 And the remnant of all the deeds of Asa and of all his might and of all that he did, and the cities which he built, are written in the chronicles of the acts done in the days of the kings of Judah. Neverthelater, in his old age he was diseased in his feet. 24 And Asa laid him to rest with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father. And Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his room.
25 And Nadab the son of Jeroboam began to reign upon Israel, the second year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned upon Israel two years. 26 And he did evil in the sight of the LORD and walked in the way of his father and in his sin wherewith he made Israel sin.
27 But Baasha the son of Ahijah of the house of Issachar conspired against him, and slew him at Gibbethon a city of the Philistines; for Nadab and all Israel lay at siege before Gibbethon. 28 And it was the third year of Asa king of Judah, when Baasha slew him, and reigned in his stead.
29 And as soon as he was king, he slew all the house of Jeroboam and left him nought that breathed, until he had put him clean out, agreeing unto the saying of the LORD which he spake by his servant Ahijah the Shilonite, 30 for the sin of Jeroboam wherewith he sinned and made Israel sin, and for his angering wherewith he angered the LORD God of Israel.
31 The rest of the deeds of Nadab, and all he did, are written in the chronicles of the kings of Israel. 32 And there was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all their days.