16:1 In the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa Baasha
king of Israel came against Judah, and built Ramah, to the
intent that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of
16:2 Then Asa brought silver and gold out of the treasures of
the house of the LORD and of the king's house, and sent to
Ben-hadad king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying,
16:3 [There is] a league between me and thee, as [there was]
between my father and thy father: behold, I have sent thee
silver and gold; go, break thy league with Baasha king of
Israel, that he may depart from me.
16:4 And Ben-hadad hearkened to king Asa, and sent the captains
of his armies against the cities of Israel; and they smote
Ijon, and Dan, and Abelmaim, and all the store cities of
16:5 And it came to pass, when Baasha heard [it], that he left
off the building of Ramah, and let his work cease.
16:6 Then Asa the king took all Judah; and they carried away the
stones of Ramah, and the timber of it, with which Baasha was
building, and he built with it Geba and Mizpah.
16:7 And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah,
and said to him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria,
and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore hath the host of
the king of Syria escaped out of thy hand.
16:8 Were not the Cushites and the Lubims a numerous army, with
very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely
on the LORD, he delivered them into thy hand.
16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the
whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of [them]
whose heart [is] perfect towards him. In this thou hast done
foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
16:10 Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison
house; for [he was] in a rage with him because of this [thing].
And Asa oppressed [some] of the people the same time.
16:11 And behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they
[are] written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
16:12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was
diseased in his feet, until his disease [was] exceedingly
[severe]: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to
16:13 And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and
fortieth year of his reign.
16:14 And they buried him in his own sepulchers which he had
made for himself in the city of David, and laid him in the bed
which was filled with sweet odors and divers kinds [of spices]
prepared by the apothecaries' art: and they made a very great
burning for him.