1 Kings 16
King Elah of Israel
- 1 The Lord sent Jehu son of Hanani to say to Baasha:
- 2 Nobody knew who
you were until I, the Lord, chose you to be the leader of my
people Israel. And now youre acting exactly like Jeroboam
by causing the Israelites to sin. What youve done has made
me so angry 3 that I will destroy you and your family, just as
I did the family of Jeroboam. 4 Dogs will eat the bodies of your
relatives who die in town, and vultures will eat the bodies of
those who die in the country.
- 5 Baasha made the Lord very angry,
and thats why the Lord gave Jehu this message for Baasha
and his family. Baasha constantly disobeyed the Lord by following
Jeroboams sinful examplebut even worse, he killed
everyone in Jeroboams family!
Everything else Baasha did while he was
king, including his brave deeds, is written in The History of
the Kings of Israel. Baasha died and was buried in Tirzah, and
his son Elah became king.
King Zimri of Israel
- 8 Elah son of Baasha became king
of Israel after Asa had been king of Judah for twenty-five years,
and he ruled from Tirzah for two years.
9 Zimri commanded half of Elahs
chariots, and he made plans to kill Elah.
One day, Elah was in Tirzah, getting
drunk at the home of Arza, his prime minister, 10 when Zimri
went there and killed Elah. So Zimri became king in the twenty-seventh
year of Asas rule in Judah.
11 As soon as Zimri
became king, he killed everyone in Baashas family. Not
one man or boy in his family was left aliveeven his close
friends were killed. 12 Baashas family
was completely wiped out, just as the Lords prophet Jehu
had warned. 13 Baasha and Elah sinned and caused the Israelites
to sin, and they made the Lord angry by worshiping idols.
14 Everything else Elah did while he
was king is written in The History of the Kings of Israel.
King Omri of Israel
- 15 Zimri became king of Israel in
Asas twenty-seventh year as king of Judah, but he ruled
only seven days from Tirzah.
Israels army was camped near Gibbethon
in Philistia under the command of Omri. The soldiers heard that
Zimri had killed Elah, and they made Omri their king that same
day. 17 At once, Omri and his army marched to Tirzah and attacked.
18 When Zimri saw that the town was captured, he ran into the
strongest part of the palace and killed himself by setting it
on fire. 19 Zimri had disobeyed the Lord by following the evil
example of Jeroboam, who had caused the Israelites to sin.
20 Everything else Zimri did while he
was king, including his rebellion against Elah, is written in
The History of the Kings of Israel.
King Ahab of Israel
- 21 After Zimri died, some of the
Israelites wanted Tibni son of Ginath to be king, but others
wanted Omri. 22 Omris followers were stronger than Tibnis,
so Tibni was killed, and Omri became king of Israel 23 in the
thirty-first year of Asas rule in Judah.
Omri ruled Israel for twelve years. The
first six years he ruled from Tirzah, 24 then
he bought the hill of Samaria from Shemer for about one hundred
fifty pounds of silver. He built a town there and named it Samaria,
after Shemer who had owned the hill.
25 Omri did more evil things than any
king before him. 26 He acted just like Jeroboam and made the
Lord God of Israel angry by causing the Israelites to sin and
to worship idols.
27 Everything else Omri did while he
was king, including his brave deeds, is written in The History
of the Kings of Israel. 28 Omri died and was buried in Samaria,
and his son Ahab became king.
- 29 Ahab son of Omri became king of
Israel in the thirty-eighth year of Asas rule in Judah,
and he ruled twenty-two years from Samaria.
30 Ahab did more things to disobey the
Lord than any king before him. 31 He acted just like Jeroboam.
Even worse, he married Jezebel the daughter of King Ethbaal of
Sidon and started worshiping Baal. 32 Ahab built an altar and
temple for Baal in Samaria 33 and set up a sacred
pole for worshiping the goddess Asherah. Ahab did more to make
the Lord God of Israel angry than any king of Israel before him.
34 While Ahab was king, a man from Bethel
named Hiel rebuilt the town of Jericho. But while Hiel was laying
the foundation for the town wall, his oldest son Abiram died.
And while he was finishing the gates, his youngest son Segub
died. This happened just as the Lord had told Joshua to say many
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