1 Kings 16 ©
Jehu's prophecy against the house of Baasha. Baasha dieth, and is succeeded by Elah. Zimri slayeth Elah, and succeedeth him. He executeth Jehu's prophecy against Baasha's house. Omri, made king by the army, besiegeth Zimri in Tirzah, who in despair burneth himself. The people being divided, Omri's faction prevaileth against Tibni's. Omri buildeth Samaria. After a wicked reign, he dieth, and is succeeded by Ahab. Ahab's excessive wickedness and idolatry. Joshua's curse fulfilled upon Hiel the builder of Jericho.
*Forasmuch as I bexalted thee out of the dust, and made thee prince over my people Israel; and cthou hast walked in the way of Jeroboam, and hast made my people Israel to sin, to provoke me to anger with their sins;
And also by the jhand of the prophet kJehu the son of Hanani came the word of the LORD against Baasha, and against his house, even for all the evil that he did in the sight of the LORD, in provoking him to anger with the lwork of his hands, in being like the house of Jeroboam; and because he mkilled him.
¶In the twenty and sixth year of Asa king of Judah began Elah the son of Baasha to reign over Israel in Tirzah, two years.
Thus did Zimri destroy all the house of Baasha, taccording to the word of the LORD, which he spake against Baasha 3by Jehu the prophet,
For uall the sins of Baasha, and the sins of Elah his son, by which they sinned, and by which they made Israel to sin, in provoking the LORD God of Israel to anger with their v*vanities.
And the people that were encamped heard say, Zimri hath conspired, and hath also slain the king: wherefore all Israel made zOmri, the captain of the host, king over Israel that day in the camp.
But the people that followed Omri prevailed against the people that followed Tibni the son of Ginath: so Tibni died, and Omri reigned.
¶In the thirty and first year of Asa king of Judah began Omri to reign over Israel, htwelve years: six years reigned he in Tirzah.
And he bought the hill 4Samaria of Shemer for two talents of silver, and built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built, after the name of Shemer, owner of the hill, Samaria.
So Omri slept with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria: and Ahab his son reigned in his *stead.
¶And in the lthirty and eighth year of Asa king of Judah began Ahab the son of Omri to reign over Israel: and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty and two years.
And it came to pass, as if 5it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that nhe took to wife oJezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the pZidonians, and went and qserved rBaal, and worshipped him.
¶In his days did Hiel the wBeth-elite build xJericho: he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, yaccording to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun.