2 Chronicles

2 Chronicles 16 ©

1Asa maketh a league with Ben-hadad king of Syria against Baasha, who is thereby diverted from the building of Ramah; Asa with the stones thereof buildeth Geba and Mizpah. 7Hanani the seer, reproving him for applying to the Syrians for aid rather than to God, is imprisoned by him. 11Asa in his sickness seeketh not to God, but to the physicians. 13His death and burial.

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IN the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa aBaasha king of Israel came up against Judah, and built bRamah, to the intent that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.

a 1Ki. 15.17-22; 12.27. ch. 11.16.
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Then cAsa brought out 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 1Damascus, saying,

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There is da 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.

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And Ben-hadad ehearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains 2of his armies against the cities of Israel; and they smote fIjon, and Dan, and Abel-maim, and all the store cities of Naphtali.

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And it came to pass, when Baasha heard it, that he left off building of Ramah, and let his work cease.

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Then gAsa the king took all Judah; and they carried away the stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha was building; and he built therewith hGeba and Mizpah.

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¶And at that time iHanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, jBecause thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand.

j Is. 31.1. Je. 17.5,6. ch. 13.18.
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Were not kthe Ethiopians and the Lubims 3a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, lhe delivered them into thine hand.

l ch. 13.16.
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For the meyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, 4to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou nhast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

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Then Asa owas *wroth with the seer, and put him in pa prison house; for he was in a rage with him because of this thing. And Asa 5oppressed some of the people qthe same time.

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¶And, rbehold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.

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And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was sdiseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he tsought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.

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¶And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.

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And uthey buried him in his own sepulchres, which he had 6made for himself in the city of David, and laid him in the bed which was filled with vsweet odours and *divers kinds of spices prepared by the apothecaries' art: and they made a very great wburning for him.