1 Kings 15-17 Bible in Basic English

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The Reign of Abijam

15 1  Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, Abijam became king over Judah. 2  For three years he was king in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Maacah, the daughter of Abishalom. 3  And he did the same sins which his father had done before him: his heart was not completely true to the Lord his God, like the heart of David his father. 4  But because of David, the Lord gave him a light in Jerusalem, making his sons king after him, so that Jerusalem might be safe; 5  Because David did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, and never in all his life went against his orders, but only in the question of Uriah the Hittite. 6  ... 7  Now the rest of the acts of Abijam, and all he did, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Judah? And there was war between Abijam and Jeroboam. 8  Then Abijam went to rest with his fathers, and they put him into the earth in the town of David: and Asa his son became king in his place.

The Reign of Asa

9  In the twentieth year that Jeroboam was king of Israel, Asa became king over Judah. 10  And he was king for forty-one years in Jerusalem; his mother's name was Maacah, the daughter of Abishalom. 11  Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as David his father did. 12  Those used for sex purposes in the worship of the gods he sent out of the country, and he took away all the images which his fathers had made. 13  And he would not let Maacah his mother be queen, because she had made a disgusting image for Asherah; and Asa had the image cut down and burned by the stream Kidron. 14  The high places, however, were not taken away: but still the heart of Asa was true to the Lord all his life. 15  He took into the house of the Lord all the things which his father had made holy, and those which he himself had made holy, silver and gold and vessels.

Asa's League with Ben-hadad

16  Now there was war between Asa and Baasha, king of Israel, all their days. 17  And Baasha, king of Israel, went up against Judah, building Ramah, so that no one was able to go out or in to Asa, king of Judah. 18  Then Asa took all the silver and gold which was still stored in the Lord's house, and in the king's house, and sent them, in the care of his servants, to Ben-hadad, son of Tabrimmon, son of Rezon, king of Aram, at Damascus, saying, 19  Let there be an agreement between me and you as there was between my father and your father: see, I have sent you an offering of silver and gold; go and put an end to your agreement with Baasha, king of Israel, so that he may give up attacking me. 20  So Ben-hadad did as King Asa said, and sent the captains of his armies against the towns of Israel, attacking Ijon and Dan and Abel-beth-maacah, and all Chinneroth as far as all the land of Naphtali. 21  And Baasha, hearing of it, put a stop to the building of Ramah, and was living in Tirzah. 22  Then King Asa got all Judah together, making every man come; and they took away the stones and the wood with which Baasha was building Ramah, and King Asa made use of them for building Geba in the land of Benjamin, and Mizpah. 23  Now the rest of the acts of Asa, and his power, and all he did, and the towns of which he was the builder, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Judah? But when he was old he had a disease of the feet. 24  So Asa went to rest with his fathers and was put into the earth in the town of David his father: and Jehoshaphat his son became king in his place.

The Reign of Nadab

25  Nadab, the son of Jeroboam, became king over Israel in the second year that Asa was king of Judah; and he was king of Israel for two years. 26  He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, copying the evil ways of his father, and the sin which he did and made Israel do. 27  And Baasha, the son of Ahijah, of the family of Issachar, made a secret design against him, attacking him at Gibbethon, a town of the Philistines; for Nadab and the armies of Israel were making war on Gibbethon. 28  In the third year of the rule of Asa, king of Judah, Baasha put him to death, and became king in his place. 29  And straight away when he became king, he sent destruction on all the offspring of Jeroboam; there was not one living person of all the family of Jeroboam whom he did not put to death, so the word of the Lord, which he said by his servant Ahijah the Shilonite, came about; 30  Because of the sins which Jeroboam did and made Israel do, moving the Lord, the God of Israel, to wrath. 31  Now the rest of the acts of Nadab, and all he did, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel? 32  And there was war between Asa and Baasha, king of Israel, all their days.

The Reign of Baasha

33  In the third year of the rule of Asa, king of Judah, Baasha, the son of Ahijah, became king over all Israel in Tirzah, and was king for twenty-four years. 34  He did evil in the eyes of the Lord, copying the evil ways of Jeroboam and the sin which he made Israel do.

16 1  And the word of the Lord came to Jehu, son of Hanani, protesting against Baasha and saying, 2  Because I took you up out of the dust, and made you ruler over my people Israel; and you have gone in the ways of Jeroboam, and made my people Israel do evil, moving me to wrath by their sins; 3  Truly, I will see that Baasha and all his family are completely brushed away; I will make your family like the family of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat. 4  Anyone of the family of Baasha who comes to death in the town, will become food for the dogs; and he to whom death comes in the open country, will be food for the birds of the air. 5  Now the rest of the acts of Baasha, and what he did, and his power, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel? 6  And Baasha went to rest with his fathers, and was put into the earth at Tirzah; and Elah his son became king in his place. 7  And the Lord sent his word against Baasha and his family by the mouth of the prophet Jehu, the son of Hanani, because of all the evil he did in the eyes of the Lord, moving him to wrath by the work of his hands, because he was like the family of Jeroboam, and because he put it to death.

The Reigns of Elah and Zimri

8  In the twenty-sixth year that Asa was king of Judah, Elah, the son of Baasha, became king of Israel in Tirzah, and he was king for two years. 9  And his servant Zimri, captain of half his war-carriages, made secret designs against him: now he was in Tirzah, drinking hard in the house of Arza, controller of the king's house in Tirzah. 10  And Zimri went in and made an attack on him and put him to death, in the twenty-seventh year that Asa was king of Judah, and made himself king in his place. 11  And straight away when he became king and took his place on the seat of the kingdom, he put to death all the family of Baasha: not one male child of his relations or his friends kept his life. 12  So Zimri put to death all the family of Baasha, so that the word which the Lord said against him by the mouth of Jehu the prophet came about; 13  Because of all the sins of Baasha, and the sins of Elah his son, which they did and made Israel do, moving the Lord, the God of Israel, to wrath by their foolish acts. 14  Now the rest of the acts of Elah, and all he did, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel?

15  In the twenty-seventh year of Asa, king of Judah, Zimri was king for seven days in Tirzah. Now the people were attacking Gibbethon in the land of the Philistines. 16  And news came to the people in the tents that Zimri had made a secret design and had put the king to death: so all Israel made Omri, the captain of the army, king that day in the tents. 17  Then Omri went up from Gibbethon, with all the army of Israel, and they made an attack on Tirzah, shutting in the town on every side. 18  And when Zimri saw that the town was taken, he went into the inner room of the king's house, and burning the house over his head, came to his end, 19  Because of his sin in doing evil in the eyes of the Lord, in going in the way of Jeroboam and in his sin which he made Israel do. 20  Now the rest of the acts of Zimri, and the secret design he made, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel?

The Reign of Omri

21  Then there was a division among the people of Israel; half the people were for making Tibni, son of Ginath, king, and half were supporting Omri. 22  But the supporters of Omri overcame those who were on the side of Tibni, the son of Ginath; and death came to Tibni and to his brother Joram at that time: and Omri became king in the place of Tibni. 23  In the thirty-first year of Asa, king of Judah, Omri became king over Israel, and he was king for twelve years; for six years he was ruling in Tirzah. 24  He got the hill Samaria from Shemer for the price of two talents of silver, and he made a town there, building it on the hill and naming it Samaria, after Shemer the owner of the hill. 25  And Omri did evil in the eyes of the Lord, even worse than all those before him, 26  Copying all the evil ways of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, and all the sins he did and made Israel do, moving the Lord, the God of Israel, to wrath by their foolish ways. 27  Now the rest of the acts which Omri did, and his great power, are they not recorded in the book of the history of the kings of Israel? 28  So Omri went to rest with his fathers, and was put into the earth in Samaria; and Ahab his son became king in his place.

The Reign of Ahab

29  In the thirty-eighth year that Asa was king of Judah, Ahab, the son of Omri, became king over Israel; and Ahab was king in Samaria for twenty-two years. 30  And Ahab, the son of Omri, did evil in the eyes of the Lord, even worse than all who went before him. 31  And as if copying the evil ways of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, was a small thing for him, he took as his wife Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal, king of Zidon, and became a servant and worshipper of Baal. 32  And he put up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal which he had made in Samaria. 33  And Ahab made an image of Asherah and did more than all the kings of Israel before him to make the Lord, the God of Israel, angry. 34  In his days Hiel made Jericho; he put its base in position at the price of Abiram, his oldest son, and he put its doors in place at the price of his youngest son Segub; even as the Lord had said by Joshua, the son of Nun.

Elijah Predicts Drought

17 1  And Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, By the living Lord, the God of Israel, whose servant I am, there will be no dew or rain in these years, but only at my word. 2  Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 3  Go from here in the direction of the east, and keep yourself in a secret place by the stream Cherith, east of Jordan. 4  The water of the stream will be your drink, and by my orders the ravens will give you food there. 5  So he went and did as the Lord said, living by the stream Cherith, east of Jordan. 6  And the ravens took him bread in the morning and meat in the evening; and the water of the stream was his drink. 7  Now after a time the stream became dry, because there was no rain in the land.

Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath

8  Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 9  Up! go now to Zarephath, in Zidon, and make your living-place there; I have given orders to a widow woman there to see that you have food. 10  So he got up and went to Zarephath; and when he came to the door of the town, he saw a widow woman getting sticks together; and crying out to her he said, Will you give me a little water in a vessel for my drink? 11  And when she was going to get it, he said to her, And get me with it a small bit of bread. 12  Then she said, By the life of the Lord your God, I have nothing but a little meal in my store, and a drop of oil in the bottle; and now I am getting two sticks together so that I may go in and make it ready for me and my son, so that we may have a meal before our death. 13  And Elijah said to her, Have no fear; go and do as you have said, but first make me a little cake of it and come and give it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. 14  For this is the word of the Lord, the God of Israel: The store of meal will not come to an end, and the bottle will never be without oil, till the day when the Lord sends rain on the earth. 15  So she went and did as Elijah said; and she and he and her family had food for a long time. 16  The store of meal did not come to an end, and the bottle was never without oil, as the Lord had said by the mouth of Elijah.

17  Now after this, the son of the woman of the house became ill, so ill that there was no breath in him. 18  And she said to Elijah, What have I to do with you, O man of God? have you come to put God in mind of my sin, and to put my son to death? 19  And he said to her, Give your son to me. And lifting him out of her arms, he took him up to his room and put him down on his bed. 20  And crying to the Lord he said, O Lord my God, have you sent evil even on the widow whose guest I am, by causing her son's death? 21  And stretching herself out on the child three times, he made his prayer to the Lord, saying, O Lord my God, be pleased to let this child's life come back to him again. 22  And the Lord gave ear to the voice of Elijah, and the child's spirit came into him again, and he came back to life. 23  And Elijah took the child down from his room into the house and gave him to his mother and said to her, See, your son is living. 24  Then the woman said to Elijah, Now I am certain that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is true.

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