1 Kings 15-17 New Revised Standard Version

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The Reign of Abijam

15 1  Now in the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam son of Nebat, Abijam began to reign over Judah. 2  He reigned for three years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Maacah daughter of Abishalom. 3  He committed all the sins that his father did before him; his heart was not true to the Lord his God, like the heart of his father David. 4  Nevertheless for David's sake the Lord his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, setting up his son after him, and establishing Jerusalem; 5  because David did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and did not turn aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite. 6  The war begun between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continued all the days of his life. 7  The rest of the acts of Abijam, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Judah? There was war between Abijam and Jeroboam. 8  Abijam slept with his ancestors, and they buried him in the city of David. Then his son Asa succeeded him.

The Reign of Asa

9  In the twentieth year of King Jeroboam of Israel, Asa began to reign over Judah; 10  he reigned forty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Maacah daughter of Abishalom. 11  Asa did what was right in the sight of the Lord, as his father David had done. 12  He put away the male temple prostitutes out of the land, and removed all the idols that his ancestors had made. 13  He also removed his mother Maacah from being queen mother, because she had made an abominable image for Asherah; Asa cut down her image and burned it at the Wadi Kidron. 14  But the high places were not taken away. Nevertheless the heart of Asa was true to the Lord all his days. 15  He brought into the house of the Lord the votive gifts of his father and his own votive gifts-silver, gold, and utensils.

Asa's League with Ben-hadad

16  There was war between Asa and King Baasha of Israel all their days. 17  King Baasha of Israel went up against Judah, and built Ramah, to prevent anyone from going out or coming in to King Asa of Judah. 18  Then Asa took all the silver and the gold that were left in the treasures of the house of the Lord and the treasures of the king's house, and gave them into the hands of his servants. King Asa sent them to King Ben-hadad son of Tabrimmon son of Hezion of Aram, who resided in Damascus, saying, 19  "Let there be an alliance between me and you, like that between my father and your father: I am sending you a present of silver and gold; go, break your alliance with King Baasha of Israel, so that he may withdraw from me." 20  Ben-hadad listened to King Asa, and sent the commanders of his armies against the cities of Israel. He conquered Ijon, Dan, Abel-beth-maacah, and all Chinneroth, with all the land of Naphtali. 21  When Baasha heard of it, he stopped building Ramah and lived in Tirzah. 22  Then King Asa made a proclamation to all Judah, none was exempt: they carried away the stones of Ramah and its timber, with which Baasha had been building; with them King Asa built Geba of Benjamin and Mizpah. 23  Now the rest of all the acts of Asa, all his power, all that he did, and the cities that he built, are they not written in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Judah? But in his old age he was diseased in his feet. 24  Then Asa slept with his ancestors, and was buried with his ancestors in the city of his father David; his son Jehoshaphat succeeded him.

The Reign of Nadab

25  Nadab son of Jeroboam began to reign over Israel in the second year of King Asa of Judah; he reigned over Israel two years. 26  He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, walking in the way of his ancestor and in the sin that he caused Israel to commit. 27  Baasha son of Ahijah, of the house of Issachar, conspired against him; and Baasha struck him down at Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines; for Nadab and all Israel were laying siege to Gibbethon. 28  So Baasha killed Nadab in the third year of King Asa of Judah, and succeeded him. 29  As soon as he was king, he killed all the house of Jeroboam; he left to the house of Jeroboam not one that breathed, until he had destroyed it, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by his servant Ahijah the Shilonite- 30  because of the sins of Jeroboam that he committed and that he caused Israel to commit, and because of the anger to which he provoked the Lord, the God of Israel. 31  Now the rest of the acts of Nadab, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Israel? 32  There was war between Asa and King Baasha of Israel all their days.

The Reign of Baasha

33  In the third year of King Asa of Judah, Baasha son of Ahijah began to reign over all Israel at Tirzah; he reigned twenty-four years. 34  He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, walking in the way of Jeroboam and in the sin that he caused Israel to commit.

16 1  The word of the Lord came to Jehu son of Hanani against Baasha, saying, 2  "Since I exalted you out of the dust and made you leader over my people Israel, and you have walked in the way of Jeroboam, and have caused my people Israel to sin, provoking me to anger with their sins, 3  therefore, I will consume Baasha and his house, and I will make your house like the house of Jeroboam son of Nebat. 4  Anyone belonging to Baasha who dies in the city the dogs shall eat; and anyone of his who dies in the field the birds of the air shall eat." 5  Now the rest of the acts of Baasha, what he did, and his power, are they not written in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Israel? 6  Baasha slept with his ancestors, and was buried at Tirzah; and his son Elah succeeded him. 7  Moreover the word of the Lord came by the prophet Jehu son of Hanani against Baasha and his house, both because of all the evil that he did in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger with the work of his hands, in being like the house of Jeroboam, and also because he destroyed it.

The Reigns of Elah and Zimri

8  In the twenty-sixth year of King Asa of Judah, Elah son of Baasha began to reign over Israel in Tirzah; he reigned two years. 9  But his servant Zimri, commander of half his chariots, conspired against him. When he was at Tirzah, drinking himself drunk in the house of Arza, who was in charge of the palace at Tirzah, 10  Zimri came in and struck him down and killed him, in the twenty-seventh year of King Asa of Judah, and succeeded him. 11  When he began to reign, as soon as he had seated himself on his throne, he killed all the house of Baasha; he did not leave him a single male of his kindred or his friends. 12  Thus Zimri destroyed all the house of Baasha, according to the word of the Lord, which he spoke against Baasha by the prophet Jehu- 13  because of all the sins of Baasha and the sins of his son Elah that they committed, and that they caused Israel to commit, provoking the Lord God of Israel to anger with their idols. 14  Now the rest of the acts of Elah, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Israel?

15  In the twenty-seventh year of King Asa of Judah, Zimri reigned seven days in Tirzah. Now the troops were encamped against Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines, 16  and the troops who were encamped heard it said, "Zimri has conspired, and he has killed the king"; therefore all Israel made Omri, the commander of the army, king over Israel that day in the camp. 17  So Omri went up from Gibbethon, and all Israel with him, and they besieged Tirzah. 18  When Zimri saw that the city was taken, he went into the citadel of the king's house; he burned down the king's house over himself with fire, and died- 19  because of the sins that he committed, doing evil in the sight of the Lord, walking in the way of Jeroboam, and for the sin that he committed, causing Israel to sin. 20  Now the rest of the acts of Zimri, and the conspiracy that he made, are they not written in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Israel?

The Reign of Omri

21  Then the people of Israel were divided into two parts; half of the people followed Tibni son of Ginath, to make him king, and half followed Omri. 22  But the people who followed Omri overcame the people who followed Tibni son of Ginath; so Tibni died, and Omri became king. 23  In the thirty-first year of King Asa of Judah, Omri began to reign over Israel; he reigned for twelve years, six of them in Tirzah. 24  He bought the hill of Samaria from Shemer for two talents of silver; he fortified the hill, and called the city that he built, Samaria, after the name of Shemer, the owner of the hill. 25  Omri did what was evil in the sight of the Lord; he did more evil than all who were before him. 26  For he walked in all the way of Jeroboam son of Nebat, and in the sins that he caused Israel to commit, provoking the Lord, the God of Israel, to anger by their idols. 27  Now the rest of the acts of Omri that he did, and the power that he showed, are they not written in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Israel? 28  Omri slept with his ancestors, and was buried in Samaria; his son Ahab succeeded him.

The Reign of Ahab

29  In the thirty-eighth year of King Asa of Judah, Ahab son of Omri began to reign over Israel; Ahab son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty-two years. 30  Ahab son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord more than all who were before him. 31  And as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, he took as his wife Jezebel daughter of King Ethbaal of the Sidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshiped him. 32  He erected an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he built in Samaria. 33  Ahab also made a sacred pole. Ahab did more to provoke the anger of the Lord, the God of Israel, than had all the kings of Israel who were before him. 34  In his days Hiel of Bethel built Jericho; he laid its foundation at the cost of Abiram his firstborn, and set up its gates at the cost of his youngest son Segub, according to the word of the Lord, which he spoke by Joshua son of Nun.

Elijah Predicts Drought

17 1  Now Elijah the Tishbite, of Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, "As the Lord the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word." 2  The word of the Lord came to him, saying, 3  "Go from here and turn eastward, and hide yourself by the Wadi Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. 4  You shall drink from the wadi, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there." 5  So he went and did according to the word of the Lord; he went and lived by the Wadi Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. 6  The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the wadi. 7  But after a while the wadi dried up, 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  "Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; for I have commanded a widow there to feed you." 10  So he set out and went to Zarephath. When he came to the gate of the town, a widow was there gathering sticks; he called to her and said, "Bring me a little water in a vessel, so that I may drink." 11  As she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, "Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand." 12  But she said, "As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a jug; I am now gathering a couple of sticks, so that I may go home and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die." 13  Elijah said to her, "Do not be afraid; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterwards make something for yourself and your son. 14  For thus says the Lord the God of Israel: The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail until the day that the Lord sends rain on the earth." 15  She went and did as Elijah said, so that she as well as he and her household ate for many days. 16  The jar of meal was not emptied, neither did the jug of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.

17  After this the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became ill; his illness was so severe that there was no breath left in him. 18  She then said to Elijah, "What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance, and to cause the death of my son!" 19  But he said to her, "Give me your son." He took him from her bosom, carried him up into the upper chamber where he was lodging, and laid him on his own bed. 20  He cried out to the Lord, "O Lord my God, have you brought calamity even upon the widow with whom I am staying, by killing her son?" 21  Then he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried out to the Lord, "O Lord my God, let this child's life come into him again." 22  The Lord listened to the voice of Elijah; the life of the child came into him again, and he revived. 23  Elijah took the child, brought him down from the upper chamber into the house, and gave him to his mother; then Elijah said, "See, your son is alive." 24  So the woman said to Elijah, "Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth."

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