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Asa’s Treaty with Aram (Syria)

1In the thirty-sixth year of the reign of Asa, Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah, and fortified Ramah in order to prevent anyone from going out or coming in to Asa king of Judah.
  2Then Asa brought out silver and gold from the treasuries of the house of Yahweh and of the king’s house and sent to Ben-hadad king of Syria who lived at Damascus, saying,
  3“There is a treaty between me and you, as there was between my father and your father. Behold, I have sent you silver and gold. Go, break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel, so that he will depart from me.”

4Ben-hadad listened to King Asa and sent the commanders of his armies against the cities of Israel, and they struck Ijon and Dan and Abel-maim and all the storage cities of Naphtali.
  5And when Baasha heard of it, he quit fortifying Ramah and stopped his work there.
  6Then Asa the king brought all Judah, and they carried away the stones of Ramah and its timber with which Baasha had been building, and with it he built up Geba and Mizpah.

Hanani’s Rebuke of Asa

7At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him, “Because you have relied on the king of Syria and have not relied on Yahweh your God, therefore the army of the king of Syria has escaped out of your hand.
  8Weren’t the Ethiopians and the Lubim a huge army, with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because you relied on Yahweh, he delivered them into your hand.
  9For the eyes of Yahweh go around throughout the whole earth in order to give strong support to those whose heart is wholly devoted to him. You have acted foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars.”
  10Then Asa was angry with the seer, and put him in the stocks in prison because he was in a rage with him because of this. And Asa oppressed some of the people at that time.

Asa’s Death

11And behold, the acts of Asa, the first and last, behold, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
  12In the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa was diseased in his feet. His disease was very severe, yet in his disease he did not seek Yahweh, but sought the physicians.
  13Asa slept with his fathers and died in the forty-first year of his reign.
  14They buried him in his tombs that he had cut out for himself in the city of David, and they laid him in the bed, which was filled with sweet spices of various kinds blended by the perfumers' art, and they made a very large burning for him.

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