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Asa’s Treaty with Aram

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“Let there be 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, that he may depart from me.”

4Ben-hadad listened to King Asa and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel, and they struck Ijon, and Dan, and Abel Maim and all the storage cities of Naphtali.
  5It came to pass when Baasha heard of it, that he left off building Ramah and let his work cease.
  6Then Asa the king took all Judah, and they carried away the stones of Ramah and its timber with which Baasha had built; and he built with it 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 is the army of the king of Syria escaped out of your hand.
  8Weren’t the Ethiopians and the Lubim a huge army, with chariots and horsemen exceeding many? Yet, because you relied on Yahweh, he delivered them into your hand.
  9For the eyes of Yahweh run back and forth throughout the whole earth to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is wholly devoted to him. Herein you have done foolishly, for from henceforth you will have wars.”
  10Then Asa was angry with the seer, and put him in the prison; for he was in a rage with him because of this thing. Asa oppressed some of the people at the same time.

Asa’s Death

11Behold, the acts of Asa, 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 exceeding great, yet in his disease he didn’t seek Yahweh, but turned to the physicians.
  13Asa slept with his fathers and died in the forty-first year of his reign.
  14They buried him in his own tombs that he had dug out for himself in the city of David, and laid him in the bed that was filled with sweet odors and various kinds of spices prepared by the perfumers’ art; and they made a very great burning for him.

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