Chapter 15: Abiyah Reigns Three Years in Yahudah: Abiyah Does Not Have a Heart For Yah
1 In the eighteenth year of King Yeroboam (of Ysrayl), the son of Nebat, Abiyah became king over Yahudah. 2 He reigned three years in Yahrushalom. His mother’s name was Maacah the granddaughter of Abishalom (See 2 Chronicles 11:21, Abiyah is Rehoboam’s son). 3 And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him. His heart was not loyal to Yah his Almighty as was the heart of his father David. 4 Nevertheless, for David’s sake Yah his Almighty gave him a lamp in Yahrushalom, by setting up his son after him and by establishing Yahrushalom–5 Because David did what was right in the eyes of Yah and had not turned aside from anything that He commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriyah the Hittite. 6 And there was war between Rehoboam (some transcripts read Abiyah) and Yeroboam all the days of his life. 7 Now the rest of the acts of Abiyah and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Yahudah? And there was war between Abiyah and Yeroboam. 8 So Abiyah rested with his fathers and they buried him in the City of David. Then Asayah his son reigned in his place.
Asayah Reigns Forty-one Years in Yahudah: Asayah is loyal to Yah
9 In the twentieth year of Yeroboam king of Ysrayl, Asayah became king over Yahudah. 10 And he reigned forty-one years in Yahrushalim. His grandmother’s name was Maachah the granddaughter of Abishalom. 11 Asayah did what was right in the eyes of Yah, as did his father David. 12 And he banished the perverted persons (or those practicing sodomy and/or temple prostitution in religious rituals with the fallen angels) from the land and removed all the idols that his fathers had made. 13 Also he removed Maachah his grandmother from being queen mother because she had made an obscene image of Asherah (a Canaanite goddess). And Asayah cut down her obscene image and burned it by the Brook Kidron. 14 But the high places were not removed. Nevertheless, Asayah’s heart was loyal to Yah all his days. 15 He also brought into the house of Yah the things which his father had dedicated and the things which he himself had dedicated: silver and gold and utensils.
Asayah King of Yahudah and Baasha King of Ysrayl Go to War
16 Now there was war between Asayah and Baasha king of Ysrayl all their days. 17 And Baasha king of Ysrayl came up against Yahudah and built Ramah, that he might let none go out or come in to Asayah king of Yahudah. 18 Then Asayah took all the silver and gold that was left in the treasuries of the house of Yah and the treasuries of the king’s house and delivered them into the hand of his servants. And King Asayah sent them to Ben-Hadad the son of Tabrimmon, the son of Hezion, king of Syria, who dwelt in Damascus saying: 19 “Let there be a treaty between you and me, as there was between my father and your father. See, I have sent you a present of silver and gold. Come and break your treaty with Baasha king of Ysrayl, so that he will withdraw from me”. 20 So Ben-Hadad heeded King Asayah and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Ysrayl. He attacked Iyon, Dan, Abyl Beth Maachah and all Chinneroth with all the land of Naphtali. 21 Now it happened, when Baasha heard it, that he stopped building Ramah and remained in Tirzah. 22 Then King Asayah made a proclamation throughout all Yahudah, none was exempted. And they took away the stones and timber of Ramah, which Baasha had used for building and with them King Asayah built Geba of Benyamin and Mizpah.
Asayah Dies From a Disease of the Feet and His Son Yahoshaphat Rules Yahudah
23 The rest of all the acts of Asayah, all his might, all that he did and the cities which he built, are they not written in the book of chronicles of the kings of Yahudah? But in the time of his old age he was diseased in his feet. (It’s ironic that the name Asayah means physician or healer of Yah but Asayah did not ask Yah to heal him, 2 Chronicles 16:12. He may have died from Diabetes which usually attacks the feet and legs first). 24 So Asayah rested with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the City of David his father. Then Yahoshaphat his son reigned in his place.
Nadab Reigns in Ysrayl For Two Years: Nadab Did Not Walk in the Ways of Yah: Baasha From the Tribe of Issachar Kills Nadab: Yah’s Prophesy Against the House of Yeroboam is Fulfilled
25 Now Nadab the son of Yeroboam became the king over Ysrayl in the second year of Asayah of Yahudah and he reigned over Ysrayl two years. 26 And he did evil in the sight of Yah and walked in the way of his father and in his sin by which he had made Ysrayl sin. 27 Then Baasha the son of Ahiyah, of the house of Issachar conspired against him. And Baasha killed him at Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines, while Nadab and all Ysrayl laid seige to Gibbethon. 28 Baasha killed him in the third year of Asayah king of Yahudah and reigned in his place. 29 And it was so, when he became king, that he killed all the house of Yeroboam. He did not leave to Yeroboam anyone that breathed, until he had destroyed him, according to the word of Yah which He had spoken by His servant Ahiyah the Shilonite (1 Kings 14:10-11)–30 Because of the sins of Yeroboam which he had sinned and by which he had made Ysrayl sin because of his provocation with which he had provoked Yah Almighty of Ysrayl to anger.
Nadab Rest with His Fathers
31 Now the rest of the acts of Nadab and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Ysrayl? 32 And there was war between Asayah and Baasha king of Ysrayl all their days. *Nadab means generous.
Baasha Reigns in Ysrayl For Twenty-Four Years and Does Evil in the Sight of Yah
33 In the third year of Asayah king of Yahudah, Baasha the son of Ahiyah became king over all Ysrayl in Tirzah and reigned twenty-four years. 34 He did evil in the sight of Yah and walked in the way of Yeroboam and in his sin by which he had made Ysrayl sin. (Baasha means Baal heals and isn’t it ironic that the healer of Yah, Asayah went to war with Baal heals or Baasha).
Chapter 16: Yah Sends the Prophet Yahu to Prophesy Against Baasha
1 Then the word of Yah came to Yahu the son of Hananiyah against Baasha saying: 2 “Inasmuch as I lifted you out of the dust and made you ruler over My people Ysrayl and you have walked in the way of Yeroboam and have made My people Ysrayl sin, to provoke Me to anger with their sins–2 Surely I will take away the posterity of Baasha and the posterity of his house and I will make your house like the house of Yeroboam the son of Nebat. 4 The dogs shall eat whoever belongs to Baasha and dies in the city and the birds of the air shall eat whoever died in the fields”.
Baasha Rests with His Fathers and His Son Ylah Becomes King in Ysrayl
5 Now the rest of the acts of Baasha, what he did and his might, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Ysrayl? 6 So Baasha rested with his fathers and was buried in Tirzah. Then Ylah his son reigned in his place. 7 And also the word of Yah came by the prophet Yahu the son of Hananiyah against Baasha and his house because of all the evil that he did in the sight of Yah in provoking Him to anger with the work of his hands, in being like the house of Yeroboam and because he killed them.
Ylah Reigns Two Years in Ysrayl: Zimri Kills Ylah
8 In the twenty-sixth year of Asayah king of Yahudah, Ylah the son of Baasha became king over Ysrayl and reigned tow years in Tizrah. 9 Now his servant Zimri, commander of half his chariots, conspired against him as he was in Tirzah drinking himself drunk in the house of Arza, steward of his house in Tirzah. 10 And Zimri went in and struck him and killed him in the twenty-seventh year of Asayah king of Yahudah and reigned in his place. 11 Then it came to pass, when he began to reign, as soon as he was seated on his throne, that he killed all the household of Baasha. He did not leave him one male, neither of his relatives nor of his friends. 12 Thus Zimri destroyed all the household of Baasha according to the word of Yah, which He spoke against Baasha by Yahu the prophet (1 Kings 16:3-4). 13 For all the sins of Baasha and the sins of Ylah his son, by which they had sinned and by which they had made Ysrayl sin, in provoking Yah Almighty to anger with their idols.
Ylah Rests with His Fathers
14 Now the rest of the acts of Ylah and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Ysrayl?
Zimri Reigns in Ysrayl Seven Days: The Children of Ysrayl Make Omri Their King Because they Did Not Like That Ylah was Killed: Zimri Kills Himself in a House Fire
15 In the twenty-seventh year of Asayah king of Yahudah, Zimri had reigned in Tirzah seven days. And the people were encamped against Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines. 16 Now the people who were encamped heard it said, “Zimri has conspired and also has killed the king”. So all Ysrayl made Omri, the commander of the army, king over Ysrayl that day in the camp. 17 Then Omri and all Ysrayl with him went up from Gibbethon and they besieged Tirzah. 18 And it happened, when Zimri saw that the city was taken, that he went into the citadel of the king’s house and burned the king’s house down upon himself with fire and died– 19 Because of the sins which he had committed in doing evil in the sight of Yah, in walking in the way of Yeroboam and in his sin which he had committed to make Ysrayl sin.
*Walking in the ways of Yeroboam means these kings of Ysrayl set up idols and had the children of Ysrayl serve them.
Zimri’s Acts Written in Chronicles
20 Now the rest of the acts of Zimri and the treason he committed, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Ysrayl?
Omri Reigns Twelve Years in Ysrayl: Omri Did Evil Worse Than All Before Him: Samaria Becomes the Capital of the Northern Kingdom and How Samaria Got Its Name
21 Then the people of Ysrayl were divided into two parts: half of the people followed Tibni the son of Ginath, to make him king and half followed Omri. 22 But the people who followed Omri prevailed over the people who followed Tibni the son of Ginath. So Tibni died and Omri reigned. 23 In the thirty-first year of Asayah king of Yahudah, Omri became king over Ysrayl and reigned twelve years. Six years he reigned in Tirzah. 24 And he bought the hill of Samaria from Shemar for two talents of silver. Then he built on the hill and called the name of the city which he built, Samaria, after the name of Shemar, owner of the hill. 25 Omri did evil in the eyes of Yah and did worse than all who were before him. 26 For he walked in all the ways of Yeroboam the son of Nebat and in his sin by which he had made Ysrayl sin, provoking Yah of Ysrayl to anger with their idols.
Omri Rests with His Fathers and His Son Ahab Reigns Ysrayl
27 Now the rest of the acts of Omri which he did and the might that he showed, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Ysrayl? 28 So Omri rested with his fathers and was buried in Samaria. Then Ahab his son reigned in his place.
Ahab Reigns Twenty-two Years in Ysrayl: Ahab Marries Isabel and Serves Baal: Yericho is Rebuilt
29 In the thirty-eighth year of Asayah king of Yahudah, Ahab the son of Omri became king over Ysrayl and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Ysrayl in Samaria twenty-two years. 30 Now Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of Yah, more than all who were before him. 31 And it came to pass, as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Yeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took as wife Isabel (Jezebel) the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the Sidonians and he went and served Baal and worshiped him. 32 Then he set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal, which he had built in Samaria. 33 And Ahab made a wooden image (a Canaanite goddess). Ahab did more to provoke Yah of Ysrayl to anger than all the kings of Ysrayl who were before him. 34 In his days Hiyl of Bethyl built Yericho. He laid its foundation with Abiram his first-born and with his youngest son Segub he set up its gates, according to the word of Yah, which He had spoken through Yahoshua the son of Nun (Compare to Yahoshua 6:26, Yah said He would curse any man that rebuilt Yericho in the book of Yahoshua and this man and his sons rebuilt Yericho and Ahab did not stop him. Also compare to King Hezekiyah tearing down high places and King Manasseh building them up again, 2 Chronicles 33:3,10-17, 2 Kings 21:1-18, Pseudepigrapha Volume 2, Chapter 2 Ascension of Isaiah).