1. In the thirty-sixth year of the reign of Asa, Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah and built Ramah so that he might let no one go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.
2. And Asa brought out silver and gold from the treasures of the house of the LORD and of the king’s house and sent them to Ben-Hadad king of Syria, who lived at Damascus, saying,
3. “Let there be a treaty between you and me 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 may depart from me.”
4. And Ben-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 store cities of Naphtali.
5. And it came to pass when Baasha heard it, he left off building Ramah and let his work stop.
6. And Asa the king took all Judah, and they carried away the stones of Ramah and timber with which Baasha was building. And he built with it Geba and Mizpah.
7. And at 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 the LORD your God, therefore the army of the king of Syria has escaped out of your hand.
8. Were not the Ethiopians and the Libyans a huge army with many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because you relied on the LORD, He delivered them into your hand,
9. For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro in all the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore, from now on you shall have wars.”
10. And Asa was angry with the seer and put him in a prison house. For he was in a rage against him because of this. And Asa oppressed some of the people at that time.
11. And behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
12. And in the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa was diseased in his feet until his disease was very grievous. Yet in his disease he did not seek to the LORD, but to the physicians.
13. And Asa slept with his fathers and died in the forty-first year of his reign.
14. And they buried him in his own tomb, which he had made for himself in the city of David, and laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet odors and different kinds of spices prepared by the perfumers’ art. And they made a very great burning for him.
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