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16 In the thirty-sixth year of Asa’s reign, King Baasha of Israel invaded Judah and fortified Ramah to keep anyone from going to or coming from King Asa of Judah.

Then Asa brought out all the silver and gold that was left in the treasuries of Yahweh’s temple and the royal palace. He sent them to Damascus to Aram’s King Benhadad. He said, “There’s a treaty between you and me as there was between your father and my father. I’m sending you silver and gold. Now break your treaty with King Baasha of Israel so that he will leave me alone.”

Benhadad did what King Asa requested. He sent his generals and their armies to attack the cities of Israel. He conquered Ijon, Dan, Abel Maim, and all the storage cities in the territory of Naphtali. When Baasha heard the news, he stopped fortifying Ramah and abandoned his work on it.

Then King Asa took everyone in Judah to Ramah. He made them carry the stones and lumber from Ramah. Baasha had been using those to fortify the city. Asa used the materials to fortify Geba in Benjamin and Mizpah.

At that time the seer[a] Hanani came to King Asa of Judah and said to him, “Because you depended on the king of Syria and did not depend on Yahweh your Elohim, the army of the king of Aram has escaped your grasp. Weren’t the Sudanese and Libyans a large army with many chariots and drivers? But when you depended on Yahweh, he handed them over to you. Yahweh’s eyes scan the whole world to find those whose hearts are committed to him and to strengthen them. You acted foolishly in this matter. So from now on, you will have to fight wars.”

10 Asa was furious at the seer. He was so angry with Hanani that he put Hanani in prison. Asa also oppressed some of the people at that time in his reign.

11 Everything about Asa from first to last is written in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel.

12 In the thirty-ninth year of his reign, Asa got a foot disease that became progressively worse. Instead of asking Yahweh for help, he went to doctors.

13 Asa lay down in death with his ancestors. He died in the forty-first year of his reign. 14 They buried him in the tomb that he had prepared for himself in the City of David. They laid him on a bed full of spices and blended perfumes. And they burned a bonfire in his honor.


  1. 2 Chronicles 16:7 A seer is a prophet.