16:1 Then the word of the LORD came to Jehu the son of Hanani
against Baasha, saying,
16:2 Forasmuch as I exalted thee from the dust, and made thee
prince over my people Israel; and thou hast walked in the way
of Jeroboam, and hast made my people Israel to sin, to provoke
me to anger with their sins;
16:3 Behold, I will take away the posterity of Baasha, and the
posterity of his house; and will make thy house like the house
of Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
16:4 Him that dieth of Baasha in the city shall the dogs eat;
and him that dieth of his in the fields shall the fowls of the
16:5 Now the rest of the acts of Baasha, and what he did, and
his might, [are] they not written in the book of the chronicles
of the kings of Israel?
16:6 So Baasha slept with his fathers, and was buried in Tirzah:
and Elah his son reigned in his stead.
16:7 And also by the hand of the prophet Jehu the son of Hanani
came the word of the LORD against Baasha, and against his
house, even for all the evil that he did in the sight of the
LORD, in provoking him to anger with the work of his hands, in
being like the house of Jeroboam; and because he killed him.
16:8 In the twenty and sixth year of Asa king of Judah began
Elah the son of Baasha to reign over Israel in Tirzah, two
16:9 And his servant Zimri, captain 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.
16:10 And Zimri went in and smote him, and killed him, in the
twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned in
16:11 And it came to pass, when he began to reign, as soon as he
sat on his throne, [that] he slew all the house of Baasha: he
left him not one male, neither of his kinsman, nor of his
16:12 Thus did Zimri destroy all the house of Baasha, according
to the word of the LORD, which he spoke against Baasha, by Jehu
16:13 For all the sins of Baasha, and the sins of Elah his son,
by which they sinned, and by which they made Israel to sin, in
provoking the LORD God of Israel to anger with their vanities.
16:14 Now the rest of the acts of Elah, and all that he did,
[are] they not written in the book of the chronicles of the
kings of Israel?
16:15 In the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah did
Zimri reign seven days in Tirzah. And the people [were]
encamped against Gibbethon, which [belonged] to the
16:16 And the people [that were] encamped heard it said, Zimri
hath conspired, and hath also slain the king: wherefore all
Israel made Omri, the captain of the host, king over Israel
that day in the camp.
16:17 And Omri went up from Gibbethon, and all Israel with him,
and they besieged Tirzah.
16:18 And it came to pass, when Zimri saw that the city was
taken, that he went into the palace of the king's house, and
burnt the king's house over him with fire, and died,
16:19 For his sins which he sinned in doing evil in the sight of
the LORD, in walking in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin
which he did, to make Israel to sin.
16:20 Now the rest of the acts of Zimri, and his treason that he
wrought, [are] they not written in the book of the chronicles
of the kings of Israel?
16:21 Then were the people of Israel divided into two parts:
half of the people followed Tibni the son of Ginath, to make
him king; and half followed Omri.
16:22 But the people that followed Omri prevailed against the
people that followed Tibni the son of Ginath: so Tibni died,
and Omri reigned.
16:23 In the thirty and first year of Asa king of Judah began
Omri to reign over Israel, twelve years: six years reigned he
16:24 And he bought the hill Samaria of Shemer for two talents
of silver, and built on the hill, and called the name of the
city which he built, after the name of Shemer, owner of the
16:25 But Omri wrought evil in the eyes of the LORD, and did
worse than all that [were] before him.
16:26 For he walked in all the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat,
and in his sin with which he made Israel to sin, to provoke the
LORD God of Israel to anger with their vanities.
16:27 Now the rest of the acts of Omri which he did, and his
might that he showed, [are] they not written in the book of the
chronicles of the kings of Israel?
16:28 So Omri slept with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria:
and Ahab his son reigned in his stead.
16:29 And in the thirty and eighth year of Asa king of Judah
began Ahab the son of Omri to reign over Israel: and Ahab the
son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty and two
16:30 And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD
above all that [were] before him.
16:31 And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for
him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he
took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the
Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshiped him.
16:32 And he erected an altar for Baal in the house of Baal,
which he had built in Samaria.
16:33 And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the
LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that
were before him.
16:34 In his days Hiel the Beth-elite built Jericho: he laid the
foundation of it in Abiram his first-born, and set up the gates
of it in his youngest [son] Segub, according to the word of the
LORD, which he spoke by Joshua the son of Nun.