1In Asa’s 36th year as king, Baasha attacked the country of Judah. Baasha was the king of Israel. He went to the town of Ramah and made it into a fortress. Baasha used the town of Ramah as a place to stop people from going in or coming out to King Asa of Judah. 2Asa took silver and gold out of the storehouses in the Lord’s temple. And he took silver and gold out of the king’s house. Then Asa sent messengers to Ben Hadad. Ben Hadad was the king of Aram and he was living in the town of Damascus. Asa’s message said: 3“Ben Hadad let there be an agreement between you and me. Let’s make it like the agreement your father and my father had. See, I am sending you silver and gold. Now, break your agreement with Baasha, king of Israel, so he will leave me alone and stop bothering me.” 4Ben Hadad agreed with King Asa. Ben Hadad sent the commanders of his armies to attack the towns of Israel. Those commanders attacked the towns of Ijon, Dan, and Abel Maim. They also attacked all the towns in the area of Naphtali where treasures were stored. 5Baasha heard about the attacks on the towns of Israel. So he stopped building the town of Ramah into a fortress, and he left his work. 6Then King Asa called all the men of Judah together. They went to the town of Ramah and took away the rocks and wood that Baasha used to make the fortress. Asa and the men of Judah used the rocks and wood to make the towns of Geba and Mizpah stronger. 7At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa, king of Judah. Hanani said to him, “Asa, you depended on the king of Aram to help you and not the Lord your God. You should have depended on the Lord. But, because you did not depend on the Lord for help, the king of Aram’s army escaped from you. 8The Ethiopians and the Libyans had a very large and powerful army. They had many chariots and chariot drivers. But Asa, you depended on the Lord to help you defeat that large powerful army, and the Lord let you defeat them. 9The eyes of the Lord go around looking in all the earth for people who are faithful to him so he can make those people strong. Asa, you did a foolish thing. So from now on you will have wars.” 10Asa was angry with Hanani because of what he said. Asa was so mad that he put Hanani in prison. Asa was very mean and rough with some of the people at that same time. 11The things that Asa did, from the beginning to the end, are written in the book, The History of the Kings of Judah and Israel. 12Asa’s feet became diseased in his 39th year as king. His disease was very bad, but he did not look for help from the Lord. Asa looked for help from the doctors. 13Asa died in the 41st year as king. And so Asa rested with his ancestors. 14The people buried Asa in his own tomb that he made for himself in David’s City. The people laid him in a bed that was filled with spices and different kinds of mixed perfumes. The people made a large fire to honor Asa.
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