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2 Chronicles chapter .xvi.

In the thirty sixth year of the reign of Asa, came Baasa king of Israel against Iuda and built Ramah, to the intent that he would let none that pertained to Asa king of Iuda, have passage in and out. Whereupon Asa fetched out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of the LORD and of the king's house, and sent it to Benhadad king of Siria, that dwelt at Damasco, and said. There is a confederation between me and thee, and so was between my father and thine, wherefore I have sent thee silver and gold, that thou go and break thine appointment with Baasa king of Israel, that he may depart from me. And Benhadad granted unto king Asa, and sent the captains of his army against the cities of Israel. And they beat Aion, Dan, Abelmaim and all the store cities of Nephthali. And when Baasa heard that, he left building of Ramah and let his work cease. And then Asa the king took all Iuda and carried away and stones and timber of Ramah wherewith Baasa was abuilding: and he built therewith Gabaa and Mazphah.
At that same time Hanani the sear, came to Asa king of Iuda and said to him: because thou trustedest in the king of Siria, and trustest not in the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Siria escaped out of thine hand. Were not the black Moors and they of Libia a great host with exceeding many chariots and horsemen? And yet because thou trustedest in the LORD, he delivered them into thine hands. For the eyes of the LORD behold all the earth, to strength the hearts of them that are whole with him. Herein thou hast done foolishly, and therefore from henceforth thou shalt have war. Whereupon Asa was wroth with the sear and put him in the converting house, for he was displeased with him because of that. Moreover Asa oppressed certain of the people the same season. The deeds of Asa both first and last, are written in the book of the kings of Iuda and Israel. And the thirty ninth year of his reign Asa fell sick of his feet, and that his disease exceeded. And thereto in his sickness he asked no counsel of the LORD, but of Physicians. And at the last Asa fell on sleep with his fathers and died when he had reigned fifty one years. And they buried him in his own sepulchre which he had made in the city of David, and laid him in the bed which he had filled with sweet odours of divers kinds, made by the craft of the apothecaries. And they did exceeding great cost about burying of him.

 

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