1Then the word of the Lord came to ⚓Jehu the son of ⚓Hanani, against ⚓Baasha, saying:
2⚓“Inasmuch as I lifted you out of the dust and made you ruler over My people Israel, and ⚓you have walked in the way of Jeroboam, and have made My people Israel sin, to provoke Me to anger with their sins,
3surely I will ⚓take away the posterity of Baasha and the posterity of his house, and I will make your house like ⚓the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
4The dogs shall eat ⚓whoever belongs to Baasha and dies in the city, and the birds of the air shall eat whoever dies in the fields.”
5Now the rest of the acts of Baasha, what he did, and his might, ⚓are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
6So Baasha rested with his fathers and was buried in ⚓Tirzah. Then Elah his son reigned in his place.
7And also the word of the Lord came by the prophet ⚓Jehu the son of Hanani against Baasha and his house, because of 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 them.
Elah Reigns in Israel
8In the twenty-sixth year of Asa king of Judah, Elah the son of Baasha became king over Israel, and reigned two years in Tirzah.
9⚓Now his servant Zimri, commander 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.
10And Zimri went in and struck him and killed him in the twenty-seventh year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned in his place.
11Then it came to pass, when he began to reign, as soon as he was seated on his throne, that he killed all the household of Baasha; he ⚓did not leave him one male, neither of his relatives nor of his friends.
12Thus Zimri destroyed all the household of Baasha, ⚓according to the word of the Lord, which He spoke against Baasha by Jehu the prophet,
13for all the sins of Baasha and the sins of Elah his son, by which they had sinned and by which they had made Israel sin, in provoking the Lord God of Israel to anger ⚓with their idols.
14Now 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?
Zimri Reigns in Israel
15In the twenty-seventh year of Asa king of Judah, Zimri had reigned in Tirzah seven days. And the people were encamped ⚓against Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines.
16Now the people who were encamped heard it said, “Zimri has conspired and also has killed the king.” So all Israel made Omri, the commander of the army, king over Israel that day in the camp.
17Then Omri and all Israel with him went up from Gibbethon, and they besieged Tirzah.
18And it happened, when Zimri saw that the city was taken, that he went into the citadel of the king’s house and burned the king’s house down upon himself with fire, and died,
19because of the sins which he had committed in doing evil in the sight of the Lord, ⚓in walking in the ⚓way of Jeroboam, and in his sin which he had committed to make Israel sin.
20Now the rest of the acts of Zimri, and the treason he committed, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
Omri Reigns in Israel
21Then the people of Israel were divided into two parts: half of the people followed Tibni the son of Ginath, to make him king, and half followed Omri.
22But the people who followed Omri prevailed over the people who followed Tibni the son of Ginath. So Tibni died and Omri reigned.
23In the thirty-first year of Asa king of Judah, Omri became king over Israel, and reigned twelve years. Six years he reigned in ⚓Tirzah.
24And he bought the hill of Samaria from Shemer for two talents of silver; then he built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built, ⚓Samaria, after the name of Shemer, owner of the hill.
25⚓Omri did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and did worse than all who were before him.
26For he ⚓walked in all the ways of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and in his sin by which he had made Israel sin, provoking the Lord God of Israel to anger with their ⚓idols.
27Now the rest of the acts of Omri which he did, and the might that he showed, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
28So Omri rested with his fathers and was buried in Samaria. Then Ahab his son reigned in his place.
Ahab Reigns in Israel
29In the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, Ahab the son of Omri became king over Israel; and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty-two years.
30Now Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord, more than all who were before him.
31And it came to pass, as though it had been a trivial thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, ⚓that he took as wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, king of the ⚓Sidonians; ⚓and he went and served Baal and worshiped him.
32Then he set up an altar for Baal in ⚓the temple of Baal, which he had built in Samaria.
33⚓And Ahab made a wooden image. Ahab ⚓did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel who were before him.
34In his days Hiel of Bethel built Jericho. He laid its foundation with Abiram his firstborn, and with his youngest son Segub he set up its gates, ⚓according to the word of the Lord, which He had spoken through Joshua the son of Nun.