1 Kings 16
16:1 Jehu son of Hanani received from the
16:5 The rest of the events of Baasha’s reign, including his accomplishments and successes, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Israel.8
16:6 Baasha passed away9 and was buried in Tirzah. His son Elah replaced him as king.
16:7 The prophet Jehu son of Hanani received from the
Elah’s Reign over Israel
16:8 In the twenty-sixth year of King Asa’s reign over Judah, Baasha’s son Elah became king over Israel; he ruled in Tirzah for two years.
16:9 His servant Zimri, a commander of half of his chariot force, conspired against him. While Elah was drinking heavily12 at the house of Arza, who supervised the palace in Tirzah,
16:10 Zimri came in and struck him dead. (This happened in the twenty-seventh year of Asa’s reign over Judah.) Zimri replaced Elah as king.13
16:11 When he became king and occupied the throne, he killed Baasha’s entire family. He did not spare any male belonging to him; he killed his relatives and his friends.14
16:12 Zimri destroyed Baasha’s entire family, just as the
16:14 The rest of the events of Elah’s reign, including all his accomplishments, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Israel.17
Zimri’s Reign over Israel
16:15 In the twenty-seventh year of Asa’s reign over Judah, Zimri became king over Israel; he ruled for seven days in Tirzah. Zimri’s revolt took place while the army was deployed18 in Gibbethon, which was in Philistine territory.
16:16 While deployed there, the army received this report:19 “Zimri has conspired against the king and assassinated him.”20 So all Israel made Omri, the commander of the army, king over Israel that very day in the camp.
16:17 Omri and all Israel went up from Gibbethon and besieged Tirzah.
16:18 When Zimri saw that the city was captured, he went into the fortified area of the royal palace. He set the palace on fire and died in the flames.21
16:19 This happened because of the sins he committed. He did evil in the sight of22 the
16:20 The rest of the events of Zimri’s reign, including the details of his revolt, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Israel.24
Omri’s Reign over Israel
16:21 At that time the people of Israel were divided in their loyalties. Half the people supported Tibni son of Ginath and wanted to make him king; the other half supported Omri. 16:22 Omri’s supporters were stronger than those who supported Tibni son of Ginath. Tibni died; Omri became king.
16:23 In the thirty-first year of Asa’s reign over Judah, Omri became king over Israel. He ruled for twelve years, six of them in Tirzah.
16:24 He purchased the hill of Samaria25 from Shemer for two talents26 of silver. He launched a construction project there27 and named the city he built after Shemer, the former owner of the hill of Samaria.
16:25 Omri did more evil in the sight of28 the
16:27 The rest of the events of Omri’s reign, including his accomplishments and successes, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Israel.31 16:28 Omri passed away32 and was buried in Samaria. His son Ahab replaced him as king.33
Ahab Promotes Idolatry
16:29 In the thirty-eighth year of Asa’s reign over Judah, Omri’s son Ahab became king over Israel. Ahab son of Omri ruled over Israel for twenty-two years in Samaria.34
16:30 Ahab son of Omri did more evil in the sight of35 the
16:34 During Ahab’s reign,38 Hiel the Bethelite rebuilt Jericho.39 Abiram, his firstborn son, died when he laid the foundation;40 Segub, his youngest son, died when he erected its gates,41 just as the