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2 Chronicles 16



1Asa, by the aid of the Syrians, diverts Baasha from building Ramah.
7Being reproved thereof by Hanani, he puts him in prison.
11Among his other acts in his disease he seeks not to God, but to the physicians.
13His death and burial.

Verse 1
In the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah, and built Ramah, to the intent that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.
A. M. 3074. B.C. 930. In the six. See Note on 1 Ki 15:32. "From the rending of the ten tribes from Judah, over which Asa was now king."
1 Kings 15:16-22
to the intent
11:13-17; 15:5,9; 1 Kings 12:27

Verse 2
Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of the LORD and of the king's house, and sent to Benhadad king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying,
brought out
28:21; 2 Kings 12:18; 16:8; 18:15
Heb. Darmeskek.

Verse 3
There is a league between me and thee, as there was between my father and thy father: behold, I have sent thee silver and gold; go, break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me.
a league
18:3; 19:2; Judges 2:2; Isaiah 31:1-3; 2 Corinthians 6:16
Genesis 20:9,10; Exodus 32:21; Joshua 9:19,20; 2 Samuel 21:2; Psalms 15:4; Ezekiel 17:18,19; Romans 1:31,32; 2 Timothy 3:3

Verse 4
And Benhadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel; and they smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abelmaim, and all the store cities of Naphtali.
1 Timothy 6:10; 2 Peter 2:15
his armies
Heb. armies which were his. Ijon.
1 Kings 15:20
Genesis 14:14; Judges 18:28,29; 20:1
Abel-maim is called Abel-beth-maachah in 1 Ki 15:20, and elsewhere, on account of its belonging to the district of Beth-maachah.
the store cities
8:6; 17:12; 1 Kings 9:19

Verse 5
And it came to pass, when Baasha heard it, that he left off building of Ramah, and let his work cease.
that he left off

Verse 6
Then Asa the king took all Judah; and they carried away the stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha was building; and he built therewith Geba and Mizpah.
they carried
1 Kings 15:22
Joshua 18:24-26
21:17; 1 Chronicles 6:60; Isaiah 10:29; Zechariah 14:10
Joshua 15:38; 18:26; 1 Samuel 7:6,16; 10:17

Verse 7
And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand.
19:2; 20:34; 1 Kings 16:1
Psalms 146:3-6; Isaiah 31:1; 32:2; Jeremiah 17:5,6; Ephesians 1:12,13
relied on
13:18; 32:7,8; 2 Kings 18:5; 1 Chronicles 5:20
the host

Verse 8
Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he delivered them into thine hand.
the Ethiopians
12:3; 14:9-12
the Lubims
a huge host
Heb. in abundance. because.
7; Psalms 9:9,10; 37:39,40

Verse 9
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.
the eyes
6:20; Job 34:21; Psalms 34:15; 113:6; Proverbs 5:21; 15:3; Jeremiah 16:17; 32:19; Zechariah 4:10; Hebrews 4:13; 1 Peter 3:12
to shew himself, etc
or, strongly to hold with them, etc. whose heart.
15:17; 2 Kings 20:3; Psalms 37:37
1 Samuel 13:13; 2 Samuel 12:7-12; 1 Chronicles 21:8; Job 34:18,19; Jeremiah 5:21; Matthew 5:22; Luke 12:20; 1 Corinthians 15:36; Galatians 3:1
1 Kings 15:32

Verse 10
Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison house; for he was in a rage with him because of this thing. And Asa oppressed some of the people the same time.
25:16; 26:19; 2 Samuel 12:13; 24:10-14; Psalms 141:5; Proverbs 9:7-9
put him
18:26; Jeremiah 20:2; 29:26; Matthew 14:3,4; Luke 3:20; Acts 16:23,24
Heb. crushed.
Job 20:19; *marg:; Isaiah 51:23; Jeremiah 51:34; Lamentations 3:34
the same time
2 Samuel 11:4; 12:31

Verse 11
And, behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.
A. M. 3049-3090. B.C. 955-914. the acts of Asa
9:29; 12:15; 20:34; 26:22
25:26; 27:7; 32:32; 34:18; 35:27; 1 Kings 15:23

Verse 12
And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.
A. M. 3088. B.C. 916. diseased
Matthew 7:2; Luke 6:37,38; Revelation 3:19
in his disease
9; 28:22; 1 Chronicles 10:14; Jeremiah 17:5
Genesis 50:2; Job 13:4; Jeremiah 8:22; Matthew 9:12; Mark 2:17; 5:26; Colossians 4:14

Verse 13
And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.
A. M. 3090. B.C. 914. slept
1 Kings 15:24

Verse 14
And they buried him in his own sepulchres, which he had made for himself in the city of David, and laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet odours and divers kinds of spices prepared by the apothecaries' art: and they made a very great burning for him.
his own sepulchres
35:24; Isaiah 22:16; John 19:41,42
Heb. digged. sweet odours.
Genesis 50:2; Mark 16:1; John 19:39,40
the apothecaries' art
Exodus 30:25-37; Ecclesiastes 10:1
a very great
21:19; Jeremiah 34:5


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 16:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge".

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