Baasha (Bay´uh-shuh)

The third king of Israel, who gained the throne by murdering his predecessor, Nadab (1Kgs 15:27-28). He later exterminated the house of Jeroboam (1Kgs 15:29). His long rule (twenty-four years) was labeled wicked and rebellious (1Kgs 15:34) and his own house was brought to a violent end when Zimri, an Israelite military commander, murdered Baasha’s son Elah, in accordance with the prophecy of Jehu (1Kgs 16:1-4). Baasha’s contemporary in Judah was Asa, with whom he battled throughout his reign. The main recorded incident was Baasha’s attempt to fortify Raman, resulting in Syrian intervention by the Syrian king Ben-hadad at the request and bribe of Asa (1Kgs 15:16-20).

1Kgs 15:27-28

27Baasha son of Ahijah, of the house of Issachar, conspired against him; and Baasha struck him down at Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines; for Nadab a ... View more

1Kgs 15:29

29As soon as he was king, he killed all the house of Jeroboam; he left to the house of Jeroboam not one that breathed, until he had destroyed it, according to t ... View more

1Kgs 15:34

34He did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, walking in the way of Jeroboam and in the sin that he caused Israel to commit.

1Kgs 16:1-4

1The word of the Lord came to Jehu son of Hanani against Baasha, saying,2“Since I exalted you out of the dust and made you leader over my people Israel, and you ... View more

1Kgs 15:16-20

Alliance with Aram against Israel
16There was war between Asa and King Baasha of Israel all their days.17King Baasha of Israel went up against Judah, and built ... View more

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