16:2a Forasmuch as I exalted thee out of the dust, and made
thee prince over my people Israel; and thou hast walked in
the way of Jeroboam, and hast made my people Israel to sin,
to provoke me to anger with their sins;
(a) Thus spoke Jehu to Baasha in the Name of the Lord.
16:3 Behold, I will take away the posterity of Baasha, and the
posterity of his house; and will make b thy house like
the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
(b) Meaning, the house of Baasha.
16:7 And also c by the hand of the prophet Jehu the son of
Hanani came the word of the LORD against Baasha, and
against his house, even for 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 d him.
(c) That is, the prophet did his message.
(d) Meaning, Nadab Jeroboam's son.
16:9 And his servant Zimri, captain of half [his] chariots,
conspired against him, as he was in Tirzah, e drinking
himself drunk in the house of Arza steward of [his] house
(e) The Chaldee text has this, "Drinking till he was drunk
in the temple of Arza the idol by his house in Tirzah".
16:12 Thus did Zimri destroy all the house of Baasha, according
to the word of the LORD, which he spake against Baasha by
Jehu the f prophet,
(f) Both Hanani his father and he were prophets.
16:15 In the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah did
Zimri reign seven days in Tirzah. And the people [were]
encamped g against Gibbethon, which [belonged] to the
(g) The siege had continued from the time of Nadab
16:17 And Omri went up from Gibbethon, and all Israel with him,
and they besieged h Tirzah.
(h) Where Zimri holed up.
16:21 Then were the people of Israel divided into two parts: i
half of the people followed Tibni the son of Ginath, to
make him king; and half followed Omri.
(i) That is, the people who were not at the siege of
Gibbethon: for there they had chosen Omri.
16:25 But Omri wrought evil in the eyes of the LORD, and did k
worse than all that [were] before him.
(k) For such is the nature of idolatry, that the
superstition of it daily increases, and the older it
is, the more abominable it is before God and his
16:28 So Omri slept with his fathers, and was buried in l
Samaria: and Ahab his son reigned in his stead.
(l) He was the first king that was buried in Samaria,
after that the kings house was burnt in Tirzah.
16:31 And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for
him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that
he took m to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king
of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped
(m) By whose influence he fell into wicked and strange
idolatry and cruel persecution.
16:34 In his days did Hiel the Bethelite build n Jericho: he
laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and
set up the gates thereof in his youngest [son] Segub,
according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by
Joshua the son of Nun.