16:1 In the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa a
Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah, and built b
Ramah, to the intent that he might let none go out or come
in to Asa king of Judah.
(a) Who reigned after Nadab the son of Jeroboam.
(b) He fortified it with walls and ditches: it was a city
in Benjamin near Gibeon.
16:3 [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, c break thy league with Baasha king
of Israel, that he may depart from me.
(c) He thought to repulse his adversary by an unlawful
means, that is, by seeking help from infidels, as they
who seek the help of Turks, thinking by it to make
16:10 Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison
house; for [he was] d in a rage with him because of this
[thing]. And Asa oppressed [some] of the people the same
(d) Thus instead of turning to God in repentance, he
disdained the admonition of the prophet, and punished
him, as the wicked do when they are told of their
16:12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was
diseased in his feet, until his disease [was] e
exceeding [great]: yet in his disease he sought not to the
LORD, but to the f physicians.
(e) God plagued his rebellion and by this declared that it
is nothing to begin well, unless we continue to the
end, that is, zealous of God's glory and put our whole
trust in him.
(f) He shows that it is useless to seek the physicians
unless we first seek God to purge our sins, which are
the chief cause of all our diseases, and later use the
help of the physicians as a means by which God works.