These were dark times in Israel, a reminder to us that the natural heart of man is wicked and deceitful.

Scripture: 1 Kings 16:8-28

ESV Text: 1 Kings 16:8-28


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 16
8 In the twenty and sixth year of Asa king of Judah began Elah the son of Baasha to reign over Israel in Tirzah, two years. 9 And his servant Zimri, captain of half his chariots, conspired against him, as he was in Tirzah, drinking himself drunk in the house of Arza steward of his house in Tirzah. 10 And Zimri went in and smote him, and killed him, in the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned in his stead. 11 And it came to pass, when he began to reign, as soon as he sat on his throne, that he slew all the house of Baasha: he left him not one that pisseth against a wall, neither of his kinsfolks, nor of his friends. 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 prophet, 13 For all the sins of Baasha, and the sins of Elah his son, by which they sinned, and by which they made Israel to sin, in provoking the LORD God of Israel to anger with their vanities. 14 Now the rest of the acts of Elah, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

     15 In the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah did Zimri reign seven days in Tirzah. And the people were encamped against Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines. 16 And the people that were encamped heard say, Zimri hath conspired, and hath also slain the king: wherefore all Israel made Omri, the captain of the host, king over Israel that day in the camp. 17 And Omri went up from Gibbethon, and all Israel with him, and they besieged Tirzah. 18 And it came to pass, when Zimri saw that the city was taken, that he went into the palace of the king’s house, and burnt the king’s house over him with fire, and died, 19 For his sins which he sinned in doing evil in the sight of the LORD, in walking in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin which he did, to make Israel to sin. 20 Now the rest of the acts of Zimri, and his treason that he wrought, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? 21 Then were the people of Israel divided into two parts: half of the people followed Tibni the son of Ginath, to make him king; and half followed Omri. 22 But the people that followed Omri prevailed against the people that followed Tibni the son of Ginath: so Tibni died, and Omri reigned. 23 In the thirty and first year of Asa king of Judah began Omri to reign over Israel, twelve years: six years reigned he in Tirzah. 24 And he bought the hill Samaria of Shemer for two talents of silver, and built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built, after the name of Shemer, owner of the hill, Samaria. 25 But Omri wrought evil in the eyes of the LORD, and did worse than all that were before him. 26 For he walked in all the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin, to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger with their vanities. 27 Now the rest of the acts of Omri which he did, and his might that he shewed, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? 28 So Omri slept with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria: and Ahab his son reigned in his stead.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 524:
In Thee, Lord, Have I Put my Trust

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. In Thee, Lord, have I put my trust; 
Leave me not helpless in the dust, 
Let me not be confounded. 
Let in Thy Word My faith, O Lord, 
Be always firmly grounded. 

2. Bow down Thy gracious ear to me 
And hear my cries and prayers to Thee, 
Haste Thee for my protection; 
For woes and fear Surround me here. 
Help me in mine affliction. 

3. My God and Shield, now let Thy power 
Be unto me a mighty tower 
Whence bravely I defend me 
Against the foes That round me close. 
O Lord, assistance lend me. 

4. Thou art my Strength, my Shield, my Rock, 
My Fortress that withstands each shock, 
My Help, my Life, my Treasure. 
Whate’er the rod, Thou art my God; 
Naught can resist Thy pleasure. 

5. The world for me has falsely set 
Full many a secret snare and net 
To tempt me and to harm me. 
Lord, make them fail, Do Thou prevail, 
Let their disguise not charm me. 

6. With Thee, Lord, have I cast my lot; 
O faithful God, forsake me not, 
To Thee my soul commending. 
Lord, be my Stay, Lead Thou the way 
Now and when life is ending. 

7. All honor, praise, and majesty 
To Father, Son, and Spirit be, 
Our God forever glorious, 
In whose rich grace We’ll run our race 
Till we depart victorious. 


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