1 Abijam reigneth over Judah. 9 Asa succeedeth in his room. 16 The battle between Asa and Baasha. 24 Jehoshaphat succeedeth Asa. 25 Nadab succeedeth Jeroboam. 28 Baasha killeth Nadab. And in the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam the son of Nebat, reigned Abijam over Judah.
In the eighteenth year of the rule of Jeroboam son of Nebat, Abijah took over the throne of Judah. He ruled in Jerusalem three years. His mother was Maacah daughter of Absalom. He continued to sin just like his father before him. He was not truehearted to God as his great-grandfather David had been. But despite that, out of respect for David, his God graciously gave him a lamp, a son to follow him and keep Jerusalem secure. For David had lived an exemplary life before God all his days, not going off on his own in willful defiance of God’s clear directions (except for that time with Uriah the Hittite). But war continued between Abijah and Jeroboam the whole time.
Therefore in the eighteenth year of the realm of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, Abijam reigned upon Judah. (And so in the eighteenth year of the reign of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, Abijam began to reign upon Judah.)
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