Abijah died and was buried with his ancestors in the City of David. His son Asa was king after him.
In the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel, Asa began his rule over Judah.
He ruled for forty-one years in Jerusalem. His grandmother's name was Maacah.
Asa conducted himself well before God, reviving the ways of his ancestor David.
He cleaned house: He got rid of the sacred prostitutes and threw out all the idols his predecessors had made.
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