In the twentieth year of Jeroboam king of Israel, Asa became king of Judah,
and he reigned in Jerusalem forty-one years. His grandmother's name was Maacah1 daughter of Abishalom.
Asa did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, as his father David2 had done.
He expelled the male shrine prostitutes3 from the land and got rid of all the idols4 his fathers had made.
He even deposed his grandmother Maacah5 from her position as queen mother,6 because she had made a repulsive Asherah pole. Asa cut the pole down7 and burned it in the Kidron Valley.
Although he did not remove8 the high places, Asa's heart was fully committed9 to the LORD all his life.