Now in the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam son of Nebat, Abijam began to reign over Judah.
He reigned for three years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Maacah daughter of Abishalom.
He committed all the sins that his father did before him; his heart was not true to the Lord his God, like the heart of his father David.
Nevertheless for David's sake the Lord his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem, setting up his son after him, and establishing Jerusalem;
because David did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and did not turn aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.
The war begun between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continued all the days of his life.
The rest of the acts of Abijam, and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Annals of the Kings of Judah? There was war between Abijam and Jeroboam.
Abijam slept with his ancestors, and they buried him in the city of David. Then his son Asa succeeded him.
In the twentieth year of King Jeroboam of Israel, Asa began to reign over Judah;
he reigned forty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Maacah daughter of Abishalom.