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1 Kings 15:2

2 and he reigned in Jerusalem three years. His mother’s name was Maakah daughter of Abishalom.[a]

1 Kings 15:2 in Other Translations

2 Three years reigned he in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Maachah, the daughter of Abishalom.
2 He reigned for three years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Maacah the daughter of Abishalom.
2 He reigned in Jerusalem three years. His mother was Maacah, the granddaughter of Absalom.
2 He ruled in Jerusalem three years. His mother was Maacah daughter of Absalom.
2 he reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Maacah daughter of Abishalom.

1 Kings 15:2 Meaning and Commentary

1 Kings 15:2

Three years reigned he in Jerusalem
And three only; his reign was short, and indeed not three full years, only one whole year and part of two others; for Asa his son began to reign in the twentieth of Jeroboam, ( 1 Kings 15:9 ) so that he reigned part of his eighteenth, this whole nineteenth, and part of his twentieth:

and his mother's name was Maachah the daughter of Abishalom;
called Absalom, ( 2 Chronicles 11:20 2 Chronicles 11:21 ) , generally supposed by the Jews to be Absalom the son of David, and which may seem not improbable, since his other two wives were of his father's family, ( 2 Chronicles 11:18 ) . Josephus says F17 she was the daughter of Tamar the daughter of Absalom, and so his granddaughter; and which may account for her being called Michaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah, ( 2 Chronicles 13:2 ) since the difference between Maachah and Michaiah is not very great; and Uriel might he the name of Tamar's husband; though it is most likely that both father and daughter had two names; she seems to be mentioned here, to observe that she was the cause and means of her son's disagreeable walk, as follows, see ( 1 Kings 15:13 ) .


F17 Antiqu. l. 8. c. 10. sect. 1.

1 Kings 15:2 In-Context

1 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Jeroboam son of Nebat, Abijah became king of Judah,
2 and he reigned in Jerusalem three years. His mother’s name was Maakah daughter of Abishalom.
3 He committed all the sins his father had done before him; his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his forefather had been.
4 Nevertheless, for David’s sake the LORD his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem by raising up a son to succeed him and by making Jerusalem strong.
5 For David had done what was right in the eyes of the LORD and had not failed to keep any of the LORD’s commands all the days of his life—except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.

Cross References 1

  • 1. ver 10,13; 2 Chronicles 11:20; 2 Chronicles 13:2

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. A variant of "Absalom" ; also in verse 10
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