1 Kings 15:1-8

Abijah King of Judah

1 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Jeroboam son of Nebat, Abijah[a] became king of Judah,
2 and he reigned in Jerusalem three years. His mother’s name was Maakah daughter of Abishalom.[b]
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.
6 There was war between Abijah[c] and Jeroboam throughout Abijah’s lifetime.
7 As for the other events of Abijah’s reign, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? There was war between Abijah and Jeroboam.
8 And Abijah rested with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. And Asa his son succeeded him as king.

1 Kings 15:1-8 Meaning and Commentary


In this chapter we have a short history of the reign of Abijam, 1Ki 15:1-8 and of Asa, 1Ki 14:9-24, both kings of Judah; and of the reigns of Nadab the son of Jeroboam, and of Baasha, who destroyed his family, both kings of Israel, 1Ki 15:25-34.

Cross References 6

  • 1. ver 10,13; 2 Chronicles 11:20; 2 Chronicles 13:2
  • 2. S 1 Kings 8:61; 1 Kings 11:4; Psalms 119:80
  • 3. S 2 Samuel 21:17; 1 Kings 11:36; 2 Chronicles 21:7
  • 4. S Deuteronomy 5:32; S 1 Kings 9:4; 1 Kings 14:8
  • 5. 2 Samuel 11:2-27; 2 Samuel 12:9
  • 6. ver 16,32; S 1 Kings 12:21; 2 Chronicles 16:9; 1 Kings 14:30

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint (see also 2 Chron. 12:16); most Hebrew manuscripts "Abijam" ; also in verses 7 and 8
  • [b]. A variant of "Absalom" ; also in verse 10
  • [c]. Some Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac "Abijam" (that is, Abijah); most Hebrew manuscripts "Rehoboam"
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