In the eighteenth year of [Israel's] King Jeroboam son of Nebat, Abijam became king over Judah;
he reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Maacah daughter of Abishalom.
Abijam walked in all the sins his father had done before him, and he was not completely devoted to the Lord his God as his ancestor David had been.
But because of David, the Lord his God gave him a lamp in Jerusalem to raise up his son after him and to establish Jerusalem
because David did what was right in the Lord's eyes, and he did not turn aside from anything He had commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.
There had been war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days of Rehoboam's life.
The rest of the events of Abijam's [reign], along with all his accomplishments, are written about in the Historical Record of Judah's Kings. There was also war between Abijam and Jeroboam.
Abijam rested with his fathers and was buried in the city of David. His son Asa became king in his place.