13 And all Yisrael shall lament over him and bury him; he alone of Yerovam‘s family shall be brought to burial, for in him alone of the House of Yerovam has some devotion been found to Hashem, the God of Yisrael.
14:13 He alone of Yerovam’s family shall be brought to burial
King Yerovam’s wife is told that Yerovam and his house have been so evil that not only will their son Aviya die, but the entire family line will be destroyed. However, Aviya will be granted a proper burial as he had “some devotion” towards Hashem. Rashi says that the good deed referenced here occurred when his father placed Aviya as a guard to prevent the people of the kingdom from making pilgrimages to Yerushalayim. Aviya not only abandoned his post so that they would be able to go, but he went on a pilgrimage to the holy city himself. This demonstrates both the gravity of the sin of attempting to sever the people’s tie to Yerushalayim, and also the merit that one can acquire by strengthening this eternal bond.