1 Now in the eighteenth year of king Yerovam the son of Nebat began Abijam to reign over Yehuda.
2 Three years reigned he in Yerushalayim; and his mother’s name was Maacah the daughter of Abishalom.
sha-LOSH sha-NEEM ma-LAKH bee-ru-sha-LA-yim v’-SHAYM i-MO ma-a-KHAH bat a-vee-sha-LOM
ב שָׁלֹשׁ שָׁנִים מָלַךְ בִּירוּשָׁלִָם וְשֵׁם אִמּוֹ מַעֲכָה בַּת אֲבִישָׁלוֹם.
15:2 Three years reigned he in Yerushalayim
The Hebrew name of the Holy City of Jerusalem is ‘Yerushalayim’ (ירושלים). This name consists of two important words that capture the essence of the city. ‘Yirah’ refers to the awe and fear that everyone is supposed to have for the Almighty God. Indeed, one is able to feel a special connection to God in this holy city which can fill a person with both awe and fear. The second word is ‘shalom,’ peace. The prayer of all who serve God is that He will bless the entire world with peace. This peace emanates from Jerusalem where everyone comes together in the worship of the Almighty. The best place to a establish a connection with God and to pray for peace is in His holy city, Jerusalem.
3 And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him; and his heart was not whole with Hashem his God, as the heart of David his father.
ג וַיֵּלֶךְ בְּכָל חַטֹּאות אָבִיו אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה לְפָנָיו וְלֹא הָיָה לְבָבוֹ שָׁלֵם עִם יְהוָה אֱלֹהָיו כִּלְבַב דָּוִד אָבִיו.
ד כִּי לְמַעַן דָּוִד נָתַן יְהוָה אֱלֹהָיו לוֹ נִיר בִּירוּשָׁלִָם לְהָקִים אֶת בְּנוֹ אַחֲרָיו וּלְהַעֲמִיד אֶת יְרוּשָׁלִָם.
5 because David did that which was right in the eyes of Hashem, and turned not aside from any thing that He commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.
ה אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה דָוִד אֶת הַיָּשָׁר בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָה וְלֹא סָר מִכֹּל אֲשֶׁר צִוָּהוּ כֹּל יְמֵי חַיָּיו רַק בִּדְבַר אוּרִיָּה הַחִתִּי.
7 And the rest of the acts of Abijam, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Yehuda? And there was war between Abijam and Yerovam.
10 And forty and one years reigned he in Yerushalayim; and his mother’s name was Maacah the daughter of Abishalom.
י וְאַרְבָּעִים וְאַחַת שָׁנָה מָלַךְ בִּירוּשָׁלִָם וְשֵׁם אִמּוֹ מַעֲכָה בַּת אֲבִישָׁלוֹם.
יא וַיַּעַשׂ אָסָא הַיָּשָׁר בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָה כְּדָוִד אָבִיו.
12 And he put away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.
יב וַיַּעֲבֵר הַקְּדֵשִׁים מִן הָאָרֶץ וַיָּסַר אֶת כָּל הַגִּלֻּלִים אֲשֶׁר עָשׂוּ אֲבֹתָיו.
13 And also Maacah his mother he removed from being queen, because she had made an abominable image for an Asherah; and Asa cut down her image, and burnt it at the brook Kidron.
יג וְגַם אֶת מַעֲכָה אִמּוֹ וַיְסִרֶהָ מִגְּבִירָה אֲשֶׁר עָשְׂתָה מִפְלֶצֶת לָאֲשֵׁרָה וַיִּכְרֹת אָסָא אֶת מִפְלַצְתָּהּ וַיִּשְׂרֹף בְּנַחַל קִדְרוֹן.
14 But the high places were not taken away; nevertheless the heart of Asa was whole with Hashem all his days.
יד וְהַבָּמוֹת לֹא סָרוּ רַק לְבַב אָסָא הָיָה שָׁלֵם עִם יְהוָה כָּל יָמָיו.
15 And he brought into the house of Hashem the things that his father had hallowed, and the things that himself had hallowed, silver, and gold, and vessels.
טו וַיָּבֵא אֶת קָדְשֵׁי אָבִיו וקדשו (וְקָדְשֵׁי) בֵּית יְהוָה כֶּסֶף וְזָהָב וְכֵלִים.
18 Then Asa took all the silver and the gold that were left in the treasures of the house of Hashem, and the treasures of the king’s house, and delivered them into the hand of his servants; and king Asa sent them to Ben-hadad, the son of Tabrimmon, the son of Hezion, king of Aram, that dwelt at Damascus, saying:
19 ‘There is a league between me and thee, between my father and thy father; behold, I have sent unto thee a present of silver and gold; go, break thy league with Baasa king of Yisrael, that he may depart from me.’
20 And Ben-hadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Yisrael, and smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abel-beth-maacah, and all Chinneroth, with all the land of Naftali.
22 Then king Asa made a proclamation unto all Yehuda; none was exempted; and they carried away the stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasa had builded; and king Asa built therewith Geba of Binyamin, and Mizpah.
23 Now the rest of all the acts of Asa, and all his might, and all that he did, and the cities which he built, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Yehuda? But in the time of his old age he was diseased in his feet.
26 And he did that which was evil in the sight of Hashem, and walked in the way of his father, and in his sin wherewith he made Yisrael to sin.
כו וַיַּעַשׂ הָרַע בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָה וַיֵּלֶךְ בְּדֶרֶךְ אָבִיו וּבְחַטָּאתוֹ אֲשֶׁר הֶחֱטִיא אֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל.
27 And Baasa the son of Ahijah, of the house of Yissachar, conspired against him; and Baasa smote him at Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines; for Nadab and all Yisrael were laying siege to Gibbethon.
29 And it came to pass that, as soon as he was king, he smote all the house of Yerovam; he left not to Yerovam any that breathed, until he had destroyed him; according unto the saying of Hashem, which He spoke by the hand of His servant Ahijah the Shilonite;