1 In the eighteenth year of King Yerovam son of Nebat, Abijam became king over Yehuda.
2 He reigned three years in Yerushalayim; his mother’s name was Maacah daughter of Abishalom.
sha-LOSH sha-NEEM ma-LAKH bee-ru-sha-LA-im v’-SHAYM i-MO ma-a-KHAH bat a-vee-sha-LOM
ב שָׁלֹשׁ שָׁנִים מָלַךְ בִּירוּשָׁלִָם וְשֵׁם אִמּוֹ מַעֲכָה בַּת־אֲבִישָׁלוֹם׃
15:2 He reigned three years 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: Yira (יראה), ‘fear,’ refers to the awe and reverence that everyone is supposed to have for the Almighty God. Indeed, one is able to feel a special connection to Hashem in this holy city, which can fill a person with both awe and fear. The second word is shalom (שלום), ‘peace.’ The prayer of all who serve Hashem is that He will bless the entire world with peace. This peace emanates from Yerushalayim, where everyone comes together in the worship of the Almighty. The best place to establish an awe-inspired connection with Hashem and to pray for peace is in His holy city, Yerushalayim.
3 He continued in all the sins that his father before him had committed; he was not wholehearted with Hashem his God, like his father David.
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 For David had done what was pleasing to Hashem and never turned throughout his life from all that He had commanded him, except in the matter of Uriya the Hittite.
ה אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה דָוִד אֶת־הַיָּשָׁר בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָה וְלֹא־סָר מִכֹּל אֲשֶׁר־צִוָּהוּ כֹּל יְמֵי חַיָּיו רַק בִּדְבַר אוּרִיָּה הַחִתִּי׃
6 There was war between Abijam and Yerovam all the days of his life.
7 The other events of Abijam’s reign and all his actions are recorded in the Annals of the Kings of Yehuda; there was war between Abijam and Yerovam.
10 He reigned forty-one years in Yerushalayim; his mother’s name was Maacah daughter of Abishalom.
י וְאַרְבָּעִים וְאַחַת שָׁנָה מָלַךְ בִּירוּשָׁלִָם וְשֵׁם אִמּוֹ מַעֲכָה בַּת־אֲבִישָׁלוֹם׃
יא וַיַּעַשׂ אָסָא הַיָּשָׁר בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָה כְּדָוִד אָבִיו׃
12 He expelled the male prostitutes from the land, and he removed all the idols that his ancestors had made.
יב וַיַּעֲבֵר הַקְּדֵשִׁים מִן־הָאָרֶץ וַיָּסַר אֶת־כָּל־הַגִּלֻּלִים אֲשֶׁר עָשׂוּ אֲבֹתָיו׃
13 He also deposed his mother Maacah from the rank of queen mother, because she had made an abominable thing for [the goddess] Asherah. Asa cut down her abominable thing and burnt it in the Wadi Kidron.
יג וְגַם אֶת־מַעֲכָה אִמּוֹ וַיְסִרֶהָ מִגְּבִירָה אֲשֶׁר־עָשְׂתָה מִפְלֶצֶת לָאֲשֵׁרָה וַיִּכְרֹת אָסָא אֶת־מִפְלַצְתָּהּ וַיִּשְׂרֹף בְּנַחַל קִדְרוֹן׃
14 The shrines, indeed, were not abolished; however, Asa was wholehearted with Hashem his God all his life.
יד וְהַבָּמוֹת לֹא־סָרוּ רַק לְבַב־אָסָא הָיָה שָׁלֵם עִם־יְהוָה כָּל־יָמָיו׃
15 He brought into the House of Hashem all the consecrated things of his father and his own consecrated things—silver, gold, and utensils.
טו וַיָּבֵא אֶת־קָדְשֵׁי אָבִיו וקדשו [וְקָדְשֵׁי] בֵּית יְהוָה כֶּסֶף וְזָהָב וְכֵלִים׃
18 So Asa took all the silver and gold that remained in the treasuries of the House of Hashem as well as the treasuries of the royal palace, and he entrusted them to his officials. King Asa sent them to King Ben-hadad son of Tabrimmon son of Hezion of Aram, who resided in Damascus, with this message:
19 “There is a pact between you and me, and between your father and my father. I herewith send you a gift of silver and gold: Go and break your pact with King Basha of Yisrael, so that he may withdraw from me.”
20 Ben-hadad responded to King Asa’s request; he sent his army commanders against the towns of Yisrael and captured Ijon, Dan, Abel-beth-maacah, and all Chinneroth, as well as all the land of Naftali.
21 When Basha heard about it, he stopped fortifying Rama and remained in Tirtza.
23 All the other events of Asa’s reign, and all his exploits, and all his actions, and the towns that he fortified, are recorded in the Annals of the Kings of Yehuda. However, in his old age he suffered from a foot ailment.
26 He did what was displeasing to Hashem; he continued in the ways of his father, in the sins which he caused Yisrael to commit.
כו וַיַּעַשׂ הָרַע בְּעֵינֵי יְהוָה וַיֵּלֶךְ בְּדֶרֶךְ אָבִיו וּבְחַטָּאתוֹ אֲשֶׁר הֶחֱטִיא אֶת־יִשְׂרָאֵל׃
29 As soon as he became king, he struck down all the House of Yerovam; he did not spare a single soul belonging to Yerovam until he destroyed it—in accordance with the word that Hashem had spoken through His servant, the NaviAchiya the Shilonite