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King of Judah (c. 873-849 B.C.) who succeeded his father, King Asa. Apparently a prudent ruler, he took steps to strengthen peaceful relations with Israel and ensure Judah's stability (II Chronicles 17:1). He traveled through his country making wise appointments of judges and priests. "Yahweh," he reminded them, "has no part in fraud or partiality or taking of bribes" (II Chronicles 19:3-10). For nearly twenty-five years he ruled Judah without serious trouble (II Chronicles 20:31). The last years of his reign, however, were marred because he "allied himself with Ahaziah, King of Israel, who led him into evil ways" (II Chronicles 20:35). When he died, his son Jehoram succeeded him (II Chronicles 20:35).