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He was zealous in maintaining the true worship of God, and in rooting all idolatry, with its accompanying immoralities, out of the land (1 Kings 15:8-14). The Lord gave him and his land rest and prosperity.
It is recorded of him, however, that in his old age, when afflicted, he “sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians” (compare Jeremiah 17:5). He died in the 41 year of his reign, greatly honored by his people (2 Chronicles 16:1-13), and was succeeded by his son Jehoshaphat.