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2 Chronicles 11:5 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem and built cities for defense in Judah.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defense in Judah.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem,—and built cities for defence, in Judah;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— And Rehoboam dwelleth in Jerusalem, and buildeth cities for a bulwark in Judah,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And Roboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built walled cities in Juda.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And Rehoboam dwelt in Ierusalem, and built cities for defence in Iudah.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— And Rehoboam{gr.Roboam} dwelt in Jerusalem, and he built walled cities in Judah{gr.Judea}.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And Rechavam dwelt in Yerushalaim, and built cities for defence in Yehudah.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And Rav`m רְחַבעָם 7346
{7346} Prime
From H7337 and H5971; a people has enlarged; Rechabam, an Israelite king.
dwelt 3427
{3427} Prime
A primitive root; properly to sit down (specifically as judge, in ambush, in quiet); by implication to dwell, to remain; causatively to settle, to marry.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
in Yrlaim יְרוּשָׁלִַם, 3389
{3389} Prime
A dual (in allusion to its two main hills (the true pointing, at least of the former reading, seems to be that of H3390)); probably from (the passive participle of) H3384 and H7999; founded peaceful; Jerushalaim or Jerushalem, the capital city of Palestine.
and built 1129
{1129} Prime
A primitive root; to build (literally and figuratively).
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
cities 5892
{5892} Prime
From H5782 a city (a place guarded by waking or a watch) in the widest sense (even of a mere encampment or post).
for defence 4692
{4692} Prime
From H6696; something hemming in, that is, (objectively) a mound (of besiegers), (abstractly) a siege, (figuratively) distress; or (subjectively) a fastness.
in Yh יְהוּדָה. 3063
{3063} Prime
From H3034; celebrated; Jehudah (or Judah), the name of five Israelites; also of the tribe descended from the first, and of its territory.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

2 Chronicles 11:5-11

_ _ built cities for defence in Judah — This is evidently used as the name of the southern kingdom. Rehoboam, having now a bitter enemy in Israel, deemed it prudent to lose no time in fortifying several cities that lay along the frontier of his kingdom. Jeroboam, on his side, took a similar precaution (1 Kings 12:25). Of the fifteen cities named, Aijalon, now Yalo, and Zorah, now Surah, between Jerusalem and Jabneh [Robinson], lay within the province of Benjamin. Gath, though a Philistine city, had been subject to Solomon. And Etham, which was on the border of Simeon, now incorporated with the kingdom of Israel, was fortified to repel danger from that quarter. These fortresses Rehoboam placed under able commanders and stocked them with provisions and military stores, sufficient, if necessary, to stand a siege. In the crippled state of his kingdom, he seems to have been afraid lest it might be made the prey of some powerful neighbors.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 2 Chronicles 11:1-12.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

2 Chronicles 11:5

Built — Repaired, enlarged, and fortified them. They were built before.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

2 Chronicles 11:5

And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and (c) built cities for defence in Judah.

(c) Or, repaired them and made them strong to be more able to resist Jeroboam.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
am 3029-3032, bc 975-972


2 Chronicles 8:2-6 That the cities which Huram had restored to Solomon, Solomon built them, and caused the children of Israel to dwell there. ... And Baalath, and all the store cities that Solomon had, and all the chariot cities, and the cities of the horsemen, and all that Solomon desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and throughout all the land of his dominion.
2 Chronicles 14:6-7 And he built fenced cities in Judah: for the land had rest, and he had no war in those years; because the LORD had given him rest. ... Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make about [them] walls, and towers, gates, and bars, [while] the land [is] yet before us; because we have sought the LORD our God, we have sought [him], and he hath given us rest on every side. So they built and prospered.
2 Chronicles 16:6 Then Asa the king took all Judah; and they carried away the stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha was building; and he built therewith Geba and Mizpah.
2 Chronicles 17:12 And Jehoshaphat waxed great exceedingly; and he built in Judah castles, and cities of store.
2 Chronicles 26:6 And he went forth and warred against the Philistines, and brake down the wall of Gath, and the wall of Jabneh, and the wall of Ashdod, and built cities about Ashdod, and among the Philistines.
2 Chronicles 27:4 Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built castles and towers.
Isaiah 22:8-11 And he discovered the covering of Judah, and thou didst look in that day to the armour of the house of the forest. ... Ye made also a ditch between the two walls for the water of the old pool: but ye have not looked unto the maker thereof, neither had respect unto him that fashioned it long ago.
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