Abijah Succeeds Rehoboam
1 aIn the eighteenth°° year° of King° Jeroboam°, Abijah° became° king° over° Judah°. 2 He reigned° three° years° in Jerusalem°; and his mother’s° name° was Micaiah° the daughter° of Uriel° of Gibeah°.
¶ aNow there was war° between° Abijah° and Jeroboam°. 3 Abijah° began° the battle° with an army° of valiant° warriors°, 400,000°°° chosen° men°, while Jeroboam° drew° up in battle° formation° against° him with 800,000°°° chosen° men° [who were] valiant° warriors°.
4 ¶ Then Abijah° stood° on Mount° aZemaraim°, which° is in the hill° country° of Ephraim°, and said°, “Listen° to me, Jeroboam° and all° Israel°: 5 Do you not know° that athe LORD° God° of Israel° gave° the rule° over° Israel° forever° to David° Iand his sons° by ba covenant° of salt°? 6 Yet aJeroboam° the son° of Nebat°, the servant° of Solomon° the son° of David°, rose° up and rebelled° against° his Imaster°, 7 and worthless° men° gathered° about° him, scoundrels°°, who proved° too° strong° for Rehoboam°, the son° of Solomon°, when Iahe was young° and timid°° and could not hold° his own° against° them.
 aJsh 18:22
 ILit to him and to his sons a2S 7:12-16 bLv 2:13; Nu 18:19
 IOr lord a1K 11:26
 ILit Rehoboam a2Ch 12:13
8 ¶ “So now° you intend° to resist° the kingdom° of the LORD° Ithrough° the sons° of David°, IIbeing a great° multitude° and [having] with you athe golden° calves° which° Jeroboam° made° for gods° for you. 9 aHave you not driven° out the priests° of the LORD°, the sons° of Aaron° and the Levites°, and made° for yourselves priests° like the peoples° of [other] lands°? Whoever° comes° bto consecrate°° himself° with a young° bull° and seven° rams°, even he may become° a priest° of [what are] cno° gods°. 10 But as for us, the LORD° is our God°, and we have not forsaken° Him; and the sons° of Aaron° are ministering° to the LORD° as priests°, and the Levites° Iattend to their work°. 11 Every° morning° and evening° athey Iburn° to the LORD° burnt° offerings° and fragrant° incense°, and bthe showbread°° is [set] on the clean° table°, and the golden° lampstand° with its lamps° is [ready] to light° every° evening°; for we keep° the charge° of the LORD° our God°, but you have forsaken° Him. 12 Now behold°, God° is with us at [our] head° and aHis priests° with the signal° trumpets° to sound° the alarm° against° you. O sons° of Israel°, do not fight° against° the LORD° God° of your fathers°, for you will not succeed°.”
 ILit in the hands of IILit and you are a a1K 12:28; 2Ch 11:15
 a2Ch 11:14, 15 bEx 29:29-33 cJr 2:11; 5:7
 ILit in the work
 ILit offer up in smoke aEx 29:38; 2Ch 2:4 bEx 25:30-39; Lv 24:5-9
 aNu 10:8, 9
13 ¶ But Jeroboam° ahad set° an ambush° to come° from the rear°, so that [Israel] was in front° of Judah° and the ambush° was behind°° them. 14 When Judah° turned° around°, behold°, Ithey were attacked° both front° and rear°; so athey cried° to the LORD°, and the priests° blew° the trumpets°. 15 Then the men° of Judah° raised° a war cry°, and when the men° of Judah° raised° the war cry°, then it was that God° Iarouted° Jeroboam° and all° Israel° before° Abijah° and Judah°. 16 When the sons° of Israel° fled° before°° Judah°, aGod° gave° them into their hand°. 17 Abijah° and his people° defeated° them with a great° slaughter°, so that 500,000°°° chosen° men° of Israel° fell° slain°. 18 Thus the sons° of Israel° were subdued° at that time°, and the sons° of Judah° Iconquered° abecause° they trusted° in the LORD°, the God° of their fathers°. 19 Abijah° pursued° Jeroboam° and captured° from him [several] cities°, Bethel° with its villages°, Jeshanah° with its villages° and IEphron° with its villages°.
 aJsh 8:4-9
 ILit the battle was before and behind them a2Ch 14:11
 ILit smote a2Ch 14:12
 a2Ch 16:8
 ILit were strong a2Ch 14:11
 IAnother reading is Ephrain
Death of Jeroboam
21 ¶ But Abijah° became° powerful°; and took° fourteen°° wives° to himself, and became° the father° of twenty-two°° sons° and sixteen°° daughters°. 22 Now the rest° of the acts° of Abijah°, and his ways° and his words° are written° in athe Itreatise° of bthe prophet° Iddo°.
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Abijah succeeding maketh war against Jeroboam.
1 ¶ Now in the eighteenthºº yearº of kingº Jeroboamº began Abijahº to reignºª over² Judah.º 2 He reignedºª threeº yearsº in Jerusalem.º His mother'sº nameº also [was] Michaiahº the daughterº of Urielº of² Gibeah.º And there was² warº between² Abijahº and Jeroboam.º 3 And Abijahº setºª² the battleº in array¹ª with an armyº of valiant menº of war,º [even] fourº hundredº thousandº chosenºª men:º Jeroboamº also set the battle¹ in arrayºª² against² him with eightº hundredº thousandº chosenºª men,º [being] mighty menº of valour.º
 1K 15:1; 2Ch 12:16.
 Jsh 18:28; Jg 19:14, 16; 1S 10:26; 1K 15:2, 6; 2Ch 11:20.
 1S 17:1; 1Ch 21:5; 2Ch 11:1; 14:8, 9; 17:14; 26:12.
He declareth the right of his cause.
4 ¶ And Abijahº stood upºª upon²² mountº Zemaraim,º which² [is] in mountº Ephraim,º and said,ºª Hearºª me, thou Jeroboam,º and all² Israel;º 5 Ought ye not² to knowºª that² the LORDº Godº of Israelº gaveºª the kingdomº over² Israelº to Davidº for ever,º [even] to him and to his sonsº by a covenantº of salt?º 6 Yet Jeroboamº the sonº of Nebat,º the servantº of Solomonº the sonº of David,º is risen up,ºª and hath rebelledºª against² his lord.º 7 And there are gatheredºª unto² him vainº men,¹² the childrenº of Belial,º and have strengthened¹ª themselves² against² Rehoboamº the sonº of Solomon,º when Rehoboamº was² youngº and tenderhearted,ºº and could not² withstandºª² them.¹ 8 And now² ye² thinkºª to withstandºª the kingdomº¹ of the LORDº in the handº of the sonsº of David;º and ye² [be] a greatº multitude,º and [there are] with² you goldenº calves,º which² Jeroboamº madeºª you for gods.º 9 Have ye not² cast outºª² the priestsº of the LORD,º² the sonsº of Aaron,º and the Levites,º and have madeºª you priestsº after the manner of the nationsº of [other] lands?º so that whosoever² comethºª to consecrateººª himself with a youngºº bullockº and sevenº rams,º [the same] may be² a priestº of [them that are] noº gods.º 10 But as for us,² the LORDº [is] our God,º and we have not² forsakenºª him; and the priests,º which ministerºª unto the LORD,º [are] the sonsº of Aaron,º and the Levitesº [wait] upon [their] business:º 11 And they burnºª unto the LORDº every morningº and every eveningº burnt sacrificesº and sweetº incense:º the shewbreadºº also [set they in order] upon² the pureº table;º and the candlestickº of goldº with the lampsº thereof, to burnºª every evening:º for² we² keepºª² the chargeº of the LORDº our God;º but ye² have forsakenºª him. 12 And, behold,² Godº himself [is] with² us for [our] captain,º and his priestsº with soundingº trumpetsº to cry alarmºª against² you. O childrenº of Israel,º fightºª ye not² against² the LORDº Godº of your fathers;º for² ye shall not² prosper.ºª
 Gn 10:18; Jsh 18:22; Jg 9:7; 2Ch 15:2.
 Lv 2:13; Nu 18:19; Jg 11:21; 1S 16:1, 12; 2S 7:12; 1K 8:20; 1Ch 17:11, 14; 28:4; Ne 5:9; Ps 89:19; Pv 1:29; Jr 27:5; 33:21, 26; Ezk 43:24; Dn 4:25; 5:18; Mk 9:49; Lk 1:31; 2P 3:5.
 1K 11:26; 12:20, 27; 2Ch 10:19.
 Dt 13:13; Jg 9:4; 11:3; 1S 22:2; 1K 21:10, 13; 2Ch 10:16; 11:1; 12:13; Jb 30:8; Ps 26:4; Pv 12:11; 28:19; Ec 10:16; Is 3:4; Ac 17:5; 1Co 14:20; Tit 1:10; He 5:12.
 1K 12:28; 14:9; 2Ch 9:8; 11:15; 14:9; 20:6, 12; Ps 2:1; 33:16; Is 7:6; 9:6; Ho 8:5; Lk 19:14, 27.
 Ex 29:1, 35; 32:29; Lv 8:2; 16:32; Dt 32:17; 1K 12:31; 13:33; 2K 19:18; 1Ch 29:5; 2Ch 11:14; Jr 2:11; Ho 8:6; Ac 19:26; Ga 4:8.
 Ex 19:5; 29:1; Nu 16:40; 18:1; 2Ch 11:16; Zc 13:9.
 Gn 26:5; Ex 25:30, 31; 27:20; 29:38; 30:1; Lv 2:1; 24:2, 5; Nu 9:19; 16:6, 46; 2Ch 2:4; Ezk 44:8, 15; 48:11; Lk 1:9; Rv 8:3.
 Nu 10:8; 14:41; 23:21; 31:6; Dt 20:4; 28:29; Jsh 5:13; 6:13; 1S 4:5; 2Ch 24:20; Jb 9:4; 15:25; 40:9; Ps 20:7; Is 8:10; 45:9; 54:17; Jr 2:37; 50:24; Ezk 17:9; Zc 10:5; Ac 5:39; 9:4; Ro 8:31; He 2:10.
Trusting in God he overcometh Jeroboam.
13 ¶ But Jeroboamº caused²² an ambushmentº to come¹ª about¹ª² behindº² them: so they were² beforeº Judah,º and the ambushmentº [was] behindº² them. 14 And when Judahº looked back,ºª behold,² the battleº [was] beforeº and behind:º and they criedºª unto the LORD,º and the priestsº soundedºªªª with the trumpets.º 15 Then the menº of Judahº gave a shout:ºª and as the menº of Judahº shouted,ºª it came to pass,² that Godº smoteºª² Jeroboamº and all² Israelº beforeº Abijahº and Judah.º 16 And the childrenº of Israelº fledºª beforeº² Judah:º and Godº deliveredºª them into their hand.º 17 And Abijahº and his peopleº slewºª them with a greatº slaughter:º so there fell downºª slainº of Israelº² fiveº hundredº thousandº chosenºª men.º 18 Thus the childrenº of Israelº were brought¹ª under² at that² time,º and the childrenº of Judahº prevailed,ºª because² they reliedºª upon² the LORDº Godº of their fathers.º 19 And Abijahº pursuedºª afterº Jeroboam,º and tookºª citiesº from² him,² Bethelº with² the townsº thereof, and Jeshanahº with² the townsº thereof, and Ephrainº with the townsº thereof. 20 Neither² did Jeroboamº recoverºª strengthº again² in the daysº of Abijah:º and the LORDº struckºª him, and he died.ºª
 Jsh 8:4; 2Ch 20:22; Pv 21:30; Jr 4:22.
 Ex 14:10; Jsh 8:20; Jg 20:33; 2S 10:8; 2Ch 13:12; 14:11; 18:31; Ps 50:15; 91:5.
 Nu 32:4; Jsh 6:16, 20; 11:8; Jg 4:15; 7:18; 2K 5:1; 2Ch 14:12; 20:21; Ps 47:1, 5; 118:4; Is 37:36.
 Gn 14:20; Dt 2:36; 3:3; Jsh 10:12; 21:44; Jg 1:4; 11:21; 1S 23:7.
 2Ch 13:3, 12; 28:6; Is 10:16; 37:36; Na 1:5; 1Co 10:22.
 2K 18:5; 1Ch 5:20; 2Ch 16:8; 20:20; Ps 22:4; 146:5; Dn 3:28; Na 1:7; Ep 1:12.
 Jsh 10:19, 39; 11:12; 15:9; 1S 31:7; 2Ch 15:8; Jn 11:54.
 1S 25:38; 26:10; 1K 14:20; 15:9; Ps 18:37; Ezk 24:16; Ac 12:23.
The wives and children of Abijah.
21 ¶ But Abijahº waxed mighty,ºª and marriedºª fourteenºº wives,º and begatºª twentyº and twoº sons,º and sixteenºº daughters.º 22 And the restº of the actsº of Abijah,º and his ways,º and his sayings,º [are] writtenºª in the storyº of the prophetº Iddo.º
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