|2 Chronicles 13 |
1 Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam, Abijah began to reign over Judah.
2 He reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Michaiah, the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. There was war between Abijah and Jeroboam.
3 And Abijah set the battle in array with an army of valiant men of war, even four hundred thousand chosen men: Jeroboam also set the battle in array against him with eight hundred thousand chosen men, being mighty men of valor.
4 And Abijah stood up upon mount Zemaraim, which is in mount Ephraim, and said, "Hear me, you Jeroboam, and all Israel.
5 Ought you not to know that the LORD God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David forever, even to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt?
6 Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, the servant of Solomon the son of David, is risen up, and has rebelled against his lord.
7 And there are gathered to him vain men, the children of Belial, and have strengthened themselves against Rehoboam the son of Solomon, when Rehoboam was young and tenderhearted, and could not withstand them.
8 And now you think to withstand the kingdom of the LORD in the hand of the sons of David; and you are a great multitude, and there are with your golden calves, which Jeroboam made you for gods.
9 Have you not cast out the priests of the LORD, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and have made you priests after the manner of the nations of other lands? So that whoever comes to consecrate himself with a young bullock and seven rams, the same may be a priest of those who are no gods.
10 But as for us, the LORD is our God, and we have not forsaken him; and the priests, who minister to the LORD, are the sons of Aaron, and the Levites wait upon their business:
11 And they burn to the LORD every morning and every evening burnt sacrifices and sweet incense. They also set the show bread in order upon the pure table, and they keep the candlestick of gold with its lamps burning every evening because we keep the commands of the LORD our God; but you have forsaken him.
12 And, behold, God himself is with us for our captain, and his priests with sounding trumpets to cry alarm against you. O children of Israel, do not fight against the LORD God of your fathers because you will not be successful."
13 But Jeroboam had created an ambush to come from behind them; so Israel faced in the front Judah, as well as Israel's ambushing troops that were behind them.
14 When Judah looked back, behold, the battle was in front and behind; and they cried to the LORD, and the priests sounded with the trumpets.
15 Then the men of Judah gave a shout; and as the men of Judah shouted, it came to pass, that God struck Jeroboam and all Israel in front of Abijah and Judah.
16 And the children of Israel fled before Judah, and God delivered Israel into Judah's hand.
17 Abijah and his people slew Israel with a great slaughter so that five hundred thousand chosen men of Israel fell down slain.
18 Thus the children of Israel were brought under at that time, and the children of Judah prevailed, because they relied upon the LORD God of their fathers.
19 Abijah pursued after Jeroboam, and took from him the cities of: Bethel with its towns, Jeshanah with its towns, and Ephraim its towns.
20 Jeroboam never recovered strength again in the days of Abijah; and the LORD struck him, and he died.
21 But Abijah grew mighty, married fourteen wives, and fathered twenty two sons and sixteen daughters.
22 The rest of the acts of Abijah, his ways, and his sayings, are written in the story of the prophet Iddo.
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