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30 And there was (A)war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their days.

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15 The acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written in the book of Shemaiah the prophet, (A)and of Iddo the seer concerning genealogies? (B)And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their days. 16 So Rehoboam [a]rested with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David. Then (C)Abijah[b] his son reigned in his place.

Abijah Reigns in Judah(D)

13 In (E)the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam, Abijah became king over (F)Judah. He reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was [c]Michaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah.

And there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam. Abijah set the battle in order with an army of valiant warriors, four hundred thousand choice men. Jeroboam also drew up in battle formation against him with eight hundred thousand choice men, mighty men of valor.

Then Abijah stood on Mount (G)Zemaraim, which is in the mountains of Ephraim, and said, “Hear me, Jeroboam and all Israel: Should you not know that the Lord God of Israel (H)gave the dominion over Israel to David forever, to him and his sons, (I)by a covenant of salt? Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, the servant of Solomon the son of David, rose up and (J)rebelled against his lord. Then (K)worthless rogues gathered to him, and strengthened themselves against Rehoboam the son of Solomon, when Rehoboam was (L)young and inexperienced and could not withstand them. And now you think to withstand the kingdom of the Lord, which is in the hand of the sons of David; and you are a great multitude, and with you are the gold calves which Jeroboam (M)made for you as gods. (N)Have you not cast out the priests of the Lord, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and made for yourselves priests, like the peoples of other lands, (O)so that whoever comes to consecrate himself with a young bull and seven rams may be a priest of (P)things that are not gods? 10 But as for us, the Lord is our (Q)God, and we have not forsaken Him; and the priests who minister to the Lord are the sons of Aaron, and the Levites attend to their duties. 11 (R)And they burn to the Lord every morning and every evening burnt sacrifices and sweet incense; they also set the (S)showbread in order on the pure gold table, and the lampstand of gold with its lamps (T)to burn every evening; for we keep the command of the Lord our God, but you have forsaken Him. 12 Now look, God Himself is with us as our (U)head, (V)and His priests with sounding trumpets to sound the alarm against you. O children of Israel, do not fight against the Lord God of your fathers, for you shall not prosper!”

13 But Jeroboam caused an ambush to go around behind them; so they were in front of Judah, and the ambush was behind them. 14 And when Judah looked around, to their surprise the battle line was at both front and rear; and they (W)cried out to the Lord, and the priests sounded the trumpets. 15 Then the men of Judah gave a shout; and as the men of Judah shouted, it happened that God (X)struck Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah. 16 And the children of Israel fled before Judah, and God delivered them into their hand. 17 Then Abijah and his people struck them with a great slaughter; so five hundred thousand choice men of Israel fell slain. 18 Thus the children of Israel were subdued at that time; and the children of Judah prevailed, (Y)because they relied on the Lord God of their fathers.

19 And Abijah pursued Jeroboam and took cities from him: Bethel with its villages, Jeshanah with its villages, and (Z)Ephrain[d] with its villages. 20 So Jeroboam did not recover strength again in the days of Abijah; and the Lord (AA)struck him, and (AB)he died.


  1. 2 Chronicles 12:16 Died and joined his ancestors
  2. 2 Chronicles 12:16 Abijam, 1 Kin. 14:31
  3. 2 Chronicles 13:2 Maachah, 1 Kin. 15:2; 2 Chr. 11:20, 21
  4. 2 Chronicles 13:19 Or Ephron

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