11 When Rehoboam arrived in Jerusalem,(A) he mustered Judah and Benjamin—a hundred and eighty thousand able young men—to go to war against Israel and to regain the kingdom for Rehoboam.

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“Say to Rehoboam son of Solomon king of Judah and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin,

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10 Zorah, Aijalon and Hebron. These were fortified cities(A) in Judah and Benjamin.

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12 He put shields and spears in all the cities, and made them very strong. So Judah and Benjamin were his.

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23 He acted wisely, dispersing some of his sons throughout the districts of Judah and Benjamin, and to all the fortified cities. He gave them abundant provisions(A) and took many wives for them.

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He went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you(A) when you are with him.(B) If you seek(C) him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.(D)

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When Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Azariah son of[a] Oded the prophet, he took courage. He removed the detestable idols(A) from the whole land of Judah and Benjamin and from the towns he had captured(B) in the hills of Ephraim. He repaired the altar(C) of the Lord that was in front of the portico of the Lord’s temple.

Then he assembled all Judah and Benjamin and the people from Ephraim, Manasseh and Simeon who had settled among them, for large numbers(D) had come over to him from Israel when they saw that the Lord his God was with him.

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  1. 2 Chronicles 15:8 Vulgate and Syriac (see also Septuagint and verse 1); Hebrew does not have Azariah son of.
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Amaziah called the people of Judah together and assigned them according to their families to commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds for all Judah and Benjamin. He then mustered(A) those twenty years old(B) or more and found that there were three hundred thousand men fit for military service,(C) able to handle the spear and shield.

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31 When all this had ended, the Israelites who were there went out to the towns of Judah, smashed the sacred stones and cut down(A) the Asherah poles. They destroyed the high places and the altars throughout Judah and Benjamin and in Ephraim and Manasseh. After they had destroyed all of them, the Israelites returned to their own towns and to their own property.

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They went to Hilkiah(A) the high priest and gave him the money that had been brought into the temple of God, which the Levites who were the gatekeepers had collected from the people of Manasseh, Ephraim and the entire remnant of Israel and from all the people of Judah and Benjamin and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

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Opposition to the Rebuilding

When the enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the exiles were building(A) a temple for the Lord, the God of Israel,

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Within the three days, all the men of Judah and Benjamin(A) had gathered in Jerusalem. And on the twentieth day of the ninth month, all the people were sitting in the square before the house of God, greatly distressed by the occasion and because of the rain.

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while other people from both Judah and Benjamin(A) lived in Jerusalem):(B)

From the descendants of Judah:

Athaiah son of Uzziah, the son of Zechariah, the son of Amariah, the son of Shephatiah, the son of Mahalalel, a descendant of Perez;

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34 Judah, Benjamin,(A) Shemaiah, Jeremiah,

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