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2 Chronicles 13 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Abijah Succeeds Rehoboam

(1Ki 15:1–8 )
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 13:1 -

In the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam, Abijah became king over Judah.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 13:2 - He reigned in Jerusalem for three years; and his mother’s name was [fn]Micaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah.

Now there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 13:3 - Abijah began the battle with an army of warriors, four hundred thousand chosen men, while Jeroboam drew up in battle formation against him with eight hundred thousand chosen men who were valiant warriors.

Civil War

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Then Abijah stood on Mount Zemaraim, which is in the hill country of Ephraim, and said, “Listen to me, Jeroboam and all Israel:

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 13:5 - “Do you not know that the LORD God of Israel gave the rule over Israel forever to David [fn]and his sons by a covenant of salt?
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 13:6 - “Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, the servant of Solomon the son of David, rose up and rebelled against his [fn]master,
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 13:7 - and worthless men gathered to him, wicked men, who proved too strong for Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, when [fn]he was young and timid and could not hold his own against them.
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“So now you intend to assert yourselves against the kingdom of the LORD [fn]through the sons of David, [fn]being a great multitude and having with you the golden calves which Jeroboam made for you as gods.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 13:9 - “Have 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 to consecrate himself with a bull and seven rams, even he may become a priest of things that are not gods.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 13:10 - “But as for us, the LORD is our God, and we have not abandoned Him; and the sons of Aaron are ministering to the LORD as priests, and the Levites [fn]attend to their work.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 13:11 - “Every morning and evening they [fn]burn to the LORD burnt offerings and fragrant incense, and the showbread is set on the clean table, and the golden lampstand with its lamps is ready to light every evening; for we perform our duty to the LORD our God, but you have abandoned Him.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 13:12 - “Now behold, God is with us at our head, and His priests with the signal trumpets to sound the war cry against you. Sons of Israel, do not fight against the LORD God of your fathers, for you will not succeed.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 13:13 -

But Jeroboam had set an ambush to come from behind, so that Israel was in front of Judah and the ambush was behind them.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 13:14 - When Judah turned around, behold, [fn]they were attacked both from front and rear; so they cried out to the LORD, and the priests blew the trumpets.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 13:15 - Then the men of Judah raised a war cry, and when the men of Judah raised the war cry, God [fn]defeated Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 13:16 - When the sons of Israel fled from Judah, God handed them over to them.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 13:17 - Abijah and his people defeated them with a great slaughter, so that five hundred thousand chosen men of Israel fell slain.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 13:18 - The sons of Israel were subdued at that time, and the sons of Judah [fn]conquered because they trusted in the LORD, the God of their fathers.
Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 13:19 - Abijah pursued Jeroboam and captured from him several cities, Bethel with its villages, Jeshanah with its villages, and [fn]Ephron with its villages.

Death of Jeroboam

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 13:20 - Jeroboam did not again recover strength in the days of Abijah; and the LORD struck him and he died.
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But Abijah became powerful, and he took fourteen wives for himself, and fathered twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 13:22 - Now the rest of the acts of Abijah, and his ways and his words are written in the [fn]treatise of Iddo the prophet.
NASB20 Footnotes
In 1 Kin 15:2, Maacah the daughter of Abishalom
Lit to him and to his sons
Or lord
Lit Rehoboam
Lit by the hand of
Lit and you are a
Lit in the work
Lit offer up in smoke
Lit the battle was in front and behind them
Lit struck
Lit were strong
Another reading is Ephrain
Heb midrash

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