1 In the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam, Abijah became king of Judah
2Chr 12:16 1Kgs 15:1-8
2 and reigned for three years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Micaiah daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. When war broke out between Abijah and Jeroboam,
2Chr 11:20 1Kgs 15:6-7 1Kgs 15:2 1Sam 10:26 Josh 18:28 Judg 19:14 Judg 19:16
3 Abijah took the field with an army of four hundred thousand picked warriors, while Jeroboam took the field against him with eight hundred thousand picked warriors.
1Chr 21:5 1Sam 17:1-3 2Chr 11:1 2Chr 14:8-9 2Chr 17:14-18 2Chr 26:12-13
4 Abijah took position on Mount Zemaraim, in the highlands of Ephraim. 'Jeroboam and all Israel,' he cried, 'listen to me!
Josh 18:22 2Chr 15:2 Gen 10:18 Judg 9:7
5 Do you not know that Yahweh, God of Israel, has given eternal sovereignty of Israel to David and his sons by an inviolable covenant?
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6 Yet Jeroboam son of Nebat, the slave of Solomon son of David, rose in revolt against his master.
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7 Worthless men, scoundrels, rallied to him, proving too strong for Rehoboam son of Solomon, as Rehoboam was then inexperienced and timid and unable to resist them.
2Chr 12:13 Judg 9:4 1Cor 14:20 1Kgs 21:10 1Kgs 21:13 1Sam 22:2 2Chr 10:16
8 And now you propose to resist Yahweh's sovereignty as exercised by the sons of David because there is a great number of you and you have the golden calves that Jeroboam made you for gods!
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9 Have you not driven out the priests of Yahweh, the sons of Aaron and the Levites, to make priests of your own like the peoples of foreign countries? Anyone who comes with a bull and seven rams to get himself consecrated can become priest of these gods that are no gods.
2Chr 11:14-15 Jer 2:11 Exod 29:35 1Chr 29:5 1Kgs 12:31-33 1Kgs 13:33 2Kgs 19:18
10 But for our part, our God is Yahweh, and we have not abandoned him; our priests are sons of Aaron who minister to Yahweh, and those who serve are Levites;
2Chr 11:16-17 Exod 19:5-6 Exod 29:1-37 Num 16:40 Num 18:1-7 Zech 13:9
11 morning after morning, evening after evening, they present burnt offerings and perfumed incense to Yahweh, they put the bread of permanent offering on the clean table and nightly light the lamps on the golden lamp-stand; for we keep the decree of Yahweh our God, although you have abandoned him.
2Chr 2:4 Lev 24:2-9 Exod 25:30-39 Exod 27:20-21 Exod 29:38 Exod 30:1-10 Ezek 44:8
12 See how God is with us, at our head, and his priests with trumpets to sound the alarm against you! Israelites, do not make war on Yahweh, God of your ancestors, for you will not succeed.'
Acts 5:39 Num 10:8-9 Zech 10:5 1Sam 4:5-7 2Chr 24:20 Acts 9:4-5 Deut 20:4
13 Now Jeroboam had sent a party round to ambush them from the rear; thus the main force confronted Judah and the ambush lay to their rear.
Josh 8:4 Josh 8:9 2Chr 20:22 Jer 4:22 Prov 21:30
14 And when Judah looked round, they found themselves being attacked from front and rear. They called on Yahweh, the priests sounded the trumpets,
2Chr 14:11 2Chr 18:31 2Sam 10:8-14 Exod 14:10 Josh 8:20 Judg 20:33-43 Ps 50:15
15 and the men of Judah raised the war cry and, as they raised the cry, God routed Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah.
2Chr 14:12 2Chr 20:21 2Kgs 5:1 Isa 37:36 Josh 6:16 Josh 6:20 Josh 11:8
16 So the Israelites fled before Judah, because God had given Judah the upper hand,
2Chr 16:8 1Sam 23:7 Deut 2:36 Deut 3:3 Gen 14:20 Josh 10:12 Josh 21:44
17 and Abijah and his army inflicted a great slaughter on them: five hundred thousand of Israel's picked men fell, killed.
1Cor 10:22 2Chr 13:3 2Chr 13:12 2Chr 28:6 Isa 10:16-19 Isa 37:36 Nah 1:5
18 So the Israelites were humbled on that occasion, while the Judaeans won, since they had relied on Yahweh, God of their ancestors.
1Chr 5:20 2Chr 14:11 2Chr 16:8-9 2Chr 20:20 2Kgs 18:5 Dan 3:28 Nah 1:7
19 Abijah pursued Jeroboam, taking from him the towns of Bethel with its dependencies, Jeshanah with its dependencies and Ephron with its dependencies,
2Chr 15:8 Josh 15:9 1Sam 31:7 John 11:54 Josh 10:19 Josh 10:39 Josh 11:12
20 nor did Jeroboam regain strength during Abijah's lifetime. Eventually Yahweh struck him and he died,
1Kgs 14:20 1Sam 25:38 1Kgs 15:9 1Sam 26:10 Acts 12:23 Ezek 24:16 Ps 18:37-38
21 but Abijah grew stronger than ever; he married fourteen wives and fathered twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.
2Chr 11:21 2Sam 5:12-13 Judg 8:30-31 Judg 9:5 Judg 10:4
22 The rest of the history of Abijah, his conduct and his sayings, are recorded in the midrash of the prophet Iddo.
2Chr 9:29 2Chr 12:15 2Chr 24:27
23 When Abijah fell asleep with his ancestors, he was buried in the City of David; his son Asa succeeded him. In his time the country was at peace for ten years.