Compare Translations for 2 Chronicles 13:17

2 Chronicles 13:17 ASV
And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 BBE
And Abijah and his people put them to death with great destruction: five hundred thousand of the best of Israel were put to the sword.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 CEB
Abijah and his people struck them severely: five hundred thousand select warriors were killed.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 CJB
Aviyah and his army inflicted a great slaughter on them - 500,000 of Isra'el's select soldiers fell dead.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 RHE
And Abia and his people slew them with a great slaughter, and there fell wounded of Israel five hundred thousand valiant men.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 ESV
Abijah and his people struck them with great force, so there fell slain of Israel 500,000 chosen men.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 GW
So Abijah and his men defeated them decisively, and 500,000 of the best men of Israel were killed.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 GNT
Abijah and his army dealt the Israelites a crushing defeat - half a million of Israel's best soldiers were killed.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 HNV
Aviyah and his people killed them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Yisra'el five hundred thousand chosen men.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 CSB
Then Abijah and his people struck them with a mighty blow, and 500,000 choice men of Israel were killed.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 KJV
And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 LEB
And Abijah and his people struck a great blow against them, and the dead from Israel [that] fell [were] five hundred thousand chosen men.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 NAS
Abijah and his people defeated them with a great slaughter, so that 500,000 chosen men of Israel fell slain.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 NCV
Abijah's army struck Israel so that five hundred thousand of Israel's best men were killed.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 NIRV
Abijah and his men wounded and killed large numbers of them. In fact, 500,000 of Israel's able men lay dead or wounded.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 NIV
Abijah and his men inflicted heavy losses on them, so that there were five hundred thousand casualties among Israel's able men.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 NKJV
Then Abijah and his people struck them with a great slaughter; so five hundred thousand choice men of Israel fell slain.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 NLT
Abijah and his army inflicted heavy losses on them; there were 500,000 casualties among Israel's finest troops that day.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 NRS
Abijah and his army defeated them with great slaughter; five hundred thousand picked men of Israel fell slain.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 RSV
Abi'jah and his people slew them with a great slaughter; so there fell slain of Israel five hundred thousand picked men.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 DBY
And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter; and there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 MSG
Abijah and his troops slaughtered them - 500,000 of Israel's best fighters were killed that day.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 WBT
And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 TMB
And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter; so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 TNIV
Abijah and his troops inflicted heavy losses on them, so that there were five hundred thousand casualties among Israel's able men.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 WEB
Abijah and his people killed them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.
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2 Chronicles 13:17 WYC
Therefore Abijah and his people smote them with a great wound, and there felled down of them five hundred thousand of strong men wounded. (And so Abijah and his people struck them down there with a great slaughter, and five hundred thousand strong men of them fell down slain.)
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2 Chronicles 13:17 YLT
and Abijah and his people smite among them a great smiting, and there fall wounded of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.
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2 Chronicles 13 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 13

Abijah overcomes Jeroboam.

- Jeroboam and his people, by apostacy and idolatry, merited the severe punishment Abijah was permitted to execute upon them. It ( 1 Kings. 15:3 ) not himself truly religious, yet he encouraged himself from the religion of his people. It is common for those that deny the power of godliness, to boast of the form of it. Many that have little religion themselves, value it in others. But it was true that there were numbers of pious worshippers in Judah, and that theirs was the more righteous cause. In their distress, when danger was on every side, which way should they look for deliverance unless upward? It is an unspeakable comfort, that our way thither is always open. They cried unto the Lord. Earnest prayer is crying. To the cry of prayer they added the shout of faith, and became more than conquerors. Jeroboam escaped the sword of Abijah, but God struck him; there is no escaping his sword.

2 Chronicles 13 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 13

2 Chronicles 13:1-20 . ABIJAH, SUCCEEDING, MAKES WAR AGAINST JEROBOAM, AND OVERCOMES HIM.

2. His mother's name also was Michaiah, the daughter of Uriel--the that is, granddaughter of Absalom ( 1 Kings 15:2 ; compare 2 Samuel 14:1-33 ), mother of Abijah, "mother," that is, grandmother ( 1 Kings 15:10 , Margin) of Asa.
of Gibeah--probably implies that Uriel was connected with the house of Saul.
there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam--The occasion of this war is not recorded (see 1 Kings 15:6 1 Kings 15:7 ), but it may be inferred from the tenor of Abijah's address that it arose from his youthful ambition to recover the full hereditary dominion of his ancestors. No prophet now forbade a war with Israel ( 2 Chronicles 11:23 ) for Jeroboam had forfeited all claim to protection.

3. Abijah set the battle in array--that is, took the field and opened the campaign.
with . . . four hundred thousand chosen men . . . Jeroboam with eight hundred thousand--These are, doubtless, large numbers, considering the smallness of the two kingdoms. It must be borne in mind, however, that Oriental armies are mere mobs--vast numbers accompanying the camp in hope of plunder, so that the gross numbers described as going upon an Asiatic expedition are often far from denoting the exact number of fighting men. But in accounting for the large number of soldiers enlisted in the respective armies of Abijah and Jeroboam, there is no need of resorting to this mode of explanation; for we know by the census of David the immense number of the population that was capable of bearing arms ( 1 Chronicles 21:5 ; compare 2 Chronicles 14:8 , 17:14 ).

4-12. Abijah stood up upon Mount Zemaraim--He had entered the enemy's territory and was encamped on an eminence near Beth-el ( Joshua 18:22 ). Jeroboam's army lay at the foot of the hill, and as a pitched battle was expected, Abijah, according to the singular usage of ancient times, harangued the enemy. The speakers in such circumstances, while always extolling their own merits, poured out torrents of invective and virulent abuse upon the adversary. So did Abijah. He dwelt on the divine right of the house of David to the throne; and sinking all reference to the heaven-condemned offenses of Solomon and the divine appointment of Jeroboam, as well as the divine sanction of the separation, he upbraided Jeroboam as a usurper, and his subjects as rebels, who took advantage of the youth and inexperience of Rehoboam. Then contrasting the religious state of the two kingdoms, he drew a black picture of the impious innovations and gross idolatry introduced by Jeroboam, with his expulsion and impoverishment ( 2 Chronicles 11:14 ) of the Levites. He dwelt with reasonable pride on the pure and regular observance of the ancient institutions of Moses in his own dominion ( 2 Chronicles 13:11 ) and concluded with this emphatic appeal: "O children of Israel, fight ye not against Jehovah, the God of your fathers, for ye shall not prosper."

13-17. But Jeroboam caused an ambushment to come about behind them--The oration of Abijah, however animating an effect it might have produced on his own troops, was unheeded by the party to whom it was addressed; for while he was wasting time in useless words, Jeroboam had ordered a detachment of his men to move quietly round the base of the hill, so that when Abijah stopped speaking, he and his followers found themselves surprised in the rear, while the main body of the Israelitish forces remained in front. A panic might have ensued, had not the leaders "cried unto the Lord," and the priests "sounded with the trumpets"--the pledge of victory ( Numbers 10:9 , 31:6 ). Reassured by the well-known signal, the men of Judah responded with a war shout, which, echoed by the whole army, was followed by an impetuous rush against the foe. The shock was resistless. The ranks of the Israelites were broken, for "God smote Jeroboam and all Israel." They took to flight, and the merciless slaughter that ensued can be accounted for only by tracing it to the rancorous passions enkindled by a civil war.

19. Abijah pursued after Jeroboam, and took cities from him--This sanguinary action widened the breach between the people of the two kingdoms. Abijah abandoned his original design of attempting the subjugation of the ten tribes, contenting himself with the recovery of a few border towns, which, though lying within Judah or Benjamin, had been alienated to the new or northern kingdom. Among these was Beth-el, which, with its sacred associations, he might be strongly desirous to wrest from profanation.

20. Neither did Jeroboam recover strength again in the days of Abijah--The disastrous action at Zemaraim, which caused the loss of the flower and chivalry of his army, broke his spirits and crippled his power.
the Lord struck him, and he died--that is, Jeroboam. He lived, indeed, two years after the death of Abijah ( 1 Kings 14:20 , 15:9 ). But he had been threatened with great calamities upon himself and his house, and it is apparently to the execution of these threatenings, which issued in his death, that an anticipatory reference is here made.