Then Abijah stood up on Mount 1Zemaraim that is in 2the hill country of Ephraim and said, "Hear me, O Jeroboam and all Israel!
Ought you not to know that the LORD God of Israel 3gave the kingship over Israel forever to David and his sons by 4a covenant of salt?
Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, a servant of Solomon the son of David, rose up 5and rebelled against his lord,
and certain 6worthless scoundrels gathered about him and defied Rehoboam the son of Solomon, when Rehoboam was 7young and irresolutea and could not withstand them.
"And now you think to withstand the kingdom of the LORD in the hand of the sons of David, because you are a great multitude and have with you 8the golden calves that Jeroboam made you for gods.
99Have you not driven out the priests of the LORD, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and made priests for yourselves like the peoples of other lands? Whoever comes 10for ordinationb with a young bull or seven rams becomes a priest of what are 11no gods.
But as for us, the LORD is our God, and we have not forsaken him. We have priests ministering to the LORD who are sons of Aaron, and Levites for their service.
They offer to the LORD12every morning and every evening burnt offerings and incense of sweet spices, set out 13the showbread on the table of pure gold, 14and care for the golden lampstand that its lamps may 15burn every evening. For we 16keep the charge of the LORD our God, but you have forsaken him.
Behold, God is with us at our head, and his priests 17with their battle trumpets to sound the call to battle against you. O sons of Israel, 18do not fight against the LORD, the God of your fathers, for you cannot succeed."