Then Abijahstood on Mount1Zemaraim, which is in the hillcountry of Ephraim, and said, "Listen to me, Jeroboam and allIsrael:
"Do you not know that 2the LORDGod of Israelgave the ruleoverIsraelforever to Davidaand his sons by 3a covenant of salt?
"Yet 4Jeroboam the son of Nebat, the servant of Solomon the son of David, rose up and rebelledagainst his bmaster,
and worthlessmengatheredabout him, scoundrels , who provedtoostrong for Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, when c5he was young and timid and could not hold his ownagainst them.
"So now you intend to resist the kingdom of the LORDdthrough the sons of David, ebeing a greatmultitude and having with you 6the goldencalveswhichJeroboammade for gods for you.
"7Have 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? Whoevercomes8to consecratehimself with a youngbull and sevenrams, even he may become a priest of what are 9nogods.
"But as for us, the LORD is our God, and we have not forsaken Him; and the sons of Aaron are ministering to the LORD as priests, and the Levitesfattend to their work.
11"Everymorning and evening10they gburn to the LORDburntofferings and fragrantincense, and 11the showbread is set on the cleantable, and the goldenlampstand with its lamps is ready to lighteveryevening; for we keep the charge of the LORD our God, but you have forsaken Him.
"Now behold, God is with us at our head and 12His priests with the signaltrumpets to sound the alarmagainst you. O sons of Israel, do not fightagainst the LORDGod of your fathers, for you will not succeed."