And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter,
&c.] As they fled, pursuing them:
so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men;
such a slaughter as is not to be met with in any history, as Josephus
F19 observes; though Abarbinel wonders he should say so, and affirms that he had read of larger numbers slain at once; but he is the only man that ever pretended to it; Jerom F20 makes the number but 50,000, and some copies of the Vulgate Latin F21, and Josephus Ben Gorion, as Abarbinel F23 relates; but the true Josephus, the Targum, and all the ancient versions, agree with the Hebrew text; more than half Jeroboam's army was cut off, and 100,000 more than Abijah had in his.