Neither did Jeroboam recover strength again in the days of
So as to bring an army into the field against him, and fight him:
and the Lord struck him;
by some Jewish writers F1, this is interpreted of Abijah; and the reason of his being stricken, they say, was because he did not destroy the calf when he took Bethel; but it is best to understand it of Jeroboam, since Abijah is afterwards said to wax mighty:
F1 Bereshit Rabba, sect. 65. fol. 58. 8. Seder Olam Rabba, c. 16.