Now in the eighteenthyear of kingJeroboam began Abijah to reign over Judah.2
He reignedthreeyears in Jerusalem. His mother'sname also was Michaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. And there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam.3
And Abijahset the battle in array with an army of valiant men of war, even fourhundredthousandchosenmen:Jeroboam also set the battle in array against him with eighthundredthousandchosenmen, being mighty men of valour.4
And Abijah stood up upon mountZemaraim, which is in mountEphraim, and said , Hear me, thou Jeroboam, and all Israel;5
Ought ye not to know that the LORDGod of Israelgave the kingdom over Israel to David for ever, even to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt?6
Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, the servant of Solomon the son of David, is risen up , and hath rebelled against his lord.7
And there are gathered unto him vainmen, the children of Belial, and have strengthened themselves against Rehoboam the son of Solomon, when Rehoboam was young and tenderhearted , and could not withstandthem.8
And now ye think to withstand the kingdomof the LORD in the hand of the sons of David; and ye be a greatmultitude, and there are with you goldencalves, which Jeroboammade you for gods.9
Have ye not cast out the priests of the LORD, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and have made you priests after the manner of the nations of other lands? so that whosoever cometh to consecratea himself with a youngbullock and sevenrams, the same may be a priest of them that are nogods.10
But as for us, the LORD is our God, and we have not forsaken him; and the priests, which minister unto the LORD, are the sons of Aaron, and the Levites wait upon their business:11
And they burn unto the LORD every morning and every evening burnt sacrifices and sweetincense: the shewbreadalso set they in order upon the puretable; and the candlestick of gold with the lamps thereof, to burn every evening: for we keep the charge of the LORD our God; but ye have forsaken him.
And, behold, God himself is with us for our captain, and his priests with soundingtrumpets to cry alarm against you. O children of Israel,fight ye not against the LORDGod of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper .
But Jeroboam caused an ambushment to comeaboutbehind them: so they were beforeJudah, and the ambushment was behind them.
And when Judah looked back , behold, the battle was before and behind: and they cried unto the LORD, and the priestssounded with the trumpets.15
Then the men of Judah gave a shout : and as the men of Judahshouted , it came to pass, that GodsmoteJeroboam and all IsraelbeforeAbijah and Judah.16
And the children of IsraelfledbeforeJudah: and Goddelivered them into their hand.17
And Abijah and his peopleslew them with a greatslaughter: so there fell downslain of Israelfivehundredthousandchosenmen.18
Thus the children of Israel were brought under at that time, and the children of Judahprevailed , because they relied upon the LORDGod of their fathers.19
And AbijahpursuedafterJeroboam, and tookcities from him, Bethel with the towns thereof, and Jeshanah with the towns thereof, and Ephrain with the towns thereof.
Neither did Jeroboamrecoverstrength again in the days of Abijah: and the LORDstruck him, and he died .
But Abijah waxed mighty , and marriedfourteenwives, and begattwenty and twosons, and sixteendaughters.22
And the rest of the acts of Abijah, and his ways, and his sayings, are written in the story of the prophetIddo.