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.