Abijah began to rule over Judah in the eighteenth year of Jeroboam’s reign in Israel.
He reigned in Jerusalem three years. His mother was Maacah, the daughter of Uriel from Gibeah. Then war broke out between Abijah and Jeroboam.
References for 2 Chronicles 13:2
Judah, led by King Abijah, fielded 400,000 select warriors, while Jeroboam mustered 800,000 select troops from Israel.
When the army of Judah arrived in the hill country of Ephraim, Abijah stood on Mount Zemaraim and shouted to Jeroboam and all Israel: “Listen to me!
Don’t you realize that the , the God of Israel, made a lasting covenant with David, giving him and his descendants the throne of Israel forever?
References for 2 Chronicles 13:5
Yet Jeroboam son of Nebat, a mere servant of David’s son Solomon, rebelled against his master.
Then a whole gang of scoundrels joined him, defying Solomon’s son Rehoboam when he was young and inexperienced and could not stand up to them.
“Do you really think you can stand against the kingdom of the that is led by the descendants of David? You may have a vast army, and you have those gold calves that Jeroboam made as your gods.