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2 Chronicles 11:12

12 He put shields and spears in all the cities, and made them very strong. So Judah and Benjamin were his.

Read 2 Chronicles 11:12 Using Other Translations

And in every several city he put shields and spears, and made them exceeding strong, having Judah and Benjamin on his side.
And he put shields and spears in all the cities and made them very strong. So he held Judah and Benjamin.
He also put shields and spears in these towns as a further safety measure. So only Judah and Benjamin remained under his control.

What does 2 Chronicles 11:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 Chronicles 11:12

And in every several city he put shields and spears
Furnished them with these and perhaps other pieces of armour, these being put for all, to defend themselves with against an enemy, and to annoy them:

and made them exceeding strong;
so that they could not be easily taken:

having Judah and Benjamin on his side:
which tribes cleaved to one another, and to Rehoboam, and to the kings of the house of David, in later times, as well as to the true religion.

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