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.

2 Chronicles 11:12 in Other Translations

KJV
12 And in every several city he put shields and spears, and made them exceeding strong, having Judah and Benjamin on his side.
ESV
12 And he put shields and spears in all the cities and made them very strong. So he held Judah and Benjamin.
NLT
12 He also put shields and spears in these towns as a further safety measure. So only Judah and Benjamin remained under his control.
MSG
12 He installed arms - large shields and spears - in all the forts, making them very strong. So Judah and Benjamin were secure for the time.
CSB
12 He also put large shields and spears in each and every city to make them very strong. So Judah and Benjamin were his.

2 Chronicles 11:12 Meaning and Commentary

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.

2 Chronicles 11:12 In-Context

10 Zorah, Aijalon and Hebron. These were fortified cities in Judah and Benjamin.
11 He strengthened their defenses and put commanders in them, with supplies of food, olive oil and wine.
12 He put shields and spears in all the cities, and made them very strong. So Judah and Benjamin were his.
13 The priests and Levites from all their districts throughout Israel sided with him.
14 The Levites even abandoned their pasturelands and property and came to Judah and Jerusalem, because Jeroboam and his sons had rejected them as priests of the LORD