2 Chronicles 13:19

19 And Abijah pursued Jeroboam 1and took cities from him, Bethel with its villages and Jeshanah with its villages and 2Ephron[a] with its villages.

2 Chronicles 13:19 Meaning and Commentary

2 Chronicles 13:19

And Abijah pursued after Jeroboam
As he and his army fled:

and took cities from him;
the following ones:

Bethel with the towns thereof;
the villages adjoining to it; here one of the calves was set up, which either Jeroboam took care to remove before this place fell into the hands of Abijah, or Abijah let it remain, and did not destroy it:

and Jeshanah with the towns thereof;
which Reland F24 thinks is the same that is called by Jerom F25 Jethaba:

and Ephraim with the towns thereof;
a city so called, thought to be the same that is mentioned in the passage, (See Gill on John 11:54); it is here called, in the Targum, Ephron; so Jerom F26 calls it, and says it was Sichem.


F24 Palestin. Illustrat. p. 861.
F25 De loc. Heb. fol. 92. L.
F26 Trad. Heb. fol. 85. A.

2 Chronicles 13:19 In-Context

17 Abijah and his people struck them with great force, so there fell slain of Israel 500,000 chosen men.
18 Thus the men of Israel were subdued at that time, and the men of Judah prevailed, because they relied on the LORD, the God of their fathers.
19 And Abijah pursued Jeroboam and took cities from him, Bethel with its villages and Jeshanah with its villages and Ephron with its villages.
20 Jeroboam did not recover his power in the days of Abijah. And the LORD struck him down, and he died.
21 But Abijah grew mighty. And he took fourteen wives and had twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.

Cross References 2

  • 1. [2 Chronicles 15:8; 2 Chronicles 17:2]
  • 2. [Joshua 15:9]

Footnotes 1

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