2 Chronicles 13:20

Death of Jeroboam

20 Jeroboam did not again recover strength in the days of Abijah; and the 1LORD struck him and 2he died.

2 Chronicles 13:20 Meaning and Commentary

2 Chronicles 13:20

Neither did Jeroboam recover strength again in the days of
So as to bring an army into the field against him, and fight him:

and the Lord struck him;
by some Jewish writers F1, this is interpreted of Abijah; and the reason of his being stricken, they say, was because he did not destroy the calf when he took Bethel; but it is best to understand it of Jeroboam, since Abijah is afterwards said to wax mighty:

and he died;
not immediately, for he lived two years after Abijah, ( 1 Kings 14:20 ) ( 15:9 ) , but continued under a lingering disease he was smitten with, and which issued in his death.


F1 Bereshit Rabba, sect. 65. fol. 58. 8. Seder Olam Rabba, c. 16.

2 Chronicles 13:20 In-Context

18 Thus the sons of Israel were subdued at that time, and the sons of Judah conquered because they trusted in the LORD , the God of their fathers.
19 Abijah pursued Jeroboam and captured from him several cities, Bethel with its villages, Jeshanah with its villages and Ephron with its villages.
20 Jeroboam did not again recover strength in the days of Abijah; and the LORD struck him and he died.
21 But Abijah became powerful; and took fourteen wives to himself, and became the father of twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.
22 Now the rest of the acts of Abijah, and his ways and his words are written in the treatise of the prophet Iddo.

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