When Judah realized that they were being attacked from the front and the rear, they cried out to the LORD for help. Then the priests blew the trumpets,
and the men of Judah began to shout. At the sound of their battle cry, God defeated Jeroboam and all Israel and routed them before Abijah and the army of Judah.
The Israelite army fled from Judah, and God handed them over to Judah in defeat.
Abijah and his army inflicted heavy losses on them; 500,000 of Israel’s select troops were killed that day.
So Judah defeated Israel on that occasion because they trusted in the LORD, the God of their ancestors.
Abijah and his army pursued Jeroboam’s troops and captured some of his towns, including Bethel, Jeshanah, and Ephron, along with their surrounding villages.
So Jeroboam of Israel never regained his power during Abijah’s lifetime, and finally the LORD struck him down and he died.
Meanwhile, Abijah of Judah grew more and more powerful. He married fourteen wives and had twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.
The rest of the events of Abijah’s reign, including his words and deeds, are recorded in