1 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Jeroboam Abia 1began to reign over Juda. 2 He reigned three years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Maacha, daughter of Uriel of Gabaon.
And there was war between Abia and Jeroboam. 3 And Abia set the battle in array with an army, with mighty men of war, even four hundred thousand mighty men: and Jeroboam set the battle in array against him with eight hundred thousand, they were mighty warriors of the host.
4 And Abia rose up from the mount Somoron, which is in mount Ephraim, and said, Hear ye, Jeroboam, and all Israel: 5 Is it not for you to know that the Lord God of Israel has given a king over Israel for ever to David, and to his sons, by a covenant of salt? 6 But Jeroboam the son of Nabat, the servant of Solomon the son of David, is risen up, and has revolted from his master: 7 and there are gathered to him pestilent men, transgressors, and he has risen up against Roboam the son of Solomon, while Roboam was 2young and fearful in heart, and he 3withstood him not. 8 And now ye profess to resist the kingdom of the Lord 4in the hand of the sons of David; and ye are a great multitude, and with you are golden calves, which Jeroboam made you for gods. 9 Did ye not cast out the priests of the Lord, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and make to yourselves priests of the people of any other land? whoever came to 5consecrate himself with a calf of the heard and seven rams, he forthwith became a priest to that which is no god. 10 But we have not forsaken the Lord our God, and his priests, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, minister to the Lord; and in their daily courses 11 they sacrifice to the Lord whole-burnt-offering, morning and evening, and compound incense, and set the shewbread on the pure table; and there is the golden candlestick, and the lamps for burning, to light in the evening: for we keep the 6charge of the Lord God of our fathers; but ye have forsaken him. 12 And, behold, the Lord and his priests are with us at our head, and the signal trumpets to sound an alarm over us. Children of Israel, fight not against the Lord God of our fathers; for ye shall not prosper.
13 Now Jeroboam had caused an ambush to come round upon him from behind: and he himself was before Juda, and the ambush behind. 14 And Juda looked back, and, behold, the battle was against them before and behind: and they cried to the Lord, and the priests sounded with the trumpets. 15 And the men of Juda shouted: and it came to pass, when the men of Juda shouted, that the Lord smote Jeroboam and
21 But Abia strengthened himself, and took to himself fourteen wives, and he begot twenty-two sons, and sixteen daughters.
22 And the rest of the acts of Abia, and his deeds, and his sayings, are written in the book of the prophet Addo.
1 Gr. reigned.
2 Gr. younger.
3 Gr. resisted not to his face.
4 Gr. by.
5 Gr. fill his hands.
6 Gr. charges, or watches.
7 Gr. stroke.
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