2 Chronicles 13:1-101In the eighteenth year a of Israel’s King Jeroboam, Abijah ▼ became king over Judah 2and reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Micaiah ▼ , d daughter of Uriel; she was from Gibeah.There was war between Abijah and Jeroboam. 3 Abijah set his army of warriors in order with 400,000 choice men. Jeroboam arranged his mighty army of 800,000 choice men in battle formation against him. 4Then Abijah stood on Mount Zemaraim, e which is in the hill country of Ephraim, and said, “Jeroboam and all Israel, hear me. 5 Don’t you know that the Lord God of Israel gave the kingship over Israel to David and his descendants forever f by a covenant of salt? g 6But Jeroboam son of Nebat, a servant of Solomon son of David, rose up and rebelled against his lord. h 7Then worthless and ▼
▼wicked men/ perverted men: Literally sons of Belial; the basic meaning of Belial in Hebrew is "worthless".wicked men gathered around him to resist Rehoboam son of Solomon when Rehoboam was young, inexperienced, and unable to assert himself against them. 8“And now you are saying you can assert yourselves against the Lord’s kingdom, which is in the hand of one of David’s sons. You are a vast number and have with you the golden calves that Jeroboam made for you as gods. ▼ , k 9 Didn’t you banish the priests of ▼
▼Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.Yahweh, the descendants of Aaron and the Levites, and make your own priests like the peoples of other lands do? m Whoever comes to ordain himself n with a young bull and seven rams may become a priest o of what are not gods. p 10“But as for us, Yahweh is our God. We have not abandoned Him; the priests ministering to the Lord are descendants of Aaron, and the Levites serve at their tasks.
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