1 Now in the eighteenth
year of king Jeroboam began Abijah to reign over Judah.
2 He reigned three years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also
was Michaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. And there was
war between Abijah and Jeroboam.
3 And Abijah set the battle in array with an army of valiant
men of war, even four hundred thousand chosen men: Jeroboam
also set the battle in array against him with eight hundred
thousand chosen men, being mighty men of valour.
4 And Abijah stood up upon mount Zemaraim, which is in mount
Ephraim, and said, Hear me, thou Jeroboam, and all Israel;
5 Ought ye not to know that the LORD God of Israel gave the
kingdom over Israel to David for ever, even to him and to his
sons by a covenant of salt?
6 Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, the servant of Solomon the
son of David, is risen up, and hath rebelled against his lord.
7 And there are gathered unto him vain men, the children of
Belial, and have strengthened themselves against Rehoboam the
son of Solomon, when Rehoboam was young and tenderhearted, and
could not withstand them.
8 And now ye think to withstand the kingdom of the LORD in the
hand of the sons of David; and ye be a great multitude, and
there are with you golden calves, which Jeroboam made you for
9 Have ye not cast out the priests of the LORD, the sons of
Aaron, and the Levites, and have made you priests after the
manner of the nations of other lands? so that whosoever cometh
to consecrate himself with a young bullock and seven rams, the
same may be a priest of them that are no gods.
10 But as for us, the LORD is our God, and we have not forsaken
him; and the priests, which minister unto the LORD, are the
sons of Aaron, and the Levites wait upon their business:
11 And they burn unto the LORD every morning and every evening
burnt sacrifices and sweet incense: the shewbread also set they
in order upon the pure table; and the candlestick of gold with
the lamps thereof, to burn every evening: for we keep the charge
of the LORD our God; but ye have forsaken him.
12 And, behold, God himself is with us for our captain, and
his priests with sounding trumpets to cry alarm against you.
O children of Israel, fight ye not against the LORD God of your
fathers; for ye shall not prosper.
13 But Jeroboam caused an ambushment to come about behind them:
so they were before Judah, and the ambushment was behind them.
14 And when Judah looked back, behold, the battle was before
and behind: and they cried unto the LORD, and the priests sounded
with the trumpets.
15 Then the men of Judah gave a shout: and as the men of Judah
shouted, it came to pass, that God smote Jeroboam and all Israel
before Abijah and Judah.
16 And the children of Israel fled before Judah: and God delivered
them into their hand.
17 And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter:
so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen
18 Thus the children of Israel were brought under at that time,
and the children of Judah prevailed, because they relied upon
the LORD God of their fathers.
19 And Abijah pursued after Jeroboam, and took cities from him,
Bethel with the towns thereof, and Jeshnah with the towns thereof,
and Ephrain with the towns thereof.
20 Neither did Jeroboam recover strength again in the days of
Abijah: and the LORD struck him, and he died.
21 But Abijah waxed mighty, and married fourteen wives, and
begat twenty and two sons, and sixteen daughters.
22 And the rest of the acts of Abijah, and his ways, and his
sayings, are written in the story of the prophet Iddo.
1 So Abijah slept
with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David:
and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his days the land was
quiet ten years.
2 And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the
LORD his God:
3 For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high
places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves:
4 And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers,
and to do the law and the commandment.
5 Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah the high
places and the images: and the kingdom was quiet before him.
6 And he built fenced cities in Judah: for the land had rest,
and he had no war in those years; because the LORD had given
7 Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and
make about them walls, and towers, gates, and bars, while the
land is yet before us; because we have sought the LORD our God,
we have sought him, and he hath given us rest on every side.
So they built and prospered.
8 And Asa had an army of men that bare targets and spears, out
of Judah three hundred thousand; and out of Benjamin, that bare
shields and drew bows, two hundred and fourscore thousand: all
these were mighty men of valour.
9 And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an
host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and
came unto Mareshah.
10 Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in
array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.
11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is
nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that
have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee,
and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art
our God; let not man prevail against thee.
12 So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa and before Judah;
and the Ethiopians fled.
13 And Asa and the people that were with him pursued them unto
Gerar: and the Ethiopians were overthrown, that they could not
recover themselves; for they were destroyed before the LORD,
and before his host; and they carried away very much spoil.
14 And they smote all the cities round about Gerar; for the
fear of the LORD came upon them: and they spoiled all the cities;
for there was exceeding much spoil in them.
15 They smote also the tents of cattle, and carried away sheep
and camels in abundance, and returned to Jerusalem.
1 And the Spirit
of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded:
2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me,
Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while
ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you;
but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.
3 Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God,
and without a teaching priest, and without law.
4 But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God
of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them.
5 And in those times there was no peace to him that went out,
nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the
inhabitants of the countries.
6 And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for
God did vex them with all adversity.
7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for
your work shall be rewarded.
8 And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the
prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols
out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities
which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar
of the LORD, that was before the porch of the LORD.
9 And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers
with them out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon: for
they fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that
the LORD his God was with him.
10 So they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem in the
third month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa.
11 And they offered unto the LORD the same time, of the spoil
which they had brought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand
12 And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of
their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul;
13 That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should
be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.
14 And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice, and with
shouting, and with trumpets, and with cornets.
15 And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with
all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire; and
he was found of them: and the LORD gave them rest round about.
16 And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he
removed her from being queen, because she had made an idol in
a grove: and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt
it at the brook Kidron.
17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless
the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.
18 And he brought into the house of God the things that his
father had dedicated, and that he himself had dedicated, silver,
and gold, and vessels.
19 And there was no more war unto the five and thirtieth year
of the reign of Asa.