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* In the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam , Abijah became king over Judah . * He reigned three years in Jerusalem . His mother 's name was Michaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah . And there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam . * Abijah set the battle in order with an army of valiant warriors , four hundred thousand choice men . Jeroboam also drew up in battle formation against him with eight hundred thousand choice men , mighty men of valor . * Then Abijah stood on Mount Zemaraim , which is in the mountains of Ephraim , and said , "Hear me , Jeroboam and all Israel : * Should you not know that the LORD God of Israel gave the dominion over Israel to David forever , to him and his sons , by a covenant of salt ? * Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat , the servant of Solomon the son of David , rose up and rebelled against his lord . * Then worthless rogues gathered to him , and strengthened themselves against Rehoboam the son of Solomon , when Rehoboam was young and inexperienced and could not withstand them . * And now you think to withstand the kingdom of the LORD , which is in the hand of the sons of David ; and you are a great multitude , and with you are the gold calves which Jeroboam made for you as gods . * Have you not cast out the priests of the LORD , the sons of Aaron , and the Levites , and made for yourselves priests , like the peoples of other lands , so that whoever comes to consecrate himself with a young bull and seven rams may be a priest of things that are not gods ? * But as for us , the LORD is our God , and we have not forsaken Him ; and the priests who minister to the LORD are the sons of Aaron , and the Levites attend to their duties . * And they burn to the LORD every morning and every evening burnt sacrifices and sweet incense ; they also set the showbread in order on the pure gold table , and the lampstand of gold with its lamps to burn every evening ; for we keep the command of the LORD our God , but you have forsaken Him . * Now look , God Himself is with us as our head , and His priests with sounding trumpets to sound the alarm against you . O children of Israel , do not fight against the LORD God of your fathers , for you shall not prosper !" * But Jeroboam caused an ambush to go around behind them ; so they were in front of Judah , and the ambush was behind them . * And when Judah looked around , to their surprise the battle line was at both front and rear ; and they cried out to the LORD , and the priests sounded the trumpets . * Then the men of Judah gave a shout ; and as the men of Judah shouted , it happened that God struck Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah . * And the children of Israel fled before Judah , and God delivered them into their hand . * Then Abijah and his people struck them with a great slaughter ; so five hundred thousand choice men of Israel fell slain . * Thus the children of Israel were subdued at that time ; and the children of Judah prevailed , because they relied on the LORD God of their fathers . * And Abijah pursued Jeroboam and took cities from him : Bethel with its villages , Jeshanah with its villages , and Ephrain with its villages . * So Jeroboam did not recover strength again in the days of Abijah ; and the LORD struck him , and he died . * But Abijah grew mighty , married fourteen wives , and begot twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters . * Now the rest of the acts of Abijah , his ways , and his sayings are written in the annals of the prophet Iddo .

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