2 Chronicles 13
Abijah succeeding maketh war against Jeroboam.
2 Chronicles 13:1 The .xviii. yere of kynge Ieroboam began Abia to raygne ouer Iuda, 2 Chronicles 13:2 & he raygned thre yere in Ierusalem. His mothers name also was Michaiahu the daughter of Uriel of Gibea. And there was warre betwene Abia & Ieroboam. 2 Chronicles 13:3 And Abia made prouisyon for þe warre, hauyng valeaunt & expert men of warre, euen .iiii.C.M. chosen men. And Ieroboam set him selfe in araye to fyght agaynst hym, wt .viii.C.M. picte men which were stronge & men of armes.
He declareth the right of his cause.
2 Chronicles 13:4 And Abia stode vp vpon Zemaraim an hill which is in mount Ephraim, & sayd: heare me þu Ieroboam and all Israel. 2 Chronicles 13:5 Do not you knowe, howe þt the Lorde God of Israel gaue þe kyngdome, ouer them of Israel, to Dauid for euer, euen to hym and to hys sonnes with a salted couenaunt? 2 Chronicles 13:6 And Ieroboam the sonne of Nebat þe seruaunt of Salomon the sonne of Dauid is rysen vp, & hath rebelled agaynst his lorde. 2 Chronicles 13:7 And ther gathered to hym lewde men þe chyldren of Belial, & preuayled agaynst Rehoboam þe sonne of Salomon: when Rehoboam was yong & tender hearted, & coulde not stande before them. 2 Chronicles 13:8 And nowe ye saye, þt ye be able to preuayle agaynst þe kyngdome of the Lorde, which is in þe hande of the sonnes of Dauid, & ye be a greate multitude, & haue the golden calues which Ieroboam made you for gods. 2 Chronicles 13:9 And haue ye not cast out the prestes of the Lorde the sonnes of Aaron, and the leuites, and haue made you prestes after the maner of the nacions of other landes? so that whosoeuer commeth, & consecrateth his hande with a yonge oxe & seuen rammes, the same maye be a preste of them that are no gods. 2 Chronicles 13:10 But we belonge vnto the Lord our God whom we haue not forsaken, and þe prestes are þe sonnes of Aaron, which ministre vnto the Lorde, and þe leuites wayte vpon theyr office. 2 Chronicles 13:11 They burne vnto þe Lorde euery mornynge & euenynge, burnt sacrifyces & swete incense: þe shewe breed set they in ordre vpon a pure table: & prepare þe candelstick of gold wt the lampes of þe same to burne euer at euen. And truly we kepe the watche of the Lorde oure God: but ye haue forsaken him. 2 Chronicles 13:12 And behold, God hym selfe is our captayne, & hys prestes blowe wt the trompettes, & crye alarum agaynst you. O ye chyldren of Israel, fyght not agaynst the Lord God of your fathers: for it wyll not prospere with you.
Trusting in God he overcometh Jeroboam.
2 Chronicles 13:13 But for all þt, Ieroboam conuayed men preuely about, to come behynde them: & so they were before Iuda, & þe layers in wayte were behynde them. 2 Chronicles 13:14 And when they of Iuda loked about, behold the battayll was before & behynde, & they cryed vnto þe Lord & þe prestes blewe wt þe trompetes, 2 Chronicles 13:15 & þe men of Iuda gaue a showte. And as the men of Iuda showted, it came to passe, that God smote Ieroboam and all Israel before Abia and Iuda. 2 Chronicles 13:16 And þe children of Israel fled before Iuda, and God delyuered them into theyr hande. 2 Chronicles 13:17 And Abia & hys people slue a great slaughter of them: there fell downe wounded of Israel .v.C.M. chosen men. 2 Chronicles 13:18 And so the chyldren of Israel were brought vnder, at that tyme, and the chyldren of Iuda preuayled: because they leaned vnto the Lorde God of theyr fathers. 2 Chronicles 13:19 And Abia folowed after Ieroboam, and toke cities from hym, Bethel wt the townes belongyng therto, Iesana with the townes that longed therto, and Ephron with her townes. 2 Chronicles 13:20 And Ieroboam recouered no strength agayne in þe daies of Abia. And þe Lorde plaged him, & he dyed.
The wives and children of Abijah.
2 Chronicles 13:21 But Abia waxed mightye, and maryed .xiiij. wyues, and begat .xxij. sonnes, and .xvj. daughters. 2 Chronicles 13:22 The rest of the actes of Abia, his customes and hys sayinges are wrytten in the storye of the prophete Iddo.