1 Anno octavo decimo regis Ieroboam regnavit Abia su per Iudam.
2 Tribus annis regnavit in Ierusalem. Nomenque matris eius Michaia filia Uriel de Gabaa. Et erat bellum inter Abiam et Ieroboam.
3 Cumque inisset Abia certamen et haberet bellicosissimos viros electorum quadringenta milia, Ieroboam instruxit e contra aciem octingenta milia virorum, qui et ipsi electi erant et ad bella fortissimi.
4 Stetit igitur Abia super montem Semaraim, qui est in monte Ephraim, et ait: "Audi, Ieroboam et omnis Israel:
5 Num ignoratis quod Dominus, Deus Israel, dederit regnum David super Israel in sempiternum, ipsi et filiis eius, pactum salis?
6 Et surrexit Ieroboam filius Nabat servus Salomonis filii David et rebellavit contra dominum suum;
7 congregatique sunt ad eum viri vanissimi, filii Belial, et praevaluerunt contra Roboam filium Salomonis. Porro Roboam erat iuvenis et corde pavido nec potuit resistere eis.
8 Nunc ergo vos dicitis quod resistere possitis regno Domini, quod possidet per filios David, habetisque grandem populi multitudinem atque vitulos aureos, quos fecit vobis Ieroboam in deos.
9 Et eiecistis sacerdotes Domini filios Aaron atque Levitas et fecistis vobis sacerdotes sicut populi terrarum. Quicumque venerit et initiaverit manum suam in tauro de bobus et in arietibus septem, fit sacerdos eorum, qui non sunt dii.
10 Noster autem Deus Dominus est, quem non reliquimus; sacerdotesque ministrant Domino de filiis Aaron, et Levitae sunt in ordine suo.
11 Holocausta quoque offerunt Domino per singulos dies, mane et vespere, et thymiama aromatum, et proponuntur panes in mensa mundissima. Estque apud nos candelabrum aureum et lucernae eius, ut accendantur semper ad vesperam; nos quippe custodimus praecepta Domini Dei nostri, quem vos reliquistis.
12 Ergo in exercitu nostro dux Deus est et sacerdotes eius, qui clangunt tubis et resonant contra vos, filii Israel; nolite pugnare contra Dominum, Deum patrum vestrorum, quia non vobis expedit".
13 Ieroboam autem retro moliebatur insidias, ut venirent post eos, et erant ante Iudam, et insidiae post eos.
14 Respiciensque Iuda vidit instare bellum ex adverso et post tergum et clamavit ad Dominum, ac sacerdotes tubis canere coeperunt,
15 omnesque viri Iudae vociferati sunt; et ecce, illis clamantibus, perterruit Deus Ieroboam et omnem Israel coram Abia et Iuda.
16 Fugeruntque filii Israel Iudam, et tradidit eos Deus in manu eorum.
17 Percussit ergo eos Abia et populus eius plaga magna; et corruerunt vulnerati ex Israel quingenta milia virorum fortium.
18 Humiliatique sunt filii Israel in tempore illo, et confortati filii Iudae, eo quod sperassent in Domino, Deo patrum suorum.
19 Persecutus est autem Abia fugientem Ieroboam et cepit civitates eius Bethel et filias eius et Iesana cum filiabus suis, Ephron quoque et filias eius.
20 Nec invaluit ultra Ieroboam in diebus Abiae. Quem percussit Dominus, et mortuus est.
21 Abia autem confortatus est et accepit sibi uxores quattuordecim procreavitque viginti duos filios et sedecim filias.
22 Reliqua autem gestorum Abiae viarumque et sermonum eius scripta sunt in enarratione prophetae Addo.
23 Dormivit autem Abia cum patribus suis, et sepelierunt eum in civitate David; regnavitque Asa filius eius pro eo. In cuius diebus quievit terra annis decem.
King James Version
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 gods.
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 men.
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, Beth-el with the towns thereof, and Jeshanah 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.