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July 24, 2014

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Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

David recounts how God gave him overwhelming victory over any and every enemy that attacked him. He did not enter into agreements with his attackers-he defeated them!

You must begin to see your spiritual enemies as they truly are- already defeated in Christ and subject to your spiritual authority. Make no compromises and take no prisoners! Be ruthless against every high thought that exalts itself above the knowledge of God (2 Corinthians 10:5), never wavering in your spiritual warfare against God's enemies.

Paul states that in all these things you are more than a conqueror through Him who loved you (Romans 8:37). Declare with him, "And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can't, and life can't. The angels can't, and the demons can't. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can't keep God's love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord" (vv. 38-39).

Go forward against your enemies, and don't stop until they have been crushed under your feet!

2 Chronicles 11:1-13:22

11 When Rehoboam arrived in Jerusalem,S 1Ki 12:21 he mustered Judah and Benjamin—a hundred and eighty thousand able young men—to go to war against Israel and to regain the kingdom for Rehoboam.

But this word of the Lord came to ShemaiahS 1Ki 12:22; 2Ch 12:5-7, 15 the man of God:“Say to Rehoboam son of Solomon king of Judah and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin,‘This is what the Lord says: Do not go up to fight against your fellow Israelites.2Ch 28:8-11 Go home, every one of you, for this is my doing.’” So they obeyed the words of the Lord and turned back from marching against Jeroboam.

Rehoboam Fortifies Judah

Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem and built up towns for defense in Judah:Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,Beth Zur, Soko, Adullam,Gath, Mareshah, Ziph,Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah,10 Zorah, Aijalon and Hebron. These were fortified citiesS Jos 10:20; 2Ch 12:4; 17:2, 19; 21:3 in Judah and Benjamin.11 He strengthened their defenses and put commanders in them, with supplies of food, olive oil and wine.12 He put shields and spears in all the cities, and made them very strong. So Judah and Benjamin were his.

13 The priests and Levites from all their districts throughout Israel sided with him.14 The LevitesS Nu 35:2-5 even abandoned their pasturelands and property1Ch 6:81 and came to Judah and Jerusalem, because Jeroboam and his sons had rejected them as priests of the Lord15 when he appointedS 1Ki 13:33 his own priestsS 1Ki 12:31 for the high places and for the goatLev 17:7 and calf1Ki 12:28; 2Ch 13:8 idols he had made.16 Those from every tribe of Israel2Ch 15:9 who set their hearts on seeking the Lord, the God of Israel, followed the Levites to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices to the Lord, the God of their ancestors.17 They strengthened2Ch 12:1 the kingdom of Judah and supported Rehoboam son of Solomon three years, following the ways of David and Solomon during this time.

Rehoboam’s Family

18 Rehoboam married Mahalath, who was the daughter of David’s son Jerimoth and of Abihail, the daughter of Jesse’s son Eliab.19 She bore him sons: Jeush, Shemariah and Zaham.20 Then he married MaakahS 1Ki 15:2 daughter of Absalom, who bore him Abijah,2Ch 12:16; 13:2 Attai, Ziza and Shelomith.21 Rehoboam loved Maakah daughter of Absalom more than any of his other wives and concubines. In all, he had eighteen wivesS Dt 17:17 and sixty concubines, twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters.

22 Rehoboam appointed AbijahDt 21:15-17 son of Maakah as crown prince among his brothers, in order to make him king.23 He acted wisely, dispersing some of his sons throughout the districts of Judah and Benjamin, and to all the fortified cities. He gave them abundant provisions2Ch 21:3 and took many wives for them.

Shishak Attacks Jerusalem12:9-16pp — 1Ki 14:21, 25-31

12 After Rehoboam’s position as king was establishedver 13; 2Ch 1:1 and he had become strong,2Ch 11:17 he and all IsraelThat is, Judah, as frequently in 2 ChroniclesS 1Ch 9:1 with him abandonedS 2Ch 7:19 the law of the Lord.Because they had been unfaithful1Ki 14:22-24; S 1Ch 5:25 to the Lord, Shishak1Ki 11:40 king of Egypt attacked Jerusalem in the fifth year of King Rehoboam.With twelve hundred chariots and sixty thousand horsemen and the innumerable troops of Libyans,Da 11:43 Sukkites and CushitesThat is, people from the upper Nile regionS Ge 10:6; 2Ch 14:9; 16:8; Isa 18:2; Am 9:7; Na 3:9 that came with him from Egypt,he captured the fortified citiesS 2Ch 11:10 of Judah and came as far as Jerusalem.

Then the prophet Shemaiah2Ch 11:2 came to Rehoboam and to the leaders of Judah who had assembled in Jerusalem for fear of Shishak, and he said to them, “This is what the Lord says, ‘You have abandoned me; therefore, I now abandonS Dt 28:15 you to Shishak.’”

The leaders of Israel and the king humbledS Lev 26:41; S 2Ch 6:37 themselves and said, “The Lord is just.”Ex 9:27; Ezr 9:15; Ps 11:7; 116:5; Da 9:14

When the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, this word of the Lord came to Shemaiah: “Since they have humbled themselves, I will not destroy them but will soon give them deliverance.Ps 78:38 My wrathDt 9:19; Ps 69:24; Jer 7:20; 42:18; Eze 5:13 will not be poured out on Jerusalem through Shishak.They will, however, become subjectDt 28:48 to him, so that they may learn the difference between serving me and serving the kings of other lands.”

When Shishak king of Egypt attacked Jerusalem, he carried off the treasures of the temple of the Lord and the treasures of the royal palace. He took everything, including the gold shields2Ch 9:16 Solomon had made.10 So King Rehoboam made bronze shields to replace them and assigned these to the commanders of the guard on duty at the entrance to the royal palace.11 Whenever the king went to the Lord’s temple, the guards went with him, bearing the shields, and afterward they returned them to the guardroom.

12 Because Rehoboam humbledS 2Ch 6:37 himself, the Lord’s anger turned from him, and he was not totally destroyed. Indeed, there was some goodS 1Ki 14:13; 2Ch 19:3 in Judah.

13 King Rehoboam establishedS ver 1; S 1Ki 2:12 himself firmly in Jerusalem and continued as king. He was forty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel in which to put his Name.S Ex 20:24; Dt 12:5 His mother’s name was Naamah; she was an Ammonite.14 He did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the Lord.

15 As for the events of Rehoboam’s reign, from beginning to end, are they not written in the records of ShemaiahS 2Ch 11:2 the prophet and of Iddo the seer that deal with genealogies? There was continual warfare between Rehoboam and Jeroboam.16 RehoboamS 1Ch 3:10 rested with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. And AbijahS 2Ch 11:20 his son succeeded him as king.

Abijah King of Judah13:1-2, 22–14:1pp — 1Ki 15:1-2, 6-8

13 In the eighteenth year of the reign of Jeroboam, Abijah became king of Judah,and he reigned in Jerusalem three years. His mother’s name was Maakah,Most Septuagint manuscripts and Syriac (see also 11:20 and 1 Kings 15:2); Hebrew Micaiah2Ch 15:16 a daughterOr granddaughter of Uriel of Gibeah.

There was war between AbijahS 2Ch 11:20 and Jeroboam.1Ki 15:6Abijah went into battle with an army of four hundred thousand able fighting men, and Jeroboam drew up a battle line against him with eight hundred thousand able troops.

Abijah stood on Mount Zemaraim,Jos 18:22 in the hill country of Ephraim, and said, “Jeroboam and all Israel,1Ch 11:1 listen to me!Don’t you know that the Lord, the God of Israel, has given the kingship of Israel to David and his descendants foreverS 2Sa 7:13; S 1Ch 17:12 by a covenant of salt?S Lev 2:13Yet Jeroboam son of Nebat, an official of Solomon son of David, rebelled1Ki 11:26 against his master.Some worthless scoundrelsS Jdg 9:4 gathered around him and opposed Rehoboam son of Solomon when he was young and indecisiveS 1Ch 29:1 and not strong enough to resist them.

“And now you plan to resist the kingdom of the Lord, which is in the hands of David’s descendants.S 2Ch 9:8 You are indeed a vast army and have with you1Sa 4:3 the golden calvesS Ex 32:4; S 2Ch 11:15 that Jeroboam made to be your gods.But didn’t you drive out the priestsS 1Ki 12:31 of the Lord,2Ch 11:14-15 the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and make priests of your own as the peoples of other lands do? Whoever comes to consecrate himself with a young bullEx 29:35-36 and seven ramsS Ex 29:31 may become a priest of what are not gods.Jer 2:11; Gal 4:8

10 “As for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not forsaken him. The priests who serve the Lord are sons of Aaron, and the Levites assist them.11 Every morning and eveningS Ex 29:39; S 2Ch 2:4 they present burnt offerings and fragrant incenseS Ex 25:6 to the Lord. They set out the bread on the ceremonially clean tableS 1Ch 9:32 and light the lampsS Ex 25:37 on the gold lampstand every evening. We are observing the requirements of the Lord our God. But you have forsaken him.12 God is with us; he is our leader. His priests with their trumpets will sound the battle cry against you.S Nu 10:8-9 People of Israel, do not fight against the Lord,S Jdg 2:15; Ac 5:39 the God of your ancestors, for you will not succeed.”Job 9:4; Pr 21:30; 29:1

13 Now Jeroboam had sent troops around to the rear, so that while he was in front of Judah the ambushJos 8:9; 2Ch 20:22 was behind them.14 Judah turned and saw that they were being attacked at both front and rear. Then they cried outS 1Ch 5:20; 2Ch 14:11; 18:31 to the Lord. The priests blew their trumpets15 and the men of Judah raised the battle cry. At the sound of their battle cry, God routed Jeroboam and all IsraelS 1Ch 9:1 before Abijah and Judah.16 The Israelites fled before Judah, and God delivered2Ch 16:8 them into their hands.17 Abijah and his troops inflicted heavy losses on them, so that there were five hundred thousand casualties among Israel’s able men.18 The Israelites were subdued on that occasion, and the people of Judah were victorious because they relied2Ch 14:11; 16:7; Ps 22:5 on the Lord, the God of their ancestors.

19 Abijah pursued Jeroboam and took from him the towns of Bethel, Jeshanah and Ephron, with their surrounding villages.20 Jeroboam did not regain power during the time of Abijah. And the Lord struck him down and he died.

21 But Abijah grew in strength. He married fourteen wives and had twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.

22 The other events of Abijah’s reign, what he did and what he said, are written in the annotations of the prophet Iddo.

Shemaiah’s Prophecy

11 When Rehoboam arrived at Jerusalem, he mobilized the men of Judah and Benjamin—180,000 select troops—to fight against Israel and to restore the kingdom to himself.

But the Lord said to Shemaiah, the man of God,“Say to Rehoboam son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all the Israelites in Judah and Benjamin:‘This is what the Lord says: Do not fight against your relatives. Go back home, for what has happened is my doing!’” So they obeyed the message of the Lord and did not fight against Jeroboam.

Rehoboam Fortifies Judah

Rehoboam remained in Jerusalem and fortified various towns for the defense of Judah.He built up Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,Beth-zur, Soco, Adullam,Gath, Mareshah, Ziph,Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah,10 Zorah, Aijalon, and Hebron. These became the fortified towns of Judah and Benjamin.11 Rehoboam strengthened their defenses and stationed commanders in them, and he stored supplies of food, olive oil, and wine.12 He also put shields and spears in these towns as a further safety measure. So only Judah and Benjamin remained under his control.

13 But all the priests and Levites living among the northern tribes of Israel sided with Rehoboam.14 The Levites even abandoned their pasturelands and property and moved to Judah and Jerusalem, because Jeroboam and his sons would not allow them to serve the Lord as priests.15 Jeroboam appointed his own priests to serve at the pagan shrines, where they worshiped the goat and calf idols he had made.16 From all the tribes of Israel, those who sincerely wanted to worship the Lord, the God of Israel, followed the Levites to Jerusalem, where they could offer sacrifices to the Lord, the God of their ancestors.17 This strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and for three years they supported Rehoboam son of Solomon, for during those years they faithfully followed in the footsteps of David and Solomon.

Rehoboam’s Family

18 Rehoboam married his cousin Mahalath, the daughter of David’s son Jerimoth and of Abihail, the daughter of Eliab son of Jesse.19 Mahalath had three sons—Jeush, Shemariah, and Zaham.

20 Later Rehoboam married another cousin, Maacah, the granddaughter of Absalom. Maacah gave birth to Abijah, Attai, Ziza, and Shelomith.21 Rehoboam loved Maacah more than any of his other wives and concubines. In all, he had eighteen wives and sixty concubines, and they gave birth to twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters.

22 Rehoboam appointed Maacah’s son Abijah as leader among the princes, making it clear that he would be the next king.23 Rehoboam also wisely gave responsibilities to his other sons and stationed some of them in the fortified towns throughout the land of Judah and Benjamin. He provided them with generous provisions, and he found many wives for them.

Egypt Invades Judah

12 But when Rehoboam was firmly established and strong, he abandoned the Law of the Lord, and all Israel followed him in this sin.Because they were unfaithful to the Lord, King Shishak of Egypt came up and attacked Jerusalem in the fifth year of King Rehoboam’s reign.He came with 1,200 chariots, 60,000 horses,Or charioteers, or horsemen. and a countless army of foot soldiers, including Libyans, Sukkites, and Ethiopians.Hebrew and Cushites.Shishak conquered Judah’s fortified towns and then advanced to attack Jerusalem.

The prophet Shemaiah then met with Rehoboam and Judah’s leaders, who had all fled to Jerusalem because of Shishak. Shemaiah told them, “This is what the Lord says: You have abandoned me, so I am abandoning you to Shishak.”

Then the leaders of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, “The Lord is right in doing this to us!”

When the Lord saw their change of heart, he gave this message to Shemaiah: “Since the people have humbled themselves, I will not completely destroy them and will soon give them some relief. I will not use Shishak to pour out my anger on Jerusalem.But they will become his subjects, so they will know the difference between serving me and serving earthly rulers.”

So King Shishak of Egypt came up and attacked Jerusalem. He ransacked the treasuries of the Lord’s Temple and the royal palace; he stole everything, including all the gold shields Solomon had made.10 King Rehoboam later replaced them with bronze shields as substitutes, and he entrusted them to the care of the commanders of the guard who protected the entrance to the royal palace.11 Whenever the king went to the Temple of the Lord, the guards would also take the shields and then return them to the guardroom.12 Because Rehoboam humbled himself, the Lord’s anger was turned away, and he did not destroy him completely. There were still some good things in the land of Judah.

Summary of Rehoboam’s Reign

13 King Rehoboam firmly established himself in Jerusalem and continued to rule. He was forty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city the Lord had chosen from among all the tribes of Israel as the place to honor his name. Rehoboam’s mother was Naamah, a woman from Ammon.14 But he was an evil king, for he did not seek the Lord with all his heart.

15 The rest of the events of Rehoboam’s reign, from beginning to end, are recorded in The Record of Shemaiah the Prophet and The Record of Iddo the Seer, which are part of the genealogical record. Rehoboam and Jeroboam were continually at war with each other.16 When Rehoboam died, he was buried in the City of David. Then his son Abijah became the next king.

Abijah’s War with Jeroboam

13 Abijah began to rule over Judah in the eighteenth year of Jeroboam’s reign in Israel.He reigned in Jerusalem three years. His mother was Maacah,As in most Greek manuscripts and Syriac version (see also 2 Chr 11:20-21; 1 Kgs 15:2); Hebrew reads Micaiah, a variant spelling of Maacah. the daughter of Uriel from Gibeah.

Then war broke out between Abijah and Jeroboam.Judah, led by King Abijah, fielded 400,000 select warriors, while Jeroboam mustered 800,000 select troops from Israel.

When the army of Judah arrived in the hill country of Ephraim, Abijah stood on Mount Zemaraim and shouted to Jeroboam and all Israel: “Listen to me!Don’t you realize that the Lord, the God of Israel, made a lasting covenantHebrew a covenant of salt. with David, giving him and his descendants the throne of Israel forever?Yet Jeroboam son of Nebat, a mere servant of David’s son Solomon, rebelled against his master.Then a whole gang of scoundrels joined him, defying Solomon’s son Rehoboam when he was young and inexperienced and could not stand up to them.

“Do you really think you can stand against the kingdom of the Lord that is led by the descendants of David? You may have a vast army, and you have those gold calves that Jeroboam made as your gods.But you have chased away the priests of the Lord (the descendants of Aaron) and the Levites, and you have appointed your own priests, just like the pagan nations. You let anyone become a priest these days! Whoever comes to be dedicated with a young bull and seven rams can become a priest of these so-called gods of yours!

10 “But as for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not abandoned him. Only the descendants of Aaron serve the Lord as priests, and the Levites alone may help them in their work.11 They present burnt offerings and fragrant incense to the Lord every morning and evening. They place the Bread of the Presence on the holy table, and they light the gold lampstand every evening. We are following the instructions of the Lord our God, but you have abandoned him.12 So you see, God is with us. He is our leader. His priests blow their trumpets and lead us into battle against you. O people of Israel, do not fight against the Lord, the God of your ancestors, for you will not succeed!”

13 Meanwhile, Jeroboam had secretly sent part of his army around behind the men of Judah to ambush them.14 When Judah realized that they were being attacked from the front and the rear, they cried out to the Lord for help. Then the priests blew the trumpets,15 and the men of Judah began to shout. At the sound of their battle cry, God defeated Jeroboam and all Israel and routed them before Abijah and the army of Judah.

16 The Israelite army fled from Judah, and God handed them over to Judah in defeat.17 Abijah and his army inflicted heavy losses on them; 500,000 of Israel’s select troops were killed that day.18 So Judah defeated Israel on that occasion because they trusted in the Lord, the God of their ancestors.19 Abijah and his army pursued Jeroboam’s troops and captured some of his towns, including Bethel, Jeshanah, and Ephron, along with their surrounding villages.

20 So Jeroboam of Israel never regained his power during Abijah’s lifetime, and finally the Lord struck him down and he died.21 Meanwhile, Abijah of Judah grew more and more powerful. He married fourteen wives and had twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.

22 The rest of the events of Abijah’s reign, including his words and deeds, are recorded in The Commentary of Iddo the Prophet.

11 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered of the house of Judah and Benjamin an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against Israel, that he might bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam.

But the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying,

Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying,

Thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren: return every man to his house: for this thing is done of me. And they obeyed the words of the Lord, and returned from going against Jeroboam.

And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah.

He built even Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,

And Bethzur, and Shoco, and Adullam,

And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph,

And Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah,

10 And Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in Benjamin fenced cities.

11 And he fortified the strong holds, and put captains in them, and store of victual, and of oil and wine.

12 And in every several city he put shields and spears, and made them exceeding strong, having Judah and Benjamin on his side.

13 And the priests and the Levites that were in all Israel resorted to him out of all their coasts.

14 For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest's office unto the Lord:

15 And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils, and for the calves which he had made.

16 And after them out of all the tribes of Israel such as set their hearts to seek the Lord God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the Lord God of their fathers.

17 So they strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and made Rehoboam the son of Solomon strong, three years: for three years they walked in the way of David and Solomon.

18 And Rehoboam took him Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David to wife, and Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse;

19 Which bare him children; Jeush, and Shamariah, and Zaham.

20 And after her he took Maachah the daughter of Absalom; which bare him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith.

21 And Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter of Absalom above all his wives and his concubines: (for he took eighteen wives, and threescore concubines; and begat twenty and eight sons, and threescore daughters.)

22 And Rehoboam made Abijah the son of Maachah the chief, to be ruler among his brethren: for he thought to make him king.

23 And he dealt wisely, and dispersed of all his children throughout all the countries of Judah and Benjamin, unto every fenced city: and he gave them victual in abundance. And he desired many wives.

12 And it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the Lord, and all Israel with him.

And it came to pass, that in the fifth year of king Rehoboam Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against the Lord,

With twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen: and the people were without number that came with him out of Egypt; the Lubims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians.

And he took the fenced cities which pertained to Judah, and came to Jerusalem.

Then came Shemaiah the prophet to Rehoboam, and to the princes of Judah, that were gathered together to Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said unto them, Thus saith the Lord, Ye have forsaken me, and therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak.

Whereupon the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves; and they said, The Lord is righteous.

And when the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance; and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.

Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.

So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king's house; he took all: he carried away also the shields of gold which Solomon had made.

10 Instead of which king Rehoboam made shields of brass, and committed them to the hands of the chief of the guard, that kept the entrance of the king's house.

11 And when the king entered into the house of the Lord, the guard came and fetched them, and brought them again into the guard chamber.

12 And when he humbled himself, the wrath of the Lord turned from him, that he would not destroy him altogether: and also in Judah things went well.

13 So king Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem, and reigned: for Rehoboam was one and forty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. And his mother's name was Naamah an Ammonitess.

14 And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the Lord.

15 Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written in the book of Shemaiah the prophet, and of Iddo the seer concerning genealogies? And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually.

16 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David: and Abijah his son reigned in his stead.

13 Now in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam began Abijah to reign over Judah.

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.

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.

And Abijah stood up upon mount Zemaraim, which is in mount Ephraim, and said, Hear me, thou Jeroboam, and all Israel;

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?

Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, the servant of Solomon the son of David, is risen up, and hath rebelled against his lord.

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.

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 your golden calves, which Jeroboam made you for gods.

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, Bethel with the towns thereof, and Jeshanah with the towns thereof, and Ephraim 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.

Romans 8:26-39

26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spiritver 15, 16 himself intercedes for usEph 6:18 through wordless groans.27 And he who searches our heartsS Rev 2:23 knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedesS ver 34 for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

28 And we know that in all things God works for the goodGe 50:20; Isa 38:17; Jer 29:11 of those who love him, whoOr that all things work together for good to those who love God, who; or that in all things God works together with those who love him to bring about what is good—with those who have been calledver 30; Ro 11:29; 1Co 1:9; Gal 1:6, 15; Eph 4:1, 4; 1Th 2:12; 2Ti 1:9; Heb 9:15; 1Pe 2:9; 2Pe 1:10 according to his purpose.Eph 1:11; 3:11; Heb 6:1729 For those God foreknewRo 11:2; 1Pe 1:2 he also predestinedEph 1:5, 11 to be conformed to the image of his Son,1Co 15:49; 2Co 3:18; Php 3:21; 1Jn 3:2 that he might be the firstbornS Col 1:18 among many brothers and sisters.30 And those he predestined,Eph 1:5, 11 he also called;S ver 28 those he called, he also justified;S Ro 4:25 those he justified, he also glorified.Ro 9:23

More Than Conquerors

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things?Ro 4:1; 6:1; 7:7; 9:14, 30 If God is for us,Ex 3:12; Isa 41:10; Hag 1:13 who can be against us?Ps 56:9; 118:6; Isa 8:10; Jer 20:11; Heb 13:632 He who did not spare his own Son,Ge 22:13; Mal 3:17; Jn 3:16; Ro 5:8 but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?33 Who will bring any chargeIsa 50:8, 9 against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.34 Who then is the one who condemns?ver 1 No one. Christ Jesus who diedRo 5:6-8—more than that, who was raised to lifeS Ac 2:24—is at the right hand of GodS Mk 16:19 and is also interceding for us.ver 27; Job 16:20; Isa 53:12; Heb 7:25; 9:24; 1Jn 2:135 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?ver 37-39 Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?1Co 4:11; 2Co 11:26, 2736 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;

we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”Psalm 44:22Ps 44:22; 1Co 4:9; 15:30, 31; 2Co 4:11; 6:9; 11:23

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors1Co 15:57 through him who loved us.Ro 5:8; Gal 2:20; Eph 5:2; Rev 1:5; 3:938 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,Or nor heavenly rulers neither the present nor the future,1Co 3:22 nor any powers,Eph 1:21; Col 1:16; 1Pe 3:2239 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of GodS Ro 5:8 that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.ver 1; S Ro 16:3

26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believersGreek for God’s holy people. in harmony with God’s own will.28 And we know that God causes everything to work togetherSome manuscripts read And we know that everything works together. for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstbornOr would be supreme. among many brothers and sisters.30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.

Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love

31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself.34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”Ps 44:22.)37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,Greek nor rulers. neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.

34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Psalm 18:37-50

37 I pursued my enemiesS Lev 26:7 and overtook them;

I did not turn back till they were destroyed.

38 I crushed themPs 68:21; 110:6 so that they could not rise;Ps 36:12; 140:10; Isa 26:14

they fell beneath my feet.Ps 47:3

39 You armed me with strengthver 32; Isa 45:5, 24 for battle;

you humbled my adversariesver 47; Ps 47:3; 144:2 before me.

40 You made my enemies turn their backsS Jos 7:12 in flight,

and I destroyedver 37 my foes.

41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save themS 2Ki 14:26; Ps 50:22

to the Lord, but he did not answer.S 1Sa 8:18; S 14:37; Jer 11:11

42 I beat them as fine as windblown dust;S Dt 9:21; S Isa 2:22

I trampled themMany Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac and Targum (see also 2 Samuel 22:43); Masoretic Text I poured them out like mud in the streets.

43 You have delivered me from the attacks of the people;

you have made me the head of nations.2Sa 8:1-14

People I did not knowIsa 55:5 now serve me,

44 foreignersPs 54:3; 144:7, 11; Isa 25:5 cower before me;

as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.

45 They all lose heart;S 1Sa 17:32; 2Co 4:1; Heb 12:3

they come tremblingIsa 66:2; Hos 3:5; 11:10 from their strongholds.Ps 9:9; Mic 7:17

46 The Lord lives!S Jos 3:10; S 1Sa 14:39; 2Co 13:4 Praise be to my Rock!ver 31; Ex 33:22

Exalted be GodPs 21:13; 35:27; 40:16; 108:5 my Savior!S 1Ch 16:35; S Lk 1:47

47 He is the God who avengesS Ge 4:24 me,

who subdues nationsS ver 39; S Jdg 4:23 under me,

48 who savesPs 7:10; 37:40; Da 3:17 me from my enemies.S ver 17

You exalted me above my foes;

from a violent manPs 140:1 you rescued me.

49 Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;S Ps 9:11

I will singPs 7:17; 9:2; 101:1; 108:1; 146:2 the praises of your name.Ro 15:9*

50 He gives his king great victories;

he shows unfailing love to his anointed,S 2Sa 23:1

to DavidPs 144:10 and to his descendants forever.Ps 89:4

37 I chased my enemies and caught them;

I did not stop until they were conquered.

38 I struck them down so they could not get up;

they fell beneath my feet.

39 You have armed me with strength for the battle;

you have subdued my enemies under my feet.

40 You placed my foot on their necks.

I have destroyed all who hated me.

41 They called for help, but no one came to their rescue.

They even cried to the Lord, but he refused to answer.

42 I ground them as fine as dust in the wind.

I swept them into the gutter like dirt.

43 You gave me victory over my accusers.

You appointed me ruler over nations;

people I don’t even know now serve me.

44 As soon as they hear of me, they submit;

foreign nations cringe before me.

45 They all lose their courage

and come trembling from their strongholds.

46 The Lord lives! Praise to my Rock!

May the God of my salvation be exalted!

47 He is the God who pays back those who harm me;

he subdues the nations under me

48 and rescues me from my enemies.

You hold me safe beyond the reach of my enemies;

you save me from violent opponents.

49 For this, O Lord, I will praise you among the nations;

I will sing praises to your name.

50 You give great victories to your king;

you show unfailing love to your anointed,

to David and all his descendants forever.

37 I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed.

38 I have wounded them that they were not able to rise: they are fallen under my feet.

39 For thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou hast subdued under me those that rose up against me.

40 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies; that I might destroy them that hate me.

41 They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the Lord, but he answered them not.

42 Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind: I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.

43 Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.

44 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.

45 The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.

46 The Lord liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

47 It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me.

48 He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.

49 Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.

50 Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.

Proverbs 19:27-29

27 Stop listening to instruction, my son,S Pr 1:8

and you will stray from the words of knowledge.

28 A corrupt witness mocks at justice,

and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.S Job 15:16

29 Penalties are prepared for mockers,

and beatings for the backs of fools.S Dt 25:2

27 If you stop listening to instruction, my child,

you will turn your back on knowledge.

28 A corrupt witness makes a mockery of justice;

the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.

29 Punishment is made for mockers,

and the backs of fools are made to be beaten.

27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.

28 An ungodly witness scorneth judgment: and the mouth of the wicked devoureth iniquity.

29 Judgments are prepared for scorners, and stripes for the back of fools.

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