By William Johnstone
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Kings adds at the end, 'all the days of his life': the single engagement here, 'a battle', is understood there as 'war' (cf. v. 3a, which MT links with vv. 1-2 as the end of the sub-paragraph). That is certainly not the point that C wishes to make. While Rehoboam was locked in war with Jeroboam throughout his reign—and that was an indication of his ineffectiveness—Abijah, as C is about to show, in one decisive engagement demonstrates the superiority of his position theologically and, therefore, militarily.
7. 32a and refer to the 'golden calves' which Jeroboam had set up in his new royal sanctuaries of Bethel and Dan and which he had acclaimed as the gods which had delivered Israel from Egypt. The infringement of God's prerogatives could not be starker. Yet in this disaster there is still hope for the true Israel that remains in Judah. It is very striking how this structure for the preservation of the surviving rump of the people of Israel corresponds to the presentation of Israel in the genealogical section in 1 Chronicles 2-8: the outer limits of the people are defined by the tribes of Judah and Benjamin and at the heart of this people the Levites function.
4, for the 1000 chariots and 7000 horsemen and 20,000 infantrymen that David captured from the Aramaean power of Zobah, or 2 Chron. 14 for Solomon's 1400 chariots and 12,000 horsemen). Equally terrifying must have been the exotic appearance of this host: the Libyans, correctly reflecting the ethnic origin of the regime; Sukkiim, traditionally (LXX) troglodytes from north Africa; and Cushites, the Nubians, from south of the first cataract on the Nile. Precise information about factual details is not of first moment.
1 and 2 Chronicles: Volume 2: 2 Chronicles 10-36: Guilt and Atonement by William Johnstone