2 Chronicles 11:22
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New International Version
Rehoboam appointed Abijah son of Maakah as crown prince among his brothers, in order to make him king.

New Living Translation
Rehoboam appointed Maacah's son Abijah as leader among the princes, making it clear that he would be the next king.

English Standard Version
And Rehoboam appointed Abijah the son of Maacah as chief prince among his brothers, for he intended to make him king.

New American Standard Bible
Rehoboam appointed Abijah the son of Maacah as head and leader among his brothers, for he intended to make him king.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Rehoboam appointed Abijah son of Maacah as chief, leader among his brothers, intending to make him king.

International Standard Version
Later, Rehoboam appointed Abijah, his son from Maacah, as senior family leader among his brothers, since he intended to establish Abijah as king.

NET Bible
Rehoboam appointed Abijah son of Maacah as the leader over his brothers, for he intended to name him his successor.

New Heart English Bible
Rehoboam appointed Abijah the son of Maacah to be chief, the prince among his brothers; for he intended to make him king.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Rehoboam appointed Abijah, son of Maacah, as family head and prince among his brothers. By doing this, Rehoboam could make him king.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Rehoboam appointed Abijah the son of Maacah to be chief, even the prince among his brethren; for he was minded to make him king.

New American Standard 1977
And Rehoboam appointed Abijah the son of Maacah as head and leader among his brothers, for he intended to make him king.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Rehoboam made Abijah, the son of Maachah, as head and prince among his brethren, for he thought to make him king.

King James 2000 Bible
And Rehoboam made Abijah the son of Maachah the chief, to be ruler among his brethren: for he thought to make him king.

American King James Version
And Rehoboam made Abijah the son of Maachah the chief, to be ruler among his brothers: for he thought to make him king.

American Standard Version
And Rehoboam appointed Abijah the son of Maacah to be chief, even the prince among his brethren; for he was minded to make him king.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he put at the head of them Abia the son of Maacha to be the chief ruler over all his brethren: for he meant to make him king,

Darby Bible Translation
And Rehoboam established Abijah the son of Maachah at the head, to be ruler among his brethren; for [he thought] to make him king.

English Revised Version
And Rehoboam appointed Abijah the son of Maacah to be chief, even the prince among his brethren: for he was minded to make him king.

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

World English Bible
Rehoboam appointed Abijah the son of Maacah to be chief, [even] the prince among his brothers; for [he was minded] to make him king.

Young's Literal Translation
And Rehoboam appointeth for head Abijah son of Maachah, for leader among his brethren, for to cause him to reign.
Study Bible
Rehoboam's Family
21Rehoboam loved Maacah the daughter of Absalom more than all his other wives and concubines. For he had taken eighteen wives and sixty concubines and fathered twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters. 22Rehoboam appointed Abijah the son of Maacah as head and leader among his brothers, for he intended to make him king. 23He acted wisely and distributed some of his sons through all the territories of Judah and Benjamin to all the fortified cities, and he gave them food in abundance. And he sought many wives for them.…
Cross References
Genesis 22:24
His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also bore Tebah and Gaham and Tahash and Maacah.

Deuteronomy 21:15
"If a man has two wives, the one loved and the other unloved, and both the loved and the unloved have borne him sons, if the firstborn son belongs to the unloved,

2 Chronicles 11:23
He acted wisely and distributed some of his sons through all the territories of Judah and Benjamin to all the fortified cities, and he gave them food in abundance. And he sought many wives for them.
Treasury of Scripture

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

made Abijah

Deuteronomy 21:15-17 If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they …

1 Chronicles 5:1,2 Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, (for he was the firstborn; …

1 Chronicles 29:1 Furthermore David the king said to all the congregation, Solomon …

(22) And Rehoboam made Abijah the son of Maachah . . . brethren.--Rather, And Rehoboam appointed Abijah the son of Maachah for head--to wit, for prince (nagd)--among his brethren. The expression "head" is explained by the following clause.

For he thought to make him king.--This gives the sense of the brief Hebrew phrase, "for--for making him king." In making Abijah heir to the throne, it does not appear that Rehoboam infringed the law of Deuteronomy 21:15-17, as the Speaker's Commentary suggests. The right of the firstborn was only a double share of a man's property. (Comp. 1Kings 1:35 for a precedent.)

Verse 22. - Cancel in this verse the italics "to be." Rehoboam again offends against the "Law" (see Deuteronomy 21:15-17). He cannot justly plead as a precedent the instance of David and Solomon, as in 1 Chronicles 23:1; for this was only justified by the express Divine ordinance, as in 1 Chronicles 23:9; 1 Chronicles 29:1. And Rehoboam made Abijah the son of Maacah the chief,.... The chief of all his sons, head over them, being the son of his most beloved wife, and her firstborn however, and perhaps might be of a greater capacity than the rest of his children:

to be ruler among his brethren; or over them; gave him greater authority, and intrusted him with more power, set him above them, and treated him as heir apparent to the crown: for he thought

to make him king; either to take him into partnership in the throne with him in his lifetime, or to appoint and declare him to be his successor. 22. made Abijah … chief … ruler among his brethren—This preference seems to have been given to Abijah solely from the king's doting fondness for his mother and through her influence over him. It is plainly implied that Abijah was not the oldest of the family. In destining a younger son for the kingdom, without a divine warrant, as in Solomon's case, Rehoboam acted in violation of the law (De 21:15).11:13-23 When the priests and Levites came to Jerusalem, the devout, pious Israelites followed them. Such as set their hearts to seek the Lord God of Israel, left the inheritance of their fathers, and went to Jerusalem, that they might have free access to the altar of God, and be out of the temptation to worship the calves. That is best for us, which is best for our souls; in all our choices, religious advantages must be sought before all outward conveniences. Where God's faithful priests are, his faithful people should be. And when it has been proved that we are willing to renounce our worldly interests, so far as we are called to do so for the sake of Christ and his gospel, we have good evidence that we are truly his disciples. And it is the interest of a nation to protect religion and religious people.
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