2 Chronicles 13:21
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New International Version
But Abijah grew in strength. He married fourteen wives and had twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.

New Living Translation
Meanwhile, Abijah of Judah grew more and more powerful. He married fourteen wives and had twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.

English Standard Version
But Abijah grew mighty. And he took fourteen wives and had twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.

New American Standard Bible
But Abijah became powerful; and took fourteen wives to himself, and became the father of twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.

King James Bible
But Abijah waxed mighty, and married fourteen wives, and begat twenty and two sons, and sixteen daughters.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
However, Abijah grew strong, acquired 14 wives, and fathered 22 sons and 16 daughters.

International Standard Version
but Abijah continued to grow more powerful. He took fourteen wives for himself and fathered 22 sons and sixteen daughters.

NET Bible
Abijah's power grew; he had fourteen wives and fathered twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But Abijah became strong. He married 14 wives and fathered 22 sons and 16 daughters.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But Abijah waxed mighty and married fourteen wives, and begat twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.

King James 2000 Bible
But Abijah grew mighty, and married fourteen wives, and begot twenty and two sons, and sixteen daughters.

American King James Version
But Abijah waxed mighty, and married fourteen wives, and begat twenty and two sons, and sixteen daughters.

American Standard Version
But Abijah waxed mighty, and took unto himself fourteen wives, and begat twenty and two sons, and sixteen daughters.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But Abia, being strengthened in his kingdom, took fourteen wives: and begot two and twenty sons, and sixteen daughters.

Darby Bible Translation
But Abijah strengthened himself, and took fourteen wives, and begot twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.

English Revised Version
But Abijah waxed mighty, and took unto himself fourteen wives, and begat twenty and two sons, and sixteen daughters.

Webster's Bible Translation
But Abijah became mighty, and married fourteen wives, and begat twenty and two sons, and sixteen daughters.

World English Bible
But Abijah grew mighty, and took to himself fourteen wives, and became the father of twenty-two sons, and sixteen daughters.

Young's Literal Translation
And Abijah strengtheneth himself, and taketh to him fourteen wives, and begetteth twenty and two sons, and sixteen daughters,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

13:1-22 Abijah overcomes Jeroboam. - Jeroboam and his people, by apostacy and idolatry, merited the severe punishment Abijah was permitted to execute upon them. It appears from the character of Abijah, 1Ki 15:3, that he was not himself truly religious, yet he encouraged himself from the religion of his people. It is common for those that deny the power of godliness, to boast of the form of it. Many that have little religion themselves, value it in others. But it was true that there were numbers of pious worshippers in Judah, and that theirs was the more righteous cause. In their distress, when danger was on every side, which way should they look for deliverance unless upward? It is an unspeakable comfort, that our way thither is always open. They cried unto the Lord. Earnest prayer is crying. To the cry of prayer they added the shout of faith, and became more than conquerors. Jeroboam escaped the sword of Abijah, but God struck him; there is no escaping his sword.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - Waxed mighty. For this our Authorized Version reads, "waxed fat and wanton" (Hebrew, יִתְחַזֵּק), and grew too like his father Rehoboam and his grandfather Solomon, forgetting the "Law" (Deuteronomy 17:17).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But Abijah waxed mighty,.... In his kingdom, increasing in riches and numbers, power and authority, and in his family:

and married fourteen wives, and begat twenty and two sons and sixteen daughters; not after the above battle, nor since he began to reign; for he reigned but three years; but he, no doubt, married wives and had children before he came to the throne, as he might have others after.



2 Chronicles 13:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Death of Jeroboam
20Jeroboam did not again recover strength in the days of Abijah; and the LORD struck him and he died. 21But Abijah became powerful; and took fourteen wives to himself, and became the father of twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters. 22Now the rest of the acts of Abijah, and his ways and his words are written in the treatise of the prophet Iddo.
Cross References
1 Kings 15:7
As for the other events of Abijah's reign, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? There was war between Abijah and Jeroboam.

2 Chronicles 13:20
Jeroboam did not regain power during the time of Abijah. And the LORD struck him down and he died.

2 Chronicles 13:22
The other events of Abijah's reign, what he did and what he said, are written in the annotations of the prophet Iddo.
Treasury of Scripture

But Abijah waxed mighty, and married fourteen wives, and begat twenty and two sons, and sixteen daughters.

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2 Samuel 5:12,13 And David perceived that the LORD had established him king over Israel, …

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Judges 8:30,31 And Gideon had three score and ten sons of his body begotten: for …

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Judges 10:4 And he had thirty sons that rode on thirty donkey colts, and they …

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