2 Chronicles 11:12
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English Standard Version
And he put shields and spears in all the cities and made them very strong. So he held Judah and Benjamin.

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

American Standard Version
And in every city he put'shields and spears, and made them exceeding strong. And Judah and Benjamin belonged to him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Moreover in every city he made an armoury of shields and spears, and he fortified them with great diligence, and he reigned over Juda, and Benjamin,

English Revised Version
And in every several city he put shields and spears, and made them exceeding strong. And Judah and Benjamin belonged to him.

Webster's Bible Translation
And in every several city he put shields and spears, and made them exceeding strong, having Judah and Benjamin on his side.

2 Chronicles 11:12 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

In Judah lay Bethlehem, a small city mentioned as early as in Jacob's time (Genesis 35:19), two hours south of Jerusalem, the birthplace of David and of Christ (Micah 5:1; Matthew 2:5, Matthew 2:11), now Beit-Lahm; see on Joshua 15:59. Etam is not the place bearing the same name which is spoken of in 1 Chronicles 4:32 and Judges 15:8, and mentioned in the Talmud as the place where, near Solomon's Pools, the aqueduct which supplied Jerusalem with water commenced (cf. Robins. Pal. sub voce; Tobler, Topogr. v. Jerus. ii. S. 84ff., 855ff.);

(Note: For further information as to the commencement of this aqueduct, see the masterly dissertation of Dr. Herm. Zschokke, "Die versiegelte Quelle Salomo's," in the Tbingen Theol. Quartalschr. 1867, H. 3, S. 426ff.)

nor is it to be looked for, as Robins. loc. cit., and New Bibl. Researches, maintains, in the present village Urts (Arts), for it has been identified by Tobl., dritte Wand. S. 89, with Ain Attn, a valley south-west from Arts. Not only does the name Attn correspond more than Arts with Etam, but from it the water is conducted to Jerusalem, while according to Tobler's thorough conviction it could not have been brought from Arts. Tekoa, now Tekua, on the summit of a hill covered with ancient ruins, two hours south of Bethlehem; see on Joshua 15:59.

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he put shields

2 Chronicles 26:14,15 And Uzziah prepared for them throughout all the host shields, and spears, and helmets, and habergeons, and bows...

2 Chronicles 32:5 Also he strengthened himself, and built up all the wall that was broken, and raised it up to the towers, and another wall without...

2 Samuel 13:19,22 And Tamar put ashes on her head, and rent her garment of divers colors that was on her, and laid her hand on her head...

having Judah

2 Chronicles 11:1 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered of the house of Judah and Benjamin an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men...

Cross References
2 Chronicles 11:11
He made the fortresses strong, and put commanders in them, and stores of food, oil, and wine.

2 Chronicles 11:13
And the priests and the Levites who were in all Israel presented themselves to him from all places where they lived.

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