2 Chronicles 13:12
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New International Version
God is with us; he is our leader. His priests with their trumpets will sound the battle cry against you. People of Israel, do not fight against the LORD, the God of your ancestors, for you will not succeed."

New Living Translation
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!"

English Standard Version
Behold, God is with us at our head, and his priests with their battle trumpets to sound the call to battle against you. O sons of Israel, do not fight against the LORD, the God of your fathers, for you cannot succeed.”

Berean Study Bible
Now behold, God Himself is with us as our head, and His priests with their trumpets sound the battle call against you. O children of Israel, do not fight against the LORD, the God of your fathers, for you will not succeed.”

New American Standard Bible
"Now behold, God is with us at our head and His priests with the signal trumpets to sound the alarm against you. O sons of Israel, do not fight against the LORD God of your fathers, for you will not succeed."

King James Bible
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.

Christian Standard Bible
Look, God and his priests are with us at our head. The trumpets are ready to sound the charge against you. Israelites, don't fight against the LORD God of your ancestors, for you will not succeed."

Contemporary English Version
That's why God is on our side and will lead us into battle when the priests sound the signal on the trumpets. It's no use, Israelites. You might as well give up. There's no way you can defeat the LORD, the God your ancestors worshiped.

Good News Translation
God himself is our leader and his priests are here with trumpets, ready to blow them and call us to battle against you. People of Israel, don't fight against the LORD, the God of your ancestors! You can't win!"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Look, God and His priests are with us at our head. The trumpets are ready to sound the charge against you. Israelites, don't fight against the LORD God of your ancestors, for you will not succeed."

International Standard Version
Now listen! God is with us to lead us, and his priests are about to sound their battle trumpets against you. Descendants of Israel, don't fight against the LORD God of your ancestors, because you won't succeed!"

NET Bible
Now look, God is with us as our leader. His priests are ready to blow the trumpets to signal the attack against you. You Israelites, don't fight against the LORD God of your ancestors, for you will not win!"

New Heart English Bible
Look, God is with us at our head, and his priests with the trumpets of alarm to sound an alarm against you. children of Israel, do not fight against the LORD, the God of your fathers; for you shall not prosper."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God is with us as our leader. His priests will sound their trumpets to call [the army] to fight you. Men of Israel, don't wage war against the LORD God of your ancestors. You won't succeed."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And, behold, God is with us at our head, and His priests with the trumpets of alarm to sound an alarm against you. O children of Israel, fight ye not against the LORD, the God of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper.'

New American Standard 1977
“Now behold, God is with us at our head and His priests with the signal trumpets to sound the alarm against you. O sons of Israel, do not fight against the LORD God of your fathers, for you will not succeed.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And, behold, God himself is with us for our captain, and his priests with sounding trumpets to cry alarm against you. O sons of Israel, do not fight against the LORD God of your fathers, for ye shall not prosper.

King James 2000 Bible
And, behold, God himself is with us as our captain, and his priests with sounding trumpets to sound the alarm against you. O children of Israel, fight not against the LORD God of your fathers; for you shall not prosper.

American King James Version
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 you not against the LORD God of your fathers; for you shall not prosper.

American Standard Version
And, behold, God is with us at our head, and his priests with the trumpets of alarm to sound an alarm against you. O children of Israel, fight ye not against Jehovah, the God of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore God is the leader in our army, and his priests who sound with trumpets, and resound against you: O children of Israel, fight not against the Lord the God of your fathers, for it is not good for you.

Darby Bible Translation
And behold, we have God with us at our head, and his priests, and the loud-sounding trumpets to sound an alarm against you. Children of Israel, do not fight with Jehovah the God of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper.

English Revised Version
And, behold, God is with us at our head, and his priests with the trumpets of alarm to sound an alarm against you. O children of Israel, fight ye not against the LORD, the God of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper.

Webster's Bible Translation
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 will not prosper.

World English Bible
Behold, God is with us at our head, and his priests with the trumpets of alarm to sound an alarm against you. Children of Israel, don't fight against Yahweh, the God of your fathers; for you shall not prosper."

Young's Literal Translation
And lo, with us -- at our head -- is God, and His priests and trumpets of shouting to shout against you; O sons of Israel, do not fight with Jehovah, God of your fathers, for ye do not prosper.'
Study Bible
Civil War Against Jeroboam
11Every morning and every evening they present burnt offerings and fragrant incense to the LORD. They set out the rows of showbread on the ceremonially clean table, and every evening they light the lamps of the gold lampstand. We are carrying out the requirements of the LORD our God, while you have forsaken Him. 12Now behold, God Himself is with us as our head, and His priests with their trumpets sound the battle call against you. O children of Israel, do not fight against the LORD, the God of your fathers, for you will not succeed.” 13Now Jeroboam had sent an ambush around to advance from the rear, so that while he was in front of Judah, the ambush was behind them.…
Cross References
Numbers 10:8
The sons of Aaron, the priests, are to sound the trumpets. This shall be a perpetual statute for you and the generations to come.

Numbers 10:9
When you enter into battle in your land against an adversary who attacks you, sound short blasts on the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the LORD your God and delivered from your enemies.

Job 9:4
God is wise in heart and mighty in strength. Who has hardened himself against Him and prospered?

Psalm 46:7
The LORD of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

Treasury of Scripture

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 you not against the LORD God of your fathers; for you shall not prosper.

God

Numbers 23:21 He has not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither has he seen perverseness …

1 Samuel 4:5-7 And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, …

Isaiah 8:10 Take counsel together, and it shall come to nothing; speak the word, …

Zechariah 10:5 And they shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies in …

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

for our captain

Deuteronomy 20:4 For the LORD your God is he that goes with you, to fight for you …

Joshua 5:13-15 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up …

Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember …

Hebrews 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, …

his priests

Numbers 10:8,9 And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets…

Numbers 31:6 And Moses sent them to the war, a thousand of every tribe, them and …

Joshua 6:13-20 And seven priests bearing seven trumpets of rams' horns before the …

fight ye

Job 15:25,26 For he stretches out his hand against God, and strengthens himself …

Job 40:9 Have you an arm like God? or can you thunder with a voice like him?

Isaiah 45:9 Woe to him that strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with …

Jeremiah 50:24 I have laid a snare for you, and you are also taken, O Babylon, and …

Acts 5:39 But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it; lest haply you be found …

Acts 9:4,5 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, Saul, …

ye shall not

2 Chronicles 24:20 And the Spirit of God came on Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, …

Numbers 14:41 And Moses said, Why now do you transgress the commandment of the …

Deuteronomy 28:29 And you shall grope at noonday, as the blind gropes in darkness, …

Job 9:4 He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who has hardened himself …

Isaiah 54:17 No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue …

Jeremiah 2:37 Yes, you shall go forth from him, and your hands on your head: for …

Ezekiel 17:9 Say you, Thus said the Lord GOD; Shall it prosper? shall he not pull …







(12) God himself.--The (true) God. So in 2Chronicles 13:15. Literally, and behold there are with us at the head the God and his priests, and the trumpets of alarm to sound alarm against you. (See Numbers 10:9; Numbers 31:6.) The trumpets were "the divinely appointed pledges that God would remember them in war." The Syriac gives this verse thus: "But ye have forsaken him, and gone after dead gods, and worshipped and bowed down to them, and forsaken the Lord God of your fathers; and also ye shall not prosper in the world." Then there is a lacuna extending to 2Chronicles 13:15.

Verse 12. - The concluding utterances of Abijah certainly did not fall below what had preceded or the occasion in itself; and the echoes of them, while they died on the ear, must have lived, indeed, and stirred life in the hearts of many (Joshua 5:14; Numbers 10:9; Numbers 31:6; our ver. 14, and ch. 5:12, 13). And, behold, God himself is with us for our Captain,.... To go before our armies, and fight our battles for us:

and his priests with sounding trumpets to cry alarm against you; which was one use of the trumpets, that the people might be remembered by the Lord, and saved from their enemies, Numbers 10:9, so that this circumstance was against Jeroboam and his army, and for Abijah and his:

O children of Israel, fight ye not against the Lord God of your fathers; for fighting against his people, that retained the pure worship of him, was fighting against him:

for you shall not prosper; he seems to be assured of victory. 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.
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