2 Chronicles 13:17
New International Version
Abijah and his troops inflicted heavy losses on them, so that there were five hundred thousand casualties among Israel's able men.

New Living Translation
Abijah and his army inflicted heavy losses on them; 500,000 of Israel's select troops were killed that day.

English Standard Version
Abijah and his people struck them with great force, so there fell slain of Israel 500,000 chosen men.

Berean Study Bible
Then Abijah and his people struck them with a mighty blow, and 500,000 choice men of Israel fell slain.

New American Standard Bible
Abijah and his people defeated them with a great slaughter, so that 500,000 chosen men of Israel fell slain.

King James Bible
And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.

Christian Standard Bible
Then Abijah and his people struck them with a mighty blow, and five hundred thousand fit young men of Israel were killed.

Contemporary English Version
500,000 enemy troops.

Good News Translation
Abijah and his army dealt the Israelites a crushing defeat--half a million of Israel's best soldiers were killed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Abijah and his people struck them with a mighty blow, and 500,000 choice men of Israel were killed.

International Standard Version
Abijah and his army defeated them in a tremendous slaughter that resulted in 500,000 special forces from Israel being slain.

NET Bible
Abijah and his army thoroughly defeated them; 500,000 well-trained Israelite men fell dead.

New Heart English Bible
Abijah and his people killed them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So Abijah and his men defeated them decisively, and 500,000 of the best men of Israel were killed.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter; so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.

New American Standard 1977
And Abijah and his people defeated them with a great slaughter, so that 500,000 chosen men of Israel fell slain.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter; so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.

King James 2000 Bible
And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.

American King James Version
And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.

American Standard Version
And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Abia and his people smote them with a great slaughter: and there fell slain of Israel five hundred thousand mighty men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Abia and his people slew them with a great slaughter, and there fell wounded of Israel five hundred thousand valiant men.

Darby Bible Translation
And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter; and there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.

English Revised Version
And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.

World English Bible
Abijah and his people killed them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.

Young's Literal Translation
and Abijah and his people smite among them a great smiting, and there fall wounded of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.
Study Bible
Civil War Against Jeroboam
16So the Israelites fled before Judah, and God delivered them into their hands. 17Then Abijah and his people struck them with a mighty blow, and 500,000 choice men of Israel fell slain. 18Thus the Israelites were subdued at that time, and the men of Judah prevailed because they relied on the LORD, the God of their fathers.…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 13:16
So the Israelites fled before Judah, and God delivered them into their hands.

2 Chronicles 13:18
Thus the Israelites were subdued at that time, and the men of Judah prevailed because they relied on the LORD, the God of their fathers.

Treasury of Scripture

And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.

five hundred

2 Chronicles 13:3,12
And Abijah set the battle in array with an army of valiant men of war, even four hundred thousand chosen men: Jeroboam also set the battle in array against him with eight hundred thousand chosen men, being mighty men of valour…

2 Chronicles 28:6
For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah an hundred and twenty thousand in one day, which were all valiant men; because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers.

Isaiah 10:16-19
Therefore shall the Lord, the Lord of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire…







Lexicon
Then Abijah
אֲבִיָּ֥ה (’ă·ḇî·yāh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 29: Abijah -- 'Yah is my father', an Israelite name

and his people
וְעַמּ֖וֹ (wə·‘am·mōw)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

struck
וַיַּכּ֥וּ (way·yak·kū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5221: To strike

them
בָהֶ֛ם (ḇā·hem)
Preposition | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew

with a mighty
רַבָּ֑ה (rab·bāh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7227: Much, many, great

blow,
מַכָּ֣ה (mak·kāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4347: A wound, carnage, pestilence

and 500,000
חֲמֵשׁ־ (ḥă·mêš-)
Number - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 2568: Five

choice
בָּחֽוּר׃ (bā·ḥūr)
Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 970: Selected, a youth

men
אִ֥ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

of Israel
מִיִּשְׂרָאֵ֔ל (mî·yiś·rā·’êl)
Preposition-m | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc

fell
וַיִּפְּל֤וּ (way·yip·pə·lū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5307: To fall, lie

slain.
חֲלָלִים֙ (ḥă·lā·lîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2491: Pierced, polluted
(17) Slew them with a great slaughter.--Literally, Smote in them a great smiting. Numbers 11:33.

Five hundred thousand chosen men.--Or more than half of Jeroboam's entire army.

It is hardly true to say that "there is nothing in the original to indicate that this slaughter was all on one day." (Speaker's Commentary.) On the contrary, it is perfectly evident from the whole narrative that this verse describes the issue of a single great and decisive encounter of the rival hosts.

The result is certainly incredible, if the numbers be pressed; but it seems more reasonable to see in them "only a numerical expression of the belief of contemporaries of the war, that both kings had made a levy of all the fighting men in their respective realms, and that Jeroboam was defeated with such slaughter that he lost more than half his warriors" (Keil). The Syriac reads "five thousand."

The number of slain on the other side is not stated. But it is absurd to talk as Reuss does, of Abijah's 400,000 as being "still intact," and then to ask why they did not proceed to reduce the northern kingdom.

Verse 17. - Slain; Hebrew, חֲלָלִים. Even if we accept for a moment the immense numbers written here and elsewhere as authentic, a considerable deduction may be made from our difficulty by virtue of the fact that this word need not mean to describe the actually slain. It occurs about ninety-one times. Of these, in our Authorized Version, it is found rendered, including marginal options, as many as fifteen times "wounded," or by even a less severe meaning. However, whether "slain" or "wounded and slain," the alleged, numbers of our present text are, in our opinion, incredibly enormous. 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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