2 Chronicles 11:5
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New International Version
Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem and built up towns for defense in Judah:

King James Bible
And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah.

Darby Bible Translation
And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah.

World English Bible
Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem, and built cities for defense in Judah.

Young's Literal Translation
And Rehoboam dwelleth in Jerusalem, and buildeth cities for a bulwark in Judah,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

And built cities for defense in Judah - He was obliged to strengthen his frontiers against the encroachments of the men of Israel; and Jeroboam did the same thing on his part to prevent the inroads of Judah. See 1 Kings 12:25.

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2 Chronicles 8:2-6 That the cities which Huram had restored to Solomon, Solomon built them, and caused the children of Israel to dwell there...

2 Chronicles 14:6,7 And he built fenced cities in Judah: for the land had rest, and he had no war in those years; because the LORD had given him rest...

2 Chronicles 16:6 Then Asa the king took all Judah; and they carried away the stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof, with which Baasha was building...

2 Chronicles 17:12 And Jehoshaphat waxed great exceedingly; and he built in Judah castles, and cities of store.

2 Chronicles 26:6 And he went forth and warred against the Philistines, and broke down the wall of Gath, and the wall of Jabneh, and the wall of Ashdod...

2 Chronicles 27:4 Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built castles and towers.

Isaiah 22:8-11 And he discovered the covering of Judah, and you did look in that day to the armor of the house of the forest...

The Exile Continued.
"So David fled, and escaped and came to Samuel to Ramah, and told him all that Saul had done unto him. And he and Samuel went and dwelt in Naioth" (1 Sam. xix. 18)--or, as the word probably means, in the collection of students' dwellings, inhabited by the sons of the prophets, where possibly there may have been some kind of right of sanctuary. Driven thence by Saul's following him, and having had one last sorrowful hour of Jonathan's companionship--the last but one on earth--he fled to Nob, whither
Alexander Maclaren—The Life of David

The comparative indifference with which Chronicles is regarded in modern times by all but professional scholars seems to have been shared by the ancient Jewish church. Though written by the same hand as wrote Ezra-Nehemiah, and forming, together with these books, a continuous history of Judah, it is placed after them in the Hebrew Bible, of which it forms the concluding book; and this no doubt points to the fact that it attained canonical distinction later than they. Nor is this unnatural. The book
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
2 Chronicles 8:2
Solomon rebuilt the villages that Hiram had given him, and settled Israelites in them.

2 Chronicles 11:6
Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,

2 Chronicles 11:23
He acted wisely, dispersing some of his sons throughout the districts of Judah and Benjamin, and to all the fortified cities. He gave them abundant provisions and took many wives for them.

2 Chronicles 12:4
he captured the fortified cities of Judah and came as far as Jerusalem.

2 Chronicles 14:6
He built up the fortified cities of Judah, since the land was at peace. No one was at war with him during those years, for the LORD gave him rest.

2 Chronicles 17:2
He stationed troops in all the fortified cities of Judah and put garrisons in Judah and in the towns of Ephraim that his father Asa had captured.

2 Chronicles 21:3
Their father had given them many gifts of silver and gold and articles of value, as well as fortified cities in Judah, but he had given the kingdom to Jehoram because he was his firstborn son.

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