2 Chronicles 13:5
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New International Version
Don't you know that the LORD, the God of Israel, has given the kingship of Israel to David and his descendants forever by a covenant of salt?

King James Bible
Ought ye not to know that the LORD God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David for ever, even to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt?

Darby Bible Translation
Ought ye not to know that Jehovah the God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David for ever, to him and to his sons [by] a covenant of salt?

World English Bible
Ought you not to know that Yahweh, the God of Israel, gave the kingdom over Israel to David forever, even to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt?

Young's Literal Translation
Is it not for you to know that Jehovah, God of Israel, hath given the kingdom to David over Israel to the age, to him and to his sons -- a covenant of salt?

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

By a covenant of salt? - For ever. "For as the waters of the sea never grow sweet, neither shall the dominion depart from the house of David." - Targum. See my note on Numbers 18:19 (note).

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Ought you not

Nehemiah 5:9 Also I said, It is not good that you do...

Proverbs 1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:

2 Peter 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old...

the Lord

Judges 11:21-24 And the LORD God of Israel delivered Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they smote them...

Jeremiah 27:5-7 I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are on the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm...

Daniel 4:25-32 That they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make you to eat grass as oxen...

Daniel 5:18 O you king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honor:

to David

1 Samuel 16:1,12 And the LORD said to Samuel, How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel...

2 Samuel 7:12-16 And when your days be fulfilled, and you shall sleep with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you...

1 Kings 8:20 And the LORD has performed his word that he spoke, and I am risen up in the room of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel...

1 Chronicles 17:11,14 And it shall come to pass, when your days be expired that you must go to be with your fathers, that I will raise up your seed after you...

1 Chronicles 28:4,5 However, the LORD God of Israel chose me before all the house of my father to be king over Israel for ever...

Psalm 89:19-37 Then you spoke in vision to your holy one, and said, I have laid help on one that is mighty...

Jeremiah 33:21,22,26 Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign on his throne...

Luke 1:31-33 And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name JESUS...

a covenant of salt

Leviticus 2:13 And every oblation of your meat offering shall you season with salt...

Numbers 18:19 All the heave offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer to the LORD, have I given you...

Ezekiel 43:24 And you shall offer them before the LORD, and the priests shall cast salt on them...

Mark 9:49,50 For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt...

The Secret of victory
'The children of Judah prevailed, because they relied upon the Lord God of their fathers.'--2 CHRON. xiii. 18. These words are the summing-up of the story of a strange old-world battle between Jeroboam, the adventurer who rent the kingdom, and Abijah, the son of the foolish Rehoboam, whose unseasonable blustering had played into the usurper's hands. The son was a wiser and better man than his father. It is characteristic of the ancient world, that before battle was joined Abijah made a long speech
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Placed on the throne by the ten tribes of Israel who had rebelled against the house of David, Jeroboam, the former servant of Solomon, was in a position to bring about wise reforms in both civil and religious affairs. Under the rulership of Solomon he had shown aptitude and sound judgment; and the knowledge he had gained during years of faithful service fitted him to rule with discretion. But Jeroboam failed to make God his trust. Jeroboam's greatest fear was that at some future time the hearts of
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

Cross References
Leviticus 2:13
Season all your grain offerings with salt. Do not leave the salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offerings; add salt to all your offerings.

Numbers 18:19
Whatever is set aside from the holy offerings the Israelites present to the LORD I give to you and your sons and daughters as your perpetual share. It is an everlasting covenant of salt before the LORD for both you and your offspring."

2 Samuel 7:12
When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom.

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