2 Chronicles 13:8
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New International Version
"And now you plan to resist the kingdom of the LORD, which is in the hands of David's descendants. You are indeed a vast army and have with you the golden calves that Jeroboam made to be your gods.

King James Bible
And now ye think to withstand the kingdom of the LORD in the hand of the sons of David; and ye be a great multitude, and there are with you golden calves, which Jeroboam made you for gods.

Darby Bible Translation
And now ye think to shew yourselves strong against the kingdom of Jehovah in the hand of the sons of David; and ye are a great multitude, and ye have with you the golden calves that Jeroboam made you for gods.

World English Bible
"Now you think to withstand the kingdom of Yahweh in the hand of the sons of David; and you are a great multitude, and there are with you the golden calves which Jeroboam made you for gods.

Young's Literal Translation
And now, ye are saying to strengthen yourselves before the kingdom of Jehovah in the hand of the sons of David, and ye are a numerous multitude, and with you calves of gold that Jeroboam hath made to you for gods.

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

When Rehoboam was young and tender-hearted - Therefore he could not be forty-one when he came to the throne; see the note on 2 Chronicles 13:3. Children of Belial here signifies men of the most abandoned principles and characters; or men without consideration, education, or brains.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the kingdom

2 Chronicles 9:8 Blessed be the LORD your God, which delighted in you to set you on his throne, to be king for the LORD your God...

Psalm 2:1-6 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing...

Isaiah 7:6,7 Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the middle of it...

Isaiah 9:6,7 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful...

Luke 19:14,27 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us...

a great multitude

2 Chronicles 14:9-11 And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots...

2 Chronicles 20:6,12 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, are not you God in heaven? and rule not you over all the kingdoms of the heathen...

Psalm 33:16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.

with you golden

2 Chronicles 11:15 And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils, and for the calves which he had made.

1 Kings 12:28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said to them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem...

1 Kings 14:9 But have done evil above all that were before you: for you have gone and made you other gods, and molten images, to provoke me to anger...

Hosea 8:5,6 Your calf, O Samaria, has cast you off; my anger is kindled against them: how long will it be ere they attain to innocence...

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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

Jeroboam
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
1 Kings 12:28
After seeking advice, the king made two golden calves. He said to the people, "It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt."

2 Chronicles 11:15
when he appointed his own priests for the high places and for the goat and calf idols he had made.

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