2 Chronicles 13:21
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New International Version
But Abijah grew in strength. He married fourteen wives and had twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.

King James Bible
But Abijah waxed mighty, and married fourteen wives, and begat twenty and two sons, and sixteen daughters.

Darby Bible Translation
But Abijah strengthened himself, and took fourteen wives, and begot twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.

World English Bible
But Abijah grew mighty, and took to himself fourteen wives, and became the father of twenty-two sons, and sixteen daughters.

Young's Literal Translation
And Abijah strengtheneth himself, and taketh to him fourteen wives, and begetteth twenty and two sons, and sixteen daughters,

2 Chronicles 13:21 Parallel
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Married fourteen wives - Probably he made alliances with the neighboring powers, by taking their daughters to him for wives.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


2 Samuel 5:12,13 And David perceived that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel's sake...

fourteen wives

2 Chronicles 11:21 And Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter of Absalom above all his wives and his concubines: (for he took eighteen wives...


Judges 8:30,31 And Gideon had three score and ten sons of his body begotten: for he had many wives...

Judges 9:5 And he went to his father's house at Ophrah, and slew his brothers the sons of Jerubbaal, being three score and ten persons...

Judges 10:4 And he had thirty sons that rode on thirty donkey colts, and they had thirty cities, which are called Havothjair to this day...

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
1 Kings 15:7
As for the other events of Abijah's reign, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah? There was war between Abijah and Jeroboam.

2 Chronicles 13:20
Jeroboam did not regain power during the time of Abijah. And the LORD struck him down and he died.

2 Chronicles 13:22
The other events of Abijah's reign, what he did and what he said, are written in the annotations of the prophet Iddo.

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