The Lord helps Abijah to win the fight
15 The men from Judah shouted very loudly. When the men from Judah shouted, the Lord beat Jeroboam and all Israel's men. He helped Abijah and Judah's men to beat them. 16 Israel's men ran away from Judah's men and God caused the men from Judah to win the fight. 17 Abijah and his men completely beat the men from Israel. And 500,000 men from Israel's best soldiers died. 18 On that day, the Lord helped Judah's people to beat the people from Israel. That was because they believed the promises of their ancestors' God. So Israel's men felt silly.
19 Abijah went after Jeroboam. And he won the fight for the towns called Bethel, Jeshanah and Ephron with their villages. 20 After that, Jeroboam was always weak while Abijah was Judah's king. The Lord made Jeroboam ill and so he died.
21 But Abijah became very strong. He married 14 wives and he had 22 sons and 16 daughters.
22 Many other things happened while Abijah was king. The prophet Iddo has written about all those things in his book. He wrote about everything that Abijah had done. And he wrote about everything that he had said.