Abijah speaks to Jeroboam and to his army
4 Abijah stood on Mount Zemaraim in the hill country of Ephraim. He said, ‘Listen to me, Jeroboam and all you men from Israel. 5 The Lord God of Israel has said that David and his descendants would be kings of Israel for all time. And you should know that. It is God's promise and so it must happen. 6 Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, was a servant of David's son Solomon. But this Jeroboam has refused to obey his master. 7 Some evil men with no value joined his group. They made themselves strong against Solomon's son, Rehoboam. Rehoboam was young and he was not brave. So he could not be strong against them.
8 And now you want to be strong against the Lord's kingdom. But David's descendants rule over that kingdom. You are a very large crowd. And you have the young cows of gold that Jeroboam made to be your gods. 9 But you pushed out the Lord's priests, the sons of Aaron. And you sent away the Levites. And you made your own priests as the people in other nations do. You will call anyone a priest who comes with a young bull and 7 male sheep to sacrifice. But he will become a priest of things that are not gods.
10 But we are different. The Lord is our God and we have not left him. Our priests are the Lord's servants. They are Aaron's sons. And the Levites help them. 11 They burn sacrifices to the Lord and oils with sweet smells every morning and every evening. They put out bread on his special table every day. They put lights on their lampstand of gold every evening. We are obeying the Lord our God. But you have gone away from him. 12 God is with us and he is our leader. His priests will make a loud noise with their trumpets. That will start the fight against you. Men from Israel, you will not win. So do not fight against the Lord, your ancestors' God.’