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Bible Commentaries
2 Chronicles 11

Garner-Howes Baptist CommentaryGarner-Howes

Verses 1-14

See note on 1 Kings 12:21

Verses 15-17

See note on 1 Kings 12:25

Verses 18-23

House of Rehoboam, 2 Chronicles 11:18-23

Rehoboam had some of the characteristics as his father, as indicated in the last statement of this passage, "And he desired many wives." As a matter of fact he acquired many wives, though not nearly as many as Solomon. This was no doubt due to his far lesser fame as well as a depleting fortune. Yet eighteen wives and sixty concubines are an ample number to correspond with the statement of his desire.

Rehoboam married his cousins in three instances, princesses,

who seem to have been favored among the many. His first wife, Mahalath, was the daughter of David’s son, Jerimoth, about whom nothing more is known. Abihail, the second, was the daughter of Eliab, the elder brother of David, (though it is probable a grand-daughter is meant, since the time is several generations removed from that of Eliab). She was the mother of three of his sons. The third wife, and Rehoboam’s favorite, was Maachah, the daughter of Absalom. She was the mother of four of his sons, including Abijah, the crown prince. In all Rehoboam was the father of twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters.

Rehoboam also evidenced a trait of wisdom with regard to his sons. He dispersed them into the cities which he had fortified, evidently providing each of them with military training and preventing them from becoming play-boys as he had evidently been. Rehoboam made Abijah the chief of all his sons and groomed him to be king after him. Rehoboam gave them a good allowance, indicated by "victual in abundance."

Bibliographical Information
Garner, Albert & Howes, J.C. "Commentary on 2 Chronicles 11". Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/ghb/2-chronicles-11.html. 1985.
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