And Rehoboam made Abijah the son of Maachah the chief, to be ruler among his brethren: for he thought to make him king.
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George Leo Haydock
Head. Septuagint, "prince. "(Haydock)
Grotius maintains that Abia was the eldest. But all others are of a contrary opinion, and believe that Roboam derogated from the law, (Deuteronomy xxi. 16.; Calmet) as David had done, unless it was left to the option of the king to appoint whom he pleased for his successor. (Haydock)
Meant. Protestants supply, "he thought "which is found in the Septuagint.