10:1And Rehoboam went to Shechem; for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him king.
10:2And it came to pass when Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard it (now he was in Egypt, whither he had fled from the presence of king Solomon) that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.
10:3And they sent and called him; and Jeroboam and all Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam saying,
10:4Thy father made our yoke grievous; and now lighten the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee.
10:5And he said to them, Come again to me after three days. And the people departed.
10:6And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, How do ye advise to return answer to this people?
10:7And they spoke to him saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.
10:8But he forsook the advice of the old men which they had given him, and consulted with the young men, who had grown up with him, that stood before him.
10:9And he said to them, What advice give ye that we may return answer to this people, who have spoken to me saying, Lighten the yoke which thy father put upon us?
10:10And the young men that had grown up with him spoke to him saying, Thus shalt thou say to the people who have spoken to thee saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, and lighten thou it for us, -- thus shalt thou say to them: My little finger is thicker than my father's loins;
10:11and whereas my father laid a heavy yoke upon you, *I* will add to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but *I* will chastise you with scorpions.
10:12And Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had appointed saying, Come again to me on the third day.
10:13And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the advice of the old men,
10:14and spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, but *I* will add to it; my father chastised you with whips, but *I* will chastise you with scorpions.
10:15So the king hearkened not to the people; for it was brought about by God, that Jehovah might give effect to his word, which he spoke through Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
10:16And all Israel saw that the king hearkened not to them; and the people answered the king saying, What portion have we in David? and we have no inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel. Now see to thine own house, David! And all Israel went to their tents.
10:17But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
10:18And king Rehoboam sent Hadoram, who was over the levy; but the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. And king Rehoboam hastened to mount his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.
10:19And Israel rebelled against the house of David, unto this day.
11:1And Rehoboam came to Jerusalem; and he assembled the house of Judah and Benjamin, a hundred and eighty thousand chosen men apt for war, to fight against Israel, that he might bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam.
11:2But the word of Jehovah came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
11:3Speak unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and unto all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying,
11:4Thus saith Jehovah: Go not up, nor fight with your brethren; return every man to his house; for this thing is from me. And they hearkened to the words of Jehovah, and returned from going against Jeroboam.
11:5And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah.
11:6And he built Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,
11:7and Beth-zur, and Soco, and Adullam,
11:8and Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph,
11:9and Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah,
11:10and Zorah, and Ajalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in Benjamin, fortified cities.
11:11And he fortified the strongholds, and put captains in them, and stores of victuals, and of oil and wine;
11:12and in every several city, targets and spears, and made them exceedingly strong. And Judah and Benjamin were his.
11:13And the priests and the Levites that were in all Israel resorted to him out of all their districts;
11:14for the Levites left their suburbs and their possessions, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from exercising the priesthood to Jehovah;
11:15and he ordained for himself priests for the high places, and for the he-goats and for the calves that he had made.
11:16-- And after them, those out of all the tribes of Israel that set their heart to seek Jehovah the God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice to Jehovah the God of their fathers.
11:17And they strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and made Rehoboam the son of Solomon strong three years; for during three years they walked in the way of David and Solomon.
11:18And Rehoboam took Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David as wife, and of Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse.
11:19And she bore him children: Jeush, and Shemariah, and Zaham.
11:20And after her he took Maachah the daughter of Absalom; and she bore him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith.
11:21And Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter of Absalom above all his wives and his concubines; for he had taken eighteen wives and sixty concubines, and he begot twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters.
11:22And Rehoboam established Abijah the son of Maachah at the head, to be ruler among his brethren; for he thought to make him king.
11:23And he dealt wisely, and dispersed of all his sons throughout all the lands of Judah and Benjamin, to all the fortified cities; and he gave them food in abundance. And he desired for them a multitude of wives.
12:1And it came to pass when the kingdom of Rehoboam was established, and when he had become strong, that he forsook the law of Jehovah, and all Israel with him.
12:2And it came to pass in the fifth year of king Rehoboam, because they had transgressed against Jehovah, that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem,
12:3with twelve hundred chariots and sixty thousand horsemen; and the people were without number that came with him out of Egypt: Libyans, Sukkites, and Ethiopians.
12:4And he took the fortified cities that belonged to Judah, and came to Jerusalem.
12:5And Shemaiah the prophet came to Rehoboam and to the princes of Judah that had gathered together to Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said to them, Thus saith Jehovah: Ye have forsaken me, and therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak.
12:6And the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves; and they said, Jehovah is righteous.
12:7And when Jehovah saw that they humbled themselves, the word of Jehovah came to Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled themselves: I will not destroy them, but I will grant them a little deliverance; and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.
12:8Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.
12:9And Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the house of Jehovah, and the treasures of the king's house; he took away all; and he took away the shields of gold that Solomon had made.
12:10And king Rehoboam made in their stead shields of bronze, and committed them to the hands of the chief of the couriers who kept the entrance of the king's house.
12:11And it was so, that as often as the king entered into the house of Jehovah, the couriers came and fetched them, and brought them again into the chamber of the couriers.
12:12And when he humbled himself, the anger of Jehovah turned away from him, that he would not destroy him altogether; and also in Judah there were good things.
12:13And king Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem, and reigned; for Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city that Jehovah had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there: and his mother's name was Naamah an Ammonitess.
12:14And he did evil, for he applied not his heart to seek Jehovah.
12:15And the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written in the words of Shemaiah the prophet, and of Iddo the seer, in the genealogical registers? And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually.
12:16And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David. And Abijah his son reigned in his stead.
13:1In the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam began Abijah to reign over Judah.
13:2He reigned three years in Jerusalem; and his mother's name was Michaiah, the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. And there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam.
13:3And Abijah began the war with an army of men of war, four hundred thousand chosen men; and Jeroboam set the battle in array against him with eight hundred thousand chosen men, mighty men of valour.
13:4And Abijah stood up on the top of mount Zemaraim, which is in mount Ephraim, and said, Hear me, Jeroboam, and all Israel!
13:5Ought ye not to know that Jehovah the God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David for ever, to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt?
13:6But Jeroboam the son of Nebat, the servant of Solomon the son of David, rose up and rebelled against his lord.
13:7And vain men, sons of Belial, gathered to him and strengthened themselves against Rehoboam the son of Solomon, and Rehoboam was young and faint-hearted, and did not shew himself strong against them.
13:8And now ye think to shew yourselves strong against the kingdom of Jehovah in the hand of the sons of David; and ye are a great multitude, and ye have with you the golden calves that Jeroboam made you for gods.
13:9Have ye not cast out the priests of Jehovah, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and made you priests as the peoples of the lands? whoever comes to consecrate himself with a young bullock and seven rams, he becomes a priest of what is not God.
13:10But as for us, Jehovah is our God, and we have not forsaken him; and the priests that serve Jehovah are the sons of Aaron, and the Levites are at their work:
13:11and they burn to Jehovah every morning and every evening burnt-offerings and sweet incense; the loaves also are set in order upon the pure table; and the candlestick of gold with its lamps to burn every evening: for *we* keep the charge of Jehovah our God; but *ye* have forsaken him.
13:12And behold, we have God with us at our head, and his priests, and the loud-sounding trumpets to sound an alarm against you. Children of Israel, do not fight with Jehovah the God of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper.
13:13But Jeroboam caused an ambush to come about behind them; and they were before Judah, and the ambush behind them.
13:14And Judah looked back, and behold, they had the battle in front and behind; and they cried to Jehovah, and the priests sounded with the trumpets.
13:15And the men of Judah gave a shout; and as the men of Judah shouted, it came to pass that God smote Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah.
13:16And the children of Israel fled before Judah; and God delivered them into their hand.
13:17And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter; and there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men.
13:18And the children of Israel were humbled at that time, and the children of Judah were strengthened, because they relied upon Jehovah the God of their fathers.
13:19And Abijah pursued after Jeroboam, and took cities from him: Bethel with its dependent villages, and Jeshanah with its dependent villages, and Ephron with its dependent villages.
13:20And Jeroboam did not recover strength again in the days of Abijah; and Jehovah smote him, and he died.
13:21But Abijah strengthened himself, and took fourteen wives, and begot twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters.
13:22And the rest of the acts of Abijah, and his ways and his sayings, are written in the treatise of the prophet Iddo.