Rehoboam Reigns over Judah and Builds Cities
1 aNow when Rehoboam° had come° to Jerusalem°, he assembled° the house° of Judah° and Benjamin°, 180,000°°° chosen° men who were warriors°, to fight° against° Israel° to restore° the kingdom° to Rehoboam°. 2 But the word° of the LORD° came° to aShemaiah° the man° of God°, saying°, 3 “Speak° to Rehoboam° the son° of Solomon°, king° of Judah°, and to all° Israel° in Judah° and Benjamin°, saying°, 4 ‘Thus° says° the LORD°, “You shall not go° up or fight° against° ayour Irelatives°; return° every° man° to his house°, bfor this° thing° is from Me.”’” So they listened° to the words° of the LORD° and returned° from going° against° Jeroboam°.
5 ¶ Rehoboam° lived° in Jerusalem° and abuilt° cities° for defense° in Judah°. 6 Thus he built° Bethlehem°, Etam°, Tekoa°, 7 Beth-zur°, Soco°, Adullam°, 8 Gath°, Mareshah°, Ziph°, 9 Adoraim°, Lachish°, Azekah°, 10 Zorah°, Aijalon° and Hebron°, which° are fortified° cities° in Judah° and in Benjamin°. 11 He also strengthened° the fortresses° and put° officers° in them and stores° of food°, oil° and wine°. 12 [He put] shields° and spears° in every° city° and strengthened° them greatly°°. So he held° Judah° and Benjamin°.
Jeroboam Appoints False Priests
14 For athe Levites° left° their pasture° lands° and their property° and came° to Judah° and Jerusalem°, for bJeroboam° and his sons° had excluded° them from serving° as priests° to the LORD°. 15 aHe set° up priests° of his own for the high° places°, for the satyrs° and for the calves° which° he had made°. 16 aThose from all° the tribes° of Israel° who set° their hearts° on seeking° the LORD° God° of Israel° Ifollowed° them to Jerusalem°, to sacrifice° to the LORD° God° of their fathers°. 17 aThey strengthened° the kingdom° of Judah° and supported° Rehoboam° the son° of Solomon° for three° years°, for they walked° in the way° of David° and Solomon° for three° years°.
 aNu 35:2-5 b1K 12:28-33; 2Ch 13:9
 a1K 12:31; 13:33
 ILit came after a2Ch 15:9
 a2Ch 12:1
18 ¶ Then Rehoboam° took° as a wife° Mahalath° the daughter° of Jerimoth° the son° of David° [and of] Abihail° the daughter° of aEliab° the son° of Jesse°, 19 and she bore° him sons°: Jeush°, Shemariah° and Zaham°. 20 After° her he took° aMaacah° the daughter° of IAbsalom°, and she bore° him Abijah°, Attai°, Ziza° and Shelomith°. 21 Rehoboam° loved° Maacah° the daughter° of Absalom° more° than° all° his [other] wives° and concubines°. For ahe had taken° eighteen°° wives° and sixty° concubines° and fathered° twenty-eight°° sons° and sixty° daughters°. 22 aRehoboam° appointed° Abijah° the son° of Maacah° as head° and leader° among his brothers°, for he [intended] to make° him king°. 23 He acted° wisely° and distributed° Isome° of his sons° through° all° the territories° of Judah° and Benjamin° to all° the fortified° cities°, and he gave° them food° in abundance°. And he sought° many° wives° [for them].
 a1S 16:6
 IIn 1K 15:2, Abishalom a1K 15:2; 2Ch 13:2
 aDt 17:17
 aDt 21:15-17
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Rehoboam raising an army to subdue Israel, is forbidden by Shemaiah.
1 ¶ And when Rehoboamº was comeºª to Jerusalem,º he gatheredºª² of the houseº of Judahº and Benjaminº an hundredº and fourscoreº thousandº chosenºª [men], which were warriors,ººª to fightºª against² Israel,º that he might bringºª² the kingdomº again¹ª to Rehoboam.º 2 But the wordº of the LORDº came² to² Shemaiahº the manº of God,º saying,ºª 3 Speakºª unto² Rehoboamº the sonº of Solomon,º kingº of Judah,º and to² all² Israelº in Judahº and Benjamin,º saying,ºª 4 Thus² saithºª the LORD,º Ye shall not² go up,ºª nor² fightºª against² your brethren:º returnºª every manº to his house:º for² this² thingº is doneºª of²² me. And they obeyedºª² the wordsº of the LORD,º and returnedºª from going¹ª²² against² Jeroboam.º
 1K 12:21; Ps 33:10, 16; Pv 21:30.
 Dt 33:1; 1S 2:27; 1K 12:22; 2Ch 8:14; 12:5, 7, 15; 1Ti 6:11.
 Gn 49:28; Ex 24:4; 2K 17:34; Php 3:5; Rv 7:4.
 Gn 13:8; 50:20; 2S 2:26; 1K 11:29; 22:36; 2Ch 10:15, 16; 25:7; 28:9; Ps 33:11; Ho 8:4; Ac 7:26; 1Co 6:5; He 13:1; 1P 3:8; 1Jn 3:11.
He strengtheneth his kingdom with forts and provision.
5 ¶ And Rehoboamº dweltºª in Jerusalem,º and builtºª citiesº for defenceº in Judah.º 6 He builtºª even² Bethlehem,º and Etam,º and Tekoa,º 7 And Bethzur,º and Shoco,º and Adullam,º 8 And Gath,º and Mareshah,º and Ziph,º 9 And Adoraim,º and Lachish,º and Azekah,º 10 And Zorah,¹² and Aijalon,º and Hebron,º which² [are] in Judahº and in Benjaminº fencedº cities.º 11 And he fortifiedºª² the strong holds,º and putºª captainsº in them, and storeº of victual,º and of oilº and wine.º 12 And in every² several cityº [he put] shieldsº and spears,º and made them exceeding¹ª¹ strong,ºª²² having² Judahº and Benjaminº on his side.
 2Ch 8:2; 14:6; 16:6; 17:12; 26:6; 27:4; Is 22:8.
 Gn 35:19; Jsh 19:15; Jg 15:8; 17:7; 1S 17:12; 2S 14:2; 1Ch 4:32; 2Ch 20:20; Ne 3:5, 27; Jr 6:1; Am 1:1; Mt 2:5.
 Jsh 12:15; 15:35, 58; 1S 22:1; 2S 23:13; Mi 1:15.
 Jsh 15:24, 44; 1S 23:14, 19; 1Ch 18:1; Ps 54:1.
 Jsh 10:5, 11; 15:35, 39; 2Ch 32:9.
 Gn 23:2; Nu 13:22; Jsh 14:14; 15:33; 19:41; 20:7; 2S 2:11.
 2Ch 11:23; 17:19; Is 22:10.
 2S 13:19, 22; 2Ch 11:1; 26:14; 32:5.
The priests and Levites, and such as feared God, forsaken by Jeroboam, strengthen the kingdom of Judah.
13 ¶ And the priestsº and the Levitesº that² [were] in all² Israelº resortedºª to² him out of all²² their coasts.º 14 For² the Levitesº leftºª² their suburbsº and their possession,º and came¹ª² to Judahº and Jerusalem:º for² Jeroboamº and his sonsº had cast them offºª from executing the priest's officeºª² unto the LORD:º 15 And he ordainedºª him priestsº for the high places,º and for the devils,º and for the calvesº which² he had made.ºª 16 And afterº them out of all²² the tribesº of Israelº such as setºª² their heartsº to seekºª² the LORDº Godº of Israelº cameºª to Jerusalem,º to sacrificeºª unto the LORDº Godº of their fathers.º 17 So they strengthenedºª² the kingdomº of Judah,º and made² Rehoboamº the sonº of Solomonº strong,ºª threeº years:º for² threeº yearsº they walkedºª in the wayº of Davidº and Solomon.º
 2Ch 11:13.
 Lv 27:30; Nu 18:21; 35:2; Jsh 21:20; 1K 12:28; 13:33; 1Ch 6:66; 2Ch 13:9.
 Ex 32:4, 31; Lv 17:7; Dt 32:17; 1K 12:28; 14:9; Ps 106:19; Ho 8:5; 13:2; 1Co 10:20; 1Ti 4:1; Rv 16:14.
 Ex 9:21; Dt 12:5, 11, 13; 32:46; Jsh 22:19; 1S 7:3; 1Ch 16:29; 22:1, 19; 2Ch 15:9; 30:11, 18; Jb 34:14; Ps 62:10; 84:5; 108:1; Dn 6:14; Ho 4:8; Hg 1:5; Ac 11:23.
 2Ch 1:1; 7:17; 8:13; 12:1; Ho 6:4; Mt 13:20.
The wives and children of Rehoboam.
18 ¶ And Rehoboamº tookºª him² Mahalathº the daughterºª¹ of Jerimothº the sonº of Davidº to wife,º [and] Abihailº the daughterº of Eliabº the sonº of Jesse;º 19 Which bareºª him children;º² Jeush,º and Shamariah,º and Zaham.º 20 And afterº her he tookºª² Maachahº the daughterº of Absalom;º which bareºª him² Abijah,º and Attai,º and Ziza,º and Shelomith.º 21 And Rehoboamº lovedºª² Maachahº the daughterº of Absalomº above all²² his wivesº and his concubines:º (for² he tookºª eighteenºº wives,º and threescoreº concubines;º and begatºª twentyº and eightº sons,º and threescoreº daughters.)º 22 And Rehoboamº madeºª² Abijahº the sonº of Maachahº the chief,º [to be] rulerº among his brethren:º for² [he thought] to make him king.ºª 23 And he dealt wisely,ºª and dispersedºª of all²² his childrenº throughout all² the countriesº of Judahº and Benjamin,º unto every² fencedº city:º and he gaveºª them victualº in abundance.º And he desiredºª manyº wives.º
 1S 16:6; 17:13, 28; 1Ch 2:13; 27:18.
 1K 15:1, 2; 2Ch 11:21; 12:16; 13:2; Mt 1:7.
 Dt 17:17; Jg 8:30; 2S 3:2; 5:13; 1K 11:3; 1Ch 3:1; 2Ch 11:23; So 6:8.
 Dt 21:15; 1Ch 5:1; 29:1.
 Gn 25:6; 1K 1:5; 2Ch 10:8; 11:11, 21; 21:3; Lk 16:8.
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