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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.

[1] a1K 12:21-24
[2] a2Ch 12:5-7, 15
[4] ILit brothers a2Ch 28:8-11 b2Ch 10:15

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.

[5] a2Ch 8:2-6; 11:23

13 ¶ Moreover, the priests and the Levites who were in all Israel stood with him from all their districts.

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.

[14] aNu 35:2-5 b1K 12:28-33; 2Ch 13:9
[15] a1K 12:31; 13:33
[16] ILit came after a2Ch 15:9
[17] a2Ch 12:1

Rehoboam’s Family

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].

[18] a1S 16:6
[20] IIn 1K 15:2, Abishalom a1K 15:2; 2Ch 13:2
[21] aDt 17:17
[22] aDt 21:15-17
[23] ILit from all


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Rehoboam raising an army to subdue Israel, is forbidden by Shemaiah.

1 ¶ And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered of the house of Judah and Benjamin an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen [men], which were warriors, to fight against Israel, that he might bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam. 2 But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying, 3 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying, 4 Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren: return every man to his house: for this thing is done of me. And they obeyed the words of the LORD, and returned from going against Jeroboam.

[1] 1K 12:21; Ps 33:10, 16; Pv 21:30.
[2] Dt 33:1; 1S 2:27; 1K 12:22; 2Ch 8:14; 12:5, 7, 15; 1Ti 6:11.
[3] Gn 49:28; Ex 24:4; 2K 17:34; Php 3:5; Rv 7:4.
[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 Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah. 6 He built even Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa, 7 And Bethzur, and Shoco, and Adullam, 8 And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph, 9 And Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah, 10 And Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which [are] in Judah and in Benjamin fenced cities. 11 And he fortified the strong holds, and put captains in them, and store of victual, and of oil and wine. 12 And in every several city [he put] shields and spears, and made them exceeding strong, having Judah and Benjamin on his side.

[5] 2Ch 8:2; 14:6; 16:6; 17:12; 26:6; 27:4; Is 22:8.
[6] 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.
[7] Jsh 12:15; 15:35, 58; 1S 22:1; 2S 23:13; Mi 1:15.
[8] Jsh 15:24, 44; 1S 23:14, 19; 1Ch 18:1; Ps 54:1.
[9] Jsh 10:5, 11; 15:35, 39; 2Ch 32:9.
[10] Gn 23:2; Nu 13:22; Jsh 14:14; 15:33; 19:41; 20:7; 2S 2:11.
[11] 2Ch 11:23; 17:19; Is 22:10.
[12] 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 priests and the Levites that [were] in all Israel resorted to him out of all their coasts. 14 For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest's office unto the LORD: 15 And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils, and for the calves which he had made. 16 And after them out of all the tribes of Israel such as set their hearts to seek the LORD God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the LORD God of their fathers. 17 So they strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and made Rehoboam the son of Solomon strong, three years: for three years they walked in the way of David and Solomon.

[13] 2Ch 11:13.
[14] Lv 27:30; Nu 18:21; 35:2; Jsh 21:20; 1K 12:28; 13:33; 1Ch 6:66; 2Ch 13:9.
[15] 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.
[16] 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.
[17] 2Ch 1:1; 7:17; 8:13; 12:1; Ho 6:4; Mt 13:20.

The wives and children of Rehoboam.

18 ¶ And Rehoboam took him Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David to wife, [and] Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse; 19 Which bare him children; Jeush, and Shamariah, and Zaham. 20 And after her he took Maachah the daughter of Absalom; which bare him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith. 21 And Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter of Absalom above all his wives and his concubines: (for he took eighteen wives, and threescore concubines; and begat twenty and eight sons, and threescore daughters.) 22 And Rehoboam made Abijah the son of Maachah the chief, [to be] ruler among his brethren: for [he thought] to make him king. 23 And he dealt wisely, and dispersed of all his children throughout all the countries of Judah and Benjamin, unto every fenced city: and he gave them victual in abundance. And he desired many wives.

[18] 1S 16:6; 17:13, 28; 1Ch 2:13; 27:18.
[20] 1K 15:1, 2; 2Ch 11:21; 12:16; 13:2; Mt 1:7.
[21] Dt 17:17; Jg 8:30; 2S 3:2; 5:13; 1K 11:3; 1Ch 3:1; 2Ch 11:23; So 6:8.
[22] Dt 21:15; 1Ch 5:1; 29:1.
[23] Gn 25:6; 1K 1:5; 2Ch 10:8; 11:11, 21; 21:3; Lk 16:8.


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