2 Chronicles 11


The Kingdom Is Divided

And Rehoboam came into Jerusalem, and he held an assembly of Judah and Benjamin -- a hundred eighty thousand young men for making war, to wage war against Israel, to return the kingdom to Rehoboam. And came to pass the word of the  lord to Shemaiah the man of God, saying, Say to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel, the one with Judah and Benjamin, saying! Thus says the  lord, You shall not ascend, and you shall not wage war against your brethren. Let [2return 1each] to his house! for [3from 4me 2took place 1this thing]. And they heeded the word of the  lord, and they turned to not go against Jeroboam. And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and he built [2cities 1walled] in Judea. And he rebuilt Beth-lehem and Etam and Tekoa, and Beth-zur, and Shoco, and Adullam, and Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph, and Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah, 10 and Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are [3of Judah 4and 5Benjamin 2cities 1walled]. 11 And he fortified them with walls, and he appointed in them leaders, and provisions of foods, and olive oil and wine; 12 accordingly city by city with shields and spears. And he strengthened them in magnitude exceedingly, and [4were 5his 1Judah 2and 3Benjamin]. 13 And the priests and the Levites who were in all Israel, came together to him from out of all the borders. 14 For [3left behind 1the 2Levites] their tents, the ones of their possession, and they went to Judah unto Jerusalem, for [4cast them out 1Jeroboam 2and 3his sons] to not officiate to the  lord. 15 And he placed for himself priests of the high places, and for the idols, and for the vain things, and for the calves which Jeroboam made. 16 And he cast them out from the tribes of Israel, the ones who gave their heart to seek the  lord God of Israel. And they came into Jerusalem to sacrifice to the  lord, to the God of their fathers. 17 And they strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and they strengthened Rehoboam son of Solomon for [2years 1three]; for he went by way of David and Solomon for [2years 1three]. 18 And [2took 3to himself 1Rehoboam] for a wife Mahalath daughter of Jerimoth son of David, and Abihail daughter of Eliab son of Jesse. 19 And she bore to him sons -- Jeush, and Shamariah, and Zaham. 20 And after these he took Maachah to himself, the daughter of Absalom; and she bore to him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith. 21 And Rehoboam loved Maacha daughter of Absalom above all his wives and the concubines; for [3wives 2eighteen 1he had], and [2concubines 1sixty]. And he engendered twenty and eight sons, and [2daughters 1sixty]. 22 And Rehoboam ordained Abijah the son of Maacha as ruler, and for leader among his brethren, for he considered to give him reign. 23 And he grew above all his sons, in all the borders of Judah and Benjamin, and in the [2cities 1fortified]; and he gave to them [3of provisions 2multitude 1a vast]; and he asked for a multitude of wives.
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