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Rehoboam made king. : Chap. xr. He feeth to Jerusalem. 379 2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam portion have we in David ? and we have the son of Nebat, who was in Egypt, none inheritance in the son of Jesse : every whither he had fled from the presence of man to your tents, O Israel: and now, Solomon the king, heard it, that Jerobo David, see to thine own house. So al) am returned out of Egypt.

israel went to their teuts. 3 And they sent and called him. So 17 But as for the children of Israel Jeroboam and all Israel came and spake to that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehom Rehoboam, saying,

boam reigned over them. 4 Thy father made our yoke grievous : 18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadnow therefore ease thou somewhat the orain that was over the tribute ; and grievous servitude of thy father, and his || the children of Israel stoned him with heavy yoke that he put upon us, and well stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam will serve thee.

made speed to get him up to his chariot, 5 And he said unto them, Come again to flee to Jerusalem. unto me after three days. And the peo- 19 And Israel rebelled against the house ple departed.

1 of David unto this day. 61 And king Rehoboam took counsel

CHAP. XI. with the old men that had stood before i Rehoboam raising an army to subdue Solomon his father while he yet lived, Israel, is forbidden by Shemaiah. 18 saying, What counsel give ye me to re His qvives. turn answer to this people ?

AND when Rehoboam was come to 7 And they spake unto him, saying,

Jerusalem, he gathered of the house If thou be kind to this people, and please

of Judah and Benjamin an hundred and them, and speak good words to them, fourscore thousand chosen men which they will be thy servants for ever. were warriors, to fight against Israel,

8 But he forsook the counsel which the that he might bring the kingdom again old men gave him, and took counsel with to Rehoboam. the young men that were brought up with

2 But the word of the LORD came to him, that stood before him.

Shemaiah the man of God, saying, 9 And he said unto them, What ad-1 3 Speak unto Rehoboam 'the son of vice give ye, that we may return answer Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel to this people, which have spoken to me, in Judah and Benjamin, saying, saying, Ease somewhat the yoke that thy 4. Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not father did put upon us?

go ur, nor fight against your brethren: · 10 And the voung men that were | return every man to his house: for this brought up with him, spake unto him, thing is done of me. And they obeyed saying. Thus shalt thou answer the people the words of the LORD, and returned that spake unto thee, saving, Thy father from going against Jeroboain. made our voke heavy, but make thou it 5 And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, somewhat lighter for us ; thus shalt thou and built cities for defence in Judalı. say unto them, My little finger shall be 6 He built even Beth-lehem, and Etam, thicker than my father's loins.

and Tekoa, 11 For whereas my father put a heavy 7 And Beth-zur, and Shocho, and Ayoke upon you, I will put more to your dullam, yoke: my father chastised vou with whips, \ 8 And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph, but I will chastise you with scorpions. 9 And Adoraim, and Lachish, and

12 So Jeroboam and all the people | Azekali, came to Rehoboam on the third day, as 1 10 And Zorah, and Ajalon, and Hethe king bade, saying, Come again to me bron, which are in Judah and in Bevja.. on the third day.

min, fenced cities. 13 And the king answered them rough- 11 And he fortified the strong holds, ly; and king Rehoboam forsook the coun- and put captains in them, and store of sel of the old men,

victual, and of oil and wine. 14 And answered them after the advice 12 And in every several city he put of the young men, saving, My father made shields and spears, and made them exyour joke heavy, but I will add thereto: ceeding strong, having Judah and Benja. my father chastised vou with whips, but I min on bis side. will chastise you with scorpions

13 And the priests and the Lerites 15 So the king hearkened not unto the ll that were in all Israel resorted to him people: for the cause was of God, that out of all their coasts. the LORD might perform his word, which 14 For the Levites left their suburbs he spakc by the hand of Ahijah the Shi l and their possession, and came to Judah lonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat. and Jerusalem : for Jeroom and his

16 | And when all Israel sarv that the sons had cast them off from executing king would not hearken unto them, the the priest's office unto the LORD: people answered the king, saying, \Vhat " 15 And he ordained blir priests for

380 Rehoboam's avires. II. CHRONICLES. His reign and death. the high places, and for the devils, and , humbled themselves, the word of the for the calves which he had made. LORD came to Shemaiah, saying, They

16 And after them out of all the tribes have humbled themselves; ther<fore I of Israel, such as set their hearts to seek will not destroy them, but I will grant the LORD God of Israel came to Jerusa-them some deliverance; and my wrath lem, to sacrifice unto the LORD God of shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem their fathers.

by the hand of Shishak. 17 So they strengthened the kingdom 8 Nevertheless they shall be his servants; of Judah, and made Rehoboam the son of that they may know my service, and the Solomon strong, three years: for three service of the kingdoms of the countries. years they walked in the way of David 9 So Shishak king of Egypt came up and Solomon.

against Jerusalem, and took away thie 18 | And Rehoboam took him Maha- || treasures of the house of the LORD, and lath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of the treasures of the king's house; he took David to wite, and Abihail the daughter | all: he carried away also the shields of of Eliab the son of Jesse;

gold which Solomon had made. 19 Which bare him children, Jeush, 1 10 Instead of which, king Rehoboam and Shamariah, and Zaham.

made shields of brass, and committed 20 And after her he took Maachah them to the hands of the chief of the the daughter of Absalom; which bare ! guard, that kept the entrance of the him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and King's house. Shelomith.

L ii And when the king entered into the 21 And Rehoboam loved Maachah the house of the LORD, the guard came and daughter of Absalom above all his wives fetched them, and brought them again and his concubines: (for he took eighteen into the giard-chamber. wives, and threescore concubines; and I 12 And when he humbled himself, the begat twenty and eight sons, and three- wrath of the LORD turned from him, that score (laughters.)

he would not destroy him altogether: and 22 And Rehoboam made Abijah the also in Judah things went well. son of Maachal the chief, to be ruler 13 9 So king Rehoboam strengthened among his brethren: for he thought to himself in Jerusalem, and reigned: for make him king.

Rehoboam was the and forty years old 23 And he dealt wisely,and dispersed of when he began to reign, and he reigned all his children throughout all the coun seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city tries of Judah and Benjamin, unto every which the Lord had chosen out of all the fenced city : and he gave them victual in || tribes of Israel, to put his name there. abundance. And he desired many wives. And his mother's name was Naamah an CHAP. XII.

Ammonitess. 1 Rchoboam forsaking God, is punished || 14 And he did evil, because he pre

by Shishak. 13 His reign, and death. pared not his heart to seek the Lord. AND it came to pass, when Rehoboam | 15 Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and 11 had established the kingdom, and | last, are they not written in the book of had strengthened himself, he forsook the Shemajah tlie prophet, and of Iddo the law of the LORD, and all Israel with him.

the LORD, and all Israel with him. | seer, concerning genealogies? And there 2 And it came to pass, that in the fifth were wars between Rehoboain and Jeroyear of king Rehoboam Shishak king of boam continually. Egypt came up againstJerusalem, because 16 And Rehoboam slept with his fathey hud transgressed against the LORD, thers, and was buried in the city of Da

Ś With tweive hundred chariots, and vid: and Abijah his son reigned in his threescore thousand horsemen: and the stead. people were without number that came

CHAP. XIII. with him out of Egypt; the Lubims, the 1 Abijah succeeding, maketh war against Sukküns, and the Ethiopians.

Jeroboam, 13 and overcomith him, 4 And he took the fenced cities which I N OW in the eighteenth vear of king tertained to Judah,and came to Jerusalem. N Jeroboam began Abijah to reign

5 Then came Shemajah the prophet over Judah. to Rehoboam, and to the princes of Ju. 2 He reigned three rears in Jerusalem. dah, that were gathered together to Je- | His mother's name also was Michniah the risulem because of Shishak, and said un- | daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. Aod there to them, Thus saith the LORD, Ye have was war between Abijah and Jeroboam. forsaken me, and therefore have I also 3 And Abijah set the battle in array Jeft you in the hand of Shishak

with an army of valiant men of war, rven 6'Whereupon the prices of Israel, I four hundred thousand chosen men: Jeranıl the king humbled themselves ; and ! oboam also set the battle in array ag inst they said, The LORD is rightcous. him with eight hundred thousand chosen

7 And when the LORD saw that they li men, being mighty men of valour.

Abijah's victory.

CHAP. XIV. .

Asa succeedeth him. 381 4 And Abijah stood up upon mount | them with a great slaughter : so there Zamaraim, which is in mount Ephraim, all down slain of Israel five hundred and said, Hear me, thou Jeroboam, and thousand chosen men. all Israel ;

18 Thus the children of Israel were 5 Ought ye not to know that the LORD | brought under at that time, and the chilGod of Israel give the kingdom over Is- || dren of Judah prevailed, because they rerael to David for ever, even to him and lied upon the LORD God of their fathers. to his sons by a covenant of salt?

19 And Abijah pursued after Jerobo6 Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat the | am, and took cities from him, Beth-et servant of Solomon the son of David, with the towns thereof, and Jesiianah is risen up, and hath rebelled against his li with the towns thereof, and Ephrain lord.

with the towns thereof. 7 And there are gathered unto him | 20 Neither did Jeroboam recover rain men, the children of Belial, and have | strength again in the days of Alijah : strengthened themselves against Reho- || and the LORD struck him, and he clied. boam the son of Solomon, when Reho- || 21 | But Abijah waxed mighty, and boam was young and tender-hearted, and married fourteen wives, and begat twenty could not withstand them.

and two sons, and sixteen daughters. 8 And now ye think to withstand the 22 And the rest of the acts of Abjah, kingdom of the Lord in the hand of the and his ways, and his sayings, are writsons of David; and we be a great multi- |ten in the story of the prophet Iddo. tude, and there are with you golden calves,

CHAP. XIV. which Jeroboam made you for gods. | Asa succeeding, destroyeth idolatrii, 9

9 Have ye not cast out the priests of calling on God, he overcometh Zeral, the LORD, the sons of Aaron, and the end spoileth the Ethiopiane. Lerites, and have made you priests after 1 CD Abijah slept with his fathers, and the manner of the nations of other lands? W they buried him in the city of David: so that whatsoever cometh to consecrate and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In himself with a young bullock and seven his clays the land was quiet ten years. rams, the same may be a priest of them 2 And Asa did that which quas good and lla! are no gods.

right in the eyes of the LORD his God: 10 But as for us, the LORD is our Goxi, 1 3 For he took away the altars of the and we hare not forsaken bim; and the strange gods, and the high places, and priests, which minister unto the LORD, || brake down the images, and cut down are the sons of Aaron, and the Levites the groves : unit upon their business :

4 And commanded Judah to seek the 11 And they burn unto the Lord every LORD God of their fathers, and to do the morning and every evening burnt-sacri- || law and the commandment. fices and sweet incense : the shew-bread 5 Also he took away out of all the citalso set they in order upon the pure table; | ies of Judah the high places and the and the candlestick of gold with the lamps | images : and the kingdom was quiet bethereof to burn every evening : for we | fore him. keep the charge of the LORD our God; 61 And he built fenced cities in Judah: but ye have forsaken him.

for the land had rest, and he had no war 12 And behold, God himself is with in those years ; because the Lord hal us for our captain, and his priests with given him rest. sounding trumpets to cry alarm against 7 Therefore he said unto Judah, Let you. () children of Israel, fight ye not us build these cities, and make about against the LORD God of your fathers; them walls, and towers, gates, and bars, for ye shall not prosper.

while the land is yet before us ; because 13 | But Jeroboain caused an am. we have sought the LORD our God, we bushment to come about behind them : have soaght him, and he hath given us rest so they were before Judah, and the am on every side. So they built, and prospered, bushment Trus behind them.

8 And Asa had an army of men that 14 And when Judah looked back, be- l bare targets and spears, out of Judah hold, the battle tvas before and behind : 1 three hundred thousand; and out of Benand they cried unto the Lord, and the il jamin, that bare shields and drew bows, priests sounded with the trumpets. two hundred and fourscore thousand :

15 Then the men of Judah gave a all these were mighty men of valour. shout : and as the men of Judah shouted, i 91 And there came out against them it came to pass, that Godsmote Jcroboam Zerah the Ethiopian, with an host of a and all Israel before Abijah and Judah. thousand thousand, and three hundred

16 And the chileiren of Israel ned be- ll chariots ; and came unto Mareshah. fore Judlah : and Gol delivered them ll 10 Then Asa went out against him, into their hand,

and they set the bat:le in array in the 17 And Abijah and his people slew li valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.

382 The Ethiopians smitten. II. CHRONICLES. Ramah's building forevented.

11 And Asa cried unto the LORD hi», aiu dance, when ther saw that the LORD Gol, and said, LORD, it is nothing with his God may with him. diee u help, whether with many, or 10 Sother gathered themselves togethwith thein that have no power : help er at Jerusalem in the third month, in us, O LORD Our God ; for we rest on the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa. thee, and in thy name we go against | 11 And they offered unto the LORD this multitude. () LORD, thou art our the same time, of the spoil which they Guni; let net man prevail against thee. had brought, seren hundred axen and

12 So the LORD smote the Ethiopians seven thousand sheep. before Asa, and before Judah; and the 12 And they entered into a covenant to Ethiopians fled.

seek the LORD God of their fathers with 13 And Asa and the people that were all their heart and with all their soul; with him pursuell them unto Gerar: and 13 That whosoever would not seek the Ethiopians were overthrown, that the LORD God of Israel should be put to they could not recover themselves ; for death, whether small or great, whether they were destroyed before the LORD, i man or woman. and before his hosi ; and they carried 14 And ther sware unto the LORD with away very much spoil.

a loud voice, and with shouting, and with 14 And they smoce all the cities round, trumpets, and with cornets. about Gerar; for the fear of the LORD 15 And all Jucah rejoiced at the oath : came upon them; and they spoiled all for they had sworn with all their heart, the cities ; for there was exceeding much and sught him with their whole desire; spoil in them.

and he was found of them : and the LORD 15 They smote also the tents of cattle, gave them rest round about. and carried away sheep and camels in 16 F And also concerning Maachah the abundance, and returned to Jerusalem. ' mother of Asa the king, he removed her CHAP. XV.

from being queen, because she had made 1 Asa, moved by Azariah, makoth a sol- an idol in a grove: and Asa cut down her

emn curcani with God. 16 Hofwicih idol, and stamped it, and burnt it at the doun Manchah his mother for idolatry. bicok Kidron. AND the spirit of God "came upon 17 But the high places were not taken A Azariah the son of Oded:

away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart 2 And he went out to meet Asa, and of Asa was perfect all his days. caid unto liim, Hear ye me, Asa, and all 18 And he brought into the house of Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with God the things that his father had dediyou, while ve be with him ; and if ve seek cated, and that he himself had dedicated, him, he will be found of you ; but if ye silver, and gold, and vessels. forsake him, he will forsake you.

19 And there was no more warunto the 3 Now for a long season Israel hath been 'five and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa, without the true God, and without a

CHAP. XVI. teaching priest, and without law,

1 Asa, by the aid of the Syrians, diverteth 4 But when they in their trouble did Baasha from building of kamah. 11 He turn unto the LORD Gocl of Israel, and seckeih not to God in his disease, but 10 sought him, he was found of them.

the physicians. 13 His deaih and burial. 5 And in those times there was no peace IN the six and thirtieth year of the reign to him that went out, nor to hiin that I of Asa Baasha king of Israel came up came in, but great vexations were upon against Judah, and built Ramah, to the all the inhabitants of the countries. intent that he might let none go out or

6 And nation was destroyed of nation, come in to Asa king of Judah. and city of city: for God did vex them 1 2 Then Asa brought out silver and gold with all adversity.

out of the treasures of the house of the 7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not '| LORD and of the king's house, and sent your harids be weak; for your work shall to Ben-hadad king of Syria, that dwelt at be rewarded.

: Dainascus, saying, 8 And wlien Asa heard these words, it 3 There is a league between me and and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, i thee, as there was between my father and he took courage, and put away the abom- thy father: behold, I have sent thee silver inable idols out of all the land of Judlah il and gold ; go, break thy league with and Benjamin, and out of the cities wluch Basha king of Israel, that he may depart he had taken from mount Ephraim, and from me. renched the altar of the LORD, that was ! 4 And Ben-hadad hearkened unto king before the porch at the LORD.

Asa, and sent the captains of his armies 9 And he gathered all Judah and Ben- against the cities of Israel ; and they jamin, and the strangers with then mit of scuote ljon, and Dan, and Abel-maim, Splrum und Nlanasseh, and out of Sime and all the store cities of Naphtali. fi: for they fell to luna cut of all Israelin 5 and it came to pass, when Raasha

Ata's death and burial. CHAP. XVII, XVIII. Jelioshaphal surceedeth him. 383 heard it, that he left off building of Rill 5 Therefore the Lord establishe:l the mah, and let his work cease.

kingdom in his hand ; and all Judah 6 Then Asa the king took all Judah ; brought to Jehoshaphat presents; and he and they carried away the stones of Ra- I had riches and honour in abundance. : mah, and the timber thereof, wherewith 6 And his heart was lifted up in the ways Baasha was building, and he built there- 1 of the LORD: moreover he took away the with Geba and Mizpah.

high places and groves out of Judah. 7. And at that time Hanani the seer 7 | Also in the third year of his reign eame to Asa king of Judah, and said un- || he sent to his princes, even to Ben-hail, to him, Because thou hast relied on the land to Obadiah, and to Zechariah, and king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD to Nethaneel, and to Michaialı, to teach the God, therefore is the host of the king in the cities of Judah. of Syria escaped out of thine hand.

8 And with them he sent Levites, even 8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Lu. || Shemaiah, and Nethaniah, and Zeballibims a huge host, with very many charal, and Asahel, and Shemiramoth, and jots and horsemen? yet, because thou || Jehonathan, and Adobjah, and Tobijah, didst rely on the LORD, he delivered l and Tob-adonijah, Levites ; and with them into thiine hand.

them Elishama and Jehorim, priests. 9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and 9 And they taught in Judah, and had tro throughout the whole earth, to shew | the book of the law of the LORD with himself strong in the behalf of them whose | them, and went about throughout all the beart is perfect toward him. Herein U cities of Judah, and taught the people. thou hast done foolishly : therefore from 10 and the fear of the LORD tell up. henceforth thou shalt have wars. ll on all the kingdoms of the lands that were

10 Then Asa was wroth with the seer, round about Judah, so that they made no and put him in a prison-house ; for hell war against Jehoshaphrat. mes in a rage with him because of this 11 Also some of the Philistines brought thing. And Asa oppressed some of the Jehoshaphat presents, and tribute silver; people the samne time.

and the Arabians brought him flocks, sevii And behold, the acts of Asa, first eu thousand and seven bundred ravis, and and last, lo, they are written iu the book || seven thousand and seven hundred hcof the kings of Judah and Israel..

goats. 12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth year || 12 And Jehoshaphat waxed great of his reign was diseased in his feet, iintil i exceedingly ; and he built in Judah cashis disease aras exceeding great : yet in files, and cities of store, his clisease he sought not to the LORD, I 13 And he had much business in the but to the physicians.

cities of Judah : and the men of war, 13 And Asa-slept with his fathers, and mighty men of valour, were in Jerusalem. diell in the one and fortieth year of his il 14 And these are the numbers of them reign.

according to the house of their father's : 14 And they buried him in his own scp- of Judah, the captains of thousands; Alnichres which he had made for himself nah the chief, and with him mighty men in the city of David, and laid him in the of valour three hundred thousand bed which was filled with sweet olours 15 And next to lim was Jehohanan and divers kinds of sfice's prepared by the captain, and with him two hundred the apothecaries art: and they made a and fourscore thousand. Very great burning for him.

16 And next him was Amasiah the son СНАР. XVIІI.

of Zichri, who willingly offered himself 1 Jehosha phat rriyneth well, and pros- unto the LORD ; and with him two hunpereth. 7 Ile sendeth Levites to teach dred thousand mighty men of valour. Judah. 12 His greatness, captains, 17 And of Benjamin ; Eliada a mighty and armies.

man of valour, and with him armed men AND Jehoshaphat his son reigned in with bow andishield two hundred thousand.

his stead, and strengthened himself 18 And next him was Jehozabad, 211 agamst Israel.

with him an hundred and fourscore thou2 And he placed forces in all the fen- sand ready prepared for the war. ced cities of Jucali, and set garrisous in 19 These waited on the king, beside the land of Judah, and in the cities of E- those whom the king put in the fenced phraim, witch sa his father had taken.cicies throughout all Judah. 3 And the LORD was with Johosha

CHAP. XVIII. phat, because he walked in the first war's 1 Jchoshaplin goeth with hab against of his father David, and sought not unto Ranolli-gilud. 4 Ahab seduced by Baaüm;

Sulse firulinets is slain. * But sought to the LORD God of his N OW Jeloshaphat hac riches and father, and waikel in his conuandmeuts, T honour in abundance, and joined and !ct after the duiogas ci Israel.

abfidity with Anub.

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