2 Chronicles 11
(11:1-4) Rehoboam prepares for war against Israel, who rebelled against him in the last chapter. But
the word of the LORD comes to a man of God telling him to tell Rehoboam not to fight against Israel.
(11:1) "Rehoboam ... gathered ... an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were
warriors, to fight against Israel."
(11:2) "But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying,"
(11:3) "Speak unto Rehoboam ... saying,"
(11:4) "Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not ... fight against your brethren."
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.
But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel
in Judah and Benjamin, saying,
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.
And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah.||
He built even Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,||
And Bethzur, and Shoco, and Adullam,||
And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph,||
And Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah,||
And Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in Benjamin
And he fortified the strong holds, and put captains in them, and store of
victual, and of oil and wine.||
And in every several city he put shields and spears, and made them
exceeding strong, having Judah and Benjamin on his side.||
And the priests and the Levites that were in all Israel resorted to him
out of all their coasts.||
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:||
And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils, and
for the calves which he had made.||
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.||
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 Rehoboam took him Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David
to wife, and Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse;||
"Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter of Absalom above all his wives and his concubines."
"He took eighteen wives, and threescore concubines."
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"And begat twenty and eight sons, and threescore daughters."
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"Rehoboam ... dealt wisely ... and desired many wives."
Which bare him children; Jeush, and Shamariah, and Zaham.
And after her he took Maachah the daughter of Absalom; which bare him
Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith.
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
And Rehoboam made Abijah the son of Maachah the chief, to be ruler among
his brethren: for he thought to make him king.
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.