Egypt Attacks Judah
1Now #2 Chr. 11:17it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom and had strengthened himself, that #1 Kin. 14:22–24he forsook the law of the Lord, and all Israel along with him. 2#1 Kin. 11:40; 14:25And it happened in the fifth year of King Rehoboam that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against the Lord, 3with twelve hundred chariots, sixty thousand horsemen, and people without number who came with him out of Egypt—#2 Chr. 16:8; Nah. 3:9the Lubim and the Sukkiim and the Ethiopians. 4And he took the fortified cities of Judah and came to Jerusalem.
5Then #2 Chr. 11:2Shemaiah the prophet came to Rehoboam and the leaders of Judah, who were gathered together in Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said to them, “Thus says the Lord: ‘You have forsaken Me, and therefore I also have left you in the hand of Shishak.’ ”
6So the leaders of Israel and the king #(James 4:10)humbled themselves; and they said, #Ex. 9:27; (Dan. 9:14)“The Lord is righteous.”
7Now when the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, #1 Kin. 21:28, 29the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah, saying, “They have humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance. My wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak. 8Nevertheless #Is. 26:13they will be his servants, that they may distinguish #(Deut. 28:47, 48)My service from the service of the kingdoms of the nations.”
9#1 Kin. 14:25, 26So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the house of the Lord and the treasures of the king’s house; he took everything. He also carried away the gold shields which Solomon had #1 Kin. 10:16, 17; 2 Chr. 9:15, 16made. 10Then King Rehoboam made bronze shields in their place, and committed them #1 Kin. 14:27to the hands of the captains of the guard, who guarded the doorway of the king’s house. 11And whenever the king entered the house of the Lord, the guard would go and bring them out; then they would take them back into the guardroom. 12When he humbled himself, the wrath of the Lord turned from him, so as not to destroy him completely; and things also went well in Judah.
The End of Rehoboam’s Reign
13Thus King Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem and reigned. Now #1 Kin. 14:21Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he became king; and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, #2 Chr. 6:6the city which the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put His name there. His mother’s name was Naamah, an #1 Kin. 11:1, 5Ammonitess. 14And he did evil, because he did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord.
15The acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written in the book of Shemaiah the prophet, #2 Chr. 9:29; 13:22and of Iddo the seer concerning genealogies? #1 Kin. 14:30And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their days. 16So Rehoboam rested with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David. Then #2 Chr. 11:20–22Abijah his son reigned in his place.