Jeroboam’s Son Dies
1At that time Jeroboam’s son Abijah became very sick. 2Jeroboam said to his wife, “Go to Shiloh and see the prophet Ahijah. He is the one who said that I would become king of Israel. Dress yourself so that people will not know that you are my wife. 3Give the prophet ten loaves of bread, some cakes, and a jar of honey. Then ask him what will happen to our son, and he will tell you.”
4So the king’s wife did what he said. She went to the home of Ahijah the prophet in Shiloh. Ahijah was very old and had become blind. 5But the Lord said to him, “Jeroboam’s wife is coming to ask you about her son because he is sick. I will tell you what to say to her.”
When she came to Ahijah’s house, she pretended to be someone else. 6But when Ahijah heard her coming to the door, he said, “Come in! I know who you are. You are Jeroboam’s wife. Why are you pretending to be someone else? I have some bad news for you. 7Go back and tell Jeroboam that this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Jeroboam, I chose you from among all the Israelites. I made you the ruler of my people. 8David’s family was ruling the kingdom of Israel, but I took the kingdom away from them and gave it to you. But you are not like my servant David. He always obeyed my commands and followed me with his whole heart. He did only what I accepted. 9But you have sinned worse than anyone who ruled before you. You stopped following me and made other gods for yourself. You made those statues to make me angry. 10So Jeroboam, I will bring troubles to your family. I will kill all the men in your family. I will destroy your family completely, like fire burning up dung. 11Anyone from your family who dies in the city will be eaten by dogs. And anyone from your family who dies in the fields will be eaten by birds. The Lord has spoken.’”
12Then Ahijah said, “Now, go home. Your son will die as soon as you enter the city. 13All Israel will cry for him. They will bury him, but he is the only one from Jeroboam’s family who will be buried. This is because he is the only one in Jeroboam’s family who pleased the Lord, the God of Israel. 14Soon, the Lord will put a new king over Israel who will destroy Jeroboam’s family. 15Then the Lord will punish Israel. The Israelites will be so full of fear that they will shake like tall grass in the water. He will pull Israel up from this good land that he gave their ancestors. He will scatter them to the other side of the Euphrates River. The Lord will do this because the people made him angry when they built sacred poles.#14:15 sacred poles People used these things to worship false gods. 16He will let the Israelites be defeated because Jeroboam sinned, and then he made the Israelites sin.”
17Jeroboam’s wife went back to Tirzah. As soon as she stepped into the house, the boy died. 18They buried him and all the people of Israel cried for him. This happened just as the Lord said it would through his servant, the prophet Ahijah.
19The rest of what King Jeroboam did is written in the book, The History of the Kings of Israel. It includes the wars he fought and the way he ruled. 20Jeroboam ruled as king for 22 years. Then he died and was buried with his ancestors.#14:20 died … ancestors Literally, “slept with his ancestors.” His son Nadab became the new king after him.
Rehoboam, King of Judah
21Solomon’s son, Rehoboam, was 41 years old when he became king of Judah. Rehoboam ruled 17 years in Jerusalem, the city the Lord chose for his own. He chose this city from all the other tribes of Israel. Rehoboam’s mother was Naamah. She was an Ammonite.
22The people of Judah did things that the Lord considered evil. They made him angry with all their sins—more than any of their ancestors had done. 23They built high places, memorial stones, and sacred poles.#14:23 high places, memorial stones, and sacred poles People used these things to worship false gods. They built them on every high hill and under every green tree. 24There were also men who served other gods by selling their bodies for sex.#14:24 men … for sex Sexual sins like this were a part of the way people worshiped the Canaanite gods. So the people of Judah were worse than the people who had lived in the land before them. And the Lord took the land away from those people to give it to the Israelites.
25In the fifth year that Rehoboam was king, King Shishak of Egypt came to attack Jerusalem. 26He took the treasures from the Lord’s Temple and from the king’s palace. He even took the gold shields that David had taken from the officers of King Hadadezer of Aram and put on the walls of Jerusalem.#14:26 He even took … Jerusalem This is from the ancient Greek version. The standard Hebrew text has “He even took the gold shields that Solomon had made.” 27King Rehoboam made more shields to put in their places, but they were made from bronze. He gave them to the guards on duty at the palace gates. 28Every time the king went to the Lord’s Temple, the guards took out the shields and went with him. After they were finished, they put the shields back on the wall in the guardroom.
29The rest of what King Rehoboam did is written in the book, The History of the Kings of Judah. 30Rehoboam and Jeroboam were always fighting against each other.
31Rehoboam died#14:31 died Literally, “slept with his ancestors.” and was buried with his ancestors in the City of David. (His mother was Naamah. She was an Ammonite.) Rehoboam’s son Abijah became the next king after him.