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The Death of Jeroboam's Son
1At that time King Jeroboam's son Abijah fell ill. 2Jeroboam said to his wife, “Disguise yourself so that no one will recognize you, and go to Shiloh, where the prophet Ahijah lives, the one who said I would be king of Israel. 3Take him ten loaves of bread, some cakes, and a jar of honey. Ask him what is going to happen to our son, and he will tell you.”
4So she went to Ahijah's home in Shiloh. Old age had made Ahijah blind. 5The Lord had told him that Jeroboam's wife was coming to ask him about her son, who was ill. And the Lord told Ahijah what to say.
When Jeroboam's wife arrived, she pretended to be someone else. 6But when Ahijah heard her coming in the door, he said, “Come in. I know you are Jeroboam's wife. Why are you pretending to be someone else? I have bad news for you. 7Go and tell Jeroboam that this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to him: ‘I chose you from among the people and made you the ruler of my people Israel. 8I took the kingdom away from David's descendants and gave it to you. But you have not been like my servant David, who was completely loyal to me, obeyed my commands, and did only what I approve of. 9You have committed far greater sins than those who ruled before you. You have rejected me and have aroused my anger by making idols and metal images to worship. 10#1 Kgs 15.29Because of this I will bring disaster on your dynasty and will kill all your male descendants, young and old alike. I will get rid of your family; they will be swept away like dung. 11Any members of your family who die in the city will be eaten by dogs, and any who die in the open country will be eaten by vultures. I, the Lord, have spoken.’ ”
12And Ahijah went on to say to Jeroboam's wife, “Now go back home. As soon as you enter the town your son will die. 13All the people of Israel will mourn for him and bury him. He will be the only member of Jeroboam's family who will be properly buried, because he is the only one with whom the Lord, the God of Israel, is pleased. 14The Lord is going to place a king over Israel who will put an end to Jeroboam's dynasty.#14.14 Hebrew has five additional words, the meaning of which is unclear. 15The Lord will punish Israel, and she will shake like a reed shaking in a stream. He will uproot the people of Israel from this good land which he gave to their ancestors, and he will scatter them beyond the River Euphrates, because they have aroused his anger by making idols of the goddess Asherah. 16The Lord will abandon Israel because Jeroboam sinned and led the people of Israel into sin.”
17Jeroboam's wife went back to Tirzah. Just as she entered her home, the child died. 18The people of Israel mourned for him and buried him, as the Lord had said through his servant, the prophet Ahijah.
The Death of Jeroboam
19Everything else that King Jeroboam did, the wars he fought and how he ruled, are all recorded in The History of the Kings of Israel. 20Jeroboam ruled as king for 22 years. He died and was buried, and his son Nadab succeeded him as king.
King Rehoboam of Judah
(2 Chr 11.5—12.15)
21Solomon's son Rehoboam was 41 years old when he became king of Judah, and he ruled for seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the Lord had chosen from all the territory of Israel as the place where he was to be worshipped. Rehoboam's mother was Naamah from Ammon.
22The people of Judah sinned against the Lord and did more to arouse his anger against them than all their ancestors had done. 23#2 Kgs 17.9–10They built places of worship for false gods, and put up stone pillars and symbols of Asherah to worship on the hills and under shady trees. 24#Deut 23.17Worst of all, there were men and women who served as prostitutes at those pagan places of worship. The people of Judah practised all the shameful things done by the people whom the Lord had driven out of the land as the Israelites advanced into the country.
25In the fifth year of Rehoboam's reign King Shishak of Egypt attacked Jerusalem. 26#1 Kgs 10.16–172 Chr 9.15–16He took away all the treasures in the Temple and in the palace, including the gold shields Solomon had made. 27To replace them, King Rehoboam made bronze shields and entrusted them to the officers responsible for guarding the palace gates. 28Every time the king went to the Temple, the guards carried the shields, and then returned them to the guardroom.
29Everything else that King Rehoboam did is recorded in The History of the Kings of Judah. 30During all this time Rehoboam and Jeroboam were constantly at war with each other. 31Rehoboam died and was buried in the royal tombs in David's City, and his son Abijah succeeded him as king.
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