1 And Rehoboam
went to Shechem: for to Shechem were all Israel come to make
2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was
in Egypt, whither he had fled from the presence of Solomon the
king, heard it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.
3 And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came
and spake to Rehoboam, saying,
4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou
somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy
yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee.
5 And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days.
And the people departed.
6 And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood
before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel
give ye me to return answer to this people?
7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people,
and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be
thy servants for ever.
8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and
took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him,
that stood before him.
9 And he said unto them, What advice give ye that we may return
answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease
somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us?
10 And the young men that were brought up with him spake unto
him, saying, Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake unto
thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou
it somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My
little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins.
11 For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put
more to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I
will chastise you with scorpions.
12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third
day, as the king bade, saying, Come again to me on the third
13 And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook
the counsel of the old men,
14 And answered them after the advice of the young men, saying,
My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father
chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
15 So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause
was of God, that the LORD might perform his word, which he spake
by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
16 And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto
them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have
we in David? and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse:
every man to your tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine
own house. So all Israel went to their tents.
17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities
of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute;
and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died.
But king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to
flee to Jerusalem.
19 And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this
1 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.
2 But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God,
3 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and
to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying,
4 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.
5 And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence
6 He built even Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,
7 And Beth-zur, and Shoco, and Adullam,
8 And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph,
9 And Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah,
10 And Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and
in Benjamin fenced cities.
11 And he fortified the strong holds, and put captains in them,
and store of victual, and of oil and wine.
12 And in every several city he put shields and spears, and
made them exceeding strong, having Judah and Benjamin on his
13 And the priests and the Levites that were in all Israel resorted
to him out of all their coasts.
14 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:
15 And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for
the devils, and for the calves which he had made.
16 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.
17 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 Solomon.
18 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;
19 Which bare him children; Jeush, and Shamariah, and Zaham.
20 And after her he took Maachah the daughter of Absalom; which
bare him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith.
21 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 threescore daughters.)
22 And Rehoboam made Abijah the son of Maachah the chief, to
be ruler among his brethren: for he thought to make him king.
23 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.
1 And it came to
pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had strengthened
himself, he forsook the law of the LORD, and all Israel with
2 And it came to pass, that in the fifth year of king Rehoboam
Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they
had transgressed against the LORD,
3 With twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen:
and the people were without number that came with him out of
Egypt; the Lubims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians.
4 And he took the fenced cities which pertained to Judah, and
came to Jerusalem.
5 Then came Shemaiah the prophet to Rehoboam, and to the princes
of Judah, that were gathered together to Jerusalem because of
Shishak, and said unto them, Thus saith the LORD, Ye have forsaken
me, and therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak.
6 Whereupon the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves;
and they said, The LORD is righteous.
7 And when the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, the 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; and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem
by the hand of Shishak.
8 Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know
my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.
9 So 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 all: he carried away also the shields
of gold which Solomon had made.
10 Instead of which king Rehoboam made shields of brass, and
committed them to the hands of the chief of the guard, that
kept the entrance of the king's house.
11 And when the king entered into the house of the LORD, the
guard came and fetched them, and brought them again into the
12 And when he humbled himself, the wrath of the LORD turned
from him that he would not destroy him altogether: and also
in Judah things went well.
13 So king Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem, and reigned:
for Rehoboam was one and forty years old when he began to reign,
and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which
the LORD had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put
his name there. And his mother's name was Naamah an Ammonitess.
14 And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek
15 Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written
in the book of Shemaiah the prophet, and of Iddo the seer concerning
genealogies? And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam
16 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried in the
city of David: and Abijah his son reigned in his stead.