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2 Chronicles 11:1 ←
When Rehoboam had come to Jerusalem, he assembled the house of Judah and Benjamin, one hundred eighty thousand chosen men who were warriors, to fight against Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam.
2 Chronicles 11:2 ←
But Yahweh’s word came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
2 Chronicles 11:3 ←
“Speak to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying,
2 Chronicles 11:4
‘Yahweh says, “You shall not go up, nor fight against your brothers! Every man return to his house; for this thing is of me.” ’ ” So they listened to Yahweh’s words, and returned from going against Jeroboam.
2 Chronicles 11:5 ←
Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem, and built cities for defense in Judah.
2 Chronicles 11:6 ←
He built Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,
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Beth Zur, Soco, Adullam,
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Gath, Mareshah, Ziph,
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Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah,
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Zorah, Aijalon, and Hebron, which are fortified cities in Judah and in Benjamin.
2 Chronicles 11:11 ←
He fortified the strongholds and put captains in them with stores of food, oil and wine.
2 Chronicles 11:12 ←
He put shields and spears in every city, and made them exceedingly strong. Judah and Benjamin belonged to him.
2 Chronicles 11:13 ←
The priests and the Levites who were in all Israel stood with him out of all their territory.
2 Chronicles 11:14 ←
For the Levites left their pasture lands and their possessions, and came to Judah and Jerusalem; for Jeroboam and his sons cast them off, that they should not execute the priest’s office to Yahweh.
2 Chronicles 11:15 ←
He himself appointed priests for the high places, for the male goat and calf idols which he had made.
2 Chronicles 11:16 ←
After them, out of all the tribes of Israel, those who set their hearts to seek Yahweh, the God of Israel, came to Jerusalem to sacrifice to Yahweh, the God of their fathers.
2 Chronicles 11:17 ←
So they strengthened the kingdom of Judah and made Rehoboam the son of Solomon strong for three years, for they walked three years in the way of David and Solomon.
2 Chronicles 11:18 ←
Rehoboam took a wife for himself, Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David and of Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse.
2 Chronicles 11:19
She bore him sons: Jeush, Shemariah, and Zaham.
2 Chronicles 11:20 ←
After her, he took Maacah the granddaughter of Absalom; and she bore him Abijah, Attai, Ziza, and Shelomith.
2 Chronicles 11:21 ←
Rehoboam loved Maacah the granddaughter of Absalom above all his wives and his concubines; for he took eighteen wives and sixty concubines, and became the father of twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters.
2 Chronicles 11:22 ←
Rehoboam appointed Abijah the son of Maacah to be chief, the prince among his brothers, for he intended to make him king.
2 Chronicles 11:23
He dealt wisely, and dispersed some of his sons throughout all the lands of Judah and Benjamin, to every fortified city. He gave them food in abundance; and he sought many wives for them.