2 Chronicles 11
Rehoboam raising an army to subdue Israel, is forbidden by Shemaiah.
2 Chronicles 11:1 And when Rehoboam was come to Ierusalem, he gathered of the house of Iudah and Beniamin, an hundred and fourescore thousand chosen [men], which were warriers, to fight against Israel, that hee might bring the kingdome againe to Rehoboam. 2 Chronicles 11:2 But the worde of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying, 2 Chronicles 11:3 Speake vnto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Iudah, and to all Israel in Iudah & Beniamin, saying, 2 Chronicles 11:4 Thus saith the LORD; Ye shall not goe vp, nor fight against your brethren: returne euery man to his house, for this thing is done of me. And they obeyed the words of the LORD, and returned from going against Ieroboam.
He strengtheneth his kingdom with forts and provision.
2 Chronicles 11:5 And Rehoboam dwelt in Ierusalem, and built cities for defence in Iudah. 2 Chronicles 11:6 He built euen Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa, 2 Chronicles 11:7 And Bethzur, and Shoco, and Adullam, 2 Chronicles 11:8 And Gath, and Maresha, and Ziph, 2 Chronicles 11:9 And Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah, 2 Chronicles 11:10 And Zorah, and Aialon, and Hebron, which [are] in Iudah and in Beniamin, fenced cities. 2 Chronicles 11:11 And he fortified the strong holds, and put captaines in them, and store of vitaile, and of oyle and wine. 2 Chronicles 11:12 And in euery seuerall citie he put shields and speares, and made them exceeding strong, hauing Iudah and Beniamin on his side.
The priests and Levites, and such as feared God, forsaken by Jeroboam, strengthen the kingdom of Judah.
2 Chronicles 11:13 And the Priests and the Leuites that [were] in all Israel, resorted to him out of all their coasts. 2 Chronicles 11:14 For the Leuites left their suburbs, and their possession, and came to Iudah and Ierusalem: for Ieroboam and his sonnes had cast them off from executing the Priests office vnto the LORD. 2 Chronicles 11:15 And hee ordeined him priests for the high places, and for the deuils, and for the calues which he had made. 2 Chronicles 11:16 And after them out of all the tribes of Israel, such as set their hearts to seeke the LORD God of Israel, came to Ierusalem, to sacrifice vnto the LORD God of their fathers. 2 Chronicles 11:17 So they strengthened the kingdome of Iudah, and made Rehoboam the sonne of Solomon strong, three yeeres: for three yeeres they walked in the way of Dauid and Solomon.
The wives and children of Rehoboam.
2 Chronicles 11:18 And Rehoboam tooke him Mahalath the daughter of Ierimoth the sonne of Dauid to wife, [and] Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Iesse: 2 Chronicles 11:19 Which bare him children, Ieush, and Shamariah, and Zaham. 2 Chronicles 11:20 And after her, hee tooke Maacah the daughter of Absalom, which bare him Abiiah, and Atthai, and Ziza, and Shelomith. 2 Chronicles 11:21 And Rehoboam loued Maacah the daughter of Absalom, aboue all his wiues and his concubines: for he tooke eighteene wiues, and threescore concubines, and begate twentie and eight sonnes, and threescore daughters. 2 Chronicles 11:22 And Rehoboam made Abiiah the sonne of Maacah the chiefe, to be ruler among his brethren: for [he thought] to make him king. 2 Chronicles 11:23 And he dealt wisely, and dispersed of all his children throughout all the countries of Iudah and Beniamin, vnto euery fenced citie: and he gaue them vitaile in abundance: and hee desired many wiues.