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1 Kings 14

Abijah being sick, Jeroboam sendeth his wife disguised with presents to the prophet Ahijah at Shiloh.

1 Kings 14:1 At that time Abia the sonne of Ieroboam fel sicke. 1 Kings 14:2 And Ieroboam saide vnto his wyfe: Up I pray thee, and disguise thy selfe, that thou be not knowen to be the wyfe of Ieroboam: and get thee to Silo, for there is Ahia the prophet which tolde me that I should be king ouer this people. 1 Kings 14:3 And take with thee ten loaues, and cracknelles, and a cruse of hony, and go to him, that he may tell thee what shall become of the childe. 1 Kings 14:4 And Ieroboams wyfe did so, and arose, and went to Silo, and came to the house of Ahia: But Ahia could not see, for his eyes were waxen dimme for age.

Ahijah, forewarned by God, denounceth God's judgment.

1 Kings 14:5 And the Lorde saide vnto Ahia: Beholde, the wyfe of Ieroboam commeth to aske a thing of thee for her sonne, for he is sicke: But thus & thus shalt thou saye vnto her. And whe she came in, she fayned her selfe to be an other woman. 1 Kings 14:6 But when Ahia heard the sounde of her feete as she came in at the doore, he sayd: Come in thou wyfe of Ieroboam, why faynest thou thy selfe so to be another? I am sent to thee [to shew thee] heauy thynges. 1 Kings 14:7 Go, tell Ieroboam, thus sayth the Lorde God of Israel: [It repenteth me] forasmuch as I exalted thee from among the people, and made thee prince ouer my people Israel, 1 Kings 14:8 I did rent the kingdome away from the house of Dauid, & gaue it thee: Neuerthelesse, thou hast not ben as my seruaunt Dauid, which kept my commaundementes, and folowed me with all his heart, to do that onely which was right in myne eyes: 1 Kings 14:9 But hast done euil aboue al that were before thee: For thou hast gone & made thee other gods, and moulten images, to prouoke me, and hast cast me behinde thy backe: 1 Kings 14:10 Therefore beholde, I wyll bring euill vpon the house of Ieroboam, and wyll roote out from Ieroboam euen him that pysseth against the wall, and him that is in pryson and forsaken in Israel, and wyll take away the remnaunt of the house of Ieroboam, as a man taketh away doung tyll he hath caryed all. 1 Kings 14:11 Whosoeuer of Ieroboams house die in the towne, him shall the dogges eate: and he that dyeth in the fielde, shall the foules of the ayre eate: for the Lorde hath saide it. 1 Kings 14:12 Up therfore & get thee to thyne owne house: [Beholde,] when thy foote entreth into the citie, the childe shall dye, 1 Kings 14:13 And all they of Israel shall mourne for him, and burie him: For he onely of Ieroboam shal come to the sepulchre, because in him there is found goodnesse toward the Lord God of Israel in the house of Ieroboam. 1 Kings 14:14 Moreouer, the Lord shal stirre him vp a king ouer Israel which shall destroy the house of Ieroboam in that day: But what is it now? 1 Kings 14:15 For the Lorde shall smyte Israel as when a reede is shaken in the water, & he shall weede Israel out of this good lande which he gaue to their fathers, & shall scatter them beyond the ryuer, because they haue made them groues, and angred the Lorde. 1 Kings 14:16 And he shall geue Israel vp because of the sinnes of Ieroboam, which did sinne, and made Israel to sinne.

Abijah dieth, and is buried.

1 Kings 14:17 And Ieroboams wyfe arose, and departed, and came to Thirzah: & when she came to the thressholde of the doore, the childe was dead. 1 Kings 14:18 And al Israel buried him, and lamenting him, according to the word of the Lorde which he spake by the hande of his seruaunt Ahia the prophet.

Nabab succeedeth Jeroboam.

1 Kings 14:19 And the rest of the wordes that concerne Ieroboam, how he warred, and how he raigned, beholde they are written in the booke of the cronicles of the kinges of Israel. 1 Kings 14:20 And the dayes which Ieroboam raigned, were two and twentie yeres: And when he was layed asleepe with his fathers, Nadab his sonne raigned in his steade.

Rehoboam's wicked reign.

1 Kings 14:21 Rehoboam the sonne of Solomon raigned in Iuda: and Rehoboam was fourtie and one yeres olde when he began to raigne, & he raigned seuenteene yeres in Hierusalem, the citie which the Lorde did choose out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there: His mothers name was Naama, an Ammonite. 1 Kings 14:22 And Iuda wrought wickednesse in the sight of the Lorde, and angred him in mo thinges then their fathers dyd in their sinnes which they sinned. 1 Kings 14:23 For they also made them hie places, images, and groues on euery hie hill, and vnder euery thicke tree. 1 Kings 14:24 And there was a stewes of male children in the lande, and they did according to all the abhominations of the nations which the Lord cast out before the children of Israel.

Shishak spoileth Jerusalem.

1 Kings 14:25 And it fortuned, that in the fift yere of king Rehoboam, Sisac king of Egypt came vp against Hierusalem: 1 Kings 14:26 And toke away the treasures of the house of the Lorde, and the treasures of the kings house, & spoyled all that was to be had: And he toke away all the shieldes of golde which Solomon had made. 1 Kings 14:27 In whose steade king Rehoboam made brasen shieldes, and committed them vnto the handes [of the keping] of the captaynes of the garde, which wayted at the doore of the kinges house. 1 Kings 14:28 And when the king went into the house of the Lorde, they of the garde bare them, & brought them againe into the garde chamber.

Abijam succeedeth Rehoboam.

1 Kings 14:29 The rest of the wordes that concerne Rehoboam, and all that he did, are they not written in the booke of the cronicles of the kinges of Iuda? 1 Kings 14:30 And there was warre betweene Rehoboam and Ieroboam all their lyues. 1 Kings 14:31 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buryed besyde his fathers in the citie of Dauid: His mothers name was Naama, an Ammonite. And Abiam his sonne raigned in his steade.

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