2 Chronicles 11
Rehoboam raising an army to subdue Israel, is forbidden by Shemaiah.
2 Chronicles 11:1 And whan Roboam came to Ierusalem, he gathered together the house of Iuda and BenIamin (euen an hudreth and foure score thousande chosen men of armes) to fyghte agaynst Israel, that they mighte brynge the kyngdome agayne vnto Roboam. 2 Chronicles 11:2 But ye worde of the LORDE came to Semaia the man of God, and sayde: 2 Chronicles 11:3 Speake to Roboam the sonne of Salomon kynge of Iuda, and to all Israel yt are in Iuda and BenIamin, and saye: 2 Chronicles 11:4 Thus sayeth the LORDE: Ye shal not go vp, ner fyght agaynst youre brethren: let euery man go home agayne, for this is my dede. They herkened vnto the wordes of ye LORDE, and wete not forth agaynst Ieroboa.
He strengtheneth his kingdom with forts and provision.
2 Chronicles 11:5 As for Roboa, he dwelt at Ierusalem, and buylded vp the stronge cities in Iuda, 2 Chronicles 11:6 namely Bethlee, Etan, Tekoa, 2 Chronicles 11:7 Bethzur, Socho, Adulla, 2 Chronicles 11:8 Gath, Maresa, Siph, 2 Chronicles 11:9 Adoraim, Laches, Aseka, 2 Chronicles 11:10 Zarega, Aialon, and Hebron (which were the fensed cities in Iuda and BenIamin) 2 Chronicles 11:11 & he made them stronge, and set prynces therin, & prouyded them of vytayles, oyle and wyne, 2 Chronicles 11:12 and in all cities prepared he shildes and speares, and made them very stronge. And Iuda and BenIamin were vnder him.
The priests and Levites, and such as feared God, forsaken by Jeroboam, strengthen the kingdom of Judah.
2 Chronicles 11:13 The Prestes and Leuites also came vnto him out of Israel and from all the borders therof, 2 Chronicles 11:14 And lefte their suburbes & possession, and came to Iuda vnto Ierusalem: for Ieroboam and his sonnes expelled them, that they shulde not execute the offyce of ye presthode vnto ye LORDE. 2 Chronicles 11:15 But for himselfe he fouded prestes to ye hye places, & to feldedeuels & calues, which he caused to make. 2 Chronicles 11:16 And after them came there men out of all the trybes of Israel, which gaue ouer their hertes to seke ye LORDE God of Israel, & came to Ierusale for to offre vnto the LORDE God of their fathers. 2 Chronicles 11:17 And so strengthed they ye kingdome of Iuda, and matayned Roboam the sonne of Salomon thre yeare longe: for they walked in ye waye of Dauid & Salomon thre yeares.
The wives and children of Rehoboam.
2 Chronicles 11:18 And Roboam toke Mahelath ye doughter of Ieremoth ye sonne of Dauid to wife, & Abihail the doughter of Eliab ye sonne of Isai, 2 Chronicles 11:19 which bare him these sonnes: Ieus, Semaria & Saham. 2 Chronicles 11:20 After her toke he Maecha the doughter of Absalom, which bare him Abia, Athai Sisa and Selomith. 2 Chronicles 11:21 But Roboam loued Maecha the doughter of Absalom better then all his wyues & concubynes: for he had eightene wyues and thre score cocubynes, and begat eight & twentye sonnes, and thre score doughters. 2 Chronicles 11:22 And Roboam set Abia the sonne of Maecha to be heade and prynce amonge his brethren: for he thoughte to make him kynge: 2 Chronicles 11:23 for he was wyse, & more mightie then all his sonnes in all the countrees of Iuda & Ben Iamin, and in all the stronge cities. And he gaue them plenteousnes of fode, and desyred many wyues.