2 Chronicles 11
Rehoboam raising an army to subdue Israel, is forbidden by Shemaiah.
2 Chronicles 11:1 And Rehoboam came to Jerusalem; and he assembled the house of Judah and Benjamin, a hundred and eighty thousand chosen men apt for war, to fight against Israel, that he might bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam. 2 Chronicles 11:2 But the word of Jehovah came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying, 2 Chronicles 11:3 Speak unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and unto all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying, 2 Chronicles 11:4 Thus saith Jehovah: Go not up, nor fight with your brethren; return every man to his house; for this thing is from me. And they hearkened to the words of Jehovah, and returned from going against Jeroboam.
He strengtheneth his kingdom with forts and provision.
2 Chronicles 11:5 And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah. 2 Chronicles 11:6 And he built Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa, 2 Chronicles 11:7 and Beth-zur, and Soco, and Adullam, 2 Chronicles 11:8 and Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph, 2 Chronicles 11:9 and Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah, 2 Chronicles 11:10 and Zorah, and Ajalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in Benjamin, fortified cities. 2 Chronicles 11:11 And he fortified the strongholds, and put captains in them, and stores of victuals, and of oil and wine; 2 Chronicles 11:12 and in every several city, targets and spears, and made them exceedingly strong. And Judah and Benjamin were his.
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 Levites that were in all Israel resorted to him out of all their districts; 2 Chronicles 11:14 for the Levites left their suburbs and their possessions, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from exercising the priesthood to Jehovah; 2 Chronicles 11:15 and he ordained for himself priests for the high places, and for the he-goats and for the calves that he had made. 2 Chronicles 11:16 And after them, those out of all the tribes of Israel that set their heart to seek Jehovah the God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice to Jehovah the God of their fathers. 2 Chronicles 11:17 And they strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and made Rehoboam the son of Solomon strong three years; for during three years they walked in the way of David and Solomon.
The wives and children of Rehoboam.
2 Chronicles 11:18 And Rehoboam took Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David as wife, [and of] Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse. 2 Chronicles 11:19 And she bore him children: Jeush, and Shemariah, and Zaham. 2 Chronicles 11:20 And after her he took Maachah the daughter of Absalom; and she bore him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith. 2 Chronicles 11:21 And Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter of Absalom above all his wives and his concubines; for he had taken eighteen wives and sixty concubines, and he begot twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters. 2 Chronicles 11:22 And Rehoboam established Abijah the son of Maachah at the head, 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 sons throughout all the lands of Judah and Benjamin, to all the fortified cities; and he gave them food in abundance. And he desired [for them] a multitude of wives.