2 Chronicles 11
Rehoboam raising an army to subdue Israel, is forbidden by Shemaiah.
2 Chronicles 11:1 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled the house of Judah and Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam. 2 Chronicles 11:2 But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying, 2 Chronicles 11:3 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying, 2 Chronicles 11:4 Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren: return every man to his house; for this thing is of me. So they hearkened unto the words of the LORD, 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 He built even Beth-lehem, 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 Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in Benjamin, fenced cities. 2 Chronicles 11:11 And he fortified the strong holds, and put captains in them, and store of victual, and oil and wine. 2 Chronicles 11:12 And in every several city [he put] shields and spears, and made them exceeding strong. And Judah and Benjamin belonged to him.
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 border. 2 Chronicles 11:14 For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons cast them off, that they should not execute the priest's office unto the LORD: 2 Chronicles 11:15 and he appointed him priests for the high places, and for the he-goats, and for the calves which he had made. 2 Chronicles 11:16 And after them, out of all the tribes of Israel, such as set their hearts to seek the LORD, the God of Israel, came to Jerusalem to sacrifice unto the LORD, the God of their fathers. 2 Chronicles 11:17 So they strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and made Rehoboam the son of Solomon strong, three years: for they walked three years in the way of David and Solomon.
The wives and children of Rehoboam.
2 Chronicles 11:18 And Rehoboam took him a wife; Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David, [and of] Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse; 2 Chronicles 11:19 and she bare him sons; Jeush, and Shemariah, and Zaham. 2 Chronicles 11:20 And after her he took Maacah the daughter of Absalom; and she bare him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith. 2 Chronicles 11:21 And Rehoboam loved Maacah the daughter of Absalom above all his wives and his concubines: (for he took eighteen wives, and threescore concubines, and begat twenty and eight sons and threescore daughters.) 2 Chronicles 11:22 And Rehoboam appointed Abijah the son of Maacah to be chief, [even] the prince among his brethren: for [he was minded] 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, unto every fenced city: and he gave them victual in abundance. And he sought [for them] many wives.