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 nine score thousande chosen men of warre to fight against Israel, and to bring the kingdome againe to Rehoboam. 2 Chronicles 11:2 But the worde of the Lorde came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying, 2 Chronicles 11:3 Speake vnto Rehoboam, the sonne of Salomon King of Iudah, and to all Israel that are in Iudah, and Beniamin, saying, 2 Chronicles 11:4 Thus sayth the Lorde, Ye shall not goe vp, nor fight against your brethren: returne euery man to his house: for this thing is done of me. They obeyed therfore the word 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 buylt strong cities in Iudah. 2 Chronicles 11:6 Hee buylt also Beth-lehem, and Etam, and Tekoa, 2 Chronicles 11:7 And Beth-zur, 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 were in Iudah and Beniamin, strong cities. 2 Chronicles 11:11 And he repaired the strong holdes and put captaines in them, and store of vitaile, and oyle and wine. 2 Chronicles 11:12 And in all cities he put shieldes & speares, and made them exceeding strong: so Iudah and Beniamin 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 Leuites that were in all Israel, resorted vnto him out of all their coastes. 2 Chronicles 11:14 For the Leuites left their suburbes & their possession, and came to Iudah and to Ierusalem: for Ieroboam and his sonnes had cast them out from ministring in the Priestes office vnto the Lorde. 2 Chronicles 11:15 And he ordeyned him Priests for the hie places, & for the deuils and for the calues which he had made. 2 Chronicles 11:16 And after the Leuites there came to Ierusalem of all the tribes of Israel, such as set their heartes to seeke the Lord God of Israel, to offer vnto the Lord God of their fathers. 2 Chronicles 11:17 So they strengthened the kingdome of Iudah, and made Rehoboam the sonne of Salomon mightie, three yeere long: for three yeere they walked in in the way of Dauid and Salomon.
The wives and children of Rehoboam.
2 Chronicles 11:18 And Rehoboam tooke him Mahalath ye daughter of Ierimoth the sonne of Dauid to wife, and Abihail the daughter of Eliab the sonne of Ishai, 2 Chronicles 11:19 Which bare him sonnes Ieush, and Shemariah, and Zaham. 2 Chronicles 11:20 And after her he tooke Maakah ye daughter of Absalom which bare him Abiiah, and Atthai, and Ziza, and Shelomith. 2 Chronicles 11:21 And Rehoboam loued Maakah ye daughter of Absalom aboue all his wiues and his concubines: for he tooke eighteene wiues, and three score concubines, and begate eyght and twentie sonnes, and three score daughters. 2 Chronicles 11:22 And Rehoboam made Abiiah the sonne of Maakah the chiefe ruler among his brethren: for he thought to make him King. 2 Chronicles 11:23 And he taught him: and dispersed all his sonnes throughout all the countreis of Iudah and Beniamin vnto euery strong citie: and hee gaue them aboundance of vitaile, and desired many wiues.