2 Chronicles 11
Rehoboam raising an army to subdue Israel, is forbidden by Shemaiah.
2 Chronicles 11:1 And whan Rehoboam was come to Ierusalem, he gathered of the house of Iuda & Beniamin, nyne score thousande chosen men of warre to fight agaynst Israel, & to brynge þe kyngdome agayne to Rehoboam. 2 Chronicles 11:2 And the word of the Lorde came to Semeiahu the man of God, saying: 2 Chronicles 11:3 speake vnto Rehoboam the sonne of Salomon kynge of Iuda, & to all them of Israel that are in Iuda & Beniamin, & saye: 2 Chronicles 11:4 thus sayeth þe Lorde. Ye shall not go vp nor fight agaynst your brethren: returne euery man to his house, for thys thynge is done of me. And they obeyed þe wordes of þe Lorde, and returned from goynge agaynst Ieroboam.
He strengtheneth his kingdom with forts and provision.
2 Chronicles 11:5 And Rehoboam dwelt in Ierusalem, and buylt stronge cyties in Iuda. 2 Chronicles 11:6 He buylded vp Bethleem, and Etham, and Theko: 2 Chronicles 11:7 Bethzur, Socho and Adullam: 2 Chronicles 11:8 Gath, and Maresa: and Ziph Adurahim, 2 Chronicles 11:9 Lachis and asecha: 2 Chronicles 11:10 Zorca Aialon and Hebron, which is in Iuda & Beniamin, stronge cyties. 2 Chronicles 11:11 And he repayred þe stronge holdes & put captaynes in them, and store of vitayle, & wyne, & oyle. 2 Chronicles 11:12 And in all cyties he put shyldes & speares, and made them exceadynge stronge, hauynge Iuda and Beniamin on his syde.
The priests and Levites, and such as feared God, forsaken by Jeroboam, strengthen the kingdom of Judah.
2 Chronicles 11:13 And the prestes and þe leuites that were in all Israel, resorted to hym out of all their coastes. 2 Chronicles 11:14 For the leuites lefte their suburbes and their possession, and came to Iuda and Ierusalem: for Ieroboam and his sonnes had cast them out from minystrynge vnto the Lorde. 2 Chronicles 11:15 And he ordeyned hym prestes for the hylaultares, for the deuylles and for the calues which he had made. 2 Chronicles 11:16 And after þe leuites there went of all þe trybes of Israel, soche as submitted their hertes to seke the Lorde God of Israel, and came to Ierusalem, to offer vnto the Lorde God of their fathers. 2 Chronicles 11:17 And so they strengthed the kyngdome of Iuda, and made Rehoboam the sonne of Salomon myghtye thre yeare longe for thre yere they walked in þe waye of Dauid and Salomon.
The wives and children of Rehoboam.
2 Chronicles 11:18 And Rehoboam toke hym Mahalath þe daughter of Ierimoth the sonne of Dauid to wyfe, and Abihail the daughter of Eliab the sonne of Isai, 2 Chronicles 11:19 which bare hym chyldren Ieus, Samaria, and Zaha. 2 Chronicles 11:20 And after her he toke Maaca þe daughter of Absalon which bare hym Abia, Atthai, Ziza, & Selomith. 2 Chronicles 11:21 And Rehoboam loued Maacah the daughter of Absalon aboue all his wyues & concubynes, for he toke eyghtene wyues and thre skore concubynes, and begat .xxviii. sonnes and .lx. daughters. 2 Chronicles 11:22 Ad Rehoboam made Abiah the sonne of Maacah the chefe ruler amonge his brethren, and to haue the ouersyght of the kyngdome. 2 Chronicles 11:23 And he played wysely, and scatered all his chyldren thorowe out all the countreyes of Iuda and Ben Iamin vnto euery stronge cytie. And he gaue them aboundaunce of vitayle, and obtayned many wyues.