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 Dauid & Beniamin to the nombre of nine skore thousande choise men of warre to fyght wyth Israel, for to brynge the kyngdome agayne to Rehoboam. 2 Chronicles 11:2 But the worde of the Lorde came to Semeiah the man of God sayinge: 2 Chronicles 11:3 speake vnto Rehoboam the sonne of Salomon kynge of Iuda & to all Israell that are in Iuda, and to Beniamin, and saye: 2 Chronicles 11:4 thus sayth the Lorde. Go not nor fyght with your brethren: But returne euery man to his house, for thys thynge is done of me. And they obeyed the wordes of the Lord and returned from goynge agaynst Ieroboam.
He strengtheneth his kingdom with forts and provision.
2 Chronicles 11:5 And Rehoboam dwelte in Ierusalem, and buylt stronge cyties in Iuda: 2 Chronicles 11:6 as Bethlehem, Etam & Thekua: 2 Chronicles 11:7 Bethzur, Socho & Odollam: 2 Chronicles 11:8 Geth, Maresah & Ziph: 2 Chronicles 11:9 Adurahim, Lachis and Asecah: 2 Chronicles 11:10 Yarah Aialon & Hebron. Which were the stronge cytyes of Iuda and Beniamin. 2 Chronicles 11:11 And when he had repayred suche strong cytyes, he put capytaynes in them and store of vitayle, and of oyle and of wyne. 2 Chronicles 11:12 And he ordened in all cytyes shyldes & speares, & made them exceadyng stronge. And so Iuda and Beniamin were vnder hym.
The priests and Levites, and such as feared God, forsaken by Jeroboam, strengthen the kingdom of Judah.
2 Chronicles 11:13 And the priestes & the Leuytes that were in all Israell resorted to hym, oute of all theyr coastes. 2 Chronicles 11:14 In so much that the Leuites left theyr Suburbes & possessyons, and came to Iuda & Ierusalem: for Ieroboam and his sonnes had cast them oute from mynystrynge vnto the Lorde. 2 Chronicles 11:15 And he ordeyned hym priestes of hyl aulters bothe to felde deuylles and also to the calues which he had made. 2 Chronicles 11:16 And after them ther came of all the trybes of Israel (such as theyr hertes moued them to seke the Lorde God of Israel) to Ierusalem to offer vnto the Lorde God of theyr fathers. 2 Chronicles 11:17 And so they strengthed the kyngedome of Iuda, & made Rehoboam the sonne of Salomon myghty thre yeare long for thre yeare they walked in the way of Dauid and Salomon.
The wives and children of Rehoboam.
2 Chronicles 11:18 And Rehoboam toke hym Mahalath the doughter of Ierimoth the sonne of Dauid to wyfe, and Abihail the doughter of Eliab the sonne of Isai, 2 Chronicles 11:19 which bare hym chyldren: Ieus, Samariah, and Zaham. 2 Chronicles 11:20 And after her he toke Maacah the doughter of Absalom which bare hym Abiah, Etha, Ziza and Salumith. 2 Chronicles 11:21 But Rehoboam loued Maacah the doughter of Absalom aboue all hys other wyues and concubines for he toke .xviij. wyues & thre skore concubynes, and begat thre skore doughters, and .xxviij. sonnes 2 Chronicles 11:22 And Rehoboam made Abiah the sonne of Maacah the chefe ruler amonge hys brethren, for to make hym kynge. 2 Chronicles 11:23 And he played wysely & skatered of al hys children thorow out all the countreyes of Iuda & Beniamin in euerye strong cyty. And he gaue them aboundaunce of vytayle, and asked manye wyues.