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Rehoboam raiseth an army. 2 CHRONICLES, XI, XII.

that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them. 18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram n that was over the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones that he died. But o: 2 made speed to et him up to his chariot, to flee to erusalem. 19 Ando Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day. HAP'I'ER XI.

Rehoboam, preparing to subdue Israel, is forbidden by Shemaiah. NDa when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered of the house of Judah and Benjamin an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against Israel, that he might bring the kingdom again to Rello

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2. But b the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah c the man of God, saying,

3 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin,

Saying, 4 Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against yourd brethren : return every man to his house : fore this thing is done of me. And they obeyed the words of the LorD, and returned from going against Jeroboam. 5 of And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah. 6 He built even Beth-lehem, and Etam, and Tekoa, 7 And Beth-zur, and Shoco, and

dullam, 8 And Gath, and Mareshah, and

ph, A. And Adoraim, and Lachish, and Zekail, 10 And Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in Benjamin fenced cities. 11 And he fortified f the strong holds, and F. captains g in them, and store of victual, and of oil and wine. 12 And in every several i. he put shields and spears, and made them exceeding strong, having Judah and Benjamin on his side, 13 of And the priests and the Levites that were in all lsrael 1 resorted to him out of all their coasts. 14 For the Levites left their h suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them offi from executing the priest's office unto the LORD : . 15 Andj he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the

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devils, k and for the calves l which he had made. | 16 And after them, out of allm the tribes of Israel, such as set their hearts to seek the Lord God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the LORD God of their fathers. 17 So they strengthened a the kingdom of Judah, and made Rehoboam the son of Solomon strong, three years: for three years, they : walked in the way of David and Solomon. 18 of And Rehoboam took him i Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David to wife, and Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse ; 19 Which bare him children; Jeush, and Shamariah, and Zaham. 20 And after her he took Maachaho the daughter of Absalom, which hare him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith. 21 And Rehoboam loved Maachah 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.) 22 And Rehoboam made p Abijah

~~~~~~~~~ the son of Maachah the chief, to be k Le. 17.7 ruler among his brethren: for i.o.o. thought to make him king. 1Co. 10.20. And he dealt wisely, and dis* persed of all his children through1 1ki.12.28. out all the countries of Judah and H o: Benjamin, unto every fenced city: *** and he gave them victual in abunm ch. 15.9. dance. And he desired 2 many 30.11, 18. wives. Ps.84.5-7 CHAPTER XII. Rehoboam, forsaking the Lord, is m ch. 12.1. punished by Shishak. o 1 Ki. 15.2. A. it came to pass, when ReShe is hoboam had established a the called Mi- |kingdom, and had strengthened chaiah the himself, he b forsook c the law of daughter the LoRD, and all Israel with him. ; Uriel, 2 And it came to pass, that in the ch. 13.2. fifth Å; of king Rehoboam, Ship ch. 12.16. shak king of Egypt came up against De.21.15- Jerusalem, (because they had trans17. gressed against the LORD.) 2 a multitud 3 With twelve hundred chariots, of wi.* and threescore thousand horse: * men: and the people were without

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number that came with him out of Egypt; the Lubims, d the Sukkiins, and the Ethiopians. - * 4 And he took the fenced cities which pertained to Judah, and came to Jerusalem. * 5 * 'l'hen came Shemaiah e the prophet to Rehoboam, , and to the princes of Judah, that were gathered together to Jerusalem

Rehoboam's death.

because of Shishak, and said unto

them, Thus saith the LORD, Yef

have forsaken me, and therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak. 6 Whereupon the princes of Israel and the king humbled g themselves; and they said, 'The h LORD is righteous. 7 And i when the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled themselves, therefore j I will not destroy them, but I will grant them 1 some deliverance ; and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak. s 8 Nevertheless they shall be hisk servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms l of the countries. 9 So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king's house; he took all: he carried away also the shields of gold which m Solomon had

IIlā (162. 10 Instead of which king Rehoboam made shields of brass, and committed them to the hands of the chief n of the guard, that kept the entrance of the king's house. 11 And when the king entered into the house of the LORD, the i. came and fetched them, and rought them again into the guardchamber. 12 And when o he humbled himself, the wrath of the LORD turned from him, that he would not destroy him altogether: 2 and also in Judah things went well. 13 *|| So king Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem, and ; for Rehoboam was one and forty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. And his mother's name was Naamah an Ammonitess. 14 And he did evil, because he 3 prepared not his heart p to seek the iORD. 15 Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written in the book of Shemaiaho the prophet, and of . Iddor the seer concerning genealogies? And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually, - a a on 16 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David : and Abijahs his son reigned in his stead.

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Reugn of Abijah. CHAPTER XIII. Abijah succeeding, maketh war against Jeroboam. No. a in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam began Abijah to reign over Judah. 2 He reigned three years in Jerusalem. (His mother's name also was b Michaiah the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah.) And there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam. 3 And Abijah 1 set the battle in array with an army of valiant men of war, even four hundred thousand chosen men : Jeroboam also set the battle in array against him with eight hundred thousand chosen men, being mighty men of valour. 4 of And Abijah stood up upon mount Zemaraim, c which is in mount Ephraim, and said, Hear me, thou Jeroboam, and all Israel; 5 Ought you not to know that the LORD God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David for ever, even to him and to his sons d by a covenant e of salt 7 Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, the servant of Solomon the son of David, is risen up, and hath rebelled fagainst his lord. 7 And there are gathered unto him g vain men, the children of Belial, and have strengthened themselves against Rehoboam the son of Solomon, when Rehoboam, was young h and tender-hearted, and could not withstand them. 8 And now ye think to withstand the kingdom of the LORD in the hand of the sons of David ; and ye be a great multitude and there are with you golden calves, which 1 Jeroboam made you for fo. 9 Have ye not cast k out the priests of the Lord, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and have made you priests after the manner of the nations of other lands 7 so that whosoever cometh to 3 consecrate himself with a young bullock and seven rams, the same may be a priest of them that are no gods. 10 But as for us, the LORD is our God, and we have not forsaken him; and the priests, which minister unto the LORD, are the sons of Aaron, and the Levites wait upon their business : 11 And l they burn unto the LORD every morning and every evening burnt-sacrifices and sweet incense: the show-bread m also set they in order upon the pure table; and the candlestick of gold with the lamps thereof, to burn n every evening: for we keep the charge of the LoßD our God; but ye have forsaken him. 12 And, behold, God o himself is Abijah's wives. with us for our captain, p and his o with sounding trumpets a cry alarm against you. O children of Israel, r fight ye not against the LORD God of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper. 13 But Jeroboam caused an ambushment to come about behind them : so they were before Judah, and the ambushment was behind them. 14 And when Judah looked back behold, the battle was before and behind : and they cried unto the LORD, and the priests sounded with the trumpets. 15 Then the men of Judah gave a shout : and as the men of Judah shouted, it came to pass, that God's smote Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah. 16 And the children of Israel fled before Judah ; and God delivered them into their hand. 17And Abijah and his people slew them with a great slaughter : so there fell down slain of Israel five hundred thousand chosen men. 18 Thus the children of Israel were brought under at that time, and the children of Judah prevailed, because t they relied upon the LORD God of their fathers. 19 And Abijah pursued after Jeroboam, and took cities from him, Beth-el with the towns thereof, and Jeshanah with the towns thereof, and Ephraim with the towns thereof. 20 Neither did Jeroboam w recover strength again in the days of Abijah ; and the LORD struck v him, and he died. . . 21 off But Abijah waxed mighty and married fourteen wives, and begat twenty and two sons, and sixteen daughters. 22 And the rest of the acts of Abijah, and his ways, and his sayings, are written in the 3 story of the prophet Iddo.w CHAPTER XIV. Asa destroyeth idolatry. . So Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David : and Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his days the land was quiet ten years. 2 And Asa did that which was ; and right in the eyes of the RD his God: 3 For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and b the high laces, and brake down the images, and cut caown the groves: 4 And commanded Judah to seek the Lord God of their fathers, and to do the law and the com, mandment.

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2 CHRONICLES, XIV, XV. Asa destroyeth idolatry.

5 Also he took away, out of all the cities of Judah the high places and the 2 images; and the kingdom was quiet before him.

6 *s And he built fenced cities in Judah: for the land had rest, and he had no war in those years; becaused the LORD had given him rest.

7 Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build these cities, and make about them walls and towers, gates and bars, while the land is yet before us; because we have sought e the LORD Our God, we have sought him, and he hath given us rest or every side. So they built and pros

pered. 8 And Asa had an army of men that bare targets and spears, out of Judah three hundred thousand; and out of Benjamin, that bare shields and drew bows, two hundred and fourscore thousand : all these were mighty men of valour. 9's And f there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian, with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mereshah.g 10 Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah. 11 And Asa cried h unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee, to help, whether i with many, or with them that have no power: help us, Q LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name k we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not 3 man prevail against thee. 12 So the LoRD smote l the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah ; and the Ethiopians fled. 13 And Asa and the people that were with him pursued them unto Gerar: m and the Ethiopians were overthrown, that they could not recover themselves; for they were 4 destroyed before the LORD, and before his host; and they carried away very much spoil. 14 And they smote all the cities round about Gerar; for the fear on of the LORD came upon them : and they spoiled all the cities; for there was exceeding much spoil in them. 15 They smote also the tents of cattle, and carried away sheep and camels in abundance, and returned to Jerusalem. CHAPTER XV Asa and Judah o: a covenant with

ND the Spiritsa of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded: 2 And he went out 1 to meet Asa,

A covenant with God. and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin ; The b LoRD is with you, while ye be with him; and if c ye seek him, he will be found of you ; but if ye forsake d him, he will forsake you. 3 Now for e a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching f priest, and without law. 4. But when g they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them. 5 And in those times h there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries. 6 And nation was 2 destroyed of nation, i and city of city: for God did k vex them with all o: 7 Be ye strong l therefore, and let not your hands be weak : for your work shall be rewarded. 8 And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the 3 abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken m from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the LORD, that was before the porch of the

RD, 9 And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers n with them out of Ephraim and Mamasseh, and out of Simeon : (for they fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the LORD his God was with him.) , . 10 So they gathered themselves together at Jerusalem in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of Asa. 11 And they offered unto the LORD 4 the same time, of the spoil o which they had brought, seven hundred oxen, and seven thousand sheep. e 12 And they entered into a covenant p to seek the LORD God of their q fathers with all their heart and with all their soul; 3 That r whosoever would not seek the I.ORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman. 14 And they sware unto the LORD with a loud voice, and with shouting, and with trumpets, and with CornetS. * * 15 And all Judah rejoiced at the oath: for they had sworn with all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire ; s and he was

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Hanani reproveth Asa.

16 T And t also concerning Mailchah the 5 mother of Asa the king, he removed her from being queen, because she had made an 6 idol in a grove : and Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron.

17 But the high places u were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.

And he brought into tho

house of God the things that his father had dedicated, and that he himself had dedicated, silver, and gold, and vessels.

19 And there was no more war unto the five and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa.

CHAPTER XVI.

Asa diverteth Forum building

Of fostol{1/l. N a the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa, Baasha king of Israel came up against Judah, and built Ramah, to the intent b that he §§ let none go out or come in to sa king of Judah. 2 Then Asa brought outsilver and old out of the treasures of the ouse of the LORD and of the king's Quse, and sent to Ben-hadad king of Syria, that dwelt at 1 Damascus, Saying, 3 There is a league between rne and thee, as there was between my father and thy father: , behold, I have sent thee silver and gold; go, break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me. 4 And Ben-hadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of 2 his armies against the cities of Israel; and they smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abel-maim, and all the store-cities of Naphtali. 5 And it came to pass, when Baasha heard it, that he left off building of Ramah, and let his work cease. 3. 6.Then Asa the king took all Judah; and they carried away the stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof, where with Baasha was building ; and he built therewith Geba and Mizpah. 7 *|| And at that time Hanamic the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because d thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied, on the LoRD thy God, therefore is the host of the ; of Syria escaped out of thine ti

Il{1. 8 Were not the Ethiopians e and the Lubims 3 a .# host, with very many chariots and horsemen 7 yet, because thou didst rely on the

Death of Asa. LORD, he delivered them into thine hand

9 Forf the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, 4 to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. . Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.g 10 Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prisonhouse; h for he was in a rage with him because of this thing. And Asa 5 oppressed some of the people the same time. 11 *ss And, behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are written #Il 4'; book of the kings of Judah

#Ilúl is] tool. 12 And Asa, in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians. - *

13 o And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign. . .

14 And they buried him in his own sepulchres, which he had 6 made for himself in the city of David, and laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet odours and divers kinds of spices prepared by the apothecaries' art : and they made a very great burning for him.

CHAPTER XVII.

Jehoshaphat succeeding Asa, reigneth and prospereth. Ao: Jo his son reigned in his stead, and strengthened himself against Israel. 2 And he placed forces in all the "fenced cities of Judah. and set garrisons in the land of Judah, and in the cities of Ephraim, which b Asa his father had taken. 3.And the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the first ways 1 of his father David, and sought mot unto Baalim : 4 But sought to the for DGod of his father, and walked in his commandments, and not after the do coffsrael. 5 Therefore the Lord stablished the ongo, in his hand; and all Judah 2 brought to Jehoshaphat resents; and he had riches and onour in abundance. 6 And his heart 3 was lifted up in the d ways of the LORD: moreover he e took away the high places and groves out of Judah. 7 of Also in the third year of his

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8 And with them he sent Levites, q even Shemaiah, and Nethaniah, and Zebadiah, and Asahel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehonathan, and Ado

nijah, and Tobiah, and for adomijah, Levites; and with them Eli

shama and Jehoram, priests.h 9 And they taught in Judah, and had the book of the law of the LORD with them. and went about throughout all the cities of Judah, and taught the people. 10 *| And the fear i of the LORD 4 fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were round about Judah, so that k they made no war against Jehoshaphat. 11 Also some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents, l and tribute-silver; and the Arabians brought him flocks, seven thousand and seven hundred rams, and seven thousand and seven hundred he-goats. 12 os And Jehoshaphat waxed eat exceedingly; and he built in udah 5 castles, and cities of store. 13 And m he had much business in the cities of Judah: and the men of war, mighty men of valour, were in Jerusalem. 14 Amd these are the numbers of them, according to the house of their fathers: Of Judah, the captains of thousands; Adnah the chief, and with him mighty men of valour three hundred thousand. 15 And 6 next to him was Jehohanan the captain, and with him two hundred and fourscore thousand. & 16 And next him was Amasiah the son of Zichri, who m willingly offered himself unto the LORD; and with hirn two hundred thousand mighty Islem of valour. 17 And of Benjamin; Eliada a mighty man of valour, and with him armed men with bow and shield two hundred thousand. 18 And next him was Jehozabad, and with him an hundred and fourscore thousand ready prepared for the war. 19 These waited on the king, beside those whom the king put in the fenced citieso throughout all Judah. XHAPTER XVIII.

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