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1ng. 2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was in Egypt, whither he had fled from the presence of Solomon the king, heard it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt. 3 And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came and spake to Rehoboam, saying, 4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thée. . 5 And he said unto them, Come again, unto me, after three days. And the people *ś. 6 is And king Rehoboam took

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stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel #. ye me to return answer to this people 3 , 7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people and please them, and, spe good words to them, they will be thyservants for ever. 8. But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, an took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him. 9 And he said unto them, What advice give ye, that we may return answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease some; what the yoke that thy father did put upon us? 10 And the young men that were brought up with him, spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou answer o that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our

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finger shall be thicker than my father's loins. ii. For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more to your yoke: my father chas. tised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king bade, say

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ing, , Come again to me on the third day. 13 And the king answered them .#. and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men, 14 And answered them after the advige of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto ; my father chastised, you with whips, but I will chastise o: with scorpions. o the king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause was 9f God, that the LoRD might perform his word, which he spake by the hand of Åhijah the Šhisonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat. 16. And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered, the king, saying hat portion have we in ińofit and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine own house. So all Israel went to their

tents. 17 But as for the children of Is

rael that dwelt in the cities of

Judah, Rehoboam reigned over

em. 18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute; , and the children of Israel stoned him, with stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam, made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem. 9 And Israel, rebelled against the house of David unto this day. CHAP. XI. Rehoboam reigns over Judah. ND when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered of the house of Judah and Benjamin a hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men which were warriors: to fight, against Israel, that he #. bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam. 2 But the word, of, the Lord came to. Shemaiah the man of God, saying, §§peak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin,

*# Thus saith the LoRD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren: return every man to his house: for this thing is done of me. And they obeyed the words of the LoRD, and, returned from going against Jeroboam. 5 || And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah. 6. He built even Beth-lehem, and

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Rehoboam’s strength. II. CHRONICLES, Shishakspoileth.Jerusalem:

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inh o Aoraim, and Lachih, and Azekah, 10 And Zorah, and Ajalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in Benjamin, fenced cities. 11 And he fortified the strong holds, and put captains in them and store of victual, and of o and wine. . 12 And in every several city he put shields and spears, and made them exceeding strong, having Judah and Benjamin on his side. 13 || And the priests and the Le: vites that were in all Israel resorted to him out of all their coasts. . 14 (For the Levites left their su; burbs and their possession, an came to Judah and Jerusalem: for eroboam and his sons, had cast them off from executing the priest's office unto the LoRD:, , . 15 And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils, and for the calves which he

made.

16 And after them out of all 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 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

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CHAP.XII. ... Relioboam punished by Shishak. Dit came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the LQRP, and all Israel with him. 3. And it game to pass, that in the fifth year of king Rehoboam, Shishakking of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against the LQRD, ith twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen. and the people were without number that came with him, gut of #: the Lubims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians. --4.And he took the fenced cities which pertained to Judah, and came to Jerusalem. 5 is 'Then came Shemaiah the prophet to Rehoboam, and to the princes of Judah, that were ;: thered together to Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said unto them, Thus saith the LoRD, Ye 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 themselves; and they said, The Lord is righteous. nd when the LoRD saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled themselves;, therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance; and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak. 8 Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries. 9 So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and . took away the treasures of the house of the LoRn, and the treasures of the king's house; he took all : carried away, also the shields of gold which Solomon had

made. 10 Instead of which, king Reho: boam made shields of brass, and committed them to the hands of the chief 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 É. came and fetched them, and rought them again into the guardchamber. 12 And when he humbled himself, the wrath of the Lord turned

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4&tiah, trusting in God, from him, that he would not destroy him altogether: , and also in Judah things went well. 13.T. So king Reh9boam strength; ened himself in Jerusalem, and reigned : for Rehoboam was one and forty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the LQRD had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel; to put his name there. And his mother's name was Naamah an Ammoni

if And he did evil, because he repared not his heart to seek the

RD. 15 Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written in the book of Shemaiah the prophet, and of Iddo the seer concerning genealogies 3 And e toere wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually. --- - 16 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David; and Abijah his son reigned in his stead. ... CHAP. XIII. -Abijah overcometh Jeroboam. O in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam began Abijah to reign over Judah. e reigned three years in Jeru. salem. His, mother's name, also was Michaiah the daughter of Uriel 9f Gibeah... And there was war tween Abijah and Jeroboam. . And Abijah 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, bein o men of valour. 4 is of Abijah stood up upon mount Zemaraim, which is in mount Ephraim, and said. Hear me, thou Jeroboam, and all Israel; 5 Qught ye 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 by a covenant of salt 3 6 Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat the servant of Solomon the son of David, is risen up, and hath reisolo against his lord. 7 And there are #. unto him vain men, the children of Beliai, and have strengthened themseyes against Rehoboam the son of Solomon, when Rehoboam was young and tender-hearted, and could not withstand them. 8 And now #. think to withstand the kingdom of the LoRD in the hand of the sons of David; out multitude, and

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overcometh Jeroboam

there are with you golden calves which Jeroboam made you for

gods. 9 Have ye not cast out the priests of the Lord, the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and have madé you priests after the manner of the nations of other lands 4 so that whosoever, cometh to, consecrate himself with a young bullock and Seyen rams, the same may be a priest of them that are no gods. 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 they burn unto the Lord every morning and every evening burnt-sacrifices and sweet incense: the shew-bread also set they in order upon the pure table; and the candlestick of gold with the lamps thereof to burn every evening: for we keep th9 charge of the £oo our God; but ye have forsaken

Inn. 12 And behold, God himself is with us for our captain, and his priests with sounding trumpets to cry alarm against you. O children of Israel, fight ye not against the LoRD God of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper. 13 T. But Jeroboam caused an ambushment to come about behind them: so they were before Judah; and the ambushment was behind

em. 14 And when Judah looked back beh9ld, the battle was before and behind: and they cried unto the L9RD, 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 mote jeroboam and all'Israel be. fore Abijah and Judah. 16And the children of Israel fled before Judah; and God delivered them into their hand. , , . 17 And 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 they relied upon the LGRD 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.

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Asa destroys idolatry. II. CHRONICLES, He defeats the Ethiopians

cover strength again in the days of
Abijah; and the LoRD struck him,
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21 of But Abijah waxed mighty
and married fourteen wives, an
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22 And the rest of the acts of
Abijah, and his ways, and his say-
ings, are written in the story of the

prophet Iddo. a... out sa destroye atry. SQ Abijah slept with his others, 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 ood and right in the eyes of the ORD his God: 3 For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the h; places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves: 4, And commanded Judah to seek the LoRD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment. 5 Also he took o of all the cities of Judah the high places and the images: and the kingdom was quiet before him. --- 6 is And he built fenced cities in Judah: for the land had rest, and he had no war in, those years; because 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 the Lord our God, we have sought him, and he hath given us rest on every, side. So they built, and prospered. 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 || And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian, with a host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred, chariots; and came unto Mareshah. ,10 Then Asa went out against him, and, they set the battle in # in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah. . .11, And Asa cried unto the Lord his, God, and, said, Lord, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have §do. elp us, O, LoRD our God; “owe rest on thee, and in

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em. 15. They smote also the tents of cattle, and carried away sheep and camels in abundance, and returned

to Jerusalem.
CHAP. XV.
:45a's, Covenant with God.
ND the Spirit, of God came
upon Azariah the son of Oded:
2. And he went out to meet Asa,
and said unto him, Hear ye me,
Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin;
The LoRp is with you, while ye
be with him; and if ye seek him,
he will be found of you; but if yé
forsake him, he will forsake you.
3. Now for a long season Israel
hath been without, the true God
and without a teaching priest, and
without law. - -
4 But when they in their trouble
did turn unto the LoRD God of Is-
rael, and sought him, he was found

em. 5 And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor to him that came in, but great vex ations were upon all the inhabitants of the countries.

6. And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all adversity.

7 Beye oilo, and let not your hands be weak; for your work shall be rewarded.

And when Asa heard these

words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols qut of all the land of Judah and Benja min, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the LoRD, that was before the porch of the

ord.

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Jois covenant with God. CHAP. XVI. He is reproved by Hanant

ell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that i; LoRD his God was "with lin. 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 LoRI, the same time, of the spoil *chich they had brought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand

sheep. 12 And they entered into a covenant to, seek the Lord God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul; 3 That whosoever would not seek the LoRD 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; and he was found of them: and the LoRD gave them rest round about. T And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he removed her from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove; and Asa cut down her idol, and .# it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron. 17 But the high places were not taken away out of Israel: nevertheless the heart of Asa was persect all his *: 18 "I And he brought into the house of God the things, that his father had dedicated, and that he himself had dedicated, silver, and gold, and vessels. 9 And there was no more war §§ the o,and thirtieth year of e reign of Aşa. ...CHAP, XVI. The Building of Ramah prevented: N, the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa, Baasha king of Israel, came up against Judah, and built. Ramah, to the intent that he o: let none go out or come into Asa king of Judah. 2 Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of the Lord and of the king's

house, and sent to Ben-hadad king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus,

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f; break thy league with Baasha ing of Israel, that he may depart from me. 4.And Ben-hadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel; and they smote Ijon, and an, and Abel-maim, and all the store-cities of Naphtali. nd, it game to pass, when Baasha heard it, that he left off building of Ramah, and let his work cease. 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 Gęba and Mizpah. 7 is And at that time Hanani, the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because 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 thy and. 8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Lučms a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst, rely on the #. he delivered them into thy land. 9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro, throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is o toward him. Herein thou ast done foolishly : therefore from henceforth thou shalt have

Wars. 10 Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prisonhouse; for he was in a rage with him because of this thing. And Asa oppressed some of the people the same time. 111s And behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel. . - 12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth }.” of his reign was diseased in is feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LoRD, but to the physicians. --- - And, Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign, , . . . . d they buried him in his own sepulchres, whic ... had made, for himself, in the city of Dayid, and, laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet odours and divers kinds of spices pre ared by the apothecaries' art: and they made a very great burning for him. 429

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