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3z (But he shall have one Tribe for my Servant David's Sake, and for Jerusalem's Sake, the City which I have chosen out of all the Tribes of Israel)

33 Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the Goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the God of the Moabites, and Milcom the God of the Children of Ammon, and have not walked in my Ways, to do that which is right in mine Eyes, and to keep my Statutes and my Judgments, as did David his Father.

34 Howbeir, I will not take the whole Kingdom out of his Hand: but I will make him Prince all the Days of his Life, for David my Servant's Sake, whom I chose, because he kept my Commandments and my Statutes:

35 But I will take the Kingdom out of his Son's Hand, and will give it unto thee, even ten Tribes.

36 And unto his Son will I give one Tribe, that David my Servant may have a Light alway before me in Jerusalem, the City which I have chosen me to put my Name there.

37 And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that thy Soul defireth, and shalt be King over Israel.

38 And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my Ways, and do that is right in my fight, to keep my Statutes and my Commandments, as David my Servant did; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure House, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.

39 And I will for this afflict the Seed of David, but not for ever.

40 Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam: and Jeroboam arose and fled into Egypt, unto Shishak King of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the Death of Solomon.

41 And the rest of the Acts of Solomon, and all that he did, and his Wisdom, are they not written in the Book of the Acts of Solomon?

4z And the Time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel, was forty Years.

43 And Solomon slept with Tiis Fathers, and was buried in the City of David his Father: and Rehoboam his Son feigned in his Stead.

CHAP. CHAP. XII.

i The Israelites assembled at Shechem to crown Rehoboam, ki Jeroboam make a Suit of Relaxation unto him. 6 Rebshr.n refusing the old Mem Counsel, by the Advice of young Men, anfwereth them roughly, 16 Ten Tribes revolting, Hi! Adoram, and make Rehoboam to flee, 21 Rehoboam rai

Jlretigthneth himself by Cities, 26 and by the Idolatry of tk$ two Calves.

Ver. 1 AND Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel 11 were come to Shechem to make him King.

2 And it came to pass when Jeroboam the Son of Nefaat, who was yet in Egypt, heard of it, (for he was fled from the presence of King Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in E

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3 That they sent and called him: and Jeroboam, and au the Congregation of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying,

4 Thy Father made our Yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous Service of thy Father, and his heavy Yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will sen's thee.

5 And he said unto them, Depart yet for three Days, then come again to me. And the People departed.

6 And King Rehoboam consulted with the old Men that stood before Solomon his Father, while he yet lived, and said, How do you advise, that I may answer this People?

7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a Servant unto this People this Day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good Words to them, then they will be thy Servants for ever.

8 But he forsook the Counsel of the old Men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young Men that were grown up with, him, and which stood before him:

9 And he said unto them, What Counsel give ye, that we may answer this People, who have spoken to me, laying, Make the Yoke which thy Father did put upon us, lighter?

1 o And the young Men that were grown up with him, spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this

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People that spake unto thee, saying, Thy Father made our Yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My Little Finger mail be thicker than my Father's Loins.

11 And now whereas my Father did lade you with a heavy Yoke, I will add to your Yoke: my Father hath chastised you with Whips, but I will chastise you with Scorpions.

12 So Jeroboam and all the People came to Rehoboam the third Day, as the King had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third Day.

13 And the King answered the People roughly, and forsook the old Mens Counsel that they gave him;

14 And spake to them after the Counsel of the young Men, saying, My Father made your Yoke heavy, and I will add to your Yoke; my Father also chastised you with Whips, but I will chastise you with Scorpions.

15 Wherefore the King hearkned not unto the People; for the Cause was from the Lord, that he might perform his Saying which the Lord spake by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the Son of Nebat.

16 So when all Israel saw that the King hearkned not unto them, the People answered the King, saying, What Portion have we in David? neither have we Inheritance in the Son of Jefle: to your Tents, O Israel: now see to thine own House, David. So Israel departed unto their Tents.

17 But as for the Children of Israel which dwelt in the Cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.

1 8 Then King Rehoboam sent Adoram who was over the Tribute; and all Israel stoned him with Stones, that he died: therefore King Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his Chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.

19 So Israel rebelled against the House of David unto this Day.

20 And it came to pass when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him unto the Congregation, and made him King over all Israel: there was none that followed the House of David, but the Tribe of Judah only.

21 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the House of Judah, with the Tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen Men, which were Warriours to fight against the House of Israel,

to to bring the Kingdom again to Rehoboam the Son of Solomon.

22 But the Word of God came unto Shemaiah the Man of God, saying,

23 Speak unto Rehoboam the Son of Solomon King of Judah, and unto all the House of Judah and Benjamin, and to the Remnant of the People, saying» ,

24 Thus faith the Lord, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your Brethren, the Children of Israel: return every Man to his House, for this Thing is from me. They liearkned therefore to the Word of the Lord, and returned to depart, according to the Word of the Lord.

25 Then Jeroboam built Shechem in Mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein, and went out from thence, and built Penuel.

26 And Jeroboam said in his Heart, Now shall the Kingdom return to the House of David:

27 If this People go up to do sacrifice in the House of the Lord at Jerusalem, then shall the Heart of this People turn again unto their Lord, even unto Rehoboam King of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam King of Judah.

28 Whereupon the King took Counsel, and made m> Calves of Gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy Gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the Land of Egypt.

29 And he set the one in Beth-el, and the other put hi in Dan.

30 And this Thing became a Sin: for the People went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.

31 And he made an House of high Places, and made Priests of the lowest of the People, which were not of the Sons of Levi.

32 And Jeroboam ordained a Feast in the eighth Month, on the fifteenth Day of the Month, like unto the Feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the Altar, (so did he in Beth-el) sacrificing unto the Calves that he had made: and he placed in Bcth-cl the Priests of the high Places which he had made.

33 So he offered upon the Altar which he had made in Beth-el, the fifteenth Day of the eighth Month, even in the Month which he had devised of his own Heart: and ordained a Feast unto the Children of Israel, and he offered upon the Altar and burnt Incense.

II. CUR ON. II. C H R O N. CHAP, XII.

1 Rehoboam forsaking the Lord, ispunijbed by Sbijhak: 5 He and the Princes repenting at the preaching of Shemaiah, are delivered from Destruction, but not from Spoil. 13 The Reign and Death of Rehoboam. t

Ver. 1 AND it came to pass when Rehoboam had estaXjl blistied the Kingdom, and had strengthned himself, he forsook the Law of the Lord, and all Israel with him.

1 Kings. XIV.

22 And Judah did Evil in the sight of the Lord, and they provoked him to Jealousy with their Sins which, they had committed, above all that their Fathers had done.

24 And there were also Sodomites in the Land, and they did according to all the Abominations of the Nations which the Lord cast out before the Children of Israel.

2 Chron. XII.

2 And it came to pass, that in the fifth Year of King Rehoboam, Shistiak King of Egypt came up against Jerusa- 1 lem (because they had transgressed against the Lord)

3 With twelve hundred Chariots, and threescore thousand Horsemen: and the People were without Number that came with him out of Egypt j the Lubims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians.

4 And he took the fenced Cities which pertained to Judah, and came to Jerusalem.

5 Then came Shemaiah the Prophet to Rehoboam, and to the Princes of Judah, that were gathered together to Jerusalem because of Shistiak, and said unto them, Thus faith the Lord, Ye have forsaken me, and therefore have I also lest you in the Hand of Shistiak.

6 Whereupon the Princes of Israel, and the King humWed themselves, and they said, The Lord is righteous.

7 And when the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, the Word of the Lord came to Shemaiah, faying, They have humbled themselves, therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some Deliverance, arid my Wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by the Hand of Shistiak.

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