|1 Kings 14 |
1 At that time Abijah, the son of Jeroboam, fell sick.
2 And Jeroboam said to his wife, "Arise, I pray you, and disguise yourself, so that you are not recognized as the wife of Jeroboam, and go to Shiloh. Behold, Ahijah the prophet is there, who told me that I would be king over this people.
3 Take with you ten loaves, some cakes, and a jar of honey, and go to him. He will tell you what will happen to the child."
4 So Jeroboam's wife did so. She arose and went to Shiloh and came to the house of Ahijah. Now Ahijah could not see, for his eyes were glazed because of his age.
5 But the LORD said to Ahijah, "Behold, the wife of Jeroboam comes to ask you about her son, for he is sick, and you shall give her such and such an answer. When she comes in, she will pretend to be another woman."
6 And so when Ahijah heard the sound of her feet as she came in at the door, he said, "Come in, wife of Jeroboam. Why do you pretend to be another? For I have been sent to you with heavy tidings.
7 Go and tell Jeroboam, 'Thus says the LORD God of Israel: Because I exalted you from among the people and made you prince over my people Israel,
8 And tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you — and yet you have not been as my servant David, who kept my commands and who followed me with all his heart, to do only what was right in my eyes,
9 But have done evil exceeding all who were before you; for you have made yourself other gods, molten images, to provoke me to anger and have cast me behind your back —
10 Therefore behold, I will bring destruction upon the house of Jeroboam and will cut off from Jeroboam all who piss against the wall [males] in Israel, both bond and free, and will sweep away the house of Jeroboam as a man sweeps away dung, until it is all gone.
11 Whoever belongs to Jeroboam who dies in the city, the dogs shall eat; and whoever dies in the field, the birds of the air shall eat. For the LORD has spoken it.'
12 Arise therefore, go to your own house. When your feet enter the city, the child shall die.
13 And all Israel shall mourn for him and bury him; for he alone of Jeroboam's family shall come to the grave, because in him only there is found some good thing toward the LORD God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.
14 Moreover the LORD will raise up for himself a king over Israel who shall cut off the house of Jeroboam. This day! What? Yes, even now!
15 For the LORD will strike Israel, like a reed is shaken in the water; and he will uproot Israel out of this good land, which he gave to their forefathers and will scatter them beyond the Euphrates River because they have made their Asherim poles [various upright wooden idols in the likeness of the goddess Asherah], provoking the LORD to anger.
16 He will give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, who sinned and made Israel sin."
17 So Jeroboam's wife arose and departed and went to Tirzah. And as soon as she stepped over the threshold of the house, the child died.
18 And they buried him and all Israel mourned for him, just as the Lord had predicted, which he spoke through his servant Ahijah the prophet. [The alternate Hebrew translation is: "according to the word of the Lord which he spoke." The above is from Greek.]
19 Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, how he made war, and how he reigned, are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel.
20 Jeroboam reigned for twenty years two, and he slept with his forefathers; and Nadab, his son, reigned in his place.
21 Now Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, reigned in Judah. Rehoboam was forty one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city that the LORD choose out of all the tribes of Israel to put his name there. His mother's name was Naamah the Ammonitess.
22 And Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD as well, and provoked him to jealousy with the sins that they committed, exceeding everything evil that their forefathers had done.
23 For they also built themselves idolatrous high places, sacred stone pillars, and Asherim poles on every high hill and beneath every green tree.
24 There were even sodomites [male shrine prostitutes] in the land. They did all the same abominations that the nations that the LORD had destroyed fighting before the children of Israel.
25 Now it came to pass in the fifth year of King Rehoboam, that Shishak, king of Egypt, came up against Jerusalem.
26 And he carried away the treasures of the temple of the LORD and the treasures of the king's palace; he took away everything, including the shields of gold that Solomon had made.
27 So King Rehoboam made bronze shields to replace them, and assigned them to the captains of the guard who kept the door of the king's palace.
28 And whenever the king went into the temple of the LORD, the guards would carry them and then return them to the guardroom.
29 Now the rest of the acts of Rehoboam, and all that he did, are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah.
30 There was continual war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam, all their days.
31 So Rehoboam slept with his forefathers and was buried with them in the city of David. His mother's name was Naamah the Ammonitess. And Abijam, his son, reigned in his place.
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