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PERIOD THE SIXTH.

CHAPTER I.

The Reign of Rehoboam, first King of Judah, with the con-
temporary Events in the Kingdom of Israel (17 Years—
from 975 to 958.)

PART I.
Reign of Rehoboam.

a 2 Chron. xii. 13.

1, &c.

SECTION I.
Revolt of the Ten Tribes.

1 KINGS XIV, PART OF ver. 21. 21 And Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Ju- A.C. 975. dah..Rehoboam was forty and one years old when he began to reign.

1 KINGS XII, ver. 1-25. 1 And "Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were v 2 Chron. x. come to Shechem to make him king.

2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was yet in · Egypt, heard of it, (for he was fled from the c ch. xi. 40. presence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt ;) 3 That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the congregation of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying,

4 Thy father made our yoke grievous : now therefore dch. iv. 7. make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee.

5 And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again unto me. And the people departed. 6 C And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ve 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.

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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, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter?

10 And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this 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 shall 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 I 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, * Heb. kard. 13 And the king answered the people * roughly, and for

sook the old men's 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 hearkened not unto the people ;

for the cause was from the LORD, that he might perform his ech. xi. II, saying, which the LORD spake by Ahijah the Shilonite

unto Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

16 g So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David ? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse : 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.

18 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 9 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he

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which were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to
bring the kingdom again

to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.
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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 saith 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 hearkened therefore to the word of the LORD, and returned to depart, according to the word of the LORD.

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Government of Rehoboam.
2 Chronicles XI. VER. 5, TO THE END.
5 And Rchoboam 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 Adullam,
8 And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph,
9 And Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah,

10 And Zorah, and Aijalon, 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 oil 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 Levites that were in all Israel * resorted to him out of all their coasts.

14 For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, serutes tourism and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for h Jeroboam and his hch. xiii, & sons had cast them off from executing the priest's office unto

15 And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils, and for the calves which he had 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 Je-
rusalem, 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 Solomon.

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i 1 Kings xv. 2.

A.C.973. 18 And Rehoboam took him Mahalath the daughter of

Jerimoth the son of David to wife, and Abihail the daughter
of Eliab the son of Jesse ;

GIN 19 Which bare him children; Jeush, and Shamariah, and the Zaham.

20 And after her he took i Maachah the daughter of Abu at salom; which bare him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and witeit Shelomith.

21 And Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter of Absalom above all his wives and his concubines: (for he took the eighteen wives, and threescore concubines; and begat twenty and eight sons, and threescore daughters.)

22 And Rehoboam made Abijah the son of Maachah the chief, to be ruler among his brethren : for he thought to make him king

23 And he dealt wisely, and dispersed of all his children throughout all the countries of Judah and Benjamin, unto every

fenced city: and he gave them victual in abundance. Heb. a mul. And he desired * many wives. titude of wives.

2 CHRONICLES XIl. ver. 1. 1 And it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the LORD, and all Israel with him.

1 KINGS XIV. ver. 22–25. 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. Or, standing 23 For they also built them high places, and + images, images, or, and groves, on every high hill

, and under every green tree. 24 And they 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.

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SECTION III.

Invasion of Shishak.

2 CHRONICLES XII. VER. 2 TO THE END. 970. 2 And it came to pass, that in the fifth year of king RejKings xiv. hoboam Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem,

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; the Lubims, the Sukküms, and the Ethiopians.

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

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