And Rehoboam cometh in to Jerusalem, and assembleth the
house of Judah and Benjamin, a hundred and eighty thousand chosen warriors, to
fight with Israel, to bring back the kingdom to Rehoboam.
And a word of Jehovah is unto Shemaiah, a man of God,
'Speak unto Rehoboam son of Solomon king of Judah, and unto
all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying,
Thus said Jehovah, Ye do not go up nor fight with your
brethren, turn back each to his house, for from Me hath this thing been;' and
they hear the words of Jehovah, and turn back from going against Jeroboam.
And Rehoboam dwelleth in Jerusalem, and buildeth cities for
a bulwark in Judah,
yea, he buildeth Beth-Lehem and Etam, and Tekoa,
and Beth-Zur, and Shocho, and Adullam,
and Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph,
and Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah,
and Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, that are in Judah
and in Benjamin, cities of bulwarks.
And he strengtheneth the bulwarks, and putteth in them
leaders, and treasures of food, and oil, and wine,
and in every city and city targets and spears, and
strengtheneth them very greatly; and he hath Judah and Benjamin.
And the priests, and the Levites, that are in all Israel,
have stationed themselves by him, out of all their border,
for the Levites have left their suburbs and their
possession, and they come to Judah and to Jerusalem, for Jeroboam and his sons
have cast them off from acting as priests to Jehovah,
and he establisheth to him priests for high places, and for
goats, and for calves, that he made --
and after them, out of all the tribes of Israel, those
giving their heart to seek Jehovah, God of Israel, have come in to Jerusalem to
sacrifice to Jehovah, God of their father.
And they strengthen the kingdom of Judah, and strengthen
Rehoboam son of Solomon, for three years, because they walked in the way of
David and Solomon for three years.
And Rehoboam taketh to him a wife, Mahalath, child of
Jerimoth son of David, and Abigail daughter of Eliab, son of Jesse.
And she beareth to him sons, Jeush, and Shamaria, and Zaham.
And after her he hath taken Maachah daughter of Absalom, and
she beareth to him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith.
And Rehoboam loveth Maachah daughter of Absalom above all
his wives and his concubines -- for eighteen wives he hath taken, and sixty
concubines -- and he begetteth twenty and eight sons, and sixty daughters.
And Rehoboam appointeth for head Abijah son of Maachah, for
leader among his brethren, for to cause him to reign.
And he hath understanding, and spreadeth out of all his sons
to all lands of Judah and Benjamin, to all cities of the bulwarks, and giveth
to them provision in abundance; and he asketh a multitude of wives.