1 Kings 14

1 At that time Abiʹjah the son of Jeroboʹam fell sick.

2 So Jeroboʹam said to his wife: “Rise up, please, and disguise yourself so that they will not know that you are Jeroboʹam’s wife, and go to Shiʹloh. Look! Ahiʹjah the prophet is there. He is the one who spoke of me becoming king over this people.

3 Take with you ten loaves of bread, sprinkled cakes, and a flask of honey, and go to him. He will then tell you what is going to happen to the boy.”

4 Jeroboʹam’s wife did what he said. She rose up and went to Shiʹloh and came to the house of Ahiʹjah. Ahiʹjah’s eyes stared straight ahead, and he could not see because of his age.

5 But Jehovah had told Ahiʹjah: “Here is the wife of Jeroboʹam coming to inquire of you regarding her son, for he is sick. I will tell you what to say to her. When she arrives, she will conceal her identity.”

6 As soon as Ahiʹjah heard the sound of her footsteps as she was coming into the entrance, he said: “Come in, wife of Jeroboʹam. Why are you concealing your identity? I have been assigned to give you a harsh message.

7 Go, tell Jeroboʹam, ‘This is what Jehovah the God of Israel says: “I raised you up from among your people to make you a leader over my people Israel.

8 Then I ripped the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you. But you have not become like my servant David, who kept my commandments and who walked after me with all his heart, doing only what was right in my eyes.

9 But you have done worse than all those who were prior to you, and you made for yourself another god and metal images to offend me, and it is I whom you have turned your back on.

10 For that reason I am bringing calamity on the house of Jeroboʹam, and I will annihilate from Jeroboʹam every male, including the helpless and weak in Israel, and I will make a clean sweep of the house of Jeroboʹam, just as one clears away the dung until it is all gone!

11 Anyone belonging to Jeroboʹam who dies in the city, the dogs will eat; and anyone who dies in the field, the birds of the heavens will eat, for Jehovah has spoken it.”’

12 “Now rise up; go to your house. When you set foot in the city, the child will die.

13 All Israel will mourn him and bury him, for he alone of Jeroboʹam’s family will be laid in a grave, because he is the only one of the house of Jeroboʹam in whom Jehovah the God of Israel has found something good.

14 Jehovah will raise up for himself a king over Israel who will do away with the house of Jeroboʹam from that day forward, yes, even now.

15 Jehovah will strike Israel down like a reed that sways in the water, and he will uproot Israel off this good land that he gave to their forefathers, and he will scatter them beyond the River, because they made their sacred poles, offending Jehovah.

16 And he will abandon Israel because of the sins that Jeroboʹam has committed and has caused Israel to commit.”

17 At that Jeroboʹam’s wife rose up and went on her way and came to Tirʹzah. As she came to the threshold of the house, the boy died.

18 So they buried him, and all Israel mourned him, according to Jehovah’s word that he had spoken through his servant Ahiʹjah the prophet.

19 And the rest of the history of Jeroboʹam, how he waged war and how he reigned, is written in the book of the history of the times of the kings of Israel.

20 And the length of Jeroboʹam’s reign was 22 years, after which he was laid to rest with his forefathers; and his son Naʹdab became king in his place.

21 Meanwhile, Rehoboʹam the son of Solʹomon had become king in Judah. Rehoboʹam was 41 years old when he became king, and he reigned for 17 years in Jerusalem, the city that Jehovah had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel as the place to put his name. The name of Rehoboʹam’s mother was Naʹamah the Amʹmonitess.

22 And Judah was doing what was bad in the eyes of Jehovah, and by the sins they committed they provoked him more than their forefathers had done.

23 They too kept building for themselves high places, sacred pillars, and sacred poles on every high hill and under every luxuriant tree.

24 There were also male temple prostitutes in the land. They acted according to all the detestable things of the nations that Jehovah had driven out before the Israelites.

25 In the fifth year of King Rehoboʹam, King Shiʹshak of Egypt came up against Jerusalem.

26 He took the treasures of the house of Jehovah and the treasures of the king’s house. He took everything, including all the gold shields that Solʹomon had made.

27 So King Rehoboʹam made copper shields to replace them, and he entrusted them to the chiefs of the guard, who guarded the entrance of the king’s house.

28 Whenever the king came to the house of Jehovah, the guards would carry them, and then they would return them to the guard chamber.

29 And the rest of the history of Rehoboʹam, all that he did, is it not written in the book of the history of the times of the kings of Judah?

30 There was constant warfare between Rehoboʹam and Jeroboʹam.

31 Then Rehoboʹam was laid to rest with his forefathers and was buried with his forefathers in the City of David. His mother’s name was Naʹamah the Amʹmonitess. And his son Abiʹjam became king in his place.

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