1 When Rehoboʹam arrived in Jerusalem, he immediately congregated the house of Judah and Benjamin, 180,000 trained warriors, to fight against Israel in order to restore the kingdom to Rehoboʹam.
2 Then the word of Jehovah came to Shemaiʹah the man of the true God, saying:
3 “Say to Rehoboʹam the son of Solʹomon the king of Judah and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin,
4 ‘This is what Jehovah says: “You must not go up and fight against your brothers. Each of you return to his house, for I have caused this to happen.”’” So they obeyed the word of Jehovah and returned and did not go against Jeroboʹam.
5 Rehoboʹam lived in Jerusalem and built fortified cities in Judah.
6 Thus he built up Bethʹlehem, Eʹtam, Tekoʹa,
7 Beth-zur, Soʹco, Adulʹlam,
8 Gath, Mareʹshah, Ziph,
9 Adoraʹim, Laʹchish, Azeʹkah,
10 Zoʹrah, Aiʹjalon, and Hebʹron, fortified cities that were in Judah and Benjamin.
11 Further, he reinforced the fortified places and put commanders in them and supplied them with food and oil and wine,
12 and he supplied all the different cities with large shields and lances; he reinforced them to a very great degree. And Judah and Benjamin remained his.
13 And the priests and the Levites who were in all Israel took their stand with him, coming out of all their territories.
14 The Levites left their pastures and their possession and came to Judah and Jerusalem, because Jeroboʹam and his sons had dismissed them from serving as priests to Jehovah.
15 Jeroboʹam then appointed his own priests for the high places and for the goatlike demons and for the calves that he had made.
16 And those from all the tribes of Israel who had their heart set on seeking Jehovah the God of Israel followed them to Jerusalem to sacrifice to Jehovah the God of their forefathers.
17 For three years they strengthened the kingship of Judah and supported Rehoboʹam the son of Solʹomon, for they walked in the way of David and Solʹomon for three years.
18 Then Rehoboʹam took as his wife Maʹhalath the daughter of David’s son Jerʹimoth and of Abʹihail the daughter of Jesʹse’s son Eliʹab.
19 In time she bore him sons: Jeʹush, Shemariʹah, and Zaʹham.
20 After her, he married Maʹacah the granddaughter of Abʹsalom. In time she bore him Abiʹjah, Atʹtai, Ziʹza, and Sheloʹmith.
21 Rehoboʹam loved Maʹacah the granddaughter of Abʹsalom more than all his other wives and concubines, for he took 18 wives and 60 concubines, and he became father to 28 sons and 60 daughters.
22 So Rehoboʹam appointed Abiʹjah the son of Maʹacah as head and leader among his brothers, for he intended to make him king.
23 However, he acted with understanding and sent some of his sons to all the regions of Judah and Benjamin, to all the fortified cities, and gave them abundant provisions and acquired many wives for them.