2 Chronicles 12

1 Soon after the kingship of Rehoboʹam was firmly established and he had become strong, he abandoned the Law of Jehovah, and also all Israel with him.

2 In the fifth year of King Rehoboʹam, King Shiʹshak of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, for they had behaved unfaithfully toward Jehovah.

3 He had 1,200 chariots, 60,000 horsemen, and countless troops who came with him from Egypt—Libʹyans, Sukʹkiim, and Ethioʹpians.

4 He captured the fortified cities of Judah and finally reached Jerusalem.

5 Shemaiʹah the prophet came to Rehoboʹam and the princes of Judah who had gathered at Jerusalem because of Shiʹshak, and he said to them: “This is what Jehovah says, ‘You have abandoned me, so I have also abandoned you to the hand of Shiʹshak.’”

6 At that the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said: “Jehovah is righteous.”

7 When Jehovah saw that they had humbled themselves, the word of Jehovah came to Shemaiʹah, saying: “They have humbled themselves. I will not destroy them, and in a little while I will rescue them. I will not pour out my wrath on Jerusalem through Shiʹshak.

8 But they will become his servants, so that they will know the difference between serving me and serving the kings of other lands.”

9 So King Shiʹshak of Egypt came up against Jerusalem. He took the treasures of the house of Jehovah and the treasures of the king’s house. He took everything, including the gold shields that Solʹomon had made.

10 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.

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

12 Because the king humbled himself, Jehovah’s anger turned away from him, and he did not destroy them completely. Moreover, there were some good things found in Judah.

13 King Rehoboʹam strengthened his position in Jerusalem and continued to reign; 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 the king’s mother was Naʹamah the Amʹmonitess.

14 But he did what was bad, for he had not resolved in his heart to search for Jehovah.

15 As for Rehoboʹam’s history, from beginning to end, is it not written among the words of Shemaiʹah the prophet and of Idʹdo the visionary in the genealogical record? And there were constant wars between Rehoboʹam and Jeroboʹam.

16 Then Rehoboʹam was laid to rest with his forefathers and was buried in the City of David; and his son Abiʹjah became king in his place.

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