Jeroboams Son Dies
- 1 About the same time, Abijah son of Jeroboam got sick. 2 Jeroboam told
- Disguise yourself so no one will know youre
my wife, then go to Shiloh, where the prophet Ahijah lives. Take him ten loaves
of bread, some small cakes, and honey, and ask him what will happen to our
son. He can tell you, because hes the one who told me I would become
- 4 She got ready and left for Ahijahs house
Ahijah was now old and blind, 5 but the Lord told
him, Jeroboams wife is coming to ask about her son. I will tell
you what to say to her.
Jeroboams wife came to Ahijahs house,
pretending to be someone else. 6 But when Ahijah heard her walking up to the
door, he said:
- Come in! I know youre Jeroboams wifewhy
are you pretending to be someone else? I have some bad news for you. 7 Give
your husband this message from the Lord God of Israel: Jeroboam, you
know that I, the Lord, chose you over anyone else to be the leader of my people
Israel. 8 I even took Davids kingdom away from his family and gave it
to you. But you are not like my servant David. He always obeyed me and did
what was right.
9 You have made me very angry by rejecting me
and making idols out of gold. Jeroboam, you have done more evil things than
any king before you.
10 Because of this, I will destroy your family
by killing every man and boy in it, whether slave or free. I will wipe out
your family, just as fire burns up trash. 11 Dogs will eat the bodies of your
relatives who die in town, and vultures will eat the bodies of those who die
in the country. I, the Lord, have spoken and will not change my mind!
12 Thats the Lords message to your husband.
As for you, go back home, and right after you get there, your son will die.
13 Everyone in Israel will mourn at his funeral. But he will be the last one
from Jeroboams family to receive a proper burial, because hes
the only one the Lord God of Israel is pleased with.
14 The Lord will soon choose a new king of Israel,
who will destroy Jeroboams family. And I mean very soon. 15 The people
of Israel have made the Lord angry by setting up sacred poles for worshiping
the goddess Asherah. So the Lord will punish them until they shake like grass
in a stream. He will take them out of the land he gave to their ancestors,
then scatter them as far away as the Euphrates River. 16 Jeroboam sinned and
caused the Israelites to sin. Now the Lord will desert Israel.
- 17 Jeroboams wife left and went back home
to the town of Tirzah. As soon as she set foot in her house,
her son died. 18 Everyone in Israel came and mourned at his funeral, just
as the Lords servant Ahijah had said.
- 19 Everything else Jeroboam did while
he was king, including the battles he won, is written in The
History of the Kings of Israel. 20 He was king of Israel
for twenty-two years, then he died, and his son Nadab became
- King Rehoboam of Judah
21 Rehoboam son of Solomon was forty-one years old
when he became king of Judah, and he ruled seventeen years from Jerusalem, the
city where the Lord had chosen to be worshiped. His mother Naamah was from Ammon.
22 The people of Judah disobeyed the Lord and made him
even angrier than their ancestors had. 23 They also built their own local shrines
and stone images of foreign gods, and they set up sacred poles for worshiping
the goddess Asherah on every hill and in the shade of large trees. 24 Even worse,
they allowed prostitutes at the shrines, and followed the disgusting customs
of the foreign nations that the Lord had forced out of Canaan.
25 After Rehoboam had been king for four years, King
Shishak of Egypt attacked Jerusalem. 26 He took everything of value from the
temple and the palace, including Solomons gold shields.
27 Rehoboam had bronze shields made to replace the gold
ones, and he ordered the guards at the city gates to keep them safe. 28 Whenever
Rehoboam went to the Lords temple, the guards carried the shields. But
they always took them back to the guardroom as soon as he was finished.
29 Everything else Rehoboam did while
he was king is written in The History of the Kings of Judah. 30 He and
Jeroboam were constantly at war. 31 Rehoboams mother
Naamah was from Ammon, but when Rehoboam died, he was buried beside his ancestors
in Jerusalem. His son Abijam then became king.
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