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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Reading from: 2 Chronicles 10-12.

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Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Reading From: 2 Chronicles 10-12
 

2 Chronicles 10

   And Rehoboam went to Shechem, for to Shechem had all Israel come to make him king.

 2And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat (who was in Egypt whither he had fled from the presence of Solomon the king) heard it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.

 3And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam, saying,

 4'Thy father made our yoke grievous. Now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee.'

 5And he said unto them, 'Come again unto me after three days.' And the people departed.

 6And King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men who had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, 'What counsel give ye me to return an answer to this people?'

 7And they spoke unto him, saying, 'If thou be kind to this people and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.'

 8But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men who were brought up with him, who stood before him.

 9And he said unto them, 'What advice give ye that we may return an answer to this people who have spoken to me, saying, `Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father put upon us'?'

 10And the young men who were brought up with him spoke unto him, saying, 'Thus shalt thou answer the people who spoke unto thee, saying, `Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it somewhat lighter for us' -- thus shalt thou say unto them, `My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins.

 11For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more on your yoke. My father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.''

 12So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king bade, saying, 'Come again to me on the third day.'

 13And the king answered them roughly; and King Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men,

 14and answered them according to the advice of the young men, saying, 'My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions!'

 15So the king hearkened not unto the people, for the cause was of God, that the LORD might perform His word which He spoke by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

 16And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying, 'What portion have we in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. Every man to your tents, O Israel! And now, David, see to thine own house!' So all Israel went to their tents.

 17But as for the children of Israel who dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.

 18Then King Rehoboam sent Hadoram who had charge over the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, so that he died. But King Rehoboam made haste to mount his chariot to flee to Jerusalem.

 19And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.

   

2 Chronicles 11

   And when Rehoboam had come to Jerusalem, he gathered from the house of Judah and Benjamin a hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men who were warriors to fight against Israel, that he might bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam.

 2But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying,

 3'Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying,

 4`Thus saith the LORD: Ye shall not go up nor fight against your brethren. Return every man to his house, for this thing is done from Me.'' And they obeyed the words of the LORD, and returned from going against Jeroboam.

 5And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defense in Judah.

 6He built even Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,

 7and Bethzur, and Shoco, and Adullam,

 8and Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph,

 9and Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah,

 10and Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in Benjamin, fortified cities.

 11And he fortified the strongholds and put captains in them, and stores of victuals and of oil and wine.

 12And in each separate city he put shields and spears, and made them exceedingly strong, having Judah and Benjamin on his side.

 13And the priests and the Levites who were in all Israel resorted to him out of all their borders.

 14For the Levites left their suburbs and their possessions and came to Judah and Jerusalem, for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest's office unto the LORD.

 15And he ordained for himself priests for the high places, and for the devils, and for the calves which he had made.

 16And after them, out of all the tribes of Israel, such as set their hearts to seek the LORD God of Israel came to Jerusalem to sacrifice unto the LORD God of their fathers.

 17So they strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and made Rehoboam the son of Solomon strong three years. For three years they walked in the way of David and Solomon.

 18And Rehoboam took Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David for a wife, and Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse,

 19who bore him children: Jeush, and Shamariah, and Zaham.

 20And after her he took Maachah the daughter of Absalom, who bore him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith.

 21And Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter of Absalom above all his wives and his concubines (for he took eighteen wives and threescore concubines, and begot twenty and eight sons and threescore daughters);

 22and Rehoboam made Abijah the son of Maachah the chief to be ruler among his brethren, for he thought to make him king.

 23And he dealt wisely, and dispersed some of his children throughout all the countries of Judah and Benjamin, unto every fortified city; and he gave them victuals in abundance. And he desired many wives.

   

2 Chronicles 12

   And it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the LORD, and all Israel with him.

 2And it came to pass that in the fifth year of King Rehoboam, Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against the LORD,

 3with twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen; and the people were without number who came with him out of Egypt: the Lubims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians.

 4And he took the fortified cities which pertained to Judah, and came to Jerusalem.

 5Then came Shemaiah the prophet to Rehoboam and to the princes of Judah, who were gathered together in Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said unto them, 'Thus saith the LORD: `Ye have forsaken Me, and therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak.''

 6Whereupon the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves, and they said, 'The LORD is righteous.'

 7And when the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah, saying, 'They have humbled themselves. Therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance, and My wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.

 8Nevertheless they shall be his servants, that they may know My service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.'

 9So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the house of the LORD and the treasures of the king's house. He took all: he carried away also the shields of gold which Solomon had made.

 10In their stead King Rehoboam made shields of brass and committed them to the hands of the chief of the guard, who kept the entrance of the king's house.

 11And when the king entered into the house of the LORD, the guard came and fetched them, and brought them again into the guard chamber.

 12And when he humbled himself, the wrath of the LORD turned from him, that He would not destroy him altogether; and also in Judah things went well.

 13So King Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem, and reigned; for Rehoboam was one and forty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the LORD had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel to put His name there. And his mother's name was Naamah, an Ammonitess.

 14And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.

 15Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written in the book of Shemaiah the prophet and of Iddo the seer concerning genealogies? And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually.

 16And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David; and Abijah his son reigned in his stead.

   


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