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Solomon built Millo, and repaired the breaches of the city of David his father.

28 And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valour : and Solomon seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made him ruler over all the charge of the house of Joseph.

29 And it came to pass at that time when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two were alone in the field :

30 And Ahijah caught the new garment that was on him, and rent it in twelve pieces

31 And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces : for thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:

32 (But he shall have one tribe for my servant David's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel :)

33 Because that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father.

34 Howbeit I will not take the whole kingdom out of his band : but I will make him prince all the days of his life for David my servant's sake, whom I chose, because he kept my commandments and my statutes :

35 But I will take the kingdom out of his son's hand, and will give it unto thee, even ten tribes.

36 And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there.

37 And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel.

38 And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did ; that I will be with thee, and build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.

39 And I will for this afflict the seed of David, but not for ever.

40 Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam. And Jeroboam arose, and fled into Egypt, unto Shishak king of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death of Solomon.

41 And the rest of the acts of Solomon, and all that he did, and his wisdom, are they not written in the book of the acts of Solomon?

42 And the time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years.

43 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David his father: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.

CHAP. XII.

AND Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to Shechem to make him king.

2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was

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yet in Egypt, heard of it, (for hel was fled from the presence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt;)

3 That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the congregation of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying,

4 Thy father made our yoke grievous : now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee.

5 And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again

And the people departed. 6 And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people?

7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.

8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him :

9 And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter?

10 And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins.

11 And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

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

13 And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men's counsel that they gave him ;

14 And spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

15 Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people ; for the cause was from the LORD, that he might perform his saying, which the LORD spake by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

16 So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David ? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse : to your tents, O Israel : now see to thine own house, David. So Israel departed unto their tents.

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

18 Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was over the tribute; and all Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. Therefore king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.

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

20. And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Israel : there was none that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only.

21 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.

22 But the word of God came unto Shemaiah the man of God, saying,

23 Speak unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant of the people, saying,

24 Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house ; for this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the LORD, and returned to depart, according to the word of the Lord.

25 Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel.

26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:

27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.

28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

29 And he set the one in Beth-el, and the other put he in Dan.

30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.

31 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.

32 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did be in Beth-el, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Beth-el the priests of the high places which he had made.

33 So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Beth-el the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense.

CHAP. XIII. AND, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the LORD unto Beth-el: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense.

2 And he cried against the altar in the word of the LORD, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the LORD; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name ;

thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that

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burn incense upon thee, and men's || 11 Now there dwelt an old probones shall be burnt upon thee. phet in Beth-el; and his sons came

3 And he gave a sign the same and told him all the works that the day, saying, This is the sign which man of God had done that day in the LORD hath spoken; Behold, Beth-el : the words which he had the altar shall be rent, and the spoken unto the king, them they ashes that are upon it shall be told also to their father. poured out.

12 And their father said unto 4 And it came to pass, when king them, What way went he? For his Jeroboam heard the saying of the sons had seen what way the man of man of God, which had cried a God went, which came from Judah. gainst the altar in Beth-el, that he 13 And he said unto his sons, put forth his hand from the altar, Saddle me the ass. So they saddled saying, Lay hold on him. And his him the ass : and he rode thereon, hand, which he put forth against 14 And went after the man of him, dried up, so that he could not God, and found him sitting under pull it in again to him.

an oak : and he said unto him, Art 5 The altar also was rent, and the thou the man of God that camest ashes poured out from the altar, ac from Judah ? And he said, I am. cording to the sign which the man 15 Then he said unto him, Come of God had given by the word of home with me, and eat bread. the LORD.

16 And he said, I may not return 6 And the king answered and with thee, nor go in with thee: neisaid unto the man of God, Intreat ther will I eat bread nor drink water now the face of the Lord thy God, with thee in this place : and pray for me, that my hand may 17 For it was said to me by the be restored me again. And the man word of the LORD, Thou shalt eat of God besought the LORD, and the no bread nor drink water there, nor king's hand was restored him again, turn again to go by the way that and became as it was before.

thou camest. 7 And the king said unto the 18 He said unto him, I am a proman of God, Come home with me, phet also as thou art; and an angel and refresh thyself, and I will give spake unto me by the word of the thee a reward.

LORD, saying, Bring him back with 8 And the man of God said unto thee into thine house, that he may the king, If thou wilt give me half eat bread and drink water. But he thine house, I will not go in with lied unto him. thee, neither will I eat bread nor 19 So he went back with him, drink water in this place:

and did eat bread in his house, and 9 For so was it charged me by drank water, the word of the LORD, saying, Eat 20 And it came to pass, as they no bread, nor drink water, nor turn sat at the table, that the word of the again by the same way that thou LORD came unto the prophet that camest.

brought him back : 10 So he went another way, and 21 And he cried unto the man of returned not by the way that he God that came from Judah, saying, came to Beth-el.

Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch

Solomon built Millo, and repaired 35 But I will take the kingdom the breaches of the city of David out of his son's hand, and will give his father.

it unto thee, even ten tribes. 28 And the man Jeroboam was a 36 And unto his son will I give mighty man of valour : and Solo one tribe, that David my servant mon seeing the young man that he may have a light alway before me was industrious, he made him ruler in Jerusalem, the city which I have over all the charge of the house of chosen me to put my name there. Joseph.

37 And I will take thee, and thou 29 And it came to pass at that shalt reign according to all that thy time when Jeroboam went out of soul desireth, and shalt be king over Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah Israel. the Shilonite found him in the way; 38 And it shall be, if thou wilt and he had clad himself with a new hearken unto all that I command garment; and they two were alone thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and in the field :

do that is right in my sight, to keep 30 And Ahijah caught the new my statutes and my commandments, garment that was on him, and rent as David my servant did; that I it in twelve pieces :

will be with thee, and build thee a 31 And he said to Jeroboam, sure house, as I built for David, and Take thee ten pieces : for thus saith will give Israel unto thee. the LORD, the God of Israel, Be 39 And I will for this afflict the hold, I will rend the kingdom out seed of David, but not for ever. of the hand of Solomon, and will 40 Solomon sought therefore to give ten tribes to thee:

kill Jeroboam. And Jeroboam a32 (But he shall have one tribe rose, and fled into Egypt, unto for my servant David's sake, and Shishak king of Egypt, and was in for Jerusalem's sake, the city which Egypt until the death of Solomon. I have chosen out of all the tribes 41 And the rest of the acts of of Israel :)

Solomon, and all that he did, and 33 Because that they have for his wisdom, are they not written in saken me, and have worshipped the book of the acts of Solomon ? Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zido 42 And the time that Solomon nians, Chemosh the god of the Mo reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel abites, and Milcom the god of the was forty years. children of Ammon, and have not 43 And Solomon slept with his walked in my ways, to do that which fathers, and was buried in the city is right in mine eyes, and to keep of David his father: and Rehoboam my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father. • 34 Howbeit I will not take the

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