1 And Rehoboam
went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to Shechem to make
2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was
yet in Egypt, heard of it, (for he 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 to me. 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
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
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
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
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 Bethel, 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 he in Bethel, sacrificing
unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the
priests of the high places which he had made.
33 So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel
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
1 And, behold,
there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the LORD
unto Bethel: 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; and upon thee
shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense
upon thee, and men's bones shall be burnt upon thee.
3 And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign
which the LORD hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent,
and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out.
4 And it came to pass, when king Jeroboam heard the saying of
the man of God, which had cried against the altar in Bethel,
that he put forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold
on him. And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried
up, so that he could not pull it in again to him.
5 The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured out from the
altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given
by the word of the LORD.
6 And the king answered and said unto the man of God, Intreat
now the face of the LORD thy God, and pray for me, that my hand
may be restored me again. And the man of God besought the LORD,
and the king's hand was restored him again, and became as it
7 And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me,
and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward.
8 And the man of God said unto the king, If thou wilt give me
half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I
eat bread nor drink water in this place:
9 For so was it charged me by the word of the LORD, saying,
Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way
that thou camest.
10 So he went another way, and returned not by the way that
he came to Bethel.
11 Now there dwelt an old prophet in Bethel; and his sons came
and told him all the works that the man of God had done that
day in Bethel: the words which he had spoken unto the king,
them they told also to their father.
12 And their father said unto them, What way went he? For his
sons had seen what way the man of God went, which came from
13 And he said unto his sons, Saddle me the ass. So they saddled
him the ass: and he rode thereon,
14 And went after the man of God, and found him sitting under
an oak: and he said unto him, Art thou the man of God that camest
from Judah? And he said, I am.
15 Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread.
16 And he said, I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee:
neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this place:
17 For it was said to me by the word of the LORD, Thou shalt
eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by
the way that thou camest.
18 He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an
angel spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him
back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink
water. But he lied unto him.
19 So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house,
and drank water.
20 And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word
of the LORD came unto the prophet that brought him back:
21 And he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying,
Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth
of the LORD, and hast not kept the commandment which the LORD
thy God commanded thee,
22 But camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in
the place, of the which the LORD did say to thee, Eat no bread,
and drink no water; thy carcase shall not come unto the sepulchre
of thy fathers.
23 And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread, and after
he had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass, to wit, for the
prophet whom he had brought back.
24 And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew
him: and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood
by it, the lion also stood by the carcase.
25 And, behold, men passed by, and saw the carcase cast in the
way, and the lion standing by the carcase: and they came and
told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt.
26 And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard
thereof, he said, It is the man of God, who was disobedient
unto the word of the LORD: therefore the LORD hath delivered
him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according
to the word of the LORD, which he spake unto him.
27 And he spake to his sons, saying, Saddle me the ass. And
they saddled him.
28 And he went and found his carcase cast in the way, and the
ass and the lion standing by the carcase: the lion had not eaten
the carcase, nor torn the ass.
29 And the prophet took up the carcase of the man of God, and
laid it upon the ass, and brought it back: and the old prophet
came to the city, to mourn and to bury him.
30 And he laid his carcase in his own grave; and they mourned
over him, saying, Alas, my brother!
31 And it came to pass, after he had buried him, that he spake
to his sons, saying, When I am dead, then bury me in the sepulchre
wherein the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones:
32 For the saying which he cried by the word of the LORD against
the altar in Bethel, and against all the houses of the high
places which are in the cities of Samaria, shall surely come
33 After this thing Jeroboam returned not from his evil way,
but made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high
places: whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one
of the priests of the high places.
34 And this thing became sin unto the house of Jeroboam, even
to cut it off, and to destroy it from off the face of the earth.
1 At that time
Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick.
2 And Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, I pray thee, and disguise
thyself, that thou be not known to be the wife of Jeroboam;
and get thee to Shiloh: behold, there is Ahijah the prophet,
which told me that I should be king over this people.
3 And take with thee ten loaves, and cracknels, and a cruse
of honey, and go to him: he shall tell thee what shall become
of the child.
4 And Jeroboam's wife did so, and arose, and went to Shiloh,
and came to the house of Ahijah. But Ahijah could not see; for
his eyes were set by reason of his age.
5 And the LORD said unto Ahijah, Behold, the wife of Jeroboam
cometh to ask a thing of thee for her son; for he is sick: thus
and thus shalt thou say unto her: for it shall be, when she
cometh in, that she shall feign herself to be another woman.
6 And it was so, when Ahijah heard the sound of her feet as
she came in at the door, that he said, Come in, thou wife of
Jeroboam; why feignest thou thyself to be another? for I am
sent to thee with heavy tidings.
7 Go, tell Jeroboam, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Forasmuch
as I exalted thee from among the people, and made thee prince
over my people Israel,
8 And rent the kingdom away from the house of David, and gave
it thee: and yet thou hast not been as my servant David, who
kept my commandments, and who followed me with all his heart,
to do that only which was right in mine eyes;
9 But hast done evil above all that were before thee: for thou
hast gone and made thee other gods, and molten images, to provoke
me to anger, and hast cast me behind thy back:
10 Therefore, behold, I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam,
and will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the
wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel, and will take
away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as a man taketh away
dung, till it be all gone.
11 Him that dieth of Jeroboam in the city shall the dogs eat;
and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat:
for the LORD hath spoken it.
12 Arise thou therefore, get thee to thine own house: and when
thy feet enter into the city, the child shall die.
13 And all Israel shall mourn for him, and bury him: for he
only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him there
is found some good thing toward the LORD God of Israel in the
house of Jeroboam.
14 Moreover the LORD shall raise him up a king over Israel,
who shall cut off the house of Jeroboam that day: but what?
15 For the LORD shall smite Israel, as a reed is shaken in the
water, and he shall root up Israel out of this good land, which
he gave to their fathers, and shall scatter them beyond the
river, because they have made their groves, provoking the LORD
16 And he shall give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam,
who did sin, and who made Israel to sin.
17 And Jeroboam's wife arose, and departed, and came to Tirzah:
and when she came to the threshold of the door, the child died;
18 And they buried him; and all Israel mourned for him, according
to the word of the LORD, which he spake by the hand of his servant
Ahijah the prophet.
19 And the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, how he warred, and
how he reigned, behold, they are written in the book of the
chronicles of the kings of Israel.
20 And the days which Jeroboam reigned were two and twenty years:
and he slept with this fathers, and Nadab his son reigned in
21 And Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah. Rehoboam
was forty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned
seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the LORD did choose
out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. And
his mother's name was Naamah an Ammonitess.
22 And Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked
him to jealousy with their sins which they had committed, above
all that their fathers had done.
23 For they also built them high places, and images, and groves,
on every high hill, and under every green tree.
24 And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according
to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out
before the children of Israel.
25 And it came to pass in the fifth year of king Rehoboam, that
Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem:
26 And he took away the treasures of the house of the LORD,
and the treasures of the king's house; he even took away all:
and he took away all the shields of gold which Solomon had made.
27 And king Rehoboam made in their stead brasen shields, and
committed them unto the hands of the chief of the guard, which
kept the door of the king's house.
28 And it was so, when the king went into the house of the LORD,
that the guard bare them, and brought them back into the guard
29 Now the rest of the acts of Rehoboam, and all that he did,
are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings
30 And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their
31 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried with
his fathers in the city of David. And his mother's name was
Naamah an Ammonitess. And Abijam his son reigned in his stead.