Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem and built up towns for defense in Judah:
Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,
Beth Zur, Soco, Adullam,
Gath, Mareshah, Ziph,
Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah,
Zorah, Aijalon and Hebron. These were fortified cities1 in Judah and Benjamin.
He strengthened their defenses and put commanders in them, with supplies of food, olive oil and wine.
He put shields and spears in all the cities, and made them very strong. So Judah and Benjamin were his.
The priests and Levites from all their districts throughout Israel sided with him.
The Levites2 even abandoned their pasturelands and property,3 and came to Judah and Jerusalem because Jeroboam and his sons had rejected them as priests of the LORD.
And he appointed4 his own priests5 for the high places and for the goat6 and calf7 idols he had made.
Those from every tribe of Israel8 who set their hearts on seeking the LORD, the God of Israel, followed the Levites to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices to the LORD, the God of their fathers.
They strengthened9 the kingdom of Judah and supported Rehoboam son of Solomon three years, walking in the ways of David and Solomon during this time.