2 Chronicles 11:2-12 NIV

2 But this word of the LORD came to Shemaiah1 the man of God:

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3 "Say to Rehoboam son of Solomon king of Judah and to all the Israelites in Judah and Benjamin,
4 'This is what the LORD says: Do not go up to fight against your brothers.2 Go home, every one of you, for this is my doing.' " So they obeyed the words of the LORD and turned back from marching against Jeroboam.

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Rehoboam Fortifies Judah

5 Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem and built up towns for defense in Judah:

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      6 Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,
      7 Beth Zur, Soco, Adullam,
      8 Gath, Mareshah, Ziph,
      9 Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah,
      10 Zorah, Aijalon and Hebron. These were fortified cities3 in Judah and Benjamin.

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      11 He strengthened their defenses and put commanders in them, with supplies of food, olive oil and wine.
      12 He put shields and spears in all the cities, and made them very strong. So Judah and Benjamin were his.