After Rehoboam's position as king was established1 and he had become strong,2 he and all Israel3 with him abandoned4 the law of the LORD.
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Because they had been unfaithful5 to the LORD, Shishak6 king of Egypt attacked Jerusalem in the fifth year of King Rehoboam.
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With twelve hundred chariots and sixty thousand horsemen and the innumerable troops of Libyans,7 Sukkites and Cushites8 that came with him from Egypt,
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he captured the fortified cities9 of Judah and came as far as Jerusalem.
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Then the prophet Shemaiah10 came to Rehoboam and to the leaders of Judah who had assembled in Jerusalem for fear of Shishak, and he said to them, "This is what the LORD says, 'You have abandoned me; therefore, I now abandon11 you to Shishak.' "
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The leaders of Israel and the king humbled12 themselves and said, "The LORD is just."13
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When the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, this word of the LORD came to Shemaiah: "Since they have humbled themselves, I will not destroy them but will soon give them deliverance.14 My wrath15 will not be poured out on Jerusalem through Shishak.
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They will, however, become subject16 to him, so that they may learn the difference between serving me and serving the kings of other lands."
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When Shishak king of Egypt attacked Jerusalem, he carried off the treasures of the temple of the LORD and the treasures of the royal palace. He took everything, including the gold shields17 Solomon had made.
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So King Rehoboam made bronze shields to replace them and assigned these to the commanders of the guard on duty at the entrance to the royal palace.
Whenever the king went to the LORD's temple, the guards went with him, bearing the shields, and afterward they returned them to the guardroom.