1 Kings 11:7-33 (New International Version)

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7 On a hill east1 of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh2 the detestable god of Moab, and for Molech3 the detestable god of the Ammonites. 8 He did the same for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and offered sacrifices to their gods. 9 The LORD became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared4 to him twice. 10 Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods,5 Solomon did not keep the LORD's command.6 11 So the LORD said to Solomon, "Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees,7 which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear8 the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates. 12 Nevertheless, for the sake of David9 your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son. 13 Yet I will not tear the whole kingdom from him, but will give him one tribe10 for the sake11 of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen."12

Solomon's Adversaries

14 Then the LORD raised up against Solomon an adversary,13 Hadad the Edomite, from the royal line of Edom. 15 Earlier when David was fighting with Edom, Joab the commander of the army, who had gone up to bury the dead, had struck down all the men in Edom.14 16 Joab and all the Israelites stayed there for six months, until they had destroyed all the men in Edom. 17 But Hadad, still only a boy, fled to Egypt with some Edomite officials who had served his father. 18 They set out from Midian and went to Paran.15 Then taking men from Paran with them, they went to Egypt, to Pharaoh king of Egypt, who gave Hadad a house and land and provided him with food. 19 Pharaoh was so pleased with Hadad that he gave him a sister of his own wife, Queen Tahpenes, in marriage. 20 The sister of Tahpenes bore him a son named Genubath, whom Tahpenes brought up in the royal palace. There Genubath lived with Pharaoh's own children. 21 While he was in Egypt, Hadad heard that David rested with his fathers and that Joab the commander of the army was also dead. Then Hadad said to Pharaoh, "Let me go, that I may return to my own country." 22 "What have you lacked here that you want to go back to your own country?" Pharaoh asked. "Nothing," Hadad replied, "but do let me go!" 23 And God raised up against Solomon another adversary,16 Rezon son of Eliada, who had fled from his master, Hadadezer17 king of Zobah. 24 He gathered men around him and became the leader of a band of rebels when David destroyed the forcesa [of Zobah]; the rebels went to Damascus,18 where they settled and took control. 25 Rezon was Israel's adversary as long as Solomon lived, adding to the trouble caused by Hadad. So Rezon ruled in Aram19 and was hostile toward Israel.

Jeroboam Rebels Against Solomon

26 Also, Jeroboam son of Nebat rebelled20 against the king. He was one of Solomon's officials, an Ephraimite from Zeredah, and his mother was a widow named Zeruah. 27 Here is the account of how he rebelled against the king: Solomon had built the supporting terracesb21 and had filled in the gap in the wall of the city of David his father. 28 Now Jeroboam was a man of standing,22 and when Solomon saw how well23 the young man did his work, he put him in charge of the whole labor force of the house of Joseph. 29 About that time Jeroboam was going out of Jerusalem, and Ahijah24 the prophet of Shiloh met him on the way, wearing a new cloak. The two of them were alone out in the country, 30 and Ahijah took hold of the new cloak he was wearing and tore25 it into twelve pieces. 31 Then he said to Jeroboam, "Take ten pieces for yourself, for this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'See, I am going to tear26 the kingdom out of Solomon's hand and give you ten tribes. 32 But for the sake27 of my servant David and the city of Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, he will have one tribe. 33 I will do this because they havec forsaken me and worshiped28 Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Molech the god of the Ammonites, and have not walked29 in my ways, nor done what is right in my eyes, nor kept my statutes30 and laws as David, Solomon's father, did.
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