Meanwhile, Rehoboam son of Solomon was king in Judah. He was forty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city the LORD had chosen from among all the tribes of Israel as the place to honor his name. Rehoboam's mother was Naamah, an Ammonite woman.
During Rehoboam's reign, the people of Judah did what was evil in the LORD's sight, arousing his anger with their sin, for it was even worse than that of their ancestors.
They built pagan shrines and set up sacred pillars and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every green tree.
There were even shrine prostitutes throughout the land. The people imitated the detestable practices of the pagan nations the LORD had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites.
In the fifth year of King Rehoboam's reign, King Shishak of Egypt came up and attacked Jerusalem.
He ransacked the Temple of the LORD and the royal palace and stole everything, including all the gold shields Solomon had made.
Afterward Rehoboam made bronze shields as substitutes, and he entrusted them to the care of the palace guard officers.
Whenever the king went to the Temple of the LORD, the guards would carry them along and then return them to the guardroom.
The rest of the events in Rehoboam's reign and all his deeds are recorded in The Book of the History of the Kings of Judah.
There was constant war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam.
When Rehoboam died, he was buried among his ancestors in the City of David. His mother was Naamah, an Ammonite woman. Then his son Abijam a became the next king.
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