They built Asherah sex-and-religion shrines and set up sacred stones all over the place - on hills, under trees, wherever you looked.
Worse, they had male sacred prostitutes, polluting the country outrageously - all the stuff that God had gotten rid of when he brought Israel into the land.
In the fifth year of King Rehoboam's rule, Shishak king of Egypt made war against Jerusalem.
He plundered The Temple of God and the royal palace of their treasures, cleaned them out - even the gold shields that Solomon had made.
King Rehoboam replaced them with bronze shields and outfitted the royal palace guards with them.
Whenever the king went to God's Temple, the guards carried the shields but always returned them to the guardroom.
The rest of Rehoboam's life, what he said and did, is all written in The Chronicles of the Kings of Judah.
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