About that time Jeroboam was going out of Jerusalem, and Ahijah1 the prophet of Shiloh met him on the way, wearing a new cloak. The two of them were alone out in the country,
and Ahijah took hold of the new cloak he was wearing and tore2 it into twelve pieces.
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 tear3 the kingdom out of Solomon's hand and give you ten tribes.
But for the sake4 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.
I will do this because they havea forsaken me and worshiped5 Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Molek the god of the Ammonites, and have not walked6 in obedience to me, nor done what is right in my eyes, nor kept my decrees7 and laws as David, Solomon's father, did.
" 'But I will not take the whole kingdom out of Solomon's hand; I have made him ruler all the days of his life for the sake of David my servant, whom I chose and who obeyed my commands and decrees.
I will take the kingdom from his son's hands and give you ten tribes.
I will give one tribe8 to his son so that David my servant may always have a lamp9 before me in Jerusalem, the city where I chose to put my Name.
However, as for you, I will take you, and you will rule10 over all that your heart desires;11 you will be king over Israel.
If you do whatever I command you and walk in obedience to me and do what is right12 in my eyes by obeying my decrees13 and commands, as David my servant did, I will be with you. I will build you a dynasty14 as enduring as the one I built for David and will give Israel to you.
I will humble David's descendants because of this, but not forever.' "