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1 Kings 11:14-24 (New American Standard)

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God Raises Adversaries

14 Then the LORD raised up an adversary to Solomon, Hadad the Edomite; he was of the aroyal line in Edom. 15 For it came about, 1when David was in Edom, and Joab the commander of the army had gone up to bury the slain, and had 2struck down every male in Edom 16 (for Joab and all Israel stayed there six months, until he had cut off every male in Edom ), 17 that Hadad fled bto Egypt, he and certain Edomites of his father's servants with him, while Hadad was a young boy. 18 They arose from Midian and came to 3Paran; and they took men with them from Paran and came to Egypt, to Pharaoh king of Egypt, who gave him a house and assigned him food and gave him land. 19 Now Hadad found great favor cbefore Pharaoh, so that he gave him in marriage the sister of his own wife, the sister of Tahpenes the queen. 20 The sister of Tahpenes bore his son Genubath, whom Tahpenes weaned in Pharaoh's house; and Genubath was in Pharaoh's house among the sons of Pharaoh. 21 But 4when Hadad heard in Egypt that David slept with his fathers and that Joab the commander of the army was dead, Hadad said to Pharaoh, "Send me away, that I may go to my own country." 22 Then Pharaoh said to him, "But what have you lacked with me, that behold, you are seeking to go to your own country?" And he answered, "Nothing; nevertheless you must surely dlet me go." 23 5God also raised up another adversary to him, Rezon the son of Eliada, who had fled from his lord 6Hadadezer king of Zobah. 24 He gathered men to himself and became leader of a marauding band, 7after David slew them of Zobah; and they went to Damascus and stayed ethere, and reigned in Damascus.
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