It came about at that time, when Jeroboamwent out of Jerusalem, that 1the prophetAhijah the Shilonitefound him on the road. Now aAhijah had clothed himself with a newcloak; and both of them were alone in the field.
Then 2Ahijahtookhold of the newcloakwhich was on him and tore it into twelvepieces.
He said to Jeroboam, "Take for yourself tenpieces; for thussays the LORD, the God of Israel, 'Behold, 3I will tear the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon and give you tentribes32
(4but he will haveonetribe, for the sake of My servantDavid and for the sake of Jerusalem, 5the citywhich I have chosen from all the tribes of Israel ),
33because they have forsaken Me, and 6have worshipedAshtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, 7Chemosh the god of Moab, and Milcom the god of the sons of Ammon; and they have not walked in My ways, doingwhat is right in My sight and observing My statutes and My ordinances, as his fatherDavid did.
'Nevertheless I will not take the wholekingdom out of his hand, but I will make him brulerall the days of his life, for the sake of My servantDavidwhom I chose, whoobserved My commandments and My statutes;
but 8I will take the kingdom from his son'shand and give it to you, even tentribes.
'But 9to his son I will giveonetribe, 10that My servantDavid may have a lampalwaysbefore Me in Jerusalem, 11the citywhere I have chosen for Myself to put My name.
'I will take you, and you shall reign over whatevercyou desire, and you shall be kingoverIsrael.
'Then it will be, that if you listen to all that I command you and walk in My ways, and dowhat is right in My sight by observing My statutes and My commandments, as My servantDaviddid, then 12I will be with you and 13build you an enduringhouse as I built for David, and I will giveIsrael to you.
'Thus I will afflict the ddescendants of David for this, but not always .' "