29 It came about at that time, when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that 1the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite found him on the road. Now Ahijah had clothed himself with a new cloak; and both of them were alone in the field.
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30 Then 2Ahijah took hold of the new cloak which was on him and tore it into twelve * pieces.
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31 He said to Jeroboam, "Take for yourself ten pieces; for thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, 'Behold, 3I will tear the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon and give you ten tribes
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32 (4but he will have one tribe, for the sake of My servant David and for the sake of Jerusalem, 5the city which I have chosen from all the tribes of Israel ),
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33 because * they have forsaken Me, and 6have worshiped Ashtoreth 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, doing what is right in My sight and observing My statutes and My ordinances, as his father David did.
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34 'Nevertheless I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand, but I will make him ruler all the days of his life, for the sake of My servant David whom I chose, who observed My commandments and My statutes;
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      35 but 8I will take the kingdom from his son's hand and give it to you, even ten tribes.
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      36 'But 9to his son I will give one tribe, 10that My servant David may have a lamp always * before Me in Jerusalem, 11the city where * I have chosen for Myself to put My name.
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      37 'I will take you, and you shall reign over whatever * you desire, and you shall be king over Israel.
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        • s 11:37 - Lit "your soul desires"
          38 'Then it will be, that if you listen to all that I command you and walk in My ways, and do what is right in My sight by observing My statutes and My commandments, as My servant David did, then 12I will be with you and 13build you an enduring house as I built for David, and I will give Israel to you.
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          39 'Thus I will afflict the descendants of David for this, but not always *.' "
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