11Now when Rehoboam had come to Jerusalem, he assembled the house of Judah and Benjamin, 180,000chosen men who were warriors, to fightagainstIsrael to restore the kingdom to Rehoboam.
But the word of the LORDcame to 2Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
3"Speak to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to allIsrael in Judah and Benjamin, saying,
4'Thussays the LORD, "You shall not go up or fightagainst3your arelatives; returneveryman to his house, 4for thisthing is from Me.""' So they listened to the words of the LORD and returned from goingagainstJeroboam.
5Rehoboamlived in Jerusalem and 5builtcities for defense in Judah.
Thus he builtBethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,
7Beth-zur, Soco, Adullam,
8Gath, Mareshah, Ziph,
9Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah,
10Zorah, Aijalon and Hebron, which are fortifiedcities in Judah and in Benjamin.
He also strengthened the fortresses and putofficers in them and stores of food, oil and wine.
He put shields and spears in everycity and strengthened them greatly . So he heldJudah and Benjamin.
Moreover, the priests and the Leviteswho were in allIsraelstood with him from all their districts.
For 6the Levitesleft their pasturelands and their property and came to Judah and Jerusalem, for 7Jeroboam and his sons had excluded them from serving as priests to the LORD.
158He set up priests of his own for the highplaces, for the satyrs and for the calveswhich he had made.
169Those from all the tribes of Israel who set their hearts on seeking the LORDGod of Israelbfollowed them to Jerusalem, to sacrifice to the LORDGod of their fathers.
1710They strengthened the kingdom of Judah and supportedRehoboam the son of Solomon for threeyears, for they walked in the way of David and Solomon for threeyears.
Then Rehoboamtook as a wifeMahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David and of Abihail the daughter of 11Eliab the son of Jesse,
and she bore him sons: Jeush, Shemariah and Zaham.
20After her he took12Maacah the daughter of cAbsalom, and she bore him Abijah, Attai, Ziza and Shelomith.
21RehoboamlovedMaacah the daughter of Absalommorethanall his other wives and concubines. For 13he had takeneighteenwives and sixtyconcubines and fatheredtwenty-eightsons and sixtydaughters.
2214RehoboamappointedAbijah the son of Maacah as head and leader among his brothers, for he intended to make him king.
He actedwisely and distributeddsome of his sonsthroughall the territories of Judah and Benjamin to all the fortifiedcities, and he gave them food in abundance. And he soughtmanywives for them.