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2 Chronicles 12 (New American Standard)

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Shishak of Egypt Invades Judah

1 1When the kingdom of Rehoboam was established and strong, 2he and all Israel with him forsook the law of the LORD. 2 3And it came about in King Rehoboam's fifth year, because they had been unfaithful to the LORD, that 4Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem 3 with 1,200 chariots and 60,000 horsemen. And the people who came with him from Egypt were without number: 5the Lubim, the Sukkiim and the Ethiopians. 4 He captured 6the fortified cities of Judah and came as far as Jerusalem. 5 Then 7Shemaiah the prophet came to Rehoboam and the princes of Judah who had gathered at Jerusalem because of Shishak, and he said to them, "Thus says the LORD, '8You have forsaken Me, so I also have forsaken you ato Shishak.' " 6 So the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, "The 9LORD is righteous." 7 When the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah, saying, "10They have humbled themselves so I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some measure of deliverance, and 11My wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem by means of Shishak. 8 "But they will become his slaves so 12that they may learn the difference between My service and the service of the kingdoms of the countries."

Plunder Impoverishes Judah

9 13So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took the treasures of the house of the LORD and the treasures of the king's palace. He took everything; 14he even took the golden shields which Solomon had made. 10 Then King Rehoboam made shields of bronze in their place and committed them to the bcare of the commanders of the cguard who guarded the door of the king's house. 11 As often as the king entered the house of the LORD, the dguards came and carried them and then brought them back into the eguards' room. 12 And 15when he humbled himself, the anger of the LORD turned away from him, so as not to destroy him completely; and also conditions 16were good in Judah. 13 17So King Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem and reigned. Now Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the LORD had chosen from all the tribes of Israel, to put His name there. And his mother's name was Naamah the Ammonitess. 14 He did evil 18because he did not set his heart to seek the LORD. 15 19Now the acts of Rehoboam, from first to last, are they not written in the frecords of 20Shemaiah the prophet and of 21Iddo the seer, according to genealogical enrollment? And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually . 16 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David; and his son 22Abijah became king in his place.
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