At that time Jeroboam’s son Abijah became very sick.
So Jeroboam told his wife, “Disguise yourself so that no one will recognize you as my wife. Then go to the prophet Ahijah at Shiloh—the man who told me I would become king.
Take him a gift of ten loaves of bread, some cakes, and a jar of honey, and ask him what will happen to the boy.”
So Jeroboam’s wife went to Ahijah’s home at Shiloh. He was an old man now and could no longer see.
But the had told Ahijah, “Jeroboam’s wife will come here, pretending to be someone else. She will ask you about her son, for he is very sick. Give her the answer I give you.”
So when Ahijah heard her footsteps at the door, he called out, “Come in, wife of Jeroboam! Why are you pretending to be someone else?” Then he told her, “I have bad news for you.
Give your husband, Jeroboam, this message from the , the God of Israel: ‘I promoted you from the ranks of the common people and made you ruler over my people Israel.
I ripped the kingdom away from the family of David and gave it to you. But you have not been like my servant David, who obeyed my commands and followed me with all his heart and always did whatever I wanted.
You have done more evil than all who lived before you. You have made other gods for yourself and have made me furious with your gold calves. And since you have turned your back on me,
I will bring disaster on your dynasty and will destroy every one of your male descendants, slave and free alike, anywhere in Israel. I will burn up your royal dynasty as one burns up trash until it is all gone.
The members of Jeroboam’s family who die in the city will be eaten by dogs, and those who die in the field will be eaten by vultures. I, the , have spoken.’”
Then Ahijah said to Jeroboam’s wife, “Go on home, and when you enter the city, the child will die.
All Israel will mourn for him and bury him. He is the only member of your family who will have a proper burial, for this child is the only good thing that the , the God of Israel, sees in the entire family of Jeroboam.
“In addition, the will raise up a king over Israel who will destroy the family of Jeroboam. This will happen today, even now!
Then the will shake Israel like a reed whipped about in a stream. He will uproot the people of Israel from this good land that he gave their ancestors and will scatter them beyond the Euphrates River, for they have angered the with the Asherah poles they have set up for worship.
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He will abandon Israel because Jeroboam sinned and made Israel sin along with him.”
So Jeroboam’s wife returned to Tirzah, and the child died just as she walked through the door of her home.
And all Israel buried him and mourned for him, as the had promised through the prophet Ahijah.
The rest of the events in Jeroboam’s reign, including all his wars and how he ruled, are recorded in
Jeroboam reigned in Israel twenty-two years. When Jeroboam died, his son Nadab became the next king.
Meanwhile, Rehoboam son of Solomon was king in Judah. He was forty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city the had chosen from among all the tribes of Israel as the place to honor his name. Rehoboam’s mother was Naamah, an Ammonite woman.
During Rehoboam’s reign, the people of Judah did what was evil in the ’s sight, provoking his anger with their sin, for it was even worse than that of their ancestors.
For they also built for themselves pagan shrines and set up sacred pillars and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every green tree.
There were even male and female shrine prostitutes throughout the land. The people imitated the detestable practices of the pagan nations the had driven from the land ahead of the Israelites.
In the fifth year of King Rehoboam’s reign, King Shishak of Egypt came up and attacked Jerusalem.
He ransacked the treasuries of the ’s Temple and the royal palace; he stole everything, including all the gold shields Solomon had made.
King Rehoboam later replaced them with bronze shields as substitutes, and he entrusted them to the care of the commanders of the guard who protected the entrance to the royal palace.
Whenever the king went to the Temple of the , the guards would also take the shields and then return them to the guardroom.
The rest of the events in Rehoboam’s reign and everything he did are recorded in
There was constant war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam.
When Rehoboam died, he was buried among his ancestors in the City of David. His mother was Naamah, an Ammonite woman. Then his son Abijam became the next king.
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