But when Rehoboam was firmly established and strong, he abandoned the Law of the , and all Israel followed him in this sin.
Because they were unfaithful to the , King Shishak of Egypt came up and attacked Jerusalem in the fifth year of King Rehoboam’s reign.
He came with 1,200 chariots, 60,000 horses, and a countless army of foot soldiers, including Libyans, Sukkites, and Ethiopians.
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Shishak conquered Judah’s fortified towns and then advanced to attack Jerusalem.
The prophet Shemaiah then met with Rehoboam and Judah’s leaders, who had all fled to Jerusalem because of Shishak. Shemaiah told them, “This is what the says: You have abandoned me, so I am abandoning you to Shishak.”
Then the leaders of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, “The is right in doing this to us!”
When the saw their change of heart, he gave this message to Shemaiah: “Since the people have humbled themselves, I will not completely destroy them and will soon give them some relief. I will not use Shishak to pour out my anger on Jerusalem.
But they will become his subjects, so they will know the difference between serving me and serving earthly rulers.”
So 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.
Because Rehoboam humbled himself, the ’s anger was turned away, and he did not destroy him completely. There were still some good things in the land of Judah.
King Rehoboam firmly established himself in Jerusalem and continued to rule. 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, a woman from Ammon.
But he was an evil king, for he did not seek the with all his heart.
The rest of the events of Rehoboam’s reign, from beginning to end, are recorded in and which are part of the genealogical record. Rehoboam and Jeroboam were continually at war with each other.
When Rehoboam died, he was buried in the City of David. Then his son Abijah became the next king.