When Rehoboam arrived at Jerusalem, he mobilized the men of Judah and Benjamin—180,000 select troops—to fight against Israel and to restore the kingdom to himself.
But the said to Shemaiah, the man of God,
“Say to Rehoboam son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all the Israelites in Judah and Benjamin:
‘This is what the says: Do not fight against your relatives. Go back home, for what has happened is my doing!’” So they obeyed the message of the and did not fight against Jeroboam.
Rehoboam remained in Jerusalem and fortified various towns for the defense of Judah.
He built up Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,
Beth-zur, Soco, Adullam,
Gath, Mareshah, Ziph,
Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah,