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2 Chronicles 11 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When Rehoboam arrived at Jerusalem, he mobilized the armies of Judah and Benjamin -- 180,000 select troops -- to fight against the army of Israel and to restore the kingdom to himself. 1 When Rehoboam arrived in Jerusalem, he mustered the house of Judah and Benjamin--a hundred and eighty thousand fighting men--to make war against Israel and to regain the kingdom for Rehoboam.
2 But the LORD said to Shemaiah, the man of God, 2 But this word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God:
3 "Say to Rehoboam son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all the Israelites in Judah and Benjamin: 3 "Say to Rehoboam son of Solomon king of Judah and to all the Israelites in Judah and Benjamin,
4 'This is what the LORD says: Do not fight against your relatives. Go back home, for what has happened is my doing!'" So they obeyed the message of the LORD and did not fight against Jeroboam. 4 'This is what the LORD says: Do not go up to fight against your brothers. Go home, every one of you, for this is my doing.' " So they obeyed the words of the LORD and turned back from marching against Jeroboam.
5 Rehoboam remained in Jerusalem and fortified various cities for the defense of Judah. 5 Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem and built up towns for defense in Judah:
6 He built up Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa, 6 Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,
7 Beth-zur, Soco, Adullam, 7 Beth Zur, Soco, Adullam,
8 Gath, Mareshah, Ziph, 8 Gath, Mareshah, Ziph,
9 Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah, 9 Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah,
10 Zorah, Aijalon, and Hebron. These became the fortified cities of Judah and Benjamin. 10 Zorah, Aijalon and Hebron. These were fortified cities in Judah and Benjamin.
11 Rehoboam strengthened their defenses and stationed commanders in them. In each of them, he stored supplies of food, olive oil, and wine. 11 He strengthened their defenses and put commanders in them, with supplies of food, olive oil and wine.
12 He also put shields and spears in these towns as a further safety measure. So only Judah and Benjamin remained under his control. 12 He put shields and spears in all the cities, and made them very strong. So Judah and Benjamin were his.
13 But all the priests and Levites living among the northern tribes of Israel sided with Rehoboam. 13 The priests and Levites from all their districts throughout Israel sided with him.
14 The Levites even abandoned their homes and property and moved to Judah and Jerusalem, because Jeroboam and his sons would not allow them to serve the LORD as priests. 14 The Levites even abandoned their pasturelands and property, and came to Judah and Jerusalem because Jeroboam and his sons had rejected them as priests of the LORD.
15 Jeroboam appointed his own priests to serve at the pagan shrines, where they worshiped the goat and calf idols he had made. 15 And he appointed his own priests for the high places and for the goat and calf idols he had made.
16 From all over Israel, those who sincerely wanted to worship the LORD, the God of Israel, followed the Levites to Jerusalem, where they could offer sacrifices to the LORD, the God of their ancestors. 16 Those from every tribe of Israel who set their hearts on seeking the LORD, the God of Israel, followed the Levites to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices to the LORD, the God of their fathers.
17 This strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and for three years they supported Rehoboam son of Solomon and earnestly sought to obey the LORD as they had done during the reigns of David and Solomon. 17 They strengthened the kingdom of Judah and supported Rehoboam son of Solomon three years, walking in the ways of David and Solomon during this time.
18 Rehoboam married his cousin Mahalath, the daughter of David's son Jerimoth and of Abihail, the daughter of Eliab. (Eliab was one of David's brothers, a son of Jesse.) 18 Rehoboam married Mahalath, who was the daughter of David's son Jerimoth and of Abihail, the daughter of Jesse's son Eliab.
19 Mahalath had three sons -- Jeush, Shemariah, and Zaham. 19 She bore him sons: Jeush, Shemariah and Zaham.
20 Later Rehoboam married another cousin, Maacah, the daughter of Absalom. Maacah gave birth to Abijah, Attai, Ziza, and Shelomith. 20 Then he married Maacah daughter of Absalom, who bore him Abijah, Attai, Ziza and Shelomith.
21 Rehoboam loved Maacah more than any of his other wives and concubines. In all, he had eighteen wives and sixty concubines, and they gave birth to twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters. 21 Rehoboam loved Maacah daughter of Absalom more than any of his other wives and concubines. In all, he had eighteen wives and sixty concubines, twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters.
22 Rehoboam made Maacah's son Abijah chief among the princes, making it clear that he would be the next king. 22 Rehoboam appointed Abijah son of Maacah to be the chief prince among his brothers, in order to make him king.
23 Rehoboam also wisely gave responsibilities to his other sons and stationed them in the fortified cities throughout the land of Judah and Benjamin. He provided them with generous provisions and arranged for each of them to have several wives. 23 He acted wisely, dispersing some of his sons throughout the districts of Judah and Benjamin, and to all the fortified cities. He gave them abundant provisions and took many wives for them.