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2 Chronicles 11 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 When Rehobo'am came to Jerusalem, he assembled the house of Judah, and Benjamin, a hundred and eighty thousand chosen warriors, to fight against Israel, to restore the kingdom to Rehobo'am. 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 word of the LORD came to Shemai'ah the man of God: 2 But this word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God:
3 "Say to Rehobo'am the son of Solomon king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, 3 "Say to Rehoboam son of Solomon king of Judah and to all the Israelites in Judah and Benjamin,
4 'Thus says the LORD, You shall not go up or fight against your brethren. Return every man to his home, for this thing is from me.'" So they hearkened to the word of the LORD, and returned and did not go against Jerobo'am. 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 Rehobo'am dwelt in Jerusalem, and he built cities for defense in Judah. 5 Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem and built up towns for defense in Judah:
6 He built Bethlehem, Etam, Teko'a, 6 Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,
7 Beth-zur, Soco, Adullam, 7 Beth Zur, Soco, Adullam,
8 Gath, Mare'shah, Ziph, 8 Gath, Mareshah, Ziph,
9 Adora'im, Lachish, Aze'kah, 9 Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah,
10 Zorah, Ai'jalon, and Hebron, fortified cities which are in Judah and in Benjamin. 10 Zorah, Aijalon and Hebron. These were fortified cities in Judah and Benjamin.
11 He made the fortresses strong, and put commanders in them, and stores of food, oil, and wine. 11 He strengthened their defenses and put commanders in them, with supplies of food, olive oil and wine.
12 And he put shields and spears in all the cities, and made them very strong. So he held Judah and Benjamin. 12 He put shields and spears in all the cities, and made them very strong. So Judah and Benjamin were his.
13 And the priests and the Levites that were in all Israel resorted to him from all places where they lived. 13 The priests and Levites from all their districts throughout Israel sided with him.
14 For the Levites left their common lands and their holdings and came to Judah and Jerusalem, because Jerobo'am and his sons cast them out from serving as priests of the LORD, 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 and he appointed his own priests for the high places, and for the satyrs, and for the calves which 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 And those who had set their hearts to seek the LORD God of Israel came after them from all the tribes of Israel to Jerusalem to sacrifice to the LORD, the God of their fathers. 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 They strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and for three years they made Rehobo'am the son of Solomon secure, for they walked for three years in the way 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 Rehobo'am took as wife Ma'halath the daughter of Jer'imoth the son of David, and of Ab'ihail the daughter of Eli'ab the 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 and she bore him sons, Je'ush, Shemari'ah, and Zaham. 19 She bore him sons: Jeush, Shemariah and Zaham.
20 After her he took Ma'acah the daughter of Ab'salom, who bore him Abi'jah, Attai, Ziza, and Shelo'mith. 20 Then he married Maacah daughter of Absalom, who bore him Abijah, Attai, Ziza and Shelomith.
21 Rehobo'am loved Ma'acah the daughter of Ab'salom above all his wives and concubines (he took eighteen wives and sixty concubines, and had 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 and Rehobo'am appointed Abi'jah the son of Ma'acah as chief prince among his brothers, for he intended to make him king. 22 Rehoboam appointed Abijah son of Maacah to be the chief prince among his brothers, in order to make him king.
23 And he dealt wisely, and distributed some of his sons through all the districts of Judah and Benjamin, in all the fortified cities; and he gave them abundant provisions, and procured wives for them. 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.