It happened, when the kingdom of Rechav`am was established, and he was strong, that he forsook the law of the LORD, and all Yisra'el with him.
It happened in the fifth year of king Rechav`am, that Shishak king of Mitzrayim came up against Yerushalayim, because they had trespassed against the LORD,
with twelve hundred chariots, and sixty thousand horsemen. The people were without number who came with him out of Mitzrayim: the Luvim, the Sukkiyim, and the Kushim.
He took the fortified cities which pertained to Yehudah, and came to Yerushalayim.
Now Shemayah the prophet came to Rechav`am, and to the princes of Yehudah, who were gathered together to Yerushalayim because of Shishak, and said to them, Thus says the LORD, You have forsaken me, therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak.
Then the princes of Yisra'el and the king humbled themselves; and they said, the LORD is righteous.
When the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the LORD came to Shemayah, saying, They have humbled themselves: I will not destroy them; but I will grant them some deliverance, and my wrath shall not be poured out on Yerushalayim by the hand of Shishak.
Nevertheless they shall be his servants, that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.
So Shishak king of Mitzrayim came up against Yerushalayim, and took away the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king's house: he took all away: he took away also the shields of gold which Shlomo had made.
King Rechav`am made in their place shields of brass, and committed them to the hands of the captains of the guard, who kept the door of the king's house.
It was so, that as often as the king entered into the house of the LORD, the guard came and bore them, and brought them back into the guard-chamber.
When he humbled himself, the wrath of the LORD turned from him, so as not to destroy him altogether: and moreover in Yehudah there were good things [found].
So king Rechav`am strengthened himself in Yerushalayim, and reigned: for Rechav`am was forty-one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Yerushalayim, the city which the LORD had chosen out of all the tribes of Yisra'el, to put his name there: and his mother's name was Na`amah the `Ammonite.
He did that which was evil, because he didn't set his heart to seek the LORD.
Now the acts of Rechav`am, first and last, aren't they written in the histories of Shemayah the prophet and of `Iddo the seer, after the manner of genealogies? There were wars between Rechav`am and Yarov`am continually.
Rechav`am slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David: and Aviyah his son reigned in his place.