1 Kings 14

Ahijah Prophesies against the King

1 At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam became sick.
2 Jeroboam said to his wife, "Arise now, and 1disguise yourself so that they will not know that you are the wife of Jeroboam, and go to 2Shiloh; behold, Ahijah the prophet is there, who 3spoke concerning me that I would be king over this people.
3 "4Take ten loaves with you, some cakes and a jar of honey, and go to him. He will tell you what will happen to the boy."
4 Jeroboam's wife did so, and arose and went to 5Shiloh, and came to the house of 6Ahijah. Now Ahijah could not see, 7for his eyes were dim because of his age.
5 Now the LORD had said to Ahijah, "Behold, the wife of Jeroboam is coming to inquire of you concerning her son, for he is sick. You shall say thus and thus to her, for it will be when she arrives that 8she will pretend to be another woman."
6 When Ahijah heard the sound of her feet coming in the doorway, he said, "Come in, wife of Jeroboam, why do you pretend to be another woman? For I am sent to you with a harsh message.
7 "Go, say to Jeroboam, 'Thus says the LORD God of Israel, "9Because * I exalted you from among the people and made you leader over My people Israel,
8 and 10tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you-11yet you have not been like My servant David, who kept My commandments and who followed * Me with all his heart, 12to do only that which was right in My sight;
9 you also have done more evil than all who were before you, and 13have gone and made for yourself other gods and 14molten images to provoke Me to anger, and have 15cast Me behind your back -
10 therefore behold, I am bringing calamity on the house of Jeroboam, and 16will cut off from Jeroboam every male * person, 17both bond and free in Israel, and I 18will make a clean sweep of the house of Jeroboam, as one sweeps away dung until it is all gone.
11 "19Anyone belonging to Jeroboam who dies in the city the dogs will eat. And he who dies in the field the birds of the heavens will eat; for the LORD has spoken it."'
12 "Now you, arise, go to your house. 20When your feet enter the city the child will die.
13 "All Israel shall mourn for him and bury him, for he alone of Jeroboam's family will come to the grave, because in him 21something good was found toward the LORD God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.
14 "Moreover, 22the LORD will raise up for Himself a king over Israel who will cut off the house of Jeroboam this day and from now on.
15 "For the LORD will strike Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water; and 23He will uproot Israel from 24this good land which He gave to their fathers, and 25will scatter them beyond * the Euphrates River, 26because * they have made their Asherim, provoking the LORD to anger.
16 "He will give up Israel 27on account of the sins of Jeroboam, which he committed and with which he made Israel to sin."
17 Then Jeroboam's wife arose and departed and came to 28Tirzah. 29As she was entering the threshold of the house, the child died.
18 30All Israel buried him and mourned for him, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke through His servant Ahijah the prophet.
19 Now the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, 31how he made war and how he reigned, behold, they are written in the Book of the Chronicles * of the Kings of Israel.
20 The time that Jeroboam reigned was twenty-two * years; and he slept with his fathers, and Nadab his son reigned in his place.

Rehoboam Misleads Judah

21 32Now Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah. Rehoboam was forty-one * years old when he became king, and he reigned seventeen * years in Jerusalem, 33the city which the LORD had chosen from all the tribes of Israel to put His name there. And his mother's name was Naamah the Ammonitess.
22 34Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they 35provoked Him to jealousy more than all that their fathers had done, with the sins which they committed.
23 For they also built for themselves 36high places and sacred 37pillars and 38Asherim on every high hill and 39beneath every luxuriant tree.
24 There were also 40male cult prostitutes in the land. They did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD dispossessed before * the sons of Israel.
25 41Now it happened in the fifth year of King Rehoboam, that Shishak the king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem.
26 He took away the treasures of the house of the LORD and the treasures of the king's house, and 42he took everything, 43even taking all the shields of gold which Solomon had made.
27 So King Rehoboam made shields of bronze in their place, and 44committed them to the care of the commanders of the guard who guarded the doorway of the king's house.
28 Then it happened as often as the king entered the house of the LORD, that the guards would carry them and would bring them back into the guards' room.
29 45Now the rest of the acts of Rehoboam and all that he did, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles * of the Kings of Judah?
31 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David; and 47his mother's name was Naamah the Ammonitess. And Abijam his son became king in his place.
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