1At that time Abijah, Jeroboam's son, fel sick, 2and Jeroboam said to his wife, 'Come, please disguise yourself so that no one will recognise you asJeroboam's wife, and go to Shiloh; the prophet Ahijah is there, the man who said I was to be king of this people. 3Go to him, and take ten loaves and some savoury food and a jar of honey; he wil tell you what wilhappen to the child.' 4Jeroboam's wife did this: she set out, went to Shiloh and came to Ahijah's house. 5Now Ahijah could not see, his eyes were fixed with age, but Yahweh had told him, 'Jeroboam's wife isnow on her way to ask you for a prophecy about her son, as he is sick. You wil tel her such and such. Whenshe comes, she wil pretend to be some other woman.' 6So when Ahijah heard her footsteps at the door, he cal ed, 'Come in, wife of Jeroboam; why pretend tobe someone else? I have bad news for you. 7Go and tell Jeroboam, "Yahweh, God of Israel, says this: I raised you from the people and made youleader of my people Israel; 8I tore the kingdom from the House of David and gave it to you. But you have not been like my servantDavid who kept my commandments and followed me with al his heart, doing only what I regard as right; 9you have done more evil than all your predecessors, you have gone and made yourself other gods,idols of cast metal, provoking my anger, and you have turned your back on me. 10For this I shal bring disaster on the House of Jeroboam, I shal wipe out every manjack of the familyof Jeroboam, fettered or free in Israel, I shal sweep away the House of Jeroboam as a man sweeps dung awaytill none is left. 11Those of Jeroboam's family who die in the city, the dogs wil eat; and those who die in the opencountry, the birds of the air wil eat, for Yahweh has spoken." 12Now get up and go home; at the moment your feet enter the town, the child will die. 13Al Israel wil mourn for him, and bury him; and he alone of Jeroboam's family will have a properburial, for in him alone of the House of Jeroboam can Yahweh, God of Israel, find anything good. 14Yahweh wil set a king over Israel, who will put an end to the House of Jeroboam. 15Yahweh wil make Israel shake, til it quivers like a reed in the water; he will uproot Israel from thisprosperous land which he gave to their ancestors and scatter them beyond the River for provoking Yahweh toanger by making their sacred poles. 16He wil abandon Israel for the sins which Jeroboam has committed and made Israel commit.' 17Jeroboam's wife rose and left. She arrived at Tirzah, and when she crossed the threshold of thepalace, the child was already dead. 18They buried him, and al Israel mourned for him, just as Yahweh had foretold through his servantAhijah the prophet. 19The rest of the history of Jeroboam, what wars he waged, how he governed, this is recorded in theBook of the Annals of the Kings of Israel. 20Jeroboam's reign lasted twenty-two years. Then he fel asleep with his ancestors; his son Nadabsucceeded him. 21In Judah, Rehoboam son of Solomon became king; he was forty-one years old when he came to thethrone and he reigned for seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which Yahweh had chosen out of al the tribesof Israel, to give his name a home there. His mother's name was Naamah, the Ammonite. 22He did what is displeasing to Yahweh, arousing his resentment more than his ancestors by al the sinswhich they had committed; 23they had built themselves high places, and had set up pil ars and sacred poles on every high hil andunder every spreading tree. 24There were even male sacred prostitutes in the country. He copied all the shameful practices of thenations whom Yahweh had dispossessed for the Israelites. 25And so it happened that in the fifth year of King Rehoboam, Shishak king of Egypt advanced onJerusalem 26and carried off all the treasures of the Temple of Yahweh and the treasures of the royal palace; hetook everything away, including al the golden shields which Solomon had made. 27To replace those King Rehoboam made bronze shields, entrusting them to the commanders of theguard who guarded the king's palace gate. 28Whenever the king went to the Temple of Yahweh, the guards would carry them, returning them to theguardroom afterwards. 29The rest of the history of Rehoboam, his entire career, is this not recorded in the Book of the Annalsof the Kings of Judah? 30Warfare between Rehoboam and Jeroboam went on throughout the period. 31When Rehoboam fel asleep with his ancestors, he was buried in the City of David; his son Abijamsucceeded him.
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