The Bible in Its Traditions

2 Chronicles 11:1–12

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And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled the house of Judah and Benjamin, a hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, that were warriors, to fight against Israel, to bring the kingdom back to Rehoboam.

And Roboam came to Jerusalem; and he assembled Juda and Benjamin, a hundred and eighty thousand young men fit for war, and he waged war with Israel to recover the kingdom to Roboam.

Then Rehoboam went to Jerusalem, and he called together the entire house of Judah and of Benjamin, one hundred eighty thousand elect men of war, so that he might contend against Israel, and turn back his kingdom to himself.

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But the word of YHWH came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying

And the Word of the Lord came to Samaias the man of God, saying,

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'Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying

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Thus saith YHWH: Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren; return every man to his house, for this thing is of Me.' So they hearkened unto the words of the YHWH, and returned from going against Jeroboam.

Thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not go up, and ye shall not war against your brethren: return every one to his home; for this thing is of me. And they hearkened to the word of the Lord, and returned from going against Jeroboam.

Thus says the Lord: You shall not ascend and fight against your brothers. Let each one return to his own house. For it is by my will that this has happened.” And when they had heard the word of the Lord, they turned back, and they did not continue on against Jeroboam.

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And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah.

And Jeroboam built Shechem on the mountain of the tribe of the house of Ephraim, and dwelt in it; and went out from there and built Penuel.

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He built even Beth-lehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,

And he built Bethleem, and Ætan and Thecoe,

And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David;

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and Beth-zur, and Soco, and Adullam,

If this people go up to offer sacrifices in the house of the LORD in Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again to their LORD, and they shall kill me and restore the kingdom to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.

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and Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph,

indeed also Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph,

Therefore the king took counsel and made two calves of gold, and said to the people, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem, why should you go up to Jerusalem and come down? Then he said, These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.

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and Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah,

And he set the one in Beth-el, and the other he put in Dan.

10  and Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in Benjamin, fortified cities.

10  And this thing became a sin; for the people went to worship before the calf, even to Dan. And this thing became a sin to all the house of Jeroboam, to be uprooted and destroyed from the earth.

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11  And he fortified the strongholds, and put captains in them, and store of victual, and oil and wine.

11  And when he had enclosed them with walls, he placed in them rulers, and storehouses of provisions, that is, of oil and wine.

11  At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick; and Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise and disguise yourself, and be as a simple woman, that you may not be known to be the wife of Jeroboam; and go to Shiloh; behold, there is Ahijah the prophet, who told me that I should be king over this people.

12  And in every city he put shields and spears, and made them exceeding strong. And Judah and Benjamin adhered to him.

12  Moreover, in each city he made an armory of shields and spears, and he strengthened them with the utmost diligence. And he ruled over Judah and Benjamin.

12  Go to him; he shall tell you what shall become of this child.