The Bible in Its Traditions

2 Chronicles 12:1–16

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And it came to pass, when the kingdom of Rehoboam was established, and he was strong, that he forsook the law of YHWH, and all Israel with him.

And when the kingdom of Rehoboam had been strengthened and fortified, he abandoned the law of the Lord, and all of Israel with him.

And it came to pass in the fifth year of king Rehoboam, that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had dealt treacherously with YHWH,

Then, in the fifth year of the reign of Rehoboam, Shishak, the king of Egypt, ascended against Jerusalem (for they had sinned against the Lord)

with twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen; and the people were without number that came with him out of Egypt; the Lubim, the Sukkiim, and the Ethiopians.

with one thousand two hundred chariots and sixty thousand horsemen. And the common people could not be numbered who had arrived with him from Egypt, namely, the Libyans, and the Troglodytes, and the Ethiopians.

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And he took the fortified cities which pertained to Judah, and came unto Jerusalem.

And they obtained possession of the strong cities, which were in Juda, and came to Jerusalem.

And he seized the most fortified cities in Judah, and he went even to Jerusalem.

Now Shemaiah the prophet came to Rehoboam, and to the princes of Judah, that were gathered together to Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said unto them: 'Thus saith YHWH: Ye have forsaken Me, therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak.'

And Samaias the prophet came to Roboam, and to the princes of Juda that were gathered to Jerusalem for fear of Susakim, and said to them, Thus said the Lord, Ye have left me, and I will leave you in the hand of Susakim.

Then Shemaiah, the prophet, entered to Rehoboam, and to the leaders of Judah who had gathered together in Jerusalem while fleeing from Shishak, and he said to them: “Thus says the Lord: You have abandoned me, and so I have abandoned you into the hand of Shishak.”

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Then the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves; and they said: 'YHWH is righteous.'

And the leaders of Israel, and the king, being in consternation, said, “The Lord is just.”

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And when YHWH saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the YHWH came to Shemaiah, 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 upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.

And when the Lord saw that they repented, then came the word of the Lord to Samaias, saying, They have repented; I will not destroy them, but I will set them in safety for a little while, and my wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem.

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Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know My service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.'

Yet truly, they shall serve him, so that they may know the difference between my servitude, and the servitude of a kingdom of the lands.”

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So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the house of YHWH, and the treasures of the king's house; he took all away; he took away also the shields of gold which Solomon had made.

So Susakim king of Egypt went up against Jerusalem, and took the treasures that were in the house of the Lord, and the treasures that were in the king’s house: he took all; and he took the golden shields which Solomon had made.

And so Shishak, the king of Egypt, withdrew from Jerusalem, taking up the treasures of the house of the Lord and of the house of the king. And he took away everything with him, even the gold shields that Solomon had made.

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10  And king Rehoboam made in their stead shields of brass, and committed them to the hands of the captains of the guard, that kept the door of the king's house.

10  In place of these, the king made bronze ones, and he delivered them to the leaders of the shield bearers, who were guarding the vestibule of the palace.

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11  And it was so, that as oft as the king entered into the house of YHWH, the guard came and bore them, and brought them back into the guard-chamber.

11  And it came to pass, when the king went into the house of the Lord, the guards and the footmen went in, and they that returned to meet the footmen.

11  And when the king would enter into the house of the Lord, the shield bearers would arrive and take them, and they would carry them back to their armory.

12  And when he humbled himself, the anger of YHWH turned from him, that He would not destroy him altogether; and moreover in Judah there were good things found.

12  And when he repented, the anger of the Lord turned from him, and did not destroy him utterly; for there were good things in Juda.

12  Yet truly, because they were humbled, the wrath of the Lord turned away from them, and so they were not utterly destroyed. And indeed, good works were also found in Judah.

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13  So king Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem, and reigned; for Rehoboam was forty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which YHWH had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put His name there; and his mother's name was Naamah the Ammonitess.

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14  And he did that which was evil, because he set not his heart to seek YHWH.

14  But he did evil, and he did not prepare his heart so as to seek the Lord.

14  And he did evil before the LORD, for he did not prepare his heart to worship the LORD and to seek him with all his heart.

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15  Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written in the histories of Shemaiah the prophet and of Iddo the seer, after the manner of genealogies? And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually.

15  And the acts of Roboam, the first and the last, behold, are they not written in the book of Samaia the prophet, and Addo the seer, with his achievements.

16  And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David; and Abijah his son reigned in his stead.

16  And Roboam made war with Jeroboam all his days. And Roboam died with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David: and Abia his son reigned in his stead.