2 Chronicles 11
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1When Rehoboam arrived in Jerusalem, he mustered Judah and Benjamin--a hundred and eighty thousand able young men--to go to war against Israel and to regain the kingdom for Rehoboam.1When Rehoboam returned to Jerusalem, he gathered together 180,000 specially chosen soldiers from the households of Judah and Benjamin to fight against Israel and restore the kingdom to Rehoboam.
2But this word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God:2But a message from the LORD came to Shemaiah, a man of God:
3"Say to Rehoboam son of Solomon king of Judah and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin,3"Tell Solomon's son Rehoboam, king of Judah and all of Israel in Judah and Benjamin:
4This is what the LORD says: Do not go up to fight against your fellow Israelites. Go home, every one of you, for this is my doing.'" So they obeyed the words of the LORD and turned back from marching against Jeroboam.4This is what the LORD says: "You are not to fight or even to approach your relatives in battle. Every soldier is to return to his own home, for this development comes from me."'" So they listened to what the LORD had to say and called off their attack on Jeroboam.
5Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem and built up towns for defense in Judah:5Rehoboam continued to live in Jerusalem and built defensive fortification cities throughout Judah,
6Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,6including Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,
7Beth Zur, Soko, Adullam,7Beth-zur, Soco, Adullam,
8Gath, Mareshah, Ziph,8Gath, Mareshah, Ziph,
9Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah,9Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah,
10Zorah, Aijalon and Hebron. These were fortified cities in Judah and Benjamin.10Zorah, Aijalon, and Hebron. These were all fortified cities throughout Judah and Benjamin.
11He strengthened their defenses and put commanders in them, with supplies of food, olive oil and wine.11He also strengthened the fortified cities, assigned officers to them, and stockpiled food, oil, and wine.
12He put shields and spears in all the cities, and made them very strong. So Judah and Benjamin were his.12He also stockpiled shields and spears in every city and fortified them greatly to secure his rule over Judah and Benjamin.
13The priests and Levites from all their districts throughout Israel sided with him.13The priests and descendants of Levi throughout Israel also supported him in their districts,
14The Levites even abandoned their pasturelands and property and came to Judah and Jerusalem, because Jeroboam and his sons had rejected them as priests of the LORD14because the descendants of Levi left their pasture lands and their property to live in Judah and Jerusalem, since Jeroboam and his sons had excluded them from participating in priestly services to the LORD.
15when he appointed his own priests for the high places and for the goat and calf idols he had made.15Jeroboam had appointed his own priests to serve at the high places and to serve the satyrs and calves that he had made.
16Those from every tribe of Israel who set their hearts on seeking the LORD, the God of Israel, followed the Levites to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices to the LORD, the God of their ancestors.16As a result, anyone from all of the tribes of Israel who was determined to seek the LORD God of Israel followed the descendants of Levi to Jerusalem so they could sacrifice to the LORD God of their ancestors,
17They strengthened the kingdom of Judah and supported Rehoboam son of Solomon three years, following the ways of David and Solomon during this time.17and they continued to strengthen the kingdom of Judah, supporting Solomon's son Rehoboam for three years, by living the way David and Solomon did for three years.
18Rehoboam married Mahalath, who was the daughter of David's son Jerimoth and of Abihail, the daughter of Jesse's son Eliab.18Rehoboam married Mahalath, the daughter of David's son Jerimoth, along with Abihail, the daughter of Jesse's son Eliab,
19She bore him sons: Jeush, Shemariah and Zaham.19who bore him these sons: Jeush, Shemariah, and Zaham.
20Then he married Maakah daughter of Absalom, who bore him Abijah, Attai, Ziza and Shelomith.20After this he married Absalom's daughter Maacah, who bore him Abijah, Attai, Ziza, and Shelomith.
21Rehoboam loved Maakah daughter of Absalom more than any of his other wives and concubines. In all, he had eighteen wives and sixty concubines, twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters.21Rehoboam loved Absalom's daughter Maacah more than he did all of his wives and mistresses. (He married eighteen wives and 60 concubines, fathering 28 sons and 60 daughters.)
22Rehoboam appointed Abijah son of Maakah as crown prince among his brothers, in order to make him king.22Later, Rehoboam appointed Abijah, his son from Maacah, as senior family leader among his brothers, since he intended to establish Abijah as king.
23He acted wisely, dispersing some of his sons throughout the districts of Judah and Benjamin, and to all the fortified cities. He gave them abundant provisions and took many wives for them.23Rehoboam was wise to distribute some his children throughout all of the territories of Judah and Benjamin, placing them in all of the fortified cities. He allotted them abundant supplies of food and sought many wives for them.
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