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Ahijah’s Prophecy Against Jeroboam

1At that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam became sick.
  2So Jeroboam said to his wife, “Arise now, and disguise yourself, that they will not know you are the wife of Jeroboam, and go to Shiloh. Behold, Ahijah the prophet is there, the one who spoke about me, that I would be king over this people.
  3Take with you ten loaves, and biscuits, and a jar of honey, and go to him. He will tell you what will happen to the boy.”

4Jeroboam’s wife did so, and arose and went to Shiloh and came to the house of Ahijah. Now Ahijah could not see, for his eyesight was gone because of his age.
  5Now Yahweh had said to Ahijah, “Behold, the wife of Jeroboam is coming to request a word from you about her son, for he is sick. Thus and thus you are to tell her, for when she comes she will pretend to be another woman.”

6And so, when Ahijah heard the sound of her feet as she came in the door, that he said, “Come in, O wife of Jeroboam! Why do you pretend to be another woman? For I am sent to you with a hard message.
  7Go, tell Jeroboam, ‘This is what Yahweh, the God of Israel, says: “Because I exalted you from among the people and made you ruler over my people Israel,
  8and tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it you, and yet you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commandments and who followed me with all his heart to do only that which was right in my eyes,
  9but have done more evil than all who were before you and have gone and made yourself other gods and cast metal images, making me angry, and have cast me behind your back;
  10therefore, behold, I will bring evil on the house of Jeroboam. “I will cut off from Jeroboam everyone who pisses against a wall, he who is slave or free in Israel, and will utterly burn up the house of Jeroboam as a man burns up dung until it is all gone.
  11He who dies of Jeroboam in the city the dogs will eat, and he who dies in the field the birds of the heavens will eat; for Yahweh has spoken!”’

12“As for you, get up and go to your house. When your feet enter the city, the boy will die.
  13All Israel will mourn for him and bury him, for he only of Jeroboam will come to a tomb, because in him there has been found some good thing toward Yahweh, the God of Israel, in the house of Jeroboam.
  14And Yahweh will raise up for himself a king over Israel who will cut off the house of Jeroboam. This is the day! What day? Even now!
  15For Yahweh will strike Israel as a reed is shaken in the water, and he will root up Israel out of this good land that he gave to their fathers and will scatter them beyond the Euphrates River, because they have made their Asherah poles, making Yahweh angry.
  16And he will give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, which he has sinned and with which he has made Israel sin.”

17Then Jeroboam’s wife arose and departed and came to Tirzah. As she came to the threshold of the house, the child died.
  18All Israel buried him and mourned for him, according to the word of Yahweh that he spoke by his servant Ahijah the prophet.

The Death of Jeroboam

19The rest of the acts of Jeroboam, how he waged war and how he reigned, behold, they are written in the Book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel.
  20The days that Jeroboam reigned were 22 years; and he slept with his fathers, and Nadab his son reigned in his place.

Rehoboam King of Judah

21Now Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah. Rehoboam was 41 years old when he began to reign, and he reigned 17 years in Jerusalem, the city that Yahweh had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel to put his name there; and his mother’s name was Naamah the Ammonite.

22Judah did what was evil in the eyes of Yahweh and they made him jealous—more than all their fathers had done—by the sins that they committed.
  23For they also built for themselves shrines and standing-stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every green tree;
  24and there were also male cult-prostitutes in the land. They did according to all the abominations of the nations that Yahweh drove out before the children of Israel.

25Now in the fifth year of king Rehoboam, Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem,
  26and he took away the treasures of the house of Yahweh and the treasures of the king’s house; he took away everything, and he took away all the shields of gold that Solomon had made.
  27King Rehoboam made in their place shields of bronze and committed them to the hands of the captains of the guard who guarded the entrance of the king’s house.
  28It was so that as often as the king went into the house of Yahweh, the guard carried them and brought them back into the guard room.

29Now 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?
  30And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually.
  31Rehoboam slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of David, and his mother’s name was Naamah the Ammonite. And Abijam his son reigned in his place.

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