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against Rehoboam. kinys, from the rirer even unto the, swer to this people, which bavespoken and of the Philistines, and to the bor to me,saying, Lase somewhat the yoke der cr Egypt.

that thy latlier did put upon us? 27 and the king nrade silver in Jeru. 10 And the young men that were salem as stoncs, and cedar-trees made brought up with himn spake unto hiin, he as the sy'cainore-trees that are in saying, Thus shall tbou answer the We low plains in abundance.

people that spake unto thee, saying, 28 And they brought unto Solomon Thy father made our yoke heavy, but lorses out of Egypt, and out of all make thou it somewhat ligliter for us ; lands.

thus slialt Diou say unto tiem, My lit. 20 | Now the rest of the acle of Sol- tle finger shall be thicker than my faomon, first and last, are they not writ. ther's loins. len in the book of Nathan the prophet, 11 For wbereas my father put a heavy and in the prophecy of Ahijah the yoke upon you, I will put more to Shilonite, and in the visions of Iddo your yoke: my father chastised you the seer against Jeroboam the son of with whips, but I will chastise you Nebat?

willi scorpions. 30 And Soloinon reigned in Jerusalein 12 So Jerolioain and all the people over all Israel lorty years,

came to Rehoboam on the third day, 31 And Solomon slept with his fa- as the king bade, sayug, Come again thers and he was buried in the city of to me on the third day. David his father; and Reboboam his 13 And the king answered them Bou reigned in big stead.

roughly; and king Reloboam forsook CHAP. X.

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ther made your yoke lieavy', but I will 2 And it came to pass, when Jerobo- add therelo: my father chastised you sun the son of Nebat, who was in with whips, but I will chastise you Egypt, whither lie had fled from the wi:h scorpions. presence of Solomon the king, heard it, 15 So the king hearkened not unto ihat Jeroboain retumed out of Egypt. j the people: for the cause was or God,

3 And they sent and called him. So hat die Lord might perform bis word, Jeroboam and all Israel came and which he spake by the hand of Abijal spake lo Reboboam, saying,

the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Thy father made our yoke griev- Nebat. ous; now therefore ease thou some. 16 | And when all (grael saw that what the grievous eervitude of thy fa-tlieking would not hearken unto them, ther, and his heavy yoke that he put the people answered the king, eaying, ipon us, and we will serve thee.

What portion have we in David ? and 5 And he said unto them, Come we have none inheritance in the son of ngain unto me aster three days. And Jeese: every man to your tents, 0 ls. Le people departed.

rael: and now, David, see to thine 611 And king Relioboam took counsel own 'bouse. So all Israel went to with the old men that had stood before their tents. Solomon luis father while he yet lived, 17 But as for the children of Israel Haying, What counsel give ye me to that dwelt in the cities of Judalı, Rereturn answer to diis people ? hoboam reigned over tliem.

7 And they spake unto him, saying, 18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hado If thou be kind to tbis people, and ram, that was over the tribule; and please them, and speak good words to the children of lsmael stoned him with them, Ley will be thy servants for ever. stones, that he died. But king Reho

8 But lie forsook the counsel which boan made speed to get him up lo his the old men gave him, and took coun- chariot, to flee to Jerusalem eel with the young men that were 19 And Israel rebelled against the brought up with bim, that stood before house of David unto this day. him,

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nullies, and children. of Judah and Benjavih a hun-fof David, to wise, anu Abibail, the (in and fourscore thousanı closen daughter of Eljab the son of Jesse : min vhich were warriors, to fight 19 Which bare him children ; Jcush, gait Israel, that he might bring ihe and Shamarialı, und Zahim. kingdom again to Rehoboam.

21 And after ber he took Naachal Butile word of the Lord came to the daughter of Absalom ; which bare Sliemaiah the man of God, saying, him Abijab, and Atlai, and Ziza, and 3 Speak unto Reboboam the son of Shelomith. Solomon, king of Judah, and to all 13- 21 And Rehoboam lored Maachnlı rael in Judal and Benjamin, saying, the daughter of Absalom above all bis

4 Thus saith tbe LORD, Ye shall not wires and his concubines; (lor le look go up, noe fight against your brethren: eighteen wives, and threescore concu. return every man to his house : for bincs; and legat tsventy and eight this thing is done of me. And they sons, and threescore daughters.) obeyed the words of the LORD, and 22 And Rehoboam made Abijab the Telurned from going against Jeroboam. son of Maachah the chiel, to be ruler

6 1 And Reloboami dwelt in Jeru- among his brethren: for he thoughtlu salcm, auid built cities for desence in inake bin king. Judali,

23 And he dealt wisely,and dispersed 6 He built even leth-chem, and of all his children throughout allibe Etam, and Tekoa,

countries of Judab and Benjamin,unto 7And Reth-zur,and Slocho,and Adul. Jevery fenced city; and be gave then lam,

victual in abundance; and he desired 8 And Gath, and Nareshal, and Zipb, many wives. 9 duid Adoram, and Lachish, and

CHAP. XII. Azekah, 10 And Zorah, and Ayalon, and Heb. AND it came to pass, when Relio

boam had established the king ron, which are in Judah and iu Kenjn- dom,and had strengthened himesil, he min, fenced cities.

forsook the law of the Lord, and all 11 And he fortified the strong bolds, Lacael with lin and put captains in them, and stores of 2 Aad it came to pass that in the fifth victual, and of oil and wine.

year of king Reboboam. Sbishak, king 2 And in every several city he put of Egypt, came up against Jerusalem, shields and spears, and made them ex-because they had transgressed against ceeding strong,having Judah and Ben- the LORD, jaunin on his side.

3 With twelve lundred chariots and 13 | And the priests and the Levites treescore thousand horsemen; and that were in all Israel resorted to him the people recere without number that out of all their coasts.

came with biin out of Egypt;the Lu14 For the Levites lest their suburbs bims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopia and their possession, and came to Ju. ans. dal and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and 4 And he took the fenced cities whicli mis 8008 lad cast them off from exe- pertained to Judah, and came to Jerus cuting thepriest's office unto the LORD: salem.

15 And he ordained hiin priesls, for 51 Then came Shemaiah the prophthe high places, and for the devils, and et to Rehoboam, and to the princes of for the calves which he had made. Judalı that were gathered together to

164od aller them, out of all the Jerusalem because of Shishak,and said tribes of Israel,such as set their hearts unto them, Thus saith the LORD, Ye to seek the LORD God of Israel, came bave forsaken me, and therefore have to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the I also lest you in the land or Shishak. LORD God of their fathers,

6 Whereupon the princes of Israel 17 So they strengthened the kingdom and the king hunbled themselves; and of Judah, and made Rehoboam the son they said, The Lord is righteous. of Solomon strong, three years : for 7 And when the LORD saw that they Loree years they walked in the way or humbled themselves, the word of the David and Solomon.

LORD came to Shemaialı,saying. They 18 TT And Rehoboam took him Maha-have humbled themselves; therefore I lath, the daughter of Jerimoth the son lwill not destroy them, but I will

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against Jeroboc them soine deliverance; and iny wratlı, with an army of valiant men of shull not be poured oulupon Jerusalem cuon four hundred thousand c by the land of Sbigliak.

tren i Jeroboam also set the bar 8 Nevertheless they shall be his ser array against him with eight by pants; that they may know myservice, thousand chosen men, vcing and the service of the kinguomg ofmen of valour, the countries.

and Abijah stood up upon mount 9 So Shishak king of Egypt came up Zemaraim, which is in mount Eplora against Jerusalem, and took away the im,and said, Hear me, thou Jeroboum treasures osllie house of the Lord,and and all Israel; the treasures of the king's house; lie) 5 Ought ye not to know that the LORD took all: be carried away also the God of Israel gave the kingdom over shields of gold which Solomon had Israel to David for ever, even to him inade.

and to his song by a covenant oraalt? 10 Instead of which king Rehoboam 6 Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, the made shields of brass, and committed servant of Solomon the son of David, them to the bands of the chief of the is risen up, and liath rebelled against guard, that kept the entrance of the his LOAD. king's house.

7 And there are gathered unto him 11 And when the king entered into vain inen, the children of Belial, and the house of the LORD, the guard came bave strengthened themselves against and fetched them, and brought theu Rehoboam the son of Solomon, wheo ilgain into the guard-chamber. Relioboam was young and teuder

12 And when he liunbled himself, bearted, and could not withstand them the wrath of the LORD turned from 8 And now yellink to withstand the hirn, that he would not destroy him kingdom of the Lond in the hand of altogether : and also in Judal things the song of David ; and ye be a great weil well.

multitude, and thcre are with you gold13 Ti Soking Rehoboam strengthened en calves, which Jeroboam made you himsell in Jerusalem, and reigned ; lor for gods. Rehoboam was one and forty years old Have ye not cast out the priests of when liebegan to reign, and ire reign the Lort, the song of Aaron, and the od seventeen yenu's in Jerusalim, the Lerites, and liave made you priests alcity which the Lordliad chose out of ler the manuer of the nations of other all the tribes of Israel, to put huname lands ? 80 ibat whosoever cometli lo there : and big inother'y naineuci Na-consecrale liimsell yith a young bul amahan Anonitess.

lock and seven rame, the same may be 14 And he did evil, because h: pre- a priest of them that are no gods. pared not his heart to seek llie loild. 10 But as for us, the Lord is our God,

15 Now the acts of Rehoboa n, first and we have not forsaken him; and and fast, are they not writter in the the pricsts, which ruinister unto the book of Shemaiah the prophet, and ul Lord, are lhe sona of Aaron, and the Iddo the seer concerning generlogier. Levites wait upon their business : And there were wars between Reho. 11 And they burn unto tle LORD, Loain and Jeroboam continually, every morning and every evening,

16 And Relioboard slept with his fil-burnt.gacrifices and sweet incense:ibe thers, and was buried in the city of Dar abov.brcad also set they in order upon vid; and Abijah his son reigned in his lle pure table; and the candlestick of

gold with the lamps thereof, 10 burn CHAP. XIII.

every evening : for we keep the charge 01 In the eighteenth year orking of the LORD our Gou; but ye have

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12 And, bebold, God binsell is with 2 He reigned three years in Jerusa- us for our captain, and his priesls with lem; bio mnother's name was Ni-sounding trumpets to cryalarm against Chaiah, the daughter of Urielos Gib- you. O children of Israel, fight ye nos eal. And there was war between against the LORD God of your lalhers; abijal and Jeroboam.

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no wars in those years; because this 1.4 And when Judah looked back, be. LORD nad given him rest. hold, the battle was before and behind: 7 Therefore be said unto Judab, Let and they cried unto the LORD, and the us build these cities, and make about priests sounded with the truinpets. them walls and towers, gates and bars,

15 Then the men of Judah gave a while the land is yet before us; be. sliout; and as the inen of Judal shout cause we have sought the LORD Our ed, it came to pass, that God smote God; we have sought him, and be Jeroboain and all Israel before Abijah iath given us rest on every side: 80 and Judalı.

they built and prospered. 16 And the children of Israel led be. 8 1 And Aså had an army of onen fore Judah : and God delivered them wiat bare targets and spears, outor Juinto their hand.

dal three huodred thousand, and out 17 And Abijah and his people slew of Benjamin, that bare shieldis and them with a great slaughter : so there drew bowe, two hundred and fourfell down elain of Lsrael five hundred score thousand: all these were mighty thousand chosen meni.

men of valour. 18 Thus the children of Israel were 9 And there came out against them brought under at that time, and the Zerali the Ethiopian, with a host of ? children of Judah prevailed, because thousand thousand, and three hundred they relied upon the LORD God of chariots; and came unto Mareslah. their fathers.

10 Then Aga went out against him, 19 And Abijal pursued alter Jerobo and they set the battle in array in the am, and took cities from him, Beth-el valey of Zepliathalı at Mareshah. with the towns thereof, and Jeshanah 11 And Asa cried unto the Lord his with the towns thereof, and Ephraim God, and said, Lord, it is nothing with with the towns thereof.

thee to help, wliether with inany, or 20 Neither did Jeroboam recover with them that base no power: help strength again in the days of Abijah: us, O LORD our God; for we rest on and the LORD struck him, and he died. théc, and in thy name we go against

21 1 But Abijah waxed mighty, aod this multitude. O Lord, thou art our married fourteen wives, and begat God; let not man prevail against theo. twenty and two sons, and sixtecn 12 So the LORD smote the Ethiopidaughters.

ans before Asa, and before Judab; and 22 And the rest of the acts of Abijah, the Ethiopeans fled. and his ways, and his sayings are writ-13 And Åsa and the people that were ten in the story of the prophet Iddo. with bim pursued tien unto Gerar; CHAP. XIV.

and the Ethiopians were overthrowo, O Abijali slept with his fathers, and that tieycould not recover themselves;

vid ; and Asa his son reigned in his LORD, and before his host and they stead. In his days the land was quiet carried away very inuch spoil. ten years.

14 And they smote all the cities bound 2 And Asa did that which was good about Gerar; for the rear of the LORD and right in the eyes of the Lord his came upon them: and they spoiled al

the cities; for there was exceeding 3 For he took away the altars of the mach spoil in them. strange gods, and the biglı places, and 15 They sınote also the tents of cattle, brake down the images, and cut down and carried away sleep and camels in

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preventech And if ye seek lun lie will be found the Lord gave them resi round about. of you ; but if ye forsake him, he will 16 | And also conccrying Maachab forgake you.

the mother of Asa the king, he remov3 Now for a long season Israel luath cd lier irom being queen, because she been without the true God, and with bad made

all idol in a grove: and out a teaching priest, and without law. Asa cut down her idol, aud stainped

But when they wo their trouble didil, and burnt it at the brook Kidron. lurn unto the LORD God of Israel, and 17 But the high places were not taken Eought him, he was found of thein. away out of Israel: nevertheless the .5. And in those times there was no heart of Asa was perfect all bis days. pieace to liim that went out, nor to bin 1811 And he brought into the house of that canie in, but great vexations were Goil the things that ris father hadded upon all lie inluabitants of the coun-icated, and that he himself had dedtrics.

icaled, silver, and gold, and vessels. 6And nation was destroyed of nation, 19 And there was no more war unto uud city of city ; for God did vex lliem tie live and thirtietla year of the reign with all adversity

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reign of Asi, Baasha king of Israel SITAnd when Asa heard tliese words, caine up against Judab En built Raand the prophecy of Oded the prophet, mali, to the intent that he might let he took courage, and put away the uone go ouior come in to Aga king of abominable idols out of all the land of Judali. Judalı and Benjainin, and out of the 2 Then Asa brought out silver and cities which he had taken from mount sold out of the treasures of the house Ephraim, and renewed the altar of oi'the Lord and of the king's house, the Lord, that was before the porch and sent to Ben-hadad king of Syria, of the LORD.

that dwelt at Damagcus, saying, 9 And he gathered all Judah and Ben- 3 There is a league between me and jamin, and the strangers with them thee, as there was between my father out of Epliraim and Manassell, and an tig luher: beliold, I have sent out of Sineon : for they fell to him thee silver and gold; go, break thy out of Israel in abundance, when they league with Baasba king of Israel, Baw that the Lord liis God was will that he näy depart froin me. bim.

4 And Ben-hadad bearkened unto 10 So they gathered themselves to-kingsa, and sent the crptains of his gether at Jerusalem in the third month, armies against the cities of Israel; and w the fifteenth year of the reign of they smole ljon, and Dan, and AbelAsa.

maim, and all the store-cities of Napu11 And they offered unto the LORD tali. the saune time, or wie spoil Ihich they 5 And it cune to pass, when Baasha had brouglit, seven hundred oxen and leard it, that he lett oll

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Ranath, and let his work cease. 12 And they entered into a covenant 6 Tben Asa the king took all Judalı; to geek the Lord God of their fathers and they carried away the stones of will all their heart and with all their Ramalı,and the timber thereof, wlieresoul;

with Baasha was building; and he 13 That whosoever would not seek built therewith Geba and Mizpalı

. the Lord God of Israel should be 7 | And at that time Hananithe seer put to death, whether sinall or great, came to Asa king of Judah, and said whether man or womin.

unlo him, Because thou last relied on it Aud liiey sware unto the LORD the king of Syria, and not relied on the with a loud voice, and will slouting, LORD thy God, therefore is the best of and with truinpets, iurd with cornets. the king of Syria escaped out of thy 15 And all Judalı rejoiced at the oath: band. for tiey had sworii widi all their heart, 8 Were not the Ethiopians and the and sought him with their whole de Lubins a huge host with very many sire ; and lie was found of them; and (chariots and horsemen? yet, becausu

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