2 Chronicles

2 Chronicles 12 ©

1 Rehoboam forsaking the Lord is punished by Shishak's invasion: 5 he and the princes repenting at the preaching of Shemaiah are delivered from destruction, but not from spoil. 13 The reign and death of Rehoboam: Abijah succeedeth him.


AND it came to pass, awhen Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had strengthened himself, bhe forsook the law of the LORD, cand all Israel with him.


And it came to pass, that in the fifth year of king Rehoboam dShishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against the LORD,


With etwelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen: and the people were without number that came with him out of Egypt; the fLubims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians.


And he took gthe fenced cities which pertained to Judah, and came to Jerusalem.


¶Then came hShemaiah the prophet to Rehoboam, and to the princes of Judah, that were gathered together to Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said unto them, Thus saith the LORD, iYe have forsaken me, and therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak.


Whereupon the princes of Israel and the king jhumbled themselves; and they said, The LORD is righteous.


And when the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them 1some deliverance; and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.


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


So lShishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away mthe treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king's house; he took all: he carried away also the shields of gold which Solomon nhad made.


Instead of which oking Rehoboam made shields of brass, and committed them to the hands of the chief of the guard, that kept the entrance of the king's house.


And when the king entered into the house of the LORD, the guard came and fetched them, and brought them again into the guard chamber.


And pwhen he humbled him-self, the wrath of the LORD turned from him, that he would not destroy him altogether: 2and also in Judah things went well.


¶So king Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem, and reigned: for qRehoboam was one and forty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city rwhich the LORD had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. And his mother's name was Naamah an Ammonitess.


And he did evil, because he 3prepared not his heart to sseek the LORD.


Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written in the 4book of tShemaiah the prophet, and of Iddo the seer concerning ugenealogies? vAnd there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually.


And Rehoboam wslept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David: and 5Abijah his son reigned in his *stead.