Chapter 11: Solomon’s Heart Turns From Yah: Solomon Marries too Many Women Breaking a Commandment
1 But King Solomon loved many foreign women, as well as the daughter of Pharaoh: Women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites–2 From the nations of whom Yah had said to the children of Ysrayl, “You shall not intermarry with them nor they with you. Surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods”. Solomon clung to these in love. 3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses and three hundred concubines and his wives turned away his heart. 4 For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after the gods and his heart was not loyal to Yah his Almighty, as was the heart of his father David. 5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammorites. 6 Solomon did evil in the sight of Yah and did not fully follow Yah, as did his father David. 7 Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, on the hill that is east of Yahrushalom and for Molech the abomination of the people of Ammon. 8 And he did likewise for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods.
*Yah commanded the king of Ysrayl not to have too many wives in Deuteronomy 17:17 lest they turn his heart away. Yah knew back then that Solomon would have all these wives that would turn him away from Him.
Because Solomon’s Heart was Divided Yah Promises to Divide the Kingdom in the Future
9 So Yah became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned from Yah Almighty of Ysrayl, who had appeared to him twice. 10 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after the gods but he did not keep what Yah had commanded. 11 Therefore, Yah said to Solomon, “Because you have done this and have not kept My covenant and My statutes which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant. 12 Nevertheless, I will not do it in your days, for the sake of your father David. I will tear it out of the hand of your son. 13 However, I will not tear away the whole kingdom. I will give one tribe to your son for the sake of My servant David and for the sake of Yahrushalom which I have chosen”.
Hadad the Edomite Becomes an Enemy to Solomon as Commanded by Yah
14 Now Yah raised up an adversary against Solomon, Hadad the Edomite. He was a descendant of the king of Edom. 15 For it happened, when David was in Edom and Yoab the commander of the army had gone up to bury the slain, after he had killed every male in Edom–16 Because for six months Yoab remained there with all Ysrayl, until he had cut down every male in Edom–17 That Hadad fled to go to Egypt, he and certain Edomites of his father’s servants with him. Hadad was still a little child. 18 Then they arose from Midian and came to Paran and they took men with them from Paran and came to Egypt, to Pharaoh king of Egypt, who gave him a house, appointed food for him and gave him land. 19 And Hadad found great favor in the sight of Pharoah, so that he gave him as wife the sister of his own wife, that is, the sister of Queen Tahpenes. 20 Then the sister of Tahpenes bore him Genubath his son, whom Tahpenes weaned in Pharoah’s house. And Genubath was in Pharaoh’s household among the sons of Pharaoh. 21 So when Hadad heard in Egypt that David rested with his fathers and that Yoab the commander of the army was dead, Hadad said to Pharoah, “Let me depart, that I may go to my own country”. 22 Then Pharaoh said to him, “But what have you lacked with me, that suddenly you seek to go to your own country”? So he answered, “Nothing but do let me go anyway”.
Rezon the Syrian Becomes an Enemy to Solomon as Commanded by Yah
23 And Yah raised up another adversary against him, Rezon the son of Eliadah, who had fled from his mater, Hadadezer king of Zobah. 24 So he gathered men to him and became captain over a band of raiders, when David killed those of Zobah. And they went to Damascus and dwelt there and reigned in Damascus. 25 He was an adversary of Ysrayl all the days of Solomon, besides the trouble that Hadad caused and he abhorred Ysrayl and reigned over Syria.
Yeroboam’s Rebellion: Yah Makes a Promise Though the Prophet Ahiyah of Shiloh to Give Yeroboam From Ephraim Ten Tribes to Rule Ysrayl
26 Then Solomon’s servant, Yeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephraimite from Zereda, whose mother’s name was Zeruyah, a widow, also rebelled against the king. 27 And this is what caused him to rebel against the king: Solomon had built the Millo and repaired the damages to the City of David his father. 28 The man Yeroboam was a mighty man of valor and Solomon seeing that the young man was industrious, made him the officer over all the labor force of the house of Yoseph. 29 Now it happened at that time, when Yeroboam went out of Yahrushalom, tht the prophet Ahiyah the Shilonite met him on the way and he had clothed himself with a new garment and the two were alone in the field. 30 Then Ahiyah took hold of the new garment that was on him and tore it into twelve pieces. 31 And he said to Yeroboam, “Take for yourself ten pieces, for thus says Yah, the Power of Ysrayl: ‘Behold, I will tear the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon and will give ten tribes to you–32 But he shall have one tribe for the sake of My servant David and for the sake of Yahrushalom, the city which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Ysrayl–33 Because they have (or because he has) forsaken Me and worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites and Milcom the god of the people of Ammon and have not walked in My ways to do what is right in My eyes and keep My statues and My judgments, as did his father David. 34 However, I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand because I have made him ruler all the days of his life for the sake of My servant David, whom I chose because he kept My commandments and My statutes. 35 But I will take the kingdom out of his son’s hand and give it to you—ten tribes. 36 And to his son I will give one tribe, that My servant David may always have a lamp before Me in Yahrushalom, the city which I have chosen for Myself, to put My name there (Yahudah). 37 So I will take you and you shall reign over all your heart desires and you shall be king over Ysrayl. 38 Then it shall be, if you heed all that I command you, walk in My ways and do what is right in My sight, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as My servant David did, then I will be with you and build for you an enduring house, as I built for David and will give Ysrayl to you. 39 And I will afflict the descendants of David because of this but not forever’.” 40 Solomon therefore sought to kill Yeroboam. But Yeroboam arose and fled to Egypt to Shishak king of Egypt and was in Egypt until the death of Solomon.
The Death of Solomon: Solomon Ruled Forty Years
41 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, all that he did and his wisdom, are they not written in the book of the acts of Solomon? 42 And the period that Solomon reigned in Yahrushalom over all Ysrayl was forty years. 43 Then Solomon rested with his fathers and was buried in the City of David his father. And Rehoboam his son reigned in his place.
*I could not find any scripture saying that Solomon repented for sinning against Yah. But in the Testament of Solomon, page 987, Solomon seems to have remorse because he called himself ‘wretched’. Another interesting thing Solomon said after that is that the fallen angels and demons laughed at him. This reminded me of what Yahoshua said in Luke 6:25, woe to you that laugh now, you are going to cry later.
*Yeroboam in Hebrew means the people will contend.
*Rehoboam in Hebrew means he who enlarges the people.
* Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he became king, 1 Kings 14:21 and was anointed at Shechem , 1 Kings 12:1.
*Rehoboam loved his wife Maakah the most of all his wives. She was the grand-daughter of Absalom (Abishalom), 2 Chronicles 11:21.
Chapter 12: The Children of Ysrayl Ask Rehoboam Solomon’s Son to Lighten Their Yoke
1 And Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Ysrayl had gone to Shechem to make him king. 2 So it happened, when Yeroboam the son of Nebat heard it, he was still in Egypt, for he had fled from the presence of King Solomon and had been dwelling in Egypt–3 That they sent and called him. Then Yeroboam and the whole assembly of Ysrayl came and spoke to Rehoboam saying: 4 “Your father made our yoke heavy. Now therefore, lighten the burdensome service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us and we will serve you”. 5 So he said to them, “Depart for three days, then come back to me”. And the people departed.
Rehoboam Rejects the Advice of the Elders
6 Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who stood before his father Solomon while he still lived and he said, “How do you advise me to answer these people”? 7 And they spoke to him saying, “If you will be a servant to these people today and serve them and answer them and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever”. 8 But he rejected the advice which the elders had given him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him. 9 And he said to them, “What advice do you give? How should we answer this people who have spoken to me saying, ‘Lighten the yoke which your father put on us’?” 10 Then the young men who had grown up with him spoke to him saying, “Thus you should speak to this people who have spoken to you saying, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy but you make it lighter on us’. Thus you shall say to them: ‘My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s waist! 11 And Now, whereas my father put a heavy yoke on you, I will add to your yoke. My father chastised you with whips but I will chastise you with scourges (literally scorpions)’!”
*Rehoboam did not have mercy on the Children of Ysrayl whereas Yahoshua said come to me for rest for My yoke is easy and burden light, Mattithyah 11:28-30.
*The heavy yoke that Rehoboam put on the COY was taxes and labor.
Yeroboam and the Children of Ysrayl Return to Rehoboam on the Third Day: Yah’s Prophesy About the Kingdom Being Split is in the Process of Being Fulfilled
12 So Yeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had directed saying, “Come back to me the third day”. 13 Then the king answered the people roughly and rejected the advice which the elders had given him–14 And he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men saying, “My father made your yoke heavy but I will add to your yoke. My father chastised you with whips but I will chastise you with scourges (scorpions)”! 15 So the king did not listen to the people, for the turn of events was from Yah, that He might fulfill Hi word which Yah had spoken by Ahiyah the Shilonite to Yeroboam the son of Nebat.
The Revolt Against Rehoboam: The Ten Tribes of Ysrayl Split From Yahudah (and Benyamin): The Children of Ysrayl Stone Adoniram For Trying to Collect Taxes For Rehoboam: Rehoboam Retreats to Yahrushalom and is Still King of Yahudah: The Children of Ysrayl Make Yeroboam King of Ysrayl
16 Now when all Ysrayl saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king saying: “What share have we in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Yesse. To your tents, O Ysrayl! Now see to your own house, O David”! 17 But Rehoboam reigned over the children of Ysrayl who dwelt in the cities of Yahudah. 18 Then King Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was in charge of the revenue but all Ysrayl stoned him with stones and he died. Therefore, King Rehoboam mounted his chariot in haste to flee to Yahrushalom. 19 So Ysrayl has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day. 20 Now it came to pass when all Ysrayl heard that Yeroboam had come back, they sent for him and called him to the congregation and made him king over all Ysrayl. There was none who followed the house of David but the tribe of Yahudah only.
Rehoboam Assembles Warriors of Yahudah and Benyamin to Go to War Against the Ten Tribes of Ysrayl but Yah Sends a Warning Through the Prophet Shemaiyah: Rehoboam Obeyed Yah
21 And when Rehoboam came to Yahrushalom, he assembled all the house of Yahudah with the tribe of Benyamin, one hundred and eighty thousand chosen men who were warriors, to fight against the house of Ysrayl, that he might restore the kingdom to Rehoboam the son of Solomon. 22 But the word of Yah came to Shemaiyah the man of Yah saying: 23 “Speak to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Yahudah, to all the house of Yahudah and Benyamin and to the rest of the people saying: 24 ‘Thus says Yah: You shall not go up nor fight against your brothers the children of Ysrayl. Let every man return to his house, for this thing is from Me’.” Therefore, they obeyed the word of Yah and turned back according to the word of Yah.
*Shemaiyah means in Hebrew ‘the name Yah is heard’ or ‘hear Yah’s name’.
Yeroboam Sins Against Yah by Having the Children of Ysrayl Worship Two Golden Calf Gods in Bethyl and Dan and He Created His Own Feast Day to Keep Them Away From Yahrushalom: Yeroboam Made His Own Priests
25 Then Yeroboam built Shechem in the mountains of Ephraim and dwelt there. Also he went from there and built Penuyl. 26 And Yeroboam said in his heart, “Now the kingdom may return to the house of David: 27 If these people go up to offer sacrifices in the house of Yah at Yahrushalom, then the heart of this people will turn back to their Almighty, Rehoboam king of Yahudah and they will kill me and go back to Rehoboam king of Yahudah”. 28 Therefore, the king asked advice, made two calves of gold and said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Yahrushalom. Here are your gods, O Ysrayl, which brought you up from the land of Egypt”! 29 And he set up one in Bethyl and the other he put in Dan. 30 Now this thing became a sin, for the people went to worship before the one as far as Dan. 31 He made shrines (houses) on high places and made priests from every class of people, who were not of the sons of Levi. 32 Yeroboam ordained a feast on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, like the feast that was in Yahudah and offered sacrifices on the altar. So he did at Bethyl, sacrificing to the calves that he had made. And at Bethyl he installed the priests of the high places which he had made. 33 So he made offerings on the altar which he had made at Bethyl on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, in the month which he had devised in his own heart. And he ordained a feast for the children of Ysrayl and offered sacrifices on the altar and burned incense.