Chapter 11: Yah Sends Shemaiyah the Prophet to Stop Rehoboam with the Tribes of Yahudah and Benyamin From Fighting Ysrayl
1 Now when Rehoboam came to Yahrushalom, he assembled from the house of Yahudah and Benyamin one hundred and eighty thousand chosen men who were warriors, to fight against Ysrayl, that he might restore the kingdom to Rehoboam. 2 But the word of Yah came to Shemaiyah the man of Yah saying: 3 “Speak to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Yahudah and to all Ysrayl in Yahudah and Benyamin saying: 4 ‘Thus says Yah: You shall not go up or fight against your brothers! Let every man return to his house, for this thing is from Me’.” Therefore, they obeyed the words of Yah and turned back from attacking Yeroboam.
Rehoboam Fortifies the Cities in Yahudah and Benyamin
5 So Rehoboam dwelt in Yahrushalom and built cities for defense in Yahudah. 6 And he built Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa–7 Beth Zur, Sochoh, Adullam–8 Gath, Mareshah, Ziph–9 Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah–10 Zorah, Aiyalon and Hebron, which are in Yahudah and Benyamin, fortified cities. 11 And he fortified the strongholds and put captains in them and stores of food, oyl and wine. 12 Also in every city he put shields and spears and made them very strong, having Yahudah and Benyamin on his side.
The Levites Leave Ysrayl and Move to Yahudah: Yeroboam Serves the Demons and the Gods: Some of the Israylites From the Ten Northern Tribes Move to Yahrushalom to Serve Yah Only
13 And from all their territories the priests and Levites who were in all Ysrayl took their stand with him. 14 For the Levites left their common-lands and their possessions and came to Yahudah and Yahrushalom, for Yeroboam and his sons had rejected them from serving as priests to Yah. 15 Then he appointed for himself priests for the high places, for the demons and the calf idols which he had made. 16 And after the Levites left, those from all the tribes of Ysrayl, such as set their heart to seek Yah of Ysrayl, came to Yahrushalom to sacrifice to Yah Almighty of their fathers. 17 So they strengthened the kingdom of Yahudah and made Rehoboam the son of Solomon strong for three years, because they walked in the way of David and Solomon for three years.
The Wives Concubines and Children of Rehoboam: Rehoboam Loves His Wife Maachah and Her Son Abiyah the Most: Rehoboam Takes Very Good Care of All His Sons
18 Then Rehoboam took for himself as wife Mahalath the daughter of Yerimoth the son of David and of Abihail the daughter of Yliah the son of Yesse. 19 And she bore him children: Yeush, Shamariyah and Zaham. 20 After her he took Maachah the granddaughter (compare to 2 Chronicles 13:2) of Abishalom (David’s son) and she bore him Abiyah, Attai, Ziza and Shelomith. 21 Now Rehoboam loved Maachah the granddaughter of Abishalom more than all his wives and his concubines, for he took eighteen wives and sixty concubines and begot twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters. 22 And Rehoboam appointed Abiyah the son of Maacah as chief, to be leader among his brothers, for he intended to make him king. 23 He dealt wisely and dispersed some of his sons throughout all the territories of Yahudah and Benyamin, to every fortified city and he gave them provisions in abundance. He also sought many wives for them.
Chapter 12: Cause and Effect: Rehoboam Forsakes Yah’s Laws and Yah Sends Egypt Up Against Yahrushalom
1 Now it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom and had strengthened himself that he forsook the law of Yah and all Ysrayl along with him. 2 And it happened in the fifth year of King Rehoboam that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Yahrushalom, because they transgressed against Yah. 3 With twelve hundred chariots, sixty thousand horsemen and people without number who came with him out of Egypt–the Lubim and the Sukkim and the Ethiopians. 4 And he took the fortified cities of Yahudah and came to Yahrushalom.
Yah Sends the Prophet Shemaiyah to Rehoboam and the Leaders and They Humble Themselves: Yah Grants Them Mercy but Still Punishes Them
5 Then Shemaiyah the prophet came to Rehoboam and the leaders of Yahudah who were gathered together in Yahrushalom because of Shishak and said to them, “Thus says Yah: You have forsaken Me and therefore I also have left you in the hand of Shishak”. 6 So the leaders of Ysrayl and the king humbled themselves and they said, “Yah is righteous”. 7 Now when Yah saw that they humbled themselves, the word of Yah came to Shemaiyah saying, “They have humbled themselves, therefore, I will not destroy them but I will grant them some deliverance. My wrath shall not be poured out on Yahrushalom by the hand of Shishak. 8 Nevertheless, they will be his servants, that they may distinguish My service from the service of the kingdoms of the nations”.
Pharoah Takes the Treasures From Yah’s House and the King’s House: Rehoboam Stays Humbled and Keeps Himself Guarded
9 So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Yahrushalom and took away the treasures of the house of Yah and the treasures of the king’s house. He took everything. He also carried away the gold shields which Solomon had made. 10 Then King Rehoboam made bronze shields in their place and committed them to the hands of the captains of the guard, who guarded the doorway of the king’s house. 11 And whenever the king entered the house of Yah, the guard would go and bring them out. They they would take them back into the guardroom. 12 When he humbled himself, the wrath of Yah turned from him, so as not to destroy him completely and things also went well in Yahudah.
The End of Rehoboam’s Seventeen Year Reign: Rehoboam Did Evil Because He did Not Seek Yah
13 Thus King Rehoboam strengthened himself in Yahrushalom and reigned. Now Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he became king and he reigned seventeen years in Yahrushalom, the city which Yah had chosen out of all the tribes of Ysrayl to put His name there. His mother’s name was Naamah, an Ammonitess. 14 And he did evil because he did not prepare his heart to seek Yah. 15 The acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written in the book of Shemaiyah the prophet and of Iddo the seer concerning genealogies? And there were wars between Rehoboam and Yeroboam all their days. 16 So Rehoboam rested with his fathers and was buried in the City of David. Then Abiyah his son reigned in his place.
*Remember Yah told Rehoboam not to fight with Ysrayl but we read in v. 15 that he was fighting with them in wars. So he was not seeking Yah when he did what he wanted to do. He did not seek Yah when asked about the heavy yoke, he sought the counsel of the young men.
*Where are the books of Shemaiyah and Iddo?