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1When the rule of Rehoboʹam was established and was strong, he forsook the law of the Lord, and all Israel with him. 2In the fifth year of King Rehoboʹam, because they had been unfaithful to the Lord, Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem 3with twelve hundred chariots and sixty thousand horsemen. And the people were without number who came with him from Egypt—Libyans, Sukʹki-im, and Ethiopians. 4And he took the fortified cities of Judah and came as far as Jerusalem. 5Then Shemaiʹah the prophet came to Rehoboʹam and to the princes of Judah, who had gathered at Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said to them, “Thus says the Lord, ‘You abandoned me, so I have abandoned you to the hand of Shishak.’ ” 6Then the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, “The Lord is righteous.” 7When the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the Lord came to Shemaiʹah: “They have humbled themselves; I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance, and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak. 8Nevertheless they shall be servants to him, that they may know my service and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.”

9So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem; he took away the treasures of the house of the Lord and the treasures of the king’s house; he took away everything. He also took away the shields of gold which Solomon had made; 10and King Rehoboʹam made in their stead shields of bronze, and committed them to the hands of the officers of the guard, who kept the door of the king’s house. 11And as often as the king went into the house of the Lord, the guard came and bore them, and brought them back to the guardroom. 12And when he humbled himself the wrath of the Lord turned from him, so as not to make a complete destruction; moreover, conditions were good in Judah.

13So King Rehoboʹam established himself in Jerusalem and reigned. Rehoboʹam was forty-one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel to put his name there. His mother’s name was Naʹamah the Ammonitess. 14And he did evil, for he did not set his heart to seek the Lord.

15Now the acts of Rehoboʹam, from first to last, are they not written in the chronicles of Shemaiʹah the prophet and of Iddo the seer? There were continual wars between Rehoboʹam and Jeroboʹam. 16And Rehoboʹam slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David; and Abiʹjah his son reigned in his stead.

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
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