2 Chronicles 11
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2 Chronicles 11
And when Rehab'am came to Yerushalayim, he assembled from the house of Yehudah and Binyamin one hundred and eighty thousand chosen brave men to fight against Yisra'el, to bring back the reign to Rehab'am.
But the word of YHWH came to Shemayahu the man of Elohim, saying,
'Speak to Rehab'am son of Shelomoh, sovereign of Yehudah, and to all Yisra'el in Yehudah and Binyamin, saying,
'Thus said YHWH, 'Do not go up or fight against your brothers! Let every man return to his house, for this matter is from Me.''' So they obeyed the words of YHWH, and turned back from going against Yarob'am.
Rehoboam Fortifies Judah...
And Rehab`am dwelt in Yerushalayim, and built cities for a defence in Yehudah.
And he built Beyth Lehem, and Eytam, and Teqowa,
and Beyth Tsur, and Soko, and Adullam,
and Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph,
and Adorayim, and Lakish, and Azeqah,
and Tsor'ah, and Ayalon, and Hebron, which are in Yehudah and Binyamin, cities of defence.
And he strengthened the strongholds, and put commanders in them, and stores of food, and oil, and wine,
and shields and spears in every city, and made them very strong. Thus Yehudah and Binyamin were his.
And from all their borders the priests and the Lewites who were in all Yisra'el took their stand with him.
For the Lewites left their open lands and their possessions and came to Yehudah and Yerushalayim, for Yarob'am and his sons had rejected them from serving as priests unto YHWH,
as he appointed for himself priests for the high places, and for goats, and the calf idols which he had made.
And after the Lewites left, those from all the tribes of Yisra'el, such as set their heart to seek YHWH Elohim of Yisra'el, came to Yerushalayim to offer to YHWH Elohim of their fathers.
And they strengthened the reign of Yehudah, and made Rehab'am son of Shelomoh strong for three years, for they walked in the way of Dawid and Shelomoh for three years.
And Rehab`am took for himself as wife Mahalath the daughter of Yerimoth son of Dawid, and of Abihayil the daughter of Eliyab son of Yishai.
And she bore him sons: Ye'ush, and Shemaryah, and Zaham.
And after her he took Ma'akah the granddaughter of Abshalom. And she bore him Abiyah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith.
And Rehab'am loved Ma'akah the granddaughter of Abshalom more than all his wives and his concubines. For he had taken eighteen wives and sixty concubines, and brought forth twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters.
And Rehab'am appointed Abiyah son of Ma'akah as chief, to be leader among his brothers, in order to make him reign.
And he had understanding, and dispersed some of his sons throughout all the lands of Yehudah and Binyamin, to all the cities of defence, and gave them ample provision. And he sought many wives for them.
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