2 Chronicles 12 New American Standard Bible

Shishak's Invasion of Judah

12 1  When the kingdom of Rehoboam was established and strong , he and all Israel with him forsook the law of the Lord . 2  And it came about in King Rehoboam's fifth year , because they had been unfaithful to the Lord , that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem 3  with 1,200 e chariots and 60,000 e horsemen . And the people who came with him from Egypt were without number : the Lubim , the Sukkiim and the Ethiopians . 4  He captured the fortified cities of Judah and came as far as Jerusalem . 5  Then Shemaiah the prophet came to Rehoboam and the princes of Judah who had gathered at Jerusalem because e of Shishak , and he said to them, "Thus says the Lord , ' You have forsaken Me, so I also have forsaken you to Shishak .' " 6  So the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said , "The Lord is righteous ." 7  When the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah , saying , " They have humbled themselves so I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some measure of deliverance , and My wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem by means of Shishak . 8  "But they will become his slaves so that they may learn the difference between My service and the service of the kingdoms of the countries ." 9  So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem , and took the treasures of the house of the Lord and the treasures of the king's palace . He took everything ; he even took the golden shields which Solomon had made . 10  Then King Rehoboam made shields of bronze in their place and committed them to the care of the commanders of the guard who guarded the door of the king's house . 11  As often as the king entered the house of the Lord , the guards came and carried them and then brought them back into the guards' room . 12  And when he humbled himself, the anger of the Lord turned away from him, so as not to destroy him completely ; and also conditions were good in Judah .

13  So King Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem and reigned . Now Rehoboam was forty-one e years old when he began to reign , and he reigned seventeen e years in Jerusalem , the city which the Lord had chosen from all the tribes of Israel , to put His name there . And his mother's name was Naamah the Ammonitess . 14  He did evil because he did not set his heart to seek the Lord . 15  Now the acts of Rehoboam , from first to last , are they not written in the records of Shemaiah the prophet and of Iddo the seer , according to genealogical enrollment ? And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually e . 16  And Rehoboam slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of David ; and his son Abijah became king in his place .

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