2 Chronicles 11-14 Bible in Basic English

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11 1  And Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, and got together the men of Judah and Benjamin, a hundred and eighty thousand of his best fighting-men, to make war against Israel and get the kingdom back for Rehoboam. 2  But the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah, the man of God, saying, 3  Say to Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, 4  The Lord has said, You are not to go to war against your brothers: let every man go back to his house, for this thing is my purpose. So they gave ear to the words of the Lord and were turned back from fighting against Jeroboam.

The Prosperity of Rehoboam

5  Now Rehoboam kept in Jerusalem, building walled towns in Judah. 6  He was the builder of Beth-lehem and Etam and Tekoa 7  And Beth-zur and Soco and Adullam 8  And Gath and Mareshah and Ziph 9  And Adoraim and Lachish and Azekah 10  And Zorah and Aijalon and Hebron, walled towns in Judah and Benjamin. 11  And he made the walled towns strong, and he put captains in them and stores of food, oil, and wine. 12  And in every town he put stores of body-covers and spears, and made them very strong. And Judah and Benjamin were his.

13  And the priests and Levites who were in all Israel came together to him from every part of their country. 14  For the Levites gave up their living-places and their property, and came to Judah and Jerusalem; for Jeroboam and his sons had sent them away, not letting them be priests to the Lord; 15  And he himself made priests for the high places, and for the images of he-goats and oxen which he had made. 16  And after them, from all the tribes of Israel, all those whose hearts were fixed and true to the Lord, the God of Israel, came to Jerusalem to make offerings to the Lord, the God of their fathers. 17  So they went on increasing the power of the kingdom of Judah, and made Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, strong for three years; and for three years they went in the ways of David and Solomon. 18  And Rehoboam took as his wife Mahalath, the daughter of Jerimoth, the son of David and of Abihail, the daughter of Eliab, the son of Jesse; 19  And she had sons by him, Jeush, Shemariah, and Zaham. 20  And after her he took Maacah, the daughter of Absalom; and she had Abijah and Attai and Ziza and Shelomith by him. 21  Maacah, the daughter of Absalom, was dearer to Rehoboam than all his wives and his servant-wives: (for he had eighteen wives and sixty servant-wives, and was the father of twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters.) 22  Rehoboam made Abijah, the son of Maacah, chief and ruler among his brothers, for it was his purpose to make him king. 23  And in his wisdom he had his sons stationed in every walled town through all the lands of Judah and Benjamin; and he gave them a great store of food, and took wives for them.

Shishak's Invasion of Judah

12 1  Now when Rehoboam's position as king had been made certain, and he was strong, he gave up the law of the Lord, and all Israel with him. 2  Now in the fifth year of King Rehoboam, Shishak, king of Egypt, came up against Jerusalem, because of their sin against the Lord, 3  With twelve hundred war-carriages and sixty thousand horsemen: and the people who came with him out of Egypt were more than might be numbered: Lubim and Sukkiim and Ethiopians. 4  And he took the walled towns of Judah, and came as far as Jerusalem. 5  Now Shemaiah the prophet came to Rehoboam and the chiefs of Judah, who had come together in Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said to them, The Lord has said, Because you have given me up, I have given you up into the hands of Shishak. 6  Then the chiefs of Israel and the king made themselves low and said, The Lord is upright. 7  And the Lord, seeing that they had made themselves low, said to Shemaiah, They have made themselves low: I will not send destruction on them, but in a short time I will give them salvation, and will not let loose my wrath on Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak. 8  But still they will become his servants, so that they may see how different my yoke is from the yoke of the kingdoms of the lands. 9  So Shishak, king of Egypt, came up against Jerusalem and took away all the stored wealth of the house of the Lord and the king's house: he took everything away, and with the rest the gold body-covers which Solomon had made. 10  And in their place King Rehoboam had other body-covers made of brass and gave them into the care of the captains of the armed men who were stationed at the door of the king's house. 11  And whenever the king went into the house of the Lord, the armed men went with him taking the body-covers, and then took them back to their room. 12  And when he made himself low, the wrath of the Lord was turned back from him, and complete destruction did not come on him, for there was still some good in Judah.

13  So King Rehoboam made himself strong in Jerusalem and was ruling there. Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he became king, and he was ruling for seventeen years in Jerusalem, the town which the Lord had made his out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there; and his mother's name was Naamah, an Ammonite woman. 14  And he did evil because his heart was not true to the Lord. 15  Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not recorded in the words of Shemaiah the prophet and Iddo the seer? And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their days. 16  And Rehoboam went to rest with his fathers, and was put into the earth in the town of David; and Abijah his son became king in his place.

The Reign of Abijah

13 1  In the eighteenth year of King Jeroboam, Abijah became king over Judah. 2  He was king in Jerusalem for three years; his mother's name was Maacah, the daughter of Uriel of Gibeah. And there was war between Abijah and Jeroboam. 3  And Abijah went out to the fight with an army of men of war, four hundred thousand of his best men; and Jeroboam put his forces in line against him, eight hundred thousand of his best men of war. 4  And Abijah took up his position on Mount Zemaraim, in the hill-country of Ephraim, and said, Give ear to me, O Jeroboam and all Israel: 5  Is it not clear to you that the Lord, the God of Israel, gave the rule over Israel to David and to his sons for ever, by an agreement made with salt? 6  But Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, the servant of Solomon, the son of David, took up arms against his lord. 7  And certain foolish and good-for-nothing men were joined with him, and made themselves strong against Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, when he was young and untested and not able to keep them back. 8  And now it is your purpose to put yourselves against the authority which the Lord has put into the hands of the sons of David, and you are a very great number, and you have with you the gold oxen which Jeroboam made to be your gods. 9  And after driving out the priests of the Lord, the sons of Aaron and the Levites, have you not made priests for yourselves as the people of other lands do? so that anyone who comes to make himself priest by offering an ox or seven sheep, may be a priest of those who are no gods. 10  But as for us, the Lord is our God, and we have not been turned away from him; we have priests who do the work of the Lord, even the sons of Aaron and the Levites in their places; 11  By whom burned offerings and perfumes are sent up in smoke before the Lord every morning and every evening; and they put out the holy bread on its table and the gold support for the lights with its lights burning every evening; for we keep the orders given to us by the Lord our God, but you have gone away from him. 12  And now God is with us at our head, and his priests with their loud horns sounding against you. O children of Israel, do not make war on the Lord, the God of your fathers, for it will not go well for you.

13  But Jeroboam had put some of his men to make a surprise attack on them from the back, so some were facing Judah and others were stationed secretly at their back. 14  And Judah, turning their faces, saw that they were being attacked in front and at the back; and they gave a cry for help to the Lord, while the priests were sounding their horns. 15  And the men of Judah gave a loud cry; and at their cry, God put fear into Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and Judah. 16  And the children of Israel went in flight before Judah, and God gave them up into their hands. 17  And Abijah and his people put them to death with great destruction: five hundred thousand of the best of Israel were put to the sword. 18  So at that time the children of Israel were overcome, and the children of Judah got the better of them, because they put their faith in the Lord, the God of their fathers. 19  And Abijah went after Jeroboam and took some of his towns, Beth-el with its small towns and Jeshanah with its small towns and Ephron with its small towns. 20  And Jeroboam did not get back his power again in the life-time of Abijah; and the Lord sent death on him. 21  But Abijah became great, and had fourteen wives, and became the father of twenty-two sons and sixteen daughters. 22  And the rest of the acts of Abijah, and his ways and his sayings, are recorded in the account of the prophet Iddo.

The Reign of Asa

14 1  So Abijah went to rest with his fathers, and they put him into the earth in the town of David, and Asa his son became king in his place; in his time the land was quiet for ten years. 2  And Asa did what was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God; 3  For he took away the altars of strange gods and the high places, and had the upright stones broken and the wood pillars cut down; 4  And he made Judah go after the Lord, the God of their fathers, and keep his laws and his orders. 5  And he took away the high places and the sun-images from all the towns of Judah; and the kingdom was quiet under his rule. 6  He made walled towns in Judah, for the land was quiet and there were no wars in those years, because the Lord had given him rest. 7  He said to Judah, Let us make these towns, building walls round them with towers and doors and locks. The land is still ours, because we have been true to the Lord our God; we have been true to him and he has given us rest on every side. So they went on building and all went well for them. 8  And Asa had an army of three hundred thousand men of Judah armed with body-covers and spears, and two hundred and eighty thousand of Benjamin armed with body-covers and bows; all these were men of war.

9  And Zerah the Ethiopian, with an army of a million, and three hundred war-carriages, came out against them to Mareshah. 10  And Asa went out against him, and they put their forces in position in the valley north of Mareshah. 11  And Asa made prayer to the Lord his God and said, Lord, you only are able to give help against the strong to him who has no strength; come to our help, O Lord our God, for our hope is in you, and in your name we have come out against this great army. O Lord, you are our God; let not man's power be greater than yours. 12  So the Lord sent fear on the Ethiopians before Asa and Judah; and the Ethiopians went in flight. 13  And Asa and the people who were with him went after them as far as Gerar; and so great was the destruction among the Ethiopians that they were not able to get their army together again, for they were broken before the Lord and before his army; and they took away a great amount of their goods. 14  And they overcame all the towns round Gerar, because the Lord sent fear on them; and they took away their goods from the towns, for there were stores of wealth in them. 15  And they made an attack on the tents of the owners of the cattle, and took away great numbers of sheep and camels and went back to Jerusalem.

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