2 Chronicles 9-12 New American Standard Bible

The Queen of Sheba Visits Solomon

9 1  Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon , she came to Jerusalem to test Solomon with difficult questions . She had a very large retinue , with camels carrying spices and a large amount of gold and precious stones ; and when she came to Solomon , she spoke with him about all that was on her heart . 2  Solomon answered all her questions ; nothing e was hidden from Solomon which he did not explain to her. 3  When the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon , the house which he had built , 4  the food at his table , the seating of his servants , the attendance of his ministers and their attire , his cupbearers and their attire , and his stairway by which he went up to the house of the Lord , she was breathless e . 5  Then she said to the king , "It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom . 6  "Nevertheless I did not believe their reports until e I came and my eyes had seen it. And behold , the half of the greatness of your wisdom was not told me. You surpass the report that I heard . 7  "How blessed are your men , how blessed are these your servants who stand before you continually and hear your wisdom . 8  "Blessed be the Lord your God who delighted in you, setting you on His throne as king for the Lord your God ; because your God loved Israel establishing them forever , therefore He made you king over them, to do justice and righteousness ." 9  Then she gave the king one hundred and twenty talents of gold and a very great amount of spices and precious stones ; there had never been spice like that which the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon . 10  The servants of Huram and the servants of Solomon who brought gold from Ophir , also brought algum trees and precious stones . 11  From the algum trees the king made steps for the house of the Lord and for the king's palace , and lyres and harps for the singers ; and none like that was seen before in the land of Judah . 12  King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all her desire which she requested besides e a return for what she had brought to the king . Then she turned and went to her own land with her servants .

Solomon's Riches and Fame

13  Now the weight of gold which came to Solomon in one year was 666 e e talents of gold , 14  besides e that which the traders e and merchants brought ; and all the kings of Arabia and the governors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon . 15  King Solomon made 200 large shields of beaten gold , using 600 e shekels of beaten gold on each large shield . 16  He made 300 e shields of beaten gold , using three hundred shekels of gold on each shield , and the king put them in the house of the forest of Lebanon . 17  Moreover, the king made a great throne of ivory and overlaid it with pure gold . 18  There were six steps to the throne and a footstool in gold attached to the throne , and arms on each side of the seat e , and two lions standing beside the arms . 19  Twelve e lions were standing there on the six steps on the one side and on the other ; nothing like it was made for any other kingdom . 20  All King Solomon's drinking vessels were of gold , and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold ; silver was not considered valuable in the days of Solomon . 21  For the king had ships which went to Tarshish with the servants of Huram ; once every three years the ships of Tarshish came bringing gold and silver , ivory and apes and peacocks . 22  So King Solomon became greater than all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom . 23  And all the kings of the earth were seeking the presence of Solomon , to hear his wisdom which God had put in his heart . 24  They brought every man his gift , articles of silver and gold , garments , weapons , spices , horses and mules , so much year by year . 25  Now Solomon had 4,000 e stalls for horses and chariots and 12,000 e e horsemen , and he stationed them in the chariot cities and with the king in Jerusalem . 26  He was the ruler over all the kings from the Euphrates River even to the land of the Philistines , and as far as the border of Egypt . 27  The king made silver as common as stones in Jerusalem , and he made cedars as plentiful as sycamore trees that are in the lowland . 28  And they were bringing horses for Solomon from Egypt and from all countries .

The Death of Solomon

29  Now the rest of the acts of Solomon , from first to last , are they not written in the records of Nathan the prophet , and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite , and in the visions of Iddo the seer concerning Jeroboam the son of Nebat ? 30  Solomon reigned forty years in Jerusalem over all Israel . 31  And Solomon slept with his fathers and was buried in the city of his father David ; and his son Rehoboam reigned in his place .

Israel's Revolt

10 1  Then Rehoboam went to Shechem , for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him king . 2  When Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it (for he was in Egypt where he had fled from the presence of King Solomon ), Jeroboam returned from Egypt . 3  So they sent and summoned him. When Jeroboam and all Israel came , they spoke to Rehoboam , saying , 4  "Your father made our yoke hard ; now therefore lighten the hard service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you." 5  He said to them, "Return to me again in three days ." So the people departed . 6  Then King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who had served e his father Solomon while he was still alive , saying , "How do you counsel me to answer e this people ?" 7  They spoke to him, saying , "If you will be kind to this people and please them and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever e ." 8  But he forsook the counsel of the elders which they had given him, and consulted with the young men who grew up with him and served e him. 9  So he said to them, "What counsel do you give that we may answer e this people , who have spoken to me, saying , 'Lighten the yoke which your father put on us'?" 10  The young men who grew up with him spoke to him, saying , "Thus you shall say to the people who spoke to you, saying , 'Your father made our yoke heavy , but you make it lighter for us.' Thus you shall say to them, 'My little finger is thicker than my father's loins ! 11  'Whereas my father loaded you with a heavy yoke , I will add to your yoke ; my father disciplined you with whips , but I will discipline you with scorpions .' "

12  So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day as the king had directed , saying , "Return to me on the third day ." 13  The king answered them harshly , and King Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the elders . 14  He spoke to them according to the advice of the young men , saying , "My father made your yoke heavy , but I will add to it; my father disciplined you with whips , but I will discipline you with scorpions ." 15  So the king did not listen to the people , for it was a turn of events from God that the Lord might establish His word , which He spoke through Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat . 16  When all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them the people answered the king , saying , " What portion do we have in David ? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse . Every man to your tents , O Israel ; Now look after your own house , David ." So all Israel departed to their tents . 17  But as for the sons of Israel who lived in the cities of Judah , Rehoboam reigned over them. 18  Then King Rehoboam sent Hadoram , who was over the forced labor , and the sons of Israel stoned him to death . And King Rehoboam made haste to mount his chariot to flee to Jerusalem . 19  So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day .

11 1  Now when Rehoboam had come to Jerusalem , he assembled the house of Judah and Benjamin , 180,000 e e chosen men who were warriors , to fight against Israel to restore the kingdom to Rehoboam . 2  But the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah the man of God , saying , 3  "Speak to Rehoboam the son of Solomon , king of Judah , and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin , saying , 4  'Thus says the Lord , "You shall not go up or fight against your relatives ; return every man to his house , for this thing is from Me.""' So they listened to the words of the Lord and returned from going against Jeroboam .

The Prosperity of Rehoboam

5  Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem and built cities for defense in Judah . 6  Thus he built Bethlehem , Etam , Tekoa , 7  Beth-zur , Soco , Adullam , 8  Gath , Mareshah , Ziph , 9  Adoraim , Lachish , Azekah , 10  Zorah , Aijalon and Hebron , which are fortified cities in Judah and in Benjamin . 11  He also strengthened the fortresses and put officers in them and stores of food , oil and wine . 12  He put shields and spears in every city and strengthened them greatly e . So he held Judah and Benjamin .

13  Moreover, the priests and the Levites who were in all Israel stood with him from all their districts . 14  For the Levites left their pasture lands and their property and came to Judah and Jerusalem , for Jeroboam and his sons had excluded them from serving as priests to the Lord . 15  He set up priests of his own for the high places , for the satyrs and for the calves which he had made . 16  Those from all the tribes of Israel who set their hearts on seeking the Lord God of Israel followed them to Jerusalem , to sacrifice to the Lord God of their fathers . 17  They strengthened the kingdom of Judah and supported Rehoboam the son of Solomon for three years , for they walked in the way of David and Solomon for three years . 18  Then Rehoboam took as a wife Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David and of Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse , 19  and she bore him sons : Jeush , Shemariah and Zaham . 20  After her he took Maacah the daughter of Absalom , and she bore him Abijah , Attai , Ziza and Shelomith . 21  Rehoboam loved Maacah the daughter of Absalom more than all his other wives and concubines . For he had taken eighteen e wives and sixty concubines and fathered twenty-eight e sons and sixty daughters . 22  Rehoboam appointed Abijah the son of Maacah as head and leader among his brothers , for he intended to make him king . 23  He acted wisely and distributed some of his sons through all the territories of Judah and Benjamin to all the fortified cities , and he gave them food in abundance . And he sought many wives for them.

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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