2 Chronicles 10-12 Young’s Literal Translation

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Israel's Revolt

10 1  And Rehoboam goeth to Shechem, for 'to' Shechem have all Israel come to cause him to reign. 2  And it cometh to pass, at Jeroboam son of Nebat's—who 'is' in Egypt because he hath fled from the face of Solomon the king—hearing, that Jeroboam turneth back out of Egypt; 3  and they send and call for him, and Jeroboam cometh in, and all Israel, and speak unto Rehoboam, saying, 4  'Thy father made our yoke sharp, and now, make light 'somewhat' of the sharp service of thy father, and of his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we serve thee.' 5  And he saith unto them, 'Yet three days—then return ye unto me;' and the people go. 6  And king Rehoboam consulteth with the aged men who have been standing before Solomon his father in his being alive, saying, 'How are ye counselling to answer this people?' 7  And they speak unto him, saying, 'If thou dost become good to this people, and hast been pleased with them, and spoken unto them good words, then they have been to thee servants all the days.' 8  And he forsaketh the counsel of the aged men that they counselled him, and consulteth with the lads who have grown up with him, those standing before him, 9  and he saith unto them, 'What are ye counselling, and we answer this people that have spoken unto me, saying, Make light 'somewhat' of the yoke that thy father put upon us?' 10  And the lads who have grown up with him, speak with him, saying, 'Thus dost thou say to the people who have spoken unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, and thou, make light 'somewhat' of our yoke; thus dost thou say unto them, My little finger is thicker than the loins of my father; 11  and now, my father laid on you a heavy yoke, and I—I add unto your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, and I—with scorpions.'

12  And Jeroboam cometh in, and all the people, unto Rehoboam on the third day, as the king spake, saying, 'Return unto me on the third day.' 13  And the king answereth them sharply, and king Rehoboam forsaketh the counsel of the aged men, 14  and speaketh unto them according to the counsel of the lads, saying, 'My father made your yoke heavy, and I—I add unto it; my father chastised you with whips, and I—with scorpions.' 15  And the king hath not hearkened unto the people, for the revolution hath been from God, for the sake of Jehovah's establishing His word that He spake by the hand of Abijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam son of Nebat. 16  And all Israel have seen that the king hath not hearkened to them, and the people send back 'to' the king, saying, 'What portion have we in David? yea, there is no inheritance in a son of Jesse; each to thy tents, O Israel; now, see thy house—David,' and all Israel go to their tents. 17  As to the sons of Israel who are dwelling in the cities of Judah—Rehoboam reigneth over them. 18  And king Rehoboam sendeth Hadoram, who 'is' over the tribute, and the sons of Israel cast at him stones, and he dieth; and king Rehoboam hath strengthened himself to go up into a chariot to flee to Jerusalem; 19  and Israel transgress against the house of David unto this day.

11 1  And Rehoboam cometh in to Jerusalem, and assembleth the house of Judah and Benjamin, a hundred and eighty thousand chosen warriors, to fight with Israel, to bring back the kingdom to Rehoboam. 2  And a word of Jehovah is unto Shemaiah, a man of God, saying, 3  'Speak unto Rehoboam son of Solomon king of Judah, and unto all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying, 4  Thus said Jehovah, Ye do not go up nor fight with your brethren, turn back each to his house, for from Me hath this thing been;' and they hear the words of Jehovah, and turn back from going against Jeroboam.

The Prosperity of Rehoboam

5  And Rehoboam dwelleth in Jerusalem, and buildeth cities for a bulwark in Judah, 6  yea, he buildeth Beth-Lehem and Etam, and Tekoa, 7  and Beth-Zur, and Shocho, and Adullam, 8  and Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph, 9  and Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah, 10  and Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, that 'are' in Judah and in Benjamin, cities of bulwarks. 11  And he strengtheneth the bulwarks, and putteth in them leaders, and treasures of food, and oil, and wine, 12  and in every city and city targets and spears, and strengtheneth them very greatly; and he hath Judah and Benjamin.

13  And the priests, and the Levites, that 'are' in all Israel, have stationed themselves by him, out of all their border, 14  for the Levites have left their suburbs and their possession, and they come to Judah and to Jerusalem, for Jeroboam and his sons have cast them off from acting as priests to Jehovah, 15  and he establisheth to him priests for high places, and for goats, and for calves, that he made— 16  and after them, out of all the tribes of Israel, those giving their heart to seek Jehovah, God of Israel, have come in to Jerusalem to sacrifice to Jehovah, God of their father. 17  And they strengthen the kingdom of Judah, and strengthen Rehoboam son of Solomon, for three years, because they walked in the way of David and Solomon for three years. 18  And Rehoboam taketh to him a wife, Mahalath, child of Jerimoth son of David, 'and' Abigail daughter of Eliab, son of Jesse. 19  And she beareth to him sons, Jeush, and Shamaria, and Zaham. 20  And after her he hath taken Maachah daughter of Absalom, and she beareth to him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith. 21  And Rehoboam loveth Maachah daughter of Absalom above all his wives and his concubines—for eighteen wives he hath taken, and sixty concubines—and he begetteth twenty and eight sons, and sixty daughters. 22  And Rehoboam appointeth for head Abijah son of Maachah, for leader among his brethren, for to cause him to reign. 23  And he hath understanding, and spreadeth out of all his sons to all lands of Judah and Benjamin, to all cities of the bulwarks, and giveth to them provision in abundance; and he asketh a multitude of wives.

Shishak's Invasion of Judah

12 1  And it cometh to pass, at the establishing of the kingdom of Rehoboam, and at his strengthening himself, he hath forsaken the law of Jehovah, and all Israel with him. 2  And it cometh to pass, in the fifth year of king Rehoboam, come up hath Shishak king of Egypt against Jerusalem—because they trespassed against Jehovah— 3  with a thousand and two hundred chariots, and with sixty thousand horsemen, and there is no number to the people who have come with him out of Egypt—Lubim, Sukkiim, and Cushim— 4  and he captureth the cities of the bulwarks that 'are' to Judah, and cometh in unto Jerusalem. 5  And Shemaiah the prophet hath come in unto Rehoboam and the heads of Judah who have been gathered unto Jerusalem from the presence of Shishak, and saith to them, 'Thus said Jehovah, Ye have forsaken Me, and also, I have left you in the hand of Shishak;' 6  and the heads of Israel are humbled, and the king, and they say, 'Righteous 'is' Jehovah.' 7  And when Jehovah seeth that they have been humbled, a word of Jehovah hath been unto Shemaiah, saying, 'They have been humbled; I do not destroy them, and I have given to them as a little thing for an escape, and I pour not out My fury in Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak; 8  but they become servants to him, and they know My service, and the service of the kingdoms of the lands.' 9  And Shishak king of Egypt cometh up against Jerusalem, and taketh the treasures of the house of Jehovah, and the treasures of the house of the king—the whole he hath taken—and he taketh the shields of gold that Solomon had made; 10  and king Rehoboam maketh in their stead shields of brass, and hath given 'them' a charge on the hand of the heads of the runners who are keeping the opening of the house of the king; 11  and it cometh to pass, from the time of the going in of the king to the house of Jehovah, the runners have come in and lifted them up, and brought them back unto the chamber of the runners. 12  And in his being humbled, turned back from him hath the wrath of Jehovah, so as not to destroy to completion; and also, in Judah there have been good things.

13  And king Rehoboam strengtheneth himself in Jerusalem, and reigneth; for a son of forty and two years 'is' Rehoboam in his reigning, and seventeen years he hath reigned in Jerusalem, the city that Jehovah hath chosen to put His name there, out of all the tribes of Israel, and the name of his mother 'is' Naamah the Ammonitess, 14  and he doth the evil thing, for he hath not prepared his heart to seek Jehovah. 15  And the matters of Rehoboam, the first and the last, are they not written among the matters of Shemaiah the prophet, and of Iddo the seer, concerning genealogy? And the wars of Rehoboam and Jeroboam 'are' all the days; 16  and Rehoboam lieth with his fathers, and is buried in the city of David, and reign doth Abijah his son in his stead.

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