11:1 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered of the house of Judah and a Benjamin an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen [men], which were warriors, to fight against b Israel, that he might bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam.
(a) That is, the half tribe of Benjamin for the
other half went after Jeroboam.
(b) Meaning the ten tribes who rebelled.
And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and c
built cities for defence in Judah.
(c) Or, repaired them and made them strong to be
more able to resist Jeroboam.
And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the d
devils, and for the calves which he had made.
(d) Meaning idols, (Isaiah
11:16 And after them out of all the tribes of
Israel such as set their e hearts to
seek the LORD God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the LORD God of
(e) Who were zealous of true religion and feared
11:17 So they strengthened the kingdom of
Judah, and made Rehoboam the son of Solomon strong, three years: for three years
they f walked in the way of David and
(f) As long as they feared God, and set forth his
word, they prospered.
And Rehoboam made g Abijah the son of
Maachah the chief, [to be] ruler among his brethren: for [he thought] to make
(g) Called also Abijam, who reigned three years,
11:23 And he dealt wisely, and dispersed of all
his children throughout all the countries of Judah and Benjamin, unto every
fenced city: and he gave them victual in abundance. And he h
desired many wives.
(h) He gave himself to have many wives.