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vy, but inake thou il somewhat lighter for us; 11 And lie fortified the strong bolds, and thus shalt thou say unto them, I y little fin- put captains in them, and store of victual, ger shall be thicker than my father's loins. and of oil and wine.

11 For whereas my father put a heavy yoke 12 And in every several city he puu shields upon you, I will put more to your yoke: my and spears, and made them exceeding strong, father cliastised you withi whips, but I will having Judah and Benjamin on liis side. chastise you with scorpions.

13 1 And the priests and the Levites that 12 9 So Jeroboam and all the people came were in all Israel resorted to him out of all to Rehoboam on the third day, as ile king their coasts. hade, saying, Come again to ine on the third 14 (For the Levites left their suburbs, and day.

their possession, and came to Judah and Je13 And the king answered them roughly ; rusalem : for Jeroboam and his sous liad cast and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of them off from executing the priest's office unthe old inen,

to the LORD: 14 And answered the after the advice or Aud he ordained m priests for the light thie young men, saying, My father made your places, and for the devils, and for the calves yoke hearry, but I will add thereto: my father which he liad made.) chastisell you with whips, but I will chastise 16 And after them, out of ail the tribes of you will scorpions.

Israel, such as set their hearts to seek the 15 So the king hearkened not unto the Lord God of Israel, came to Jerusalem, to people ; for the cause was of God, that the sacrifice unto the LORD God of their fathers, Laro miglit perform his word, which be 17 So they strengthened the kingdom of spake by ibe hand of Alijah the Shilonite to Judah, and made Rehoboam the son of Solo Jeroboam the son of Neliat.

mon strong, three years: for three years tley 16 9 And when all Israel saw tha: the king walked in the way of David and Soloinon would not learken unto them, the people 18 1 And Reloboam look liim Malalati, answered the king, saying, What portion the daughter of Jeriinoth the son of David, have we in David? and we hure none inheri- to wife, and Abiliail, the daugliter of Eliab tance in the son of Jesse; every man to your the son of Jesse, lents, ( Israel: and now, David, see to thine 19 Which bare him children ; Jeush, and own house. So all Israel went to their tents. Shamariah, and Zaham.

17 But as for the children of Israel that 20 And after her he took Maacliah the dwell in the cities of Judalı, Rehoboam reign- daughter of Absalom, which bare bim Abie ed over them.

jal, and Attai, and Ziza, and Sielomith. 18 Ther. king Relioboam sent Hadoram, 21 And Rehoboam loved Maacha!, the that was over the tribute ; and the children daughter of Absalom above all his wives and of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died: his concubines: (for he took eighteen wives, put king Rehoboam made speed to get him and threescore concubines; and begat twenty up to his chiariot, to flee to Jerusalem. and eighit sons, and threescore daughters.)

19 And Israel rebelled against the liouse 22 And Rehoboam inade Abijah the son of of David unto this day,

Maachal the chief, to ie ruler among bis breCHAP. XI.

thren: for he thought to make him king. AND m.com Reliebea eta hocamere

23 And be dealt wisely, and dispersed of salem, he gathered of the house of Judah all his children throughout all the countries and Benjamin an hundred and fourscore of Judah and Benjamin, unto every fenced thousand chosen men, which were warriors, city; and he gave them victualin abundance: to figlit against Israel, that he might bring and he desired many wives. the kingdom again to Relioboam.

CHAP. XII. 2 But the word of the LORD came to Shemaial the man of God, saying,

had established the kingdom, and had 3 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solo- strengthened himself, he forsook the law of inon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Ju- the LORD, and all Israel with him. dali and Benjamin, saying,

2 And it came to pass, that, in the filth 4 Tius sajit the Lord, Ye shall not go up, year of king Rehoboam, Shishak king of nor fight against your brethren : return every Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because man to his 1.0 ise; for this thing is done of me. they had transgressed against the LORD, And they obeyed the words of the Lord, and 3 With twelve hundred chariots, and threereturned from going against Jeroboam. score thousand horsemen : and the people

5 1 And Relioboam dwelt in Jerusalem, were without number that came with him and built cities for defence in Judah out of Egypt; the Lubims, the Sukkiims,

6 He buill even Beth-lebem, aud Etam, and the Ethiopians. and Tekoa,

4 And he took the fenced cities which per. 7 And Beth-zur, and Shoco, and Adullam, lained to Judalı, and came to Jerusalem. 8 And Gath, and Maresliali, and Zipli,

5 Then came Shemaiah the prophet lo 9 And Adoraim,and Lachish, and Azeka!ı, Rehoboam, and to the princes of Judah Ulas

10 And Zorali, and Ajalon, amd Hebron, were gathered together to Jerusalem because wiiicli ure in Judab and in Benjamin funced of Shishak, and said unto them, Thus saith

fore have I also let you in the land of Shi 5 Ouglit ye not to know that the LORD sliah.

God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israe 6 \Vhereupon the princes of Israel and the to David for ever, eren to him and to bis song king humbled themselves; and they said, by a covenant of salt? The Lord is righteous.

6 let Jeroboam the son of Nebai, the ser7 And when the Lord saw that they hum-vant of Solomon the son of David, is risen bled themselves, the word of the LORD came up, and liatlı rebelled against liis lord. to Slemaiah, saving, They have humbled 7 Aud there are gathered unto himn vair. themselves, therefore I will not destroy thein, men,the children of Belial, and have strength but I will grant them some deliverance; and ened themselves against Rehoboam the son my wrath shall not be poured out upon Je-lof Solomon, when Rehoboam was young rusalem by the land of Shiwak.

and tender-hearted, ard could not withstand 3 Nevertheless they shall be lis servants ; them. that they may know my service, and the ser 8 And now ye think to wiibstand the kingo vice orihe kingdoms of the countries. dom of the Lord in the land of the sons of 9 So Siislak king of Egypt came up against David; and ye be a great multitude, and Jerusalem, and took away ile trea-ures of the there are with you golden calves, which Je11011ce of the Lori), and the treasures of the roboam made you for gods. king's hcuse; lie took all: he carried away a!so 9 Have ye not cast out the priests o? the the shields of gold which Solomon had inade. Lord, the sons of Aaron, and the Leviles,

10 Instead of which king Relioboam made and have made you priests after the manner shields of brass, and committed them to the of the nations of other lands? so that whosohands of the chief of the guard, that kept the ever cometh to consecrate liimself with a entrance of the king's house.

young bullock and seven rams, the same may 11 And when the king entered into the be a priest of them that are no gods. house of the Lord, the guard came and fetch 10 But as for us, the LORD is our God, and ed tem, and brouglit them again into the we have not forsaken him; and the priests, guard-chamber.

which minister into the LORD), are the suns 12 And when he humbled himself, the of Aaron, and the Levites wait upon their wrath of the LORD turned from him, that he business : would not destroy him altogether: and also 11 And they burn unto the Lorn, every m Judah things went well.

morning and every evening, burnl-sacrifices 13! So king Rehoboam strengthened him- and sweet incense: the shew-bread also set Belf in Jerusalem, and reigned; for Rehoboam they in order upon the pure table; and the was one and forty years old when he began candlestick of gold, with the lamps thereoi; 10 reign, and he reigned seventeen years in to burn every evening : for we keep the Jerusalem, the city which the Lord had cliarge of the LORD our God; but ye lave chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, 10 pul bis torsaken lim. name there: and his mother's naine wus Naa 12 And, beho!d, God himself is with us for Qah an Ainmonitess.

our captain, and his priests with sounding 14 And he did evil, because he prepared not trumpets to cry alarm against you. O chil. nis heart to seek the Lor).

dren of Israel, figlit ye not against the LORD 15 Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and God of your fathers; for ye shall not prosper. last, are they not written in the book of She 13 9 But Jeroboain caused an ambushnient maiali the prophet, and of Iddo the seer con- to come about beliind them : so they were peruing genealogies. And there were wars before Judah, and the ambushment itas bebetween Rehoboam and Jeroboam continu- hind them.

Tit And when Judah looked hack, behold, 16 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, the battle uus before and behind : and they and was buried in the city of David : ani cried unto the Lord, and the priests soundAbijah lis son reigned in his stead. ed with the trumpets. CHAP. XIII.

15 Then the inen of Judah gave a shout : roboam began Abijab to reign over pass, that God smole Jeroboam and all Israel Judah.

before Abijab and Judalı. 2 He reigned three years in Jerusalem : 16 And the children of Israel fied hefore (his mother's name also wus Michaiah, the . Judah : and God delivered thein into their daughter of Uriel of Gibeah :) and there was hand. war between Abijah and Jeroboam.

17 And Abijali and his people slew them 3 And Abijah set the battle in array with with a greal slaughter : so there fell down an army of valiant men of war, even four slain of Israel five hundred thousand closen bundred thousand chosen men : Jeroboam men. also set the battle in array against him with 13 Thus the children of Israel were brought eight liundred thousand chosen men, being under at that time, and the children of Judah mighty men of valour,

prevailed, because theyrelied upon the LORD 4 And Abijalı stood up upon mount Zema-God of their fathers. raim, which is in mount Ephraim, and said, 19 And Abijah pursued after Jeroboam,

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20 Neither did Jeroboam recover strength 15 They smote also the tents of cattle, and again in the days of Abijalı: and the Lord carried away sheep and camels in abun. struck him, and lie died.

dance, and returned to Jerusa.em. 21 Bui Abijah waxed mighey, and mar

CUAP. XV. ried Courteen wives, and begat iwenty and AND the Spirit of God came upon Azan.

ah the son of Oded. 22 And die rest of the acts of Abijah, and 2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said his wavs, and his sayings, are written in the unto liim, Hear ve me, Asa, and all Judah story of the propheilddo.

and Benjamin; The Lord is with you, while CHAP. XIV.

ye be with him; and if ve seek him, he will

; but if ye forsake hum, lie buried him in the city of David; and Asa will forsake you. his son reigned in his stead. In his days the 3 Now for a long season Israel hath been land was quiel len vears.

without the true God, and without a teach 2 And Asa did inat which was gond and ing priest, and without law. right in the eyes of the Lord liis God: 4 Cut when they in their trouble did earn

3 For he took away the altars of the strange undo the Lord God of Israel, and sought him, gods, and the ligh places, and brake down he was found of thein. the images, and cui down the groves ; 5 And in those tines there was no peace lo

4 And commanded Judah to seek the Lord him that went out, nor to him that came in ; God of their fathers, and to do the law and but great vexations were upon all the inhabi. the commandment.

tants of the countries. 5 Also he took away out of all the cities of 6 And nation was destroyed of nation, and Juulah the ligli places and the images: and city of city: for God did vex them with all the kingdom was quiet before bim. adversity.

61 And he built lenced cities in Judah: for 7 Be ye strong therefore, and let not vour the land had rest, and he had no war in those hands be weak; for your work shall be reyears; because the Lord had given bim rest. warded.

7 Therefore vie said unto Judah, Let us 8 And when Asa heard these words, and build these cities, and make about them walls the prophecy of Oded the prophei, he look and towers, gates and bars, while the land is courage, and put away the abominable idois yet before its ; because we have sought the lout of all the land of Judali and Benjamin, Lorp our God; we have sought him, and he and out of the cities which he had taken nath given us rest on every side : so they built from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar and prospered.

of the LORD that was before the porch of the 8 ! And Asa had an army of men that Lord. pare targets and spears, out of Judah three 9 And he gathered all Judah and Benja. hundred thousand; and out of Benjamin, min, and the strangers with them out of Ehal bare shiells and drew bows, two bun-phraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon. dred and fourscore thousand: all these were (for they tell to him out of Israel in abon mighty men of valour,

dance, when they saw that the LORD his God 9 ? And there came out against them Ze was with him :) ran the Ethiopian, with an host of a thou 10 So they gathered themselves together at sand thousand, and thiree liundred chariots; Jerusalem in the third month, in the lifteenth and came unto Mareshah.

year of the reign of Asa. 10 Then Asa went out against hiin, and 11 And they offered unto the LORD the thry set the battle in array in the valley of same time, of the spoil which they had Zephathah al Mareshiah.

brought, seven hundred oxen and seves 11 And Asa cried unto the Lord his God, thousand sheep. and said, Lord, it is nothing with thee to 12 And they entered into a covensko help, whether with many, or witlo them that seek the Lorý God of their fathers wiin al. have no power · help us, O LORD our God; their lieart, and with all their soul; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go 13 That whosoever would not seelhe against this multitude. O Lord, thou art our LORD God of Israel should be put to death God; let nou man prevail against thee. whether smail or great, whether man or wo

12 So ibe LORD'smote the Ethiopians be- man. fore Asa, and before Judalı; and the Ethio 14 And they sware unto the Lord will a pians iled.

loud voice, and with shouting, and with 13 And Asa, and the people that were with trumpets, and with cornets. him, pursued them unto Gerar: and the Elli 15. And all Judad: rejoiced as l. oath ; for opians were overthrown, that they could not they had sworn all their heart, and recover themselves ; for they were destroyed sough him with the whole desire ; and he before the Lord, and hefore his host: and was found of them: abd dhe Loru gave them they carried away very much spoil. rest round abo'll.

14 And they smole all the cities round 16 | And also coa noring Marchah, the about Gerar; for the fear of the LORD came mother of Asn the king, sc. removed her froma

lting queen, because she had made an idol ease lie soug!ıl not to the Lord, hul to the ma grove: an! Isa cut down hier idol, and physicians. stamped it. and burnt it at the brook Kidron. 13 1 And Asa slepe with his fathers, and

17 Bure the lighi places were not taken away died in the one and fortieth year of his reign. out of Israel: mrvertheless the heart of Asa 11 And ihey buried him in his own sepul. was perfect all l;is daus.

clires, which he had made for biinsell in the 13 . And be brought into the house of God city of David, and laid liim in the bed which the things that his father bail dedicated, and was filled with sweet odours, and divers kinds Hial le liimself had dedicated, silver, and of spices prepared by tiie apotbecaries' art; Biki, and vessels.

and they made a very great burning for 19 And Ibere was no more war into the him. five and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa.


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against Judah, and built Ramab, to the in 2 And he placed forces in all the fenced lent that lie might let none go ou! or come in cities of Judali

, and set garrisons in the land to Asa king o! Judah.

of Judah, and in the cities of Ephraim, which Then Åsa brought out silver and gold out Asa liis father had taken. of the treasures of the house of the Lord, and 3 And the Lord was with Jehoshaplal, of the king's bcuse, and sent to Ben-hadad because he walked in the first ways of his fa. sing of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, say-ther David, anu sought not unto Baalim ;

4 But souglit to the LORD God of his fa. 3 There is a league between me and thee, uier, and walked in luis cominandments, and is there wus between my father and thy fa- not afier the doings of Israel : dier: behold, I have sentibee silver and gold ;| .5 Therefore the Lord established the king. go, break they league with Baaslia king of Is- dom in his band ; and all Judalı brought io rael, that he may depart from me. eliosbapliat presents; and he had riches and

4 And Ben-hadad bearkened unto king Asa, honour in abundance. and sent the captains of his armies againsi 6 And his heart was lifted up in the ways de ciues of Israel; and they smote ljon, and of the LORD : moreover, lie took away the Dan, and Abel-maim, and all the store-cities high places and groves out of Judah. si Napitali.

7 Also in the third year of his reign be 5 and in carne to pass, wlien Baasha heard sent to his princes, evento Ben-hail, and to 't, that he left off building of Ramalı, and Obadiali, and to Zecharial, and to Nethalei his work cease.

neel, and to Michaial, to teach in the cities 6 Then Asa the king took all Judah ; and of Judah. hey carried away the stones of Ramah, and 8 And with them he sent Levites, eren Shede timber thereos, wherewith Baaslıı was maiah, and Nethanialı, and Zebadiali, and buiding; and he buill therewith Geba and Asaliel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehonathan, sli pali.

and Adonijali, and Tobijali, and Tobadoni7.1 And at that time llanani che seer came jah, Levites ; and with ihem Elishaina and osa king of Judah, and said unto him, Be-Jelioram, priests. :au ie thou hast relied on the king of Syria, 9. And they tauglic in Judali, and had the and not relied on the Lord thy God, there- book of the law of the Lord with them, and sore is the host of the king of Syria escaped went about throughout all the cities of Judah, out of thine band.

and taught the people. 8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubims 10 1 And the fear of the Lord fell upor a huge host, witla very many chariots and all the kingdoms of the lands that were round bor: emen? yet, because thou didst rely on the about Judlali, so that they made no war 1.01D, he delivered them into thine liand. against Jelioslapbat.

9 For ihe eyes of the LORD run !o and fro 11 Al:0 some otilie Philistines brought Je. Piroghout the whole earth, to slew himself be haphat presents, and tribute-silver ; and frog in the behalf of them whose heart is the Arabians brought him flocks, seven thouperfect toward sim. Herein thou hast done sand and seven liundred rams, and seven foolishly; therefore from benceforth thou thousand and seven hundred l.e-goals. Bhalt liave wars.

12 | And Jehostaphat waxed great ex10 They Asa was wroth with the seer, and ceedingly; and lie built in Judaii castles, put him in a prison-louse ; for he was in a and cities of store. rage with him because of this thing. And 13 And be bad mucli business in tlie cities Asa oppressed some of the people the same of Judah ; and the men of war, mighty nien time.

of valour, were in Jerusalem. 111 An, behold, the acts of Asa, first and 11 And these are the numbers of them, aclast, lo, they are written in the book of the cording to the house of their fathers : Of Juso kings of Judal and Israel.

dalt, the captains of thousands ; Adual the 1? Am Asa, in the thirty and ninth year chies, and with him migliy men of valvur of his reigni, was diseased iv his feet, until his tree hundred thousand. disease uus exceeding greul : yet in his dis 15 And next to him was Jeliohonan the

captain, and with him two hunered and four-, king with one assent : let they word there fcore thousand.

fore, I pray thee, be like one of theirs, and 16 And next him icas Amasiah the son of speak thou good. Zichni, who willingly offered himself unto the 13 and Micaiah said, As the Lord live!h, Lord; and wille liin two hundred thousand even whia: my God saith, that will I speak. mighty men of valour.

11 And when he was come to the hing. 17 And of Benjamin; Eliada, a mights man the king sail unto him, Micaialı, siall we go of vavur, and with him armed men with bow to Ramoth-gilead to batlle, or shall I forbear? and sliield two hundred thousand.

And he said, Go ye up, and prosper, and they 18 And next hiin ros Jelozabad, and with shall be delivered into your hand. him an hundred and fourscore thousand ready 15 And the king said to hiin, How ma prepared for the war.

ny times shall I adjure thee that thou say 13 Thiese waited on the king, besides those nothing but the truih 10 inc in the same of wliom the king put in the fenced cities the Low? troughout all Judalı.

16 Then he said, I did see all Israel scal. CHAP. XVIII.

tered upon the mountains, as sheep that nare

, in abundance, and joined affinity with no inaster; let them return therefore every Abab.

man to his house in peace. 2 And after certain years he went down to 17 And the king of Israel said to Jeloslia. Ahar to Samaria: and sind killed slieep and phat, Did I nou iell thee that he would no! oxen for liim in abundance, and for the peo- prophesy good unto me, but evil? ple that he had with him, and persuaded him 18 Again he said. Therefore hear the word to go up with him to Ramot-gilead. of the LORD:l saw the Lord willing upon his

3 And Alab king of Israel said unto Je-throne.and alte lost of heaven standing on Roshapliat kiug of Judah, Wilt thou go withi wis right hand and on his leli. me to Rainoth-gilead? And he answered 19 And the LORD said, Woo shall entice him, I am as thou art, and my people as thy Alab king of Israel, that he may go up and people ; and up will be with thee in the war. fall at lamot-gilead? And one spake say:

14 And Jehosliaphat said unto the king ing after this manner, and another saying of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee, at the word after that mamer. of the Lord 10-day.

20 Then there came out a spirit, and stood 5 Therefore the king of Israel gathered to before the Lord, and said, I will entice liim. gether of propheis four bundred men, and And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith ? said unto thein, Shall we go to Ramot Land he said, I will go out, and be a lya gilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they ing spirit in the mouth of all lis propheis said, Go up; for God will deliver it into the and the LORD said, Thou shalt entice him, king's hand.

and thou shalt also prerail: go out, and du 6 ? But Jehoshapliat said, Is here not liere even so. & prophet of the Lord besides, that we miglit 22. Now therefore, behold, the Lord hath enquire of him?

put a lying spirit in the mouth of these thy And the king of Israel said unto Jelio prophets, and the LORD bath spoken evil shaphal, There is yet one inan, by whom we againse thee. may enquire of the LORD : but I liate him ; 231 Then Zedekialı the son of Chenaanos for nie never propliesieth good unto me, but came near, and smole Micaialı upon the always ex!': the same is Miraial the son of cheek, and said, Il bich way went tlic Spirit Imla. And Jehosliaphat said, Let not the of the Lord from me to speak umio tiee king say so.

* And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt 8 And the king of Israel called for one or see on that day wien thou shali go into an his officers, and said, Fetch quickly Micaiah inner chamber to liide thysell. the son o linla.

25 Then the king of Israel said, Take se 9 And the king of Israel, and Jehosliapliat Micaialı, and carry him back to Arion the ring of Judah, sat either of them or bois governor of the city, and 10 Joash the king's throne, clothed in their robes, and they sat son ; in a void place at the entering in of the


26 And say, Thus saith the king, Put his of Samaria ; and all the prophets prophesied fellow in the prison, and feed him with bin ad before them.

pot affliction, and with water of affliction, ain 10 And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanalitill return in peace. had made him horns of iron, and said, Thus 27 And Micaialı said, If thou certainly resaith the Lor), With these thou shalt push turn in peace, then hat, not the LORD spoken Syria until they be consumed.

by me. And he said, Hearken, all ye people. 11 And all the prophets prophesied so, sayo 28 So the king oi Israel, and Jeloshapinar ing, Go up to Ramot-gilead, and prosper ; the king of Juclali, went up to Rainoti-gilead. for the Lord sball deliver it into the hand of 29 And the king of Israel said unto Jeho. the king.

shaphat, I will disguise mysell, and will go 1. And the messenger that want to call to the battle; but put thou on thy robes. So Micaialı spake to him, saying, Behold, the the king of Israel disguised liinself; and words of the prophets declure good to tie they went to the balde.

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