Bible: 1 Kings 11:21-43

11:21 While in Egypt Hadad heard that David had passed away 1  and that Joab, the commander of the army, was dead. So Hadad asked Pharaoh, “Give me permission to leave 2  so I can return to my homeland.” 11:22 Pharaoh said to him, “What do you lack here that makes you want to go to your homeland?” 3  Hadad replied, 4 Nothing, but please give me permission to leave.” 5 

11:23 God also brought against Solomon 6  another enemy, Rezon son of Eliada who had run away from his master, King Hadadezer of Zobah. 11:24 He gathered some men and organized a raiding band. 7  When David tried to kill them, 8  they went to Damascus, where they settled down and gained control of the city. 11:25 He was Israel’s enemy throughout Solomon’s reign and, like Hadad, caused trouble. He loathed 9  Israel and ruled over Syria.

11:26 Jeroboam son of Nebat, one of Solomon’s servants, rebelled against 10  the king. He was an Ephraimite 11  from Zeredah whose mother was a widow named Zeruah. 11:27 This is what prompted him to rebel against the king: 12  Solomon built a terrace and he closed up a gap in the wall of the city of his father David. 13  11:28 Jeroboam was a talented man; 14  when Solomon saw that the young man was an accomplished worker, he made him the leader of the work crew from the tribe 15  of Joseph. 11:29 At that time, when Jeroboam had left Jerusalem, the prophet Ahijah the Shilonite met him on the road; the two of them were alone in the open country. Ahijah 16  was wearing a brand new robe, 11:30 and he grabbed the robe 17  and tore it into twelve pieces. 11:31 Then he told Jeroboam, “Take ten pieces, for this is what the Lord God of Israel says: ‘Look, I am about to tear the kingdom from Solomon’s hand and I will give ten tribes to you. 11:32 He will retain one tribe, for my servant David’s sake and for the sake of Jerusalem, the city I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel. 11:33 I am taking the kingdom from him 18  because they have 19  abandoned me and worshiped the Sidonian goddess Astarte, the Moabite god Chemosh, and the Ammonite god Milcom. They have not followed my instructions 20  by doing what I approve and obeying my rules and regulations, like Solomon’s father David did. 21  11:34 I will not take the whole kingdom from his hand. I will allow him to be ruler for the rest of his life for the sake of my chosen servant David who kept my commandments and rules. 11:35 I will take the kingdom from the hand of his son and give ten tribes to you. 22  11:36 I will leave 23  his son one tribe so my servant David’s dynasty may continue to serve me 24  in Jerusalem, the city I have chosen as my home. 25  11:37 I will select 26  you; you will rule over all you desire to have and you will be king over Israel. 11:38 You must obey 27  all I command you to do, follow my instructions, 28  do what I approve, 29  and keep my rules and commandments, like my servant David did. Then I will be with you and establish for you a lasting dynasty, as I did for David; 30  I will give you Israel. 11:39 I will humiliate David’s descendants because of this, 31  but not forever.” 32  11:40 Solomon tried to kill Jeroboam, but Jeroboam escaped to Egypt and found refuge with King Shishak of Egypt. 33  He stayed in Egypt until Solomon died.

Solomon’s Reign Ends

11:41 The rest of the events of Solomon’s reign, including all his accomplishments and his wise decisions, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of Solomon. 34  11:42 Solomon ruled over all Israel from Jerusalem 35  for forty years. 11:43 Then Solomon passed away 36  and was buried in the city of his father David. 37  His son Rehoboam replaced him as king. 38 

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