Bible: 1 Kings 11:29-38
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 1 was wearing a brand new robe, 11:30 and he grabbed the robe 2 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 3 because they have 4 abandoned me and worshiped the Sidonian goddess Astarte, the Moabite god Chemosh, and the Ammonite god Milcom. They have not followed my instructions 5 by doing what I approve and obeying my rules and regulations, like Solomon’s father David did. 6 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. 7 11:36 I will leave 8 his son one tribe so my servant David’s dynasty may continue to serve me 9 in Jerusalem, the city I have chosen as my home. 10 11:37 I will select 11 you; you will rule over all you desire to have and you will be king over Israel. 11:38 You must obey 12 all I command you to do, follow my instructions, 13 do what I approve, 14 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; 15 I will give you Israel.
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