Bible: 1 Kings 14:21-31

Rehoboam’s Reign over Judah

14:21 Now Rehoboam son of Solomon ruled in Judah. He 1  was forty-one years old when he became king and he ruled for seventeen years in Jerusalem, 2  the city the Lord chose from all the tribes of Israel to be his home. 3  His mother was an Ammonite woman 4  named Naamah.

14:22 Judah did evil in the sight of 5  the Lord. They made him more jealous by their sins than their ancestors had done. 6  14:23 They even built for themselves high places, sacred pillars, and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every green tree. 14:24 There were also male cultic prostitutes 7  in the land. They committed the same horrible sins as the nations 8  that the Lord had driven out from before the Israelites.

14:25 In King Rehoboam’s fifth year, King Shishak of Egypt attacked Jerusalem. 14:26 He took away the treasures of the Lord’s temple and of the royal palace; he took everything, including all the golden shields that Solomon had made. 14:27 King Rehoboam made bronze shields to replace them and assigned them to the officers of the royal guard 9  who protected the entrance to the royal palace. 14:28 Whenever the king visited the Lord’s temple, the royal guard carried them and then brought them back to the guardroom.

14:29 The rest of the events of Rehoboam’s reign, including his accomplishments, are recorded in the scroll called the Annals of the Kings of Judah. 10  14:30 Rehoboam and Jeroboam were continually at war with each other. 14:31 Rehoboam passed away 11  and was buried with his ancestors in the city of David. His mother was an Ammonite named Naamah. His son Abijah 12  replaced him as king.

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