1Rehoboam became a strong king. He also made his kingdom strong. Then Rehoboam and the family group of Judah refused to obey the law of the Lord. 2Shishak attacked the city of Jerusalem in the fifth year that Rehoboam was king. Shishak was the king of Egypt. This happened because Rehoboam and the people of Judah were not faithful to the Lord. 3Shishak had 12,000 chariots, 60,000 horse riders, and an army that no person could count. In Shishak’s large army there were Libyan soldiers, Sukkite soldiers, and Ethiopian soldiers. 4Shishak defeated the strong cities of Judah. Then Shishak brought his army to Jerusalem. 5Then Shemaiah the prophet came to Rehoboam and the leaders of Judah. Those leaders of Judah had gathered together in Jerusalem because they all were afraid of Shishak. Shemaiah said to Rehoboam and the leaders of Judah, “This is what the Lord says: 'Rehoboam, you and the people of Judah have left me and refused to obey my law. So now I will leave you to face Shishak without my help.’” 6Then the leaders of Judah and King Rehoboam were sorry and humbled themselves. They said, “The Lord is right.” 7The Lord saw that the king and the leaders of Judah had humbled themselves. Then the message from the Lord came to Shemaiah. The Lord said to Shemaiah, “The king and the leaders humbled themselves. So I will not destroy them, but I will save them soon. I will not use Shishak to pour out my anger on Jerusalem. 8But the people of Jerusalem will become Shishak’s servants. This will happen so that they may learn that serving me is different from serving the kings of other nations.” 9Shishak attacked Jerusalem and took the treasures that were in the Lord’s temple. Shishak was the king of Egypt. And he also took the treasures that were in the king’s house. Shishak took everything and carried those treasures away. He also took the gold shields that Solomon had made. 10King Rehoboam made bronze shields to take the place of the gold shields. Rehoboam gave the bronze shields to the commanders who were responsible for guarding the entrance to the king’s house. 11When the king entered the Lord’s temple, the guards would bring the bronze shields out. Later they would put the bronze shields back into the guardroom. 12When Rehoboam humbled himself, the Lord turned his anger away from Rehoboam. So the Lord did not fully destroy Rehoboam. There was some good in Judah. 13King Rehoboam made himself a strong king in Jerusalem. He was 41 years old when he became king. Rehoboam was king in Jerusalem for 17 years. Jerusalem is the city that the Lord chose from all the family groups of Israel. The Lord chose to put his name there in Jerusalem. Rehoboam’s mother was Naamah. Naamah was from the country of Ammon. 14Rehoboam did evil things because he didn’t decide in his heart to obey the Lord. 15The things Rehoboam did when he was king, from the beginning to the end of his rule, are written in the writings of Shemaiah the prophet and in the writings of Iddo the seer. Those men wrote family histories. And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the time both kings ruled. 16Rehoboam rested with his ancestors. Rehoboam was buried in David’s city. Then Rehoboam’s son Abijah became the new king.
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