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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 14

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1At that time Jeroboam's son Abijah fell ill, 2and Jeroboam said to his wife, ‘Go at once to Shiloh, but disguise yourself so that people will not recognize you as my wife. Ahijah the prophet is there, he who said I was to be king over this people. 3Take with you ten loaves, some raisins, and a jar of honey. Go to him and he will tell you what will happen to the boy.’ 4Jeroboam's wife did so; she set off at once for Shiloh and came to Ahijah's house. Now as Ahijah could not see, for his eyes were fixed in the blindness of old age, 5the LORD had said to him, ‘Jeroboam's wife is on her way to consult you about her son, who is ill; you are to give her such and such an answer.’

When she came in, concealing who she was, 6and Ahijah heard her footsteps at the door, he said, ‘Come in, wife of Jeroboam. Why conceal who you are? I have heavy news for you. 7Go, tell Jeroboam: “This is the word of the LORD the God of Israel: I raised you out of the people and appointed you prince over my people Israel; 8I tore the kingdom from the house of David and gave it to you. But you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commands and followed me with his whole heart, doing only what was right in my eyes. 9You have out-done all your predecessors in wickedness; you have provoked me to anger by making for yourself other gods and images of cast metal; and you have turned your back on me. 10For this I am going to bring disaster on the house of Jeroboam; I shall destroy them all, every mother's son, whether still under the protection of the family or not, and I shall sweep away the house of Jeroboam in Israel, as one sweeps away dung until none is left. 11Those of that house who die in the town shall be food for the dogs, and those who die in the country shall be food for the birds. It is the word of the LORD.”

12‘Go home now; the moment you set foot in the town, the child will die. 13All Israel will mourn for him and bury him; he alone of all Jeroboam's family will have proper burial, because in him alone could the LORD the God of Israel find anything good.

14‘The LORD will set up a king over Israel who will put an end to the house of Jeroboam. This first; and what next a 14:14 next: so Aram. (Targ.); Heb. now. ? 15The LORD will strike Israel, till it trembles like a reed in the water; he will uproot its people from this good land which he gave to their forefathers and scatter them beyond the Euphrates, because they have made their sacred poles b 14:15 sacred poles: Heb. asherim. , thus provoking the LORD's anger. 16He will abandon Israel because of the sins that Jeroboam has committed and has led Israel to commit.’

17Jeroboam's wife went away back to Tirzah and, as she crossed the threshold of the house, the boy died. 18They buried him, and all Israel mourned over him; and thus the word of the LORD was fulfilled which he had spoken through his servant Ahijah the prophet.

19The other events of Jeroboam's reign, in war and peace, are recorded in the annals of the kings of Israel. 20After reigning for twenty-two years, he rested with his forefathers and was succeeded by his son Nadab.

21 IN Judah Rehoboam son of Solomon had become king. He was forty-one years old when he came to the throne, and he reigned for seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city where the LORD had chosen, out of all the tribes of Israel, to set his name. Rehoboam's mother was a woman of Ammon called Naamah. 22Judah did what was wrong in the eyes of the LORD, rousing his jealous indignation by the sins they committed, which were beyond anything that their forefathers had done. 23They erected shrines, sacred pillars, and sacred poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree. 24Worse still, all over the country there were male prostitutes attached to the shrines, and the people adopted all the abominable practices of the nations whom the LORD had dispossessed in favour of Israel.

25 c 14:25–28 Cp. 2 Chr. 12:9–11 . In the fifth year of Rehoboam's reign King Shishak of Egypt attacked Jerusalem, 26and carried away the treasures of the house of the LORD and of the king's palace; he seized everything, including all the gold shields made for Solomon. 27King Rehoboam replaced them with bronze shields and entrusted them to the officers of the escort who guarded the entrance of the palace. 28Whenever the king entered the house of the LORD, the escort carried them; afterwards they returned them to the guardroom.

29 d 14:29–31 Cp. 2 Chr. 12:13–16 . The other acts and events of Rehoboam's reign are recorded in the annals of the kings of Judah. 30There was continual fighting between him and Jeroboam. 31He rested with his forefathers and was buried with them in the city of David. Rehoboam's mother was an Ammonite called Naamah. He was succeeded by his son Abijam.

Notes:

a 14:14 next: so Aram. (Targ.); Heb. now.

b 14:15 sacred poles: Heb. asherim.

c 14:25–28 Cp. 2 Chr. 12:9–11 .

d 14:29–31 Cp. 2 Chr. 12:13–16 .

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