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1 Kings 14

Abijah being sick, Jeroboam sendeth his wife disguised with presents to the prophet Ahijah at Shiloh.

1 Kings 14:1 At that time Abia, the son of Jeroboam, fell sick. 1 Kings 14:2 And Jeroboam said to his wife: Arise, and change thy dress, that thou be not known to be the wife of Jeroboam, and go to Silo, where Ahias, the prophet is, who told me that I should reign over this people. 1 Kings 14:3 Take also with thee ten loaves, and cracknels, and a pot of honey, and go to him: for he will tell thee what will become of this child. 1 Kings 14:4 Jeroboam's wife did as he told her: and rising up, went to Silo, and came to the house of Ahias; but he could not see, for his eyes were dim by reason of his age.

Ahijah, forewarned by God, denounceth God's judgment.

1 Kings 14:5 And the Lord said to Ahias: Behold the wife of Jeroboam cometh in, to consult thee concerning her son, that is sick: thus and thus shalt thou speak to her. So when she was coming in, and made as if she were another woman, 1 Kings 14:6 Ahias heard the sound of her feet, coming in at the door, and said: Come in, thou wife of Jeroboam: why dost thou feign thyself to be another? But I am sent to thee with heavy tidings. 1 Kings 14:7 Go, and tell Jeroboam: Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel: For as much as I exalted thee from among the people, and made thee prince over my people Israel; 1 Kings 14:8 And rent the kingdom away from the house of David, and gave it to thee, and thou hast not been as my servant, David, who kept my commandments, and followed me with all his heart, doing that which was well pleasing in my sight: 1 Kings 14:9 But hast done evil above all that were before thee, and hast made thee strange gods, and molten gods, to provoke me to anger, and hast cast me behind thy back: 1 Kings 14:10 Therefore, behold I will bring evils upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up, and the last in Israel: and I will sweep away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as dung is swept away till all be clean. 1 Kings 14:11 Them that shall die of Jeroboam in the city, the dogs shall eat: and them that shall die in the field, the birds of the air shall devour: for the Lord hath spoken it. 1 Kings 14:12 Arise thou, therefore, and go to thy house: and when thy feet shall be entering into the city, the child shall die, 1 Kings 14:13 And all Israel shall mourn for him, and shall bury him: for he only of Jeroboam shall be laid in a sepulchre, because in his regard there is found a good word from the Lord, the God of Israel, in the house of Jeroboam. 1 Kings 14:14 And the Lord hath appointed himself a king over Israel, who shall cut off the house of Jeroboam in this day, and in this time: 1 Kings 14:15 And the Lord God shall strike Israel as a reed is shaken in the water: and he shall root up Israel out of this good land, which he gave to their fathers, and shall scatter them beyond the river: because they have made to themselves groves, to provoke the Lord. 1 Kings 14:16 And the Lord shall give up Israel for the sins of Jeroboam, who hath sinned, and made Israel to sin.

Abijah dieth, and is buried.

1 Kings 14:17 And the wife of Jeroboam arose, and departed, and came to Thersa: and when she was coming in to the threshold of the house, the child died, 1 Kings 14:18 And they buried him. And all Israel mourned for him, according to the word of the Lord, which he spoke by the hand of his servant Ahias, the prophet.

Nabab succeedeth Jeroboam.

1 Kings 14:19 And the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, how he fought, and how he reigned, behold they are written in the book of the words of the days of the kings of Israel. 1 Kings 14:20 And the days that Jeroboam reigned, were two and twenty years: and he slept with his fathers: and Nadab, his son, reigned in his stead.

Rehoboam's wicked reign.

1 Kings 14:21 And Roboam, the son of Solomon, reigned in Juda: Roboam was one and forty years old when he began to reign: and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the Lord chose out of all the tribes of Israel to put his name there. And his mother's name was Naama, an Ammonitess. 1 Kings 14:22 And Juda did evil in the sight of the Lord, and provoked him above all that their fathers had done, in their sins which they committed. 1 Kings 14:23 For they also built them altars, and statues, and groves, upon every high hill, and under every green tree: 1 Kings 14:24 There were also the effeminate in the land, and they did according to all the abominations of the people, whom the Lord had destroyed before the face of the children of Israel.

Shishak spoileth Jerusalem.

1 Kings 14:25 And in the fifth year of the reign of Roboam, Sesac, king of Egypt, came up against Jerusalem. 1 Kings 14:26 And he took away the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the king's treasures, and carried all off: as also the shields of gold which Solomon had made: 1 Kings 14:27 And Roboam made shields of brass instead of them, and delivered them into the hand of the captains of the shieldbearers, and of them that kept watch before the gate of the king's house. 1 Kings 14:28 And when the king went into the house of the Lord, they whose office it was to go before him, carried them: and afterwards they brought them back to the armoury of the shieldbearers.

Abijam succeedeth Rehoboam.

1 Kings 14:29 Now the rest of the acts of Roboam, and all that he did, behold they are written in the book of the words of the days of the kings of Juda. 1 Kings 14:30 And there was war between Roboam and Jeroboam always. 1 Kings 14:31 And Roboam slept with his fathers, and was buried with them, in the city of David: and his mother's name was Naama, an Ammonitess: and Abiam, his son, reigned in his stead.

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