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And Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, I pray thee, and disguise thyself, that thou be not known to be the wife of Jeroboam; and get thee to Shiloh: behold, there is Ahijah the prophet, which told me that I should be king over this people.
And take with thee ten loaves, and cracknels, and a cruse of honey, and go to him: he shall tell thee what shall become of the child.
And Jeroboam's wife did so, and arose, and went to Shiloh, and came to the house of Ahijah. But Ahijah could not see; for his eyes were set by reason of his age.
And the LORD said unto Ahijah, Behold, the wife of Jeroboam cometh to ask a thing of thee for her son; for he is sick: thus and thus shalt thou say unto her: for it shall be, when she cometh in, that she shall feign herself to be another woman.
And it was so, when Ahijah heard the sound of her feet, as she came in at the door, that he said, Come in, thou wife of Jeroboam; why feignest thou thyself to be another? for I am sent to thee with heavy tidings.
Go, tell Jeroboam, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Forasmuch as I exalted thee from among the people, and made thee prince over my people Israel,
And rent the kingdom away from the house of David, and gave it thee: and yet thou hast not been as my servant David, who kept my commandments, and who followed ° me with all his heart, to do that only which was right in mine eyes;
But hast done evil above all that were before thee: for thou hast gone and made thee other gods, and molten images, to provoke me to anger, and hast cast me behind thy back:
Therefore, behold, I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel, and will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as a man taketh away dung, till it be all gone.
Him that dieth of Jeroboam in the city shall the dogs eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat: for the LORD hath spoken it.
Arise thou therefore, get thee to thine own house: and when thy feet enter into the city, the child shall die.
And all Israel shall mourn for him, and bury him: for he only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him there is found some good thing toward the LORD God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.
Moreover the LORD shall raise him up a king over Israel, who shall cut off the house of Jeroboam that day: but what? even now.
For the LORD shall smite 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 their groves, provoking the LORD to anger.
And he shall give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, who did sin, and who made Israel to sin.
And Jeroboam's wife arose, and departed, and came to Tirzah: and when she came to the threshold of the door, the child died;
And they buried him; and all Israel mourned for him, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by the hand of his servant Ahijah the prophet.
And the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, how he warred, and how he reigned, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.
And the days which Jeroboam reigned were two and twenty years: and he slept with his fathers, and Nadab his son reigned in his stead.
And Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah. Rehoboam was forty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen ° years in Jerusalem, the city which the LORD did choose out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. And his mother's name was Naamah an Ammonitess.
And Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked him to jealousy with their sins which they had committed, above all that their fathers had done.
For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree.
And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.
And it came to pass in the fifth year of king Rehoboam, that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem:
And he took away the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king's house; he even took away all: and he took away all the shields of gold which Solomon had made.
And king Rehoboam made in their stead brazen shields, and committed them unto the hands of the chief of the guard, which kept the door of the king's house.
And it was so, when the king went into the house of the LORD, that the guard bare them, and brought them back into the guard chamber.
Now the rest of the acts of Rehoboam, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah?
And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their days.
And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And his mother's name was Naamah an Ammonitess. And Abijam his son reigned in his stead.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

14:2 which told me. Jeroboam had remembered Abijah’s prophecy that he should be king over Israel, but had conveniently “forgotten” that this promise was conditioned on his obeying God’s Word (I Kings 11:38).

14:3 cracknels. Light biscuits.

14:13 to the grave. This phrase can also be translated as “shall be buried.” I Kings 14:11 indicates others of Jeroboam’s line will not be buried.

14:13 some good thing. This commendation at least suggests that this child, not having reached the age of conscious sin, is safe in Christ, who would eventually die for his innate sin-nature. See also II Samuel 12:23.

14:16 made Israel to sin. No less than eighteen times in the two books of Kings are we reminded that it was Jeroboam who not only sinned, but “made Israel to sin.” This is the first reference; the last is II Kings 17:21, where it is said that “Jeroboam drave Israel from following the LORD, and made them sin a great sin,” until finally, “was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria” (II Kings 17:23). This is a terrifying memorial to a man who once showed such great promise that God specially called him as Israel’s king (I Kings 11:28-31), reminding us even today of the deadly consequences of leading God’s people into compromise with paganism.

14:19 book of the chronicles. This book should not be confused with the Biblical book of Chronicles. It apparently was a book kept in the king’s court from generation to generation and frequent references to it indicate that it was a historical source book used by whoever prepared the two books of Kings in their present form (possibly Jeremiah, or some other later prophet).

14:24 sodomites. The sin of sodomy, or homosexuality, was considered normal behavior in the pagan nations of Canaan which the Lord had commanded the Israelites to destroy. To God, however, it was one of the most grievous of their “abominations.” Solomon had allowed it and their other immoral practices to reenter the land as a result of his marrying wives from these nations.

14:26 shields of gold. The great king of Egypt had once given Solomon his own daughter, but he now plunders all the riches of the temple only five years after Solomon’s death, taking the shields of gold in particular. Rehoboam made shields of brass in their stead. God would have allowed Pharaoh Shishak even to destroy Jerusalem because of Rehoboam’s sin, but Rehoboam repented and God turned from His wrath (see II Chronicles 12:1-12). It is noteworthy that the mummy of Pharaoh Shishak has been found by Egyptian archaeologists, encased in a golden sarcophagus, reminding us perhaps of the golden treasures of Solomon that he had taken from Rehoboam.

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