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strange women, (1 together with the daughter of Pharaoh,) b De. 17. 17. women of the Moabites, Ammon- Ne. 13.26. ites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites:

e ch.8.61.

2 called Mo

2 Of the nations concerning which d ch.9.4. the LORD said a unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto! you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods. Solomon clave unto these in love.

3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives b turned away his heart.

4 For it came to pass, when Solonion was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect c with the LORD his God, as was d the heart of David his father.



lech, ver.7. fulfilled not after, Nu. 14.24.

Nu.33.52. 2Ki.23.13.

f Nu.21.29. Ju.11.24.

g Ps.78.58.

h ch.3.5.


4 with thee.

5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, i Is.29. 13,14. and after 2 Milcom the abomina-k ver.31. tion of the Ammonites.

6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and 3 went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.


m ch.21.29. 2Ki.20.17, 19.


7 Then did Solomon build an high place e for Chemosh, f the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech the abomination of the children of n ver.39. Ammon.


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11 Wherefore the LORD said unto v ch.2. 10,34. Solomon, Forasmuch as this is 5 Send me 4 done of thee, and thou hast not away. kept my covenant and my sta- Not. tutes, which I have commanded

thee, I will surely rend & the king- w 2Sam.8.3.

His adversaries. 12 Notwithstanding in thy m days! will not do it, for David thy father's sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son.

13 Howlieit n I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake, which o I have chosen.

14 And the LORDp stirred up an adversary unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomite: he was of the king's seed in Edom.

15 For it came to pass, when q David was in Edom, and Joab, the captain of the host, was gone up to bury the slain, after he had smitten every male r in Edom;

16 (For six months did Joab remain there with all Israel, until he had cut off every male in Edom :)

17 That Hadad fled, he and certain Edomites of his father's servants with him, to go into Egypt; Hadad being yet a little child.

18 And they arose out of Midian, s and came to Paran: t and they took men with them out of Paran, and they came to Egypt, unto Pharaoh king of Egypt; which gave him an house, and appointed him victuals, and gave him land.

19 And Hadad found great favour in the sight of Pharaoh, so that he gave him to wife u the sister of his own wife, the sister of Tahpenes the queen.

20 And the sister of Tahpenes bare him Genubath his son, whom Tahpenes weaned in Pharaoh's house: and Genubath was in Pharaoh's household, among the sons of Pharaoh.

21 And when Hadad heard in Egypt that David slept with his fathers, and v that Joab, the captain of the host, was dead, Hadad said to Pharaoh, 5 Let me depart, that I may go to mine own country.

22 Then Pharaoh said unto him. But what hast thou lacked with me, that, behold, thou seckest to go to thine own country? And he answered, 6 Nothing: howbeit let me go in any wise.

23 T And God stirred him up another adversary, Rezon the son of Eliadah, which fled from his lord Hadadezer w king of Zobah. 24 And he gathered men unto him, and became captain over a band, when a David slew them of Zobah and they went to Damascus, and dwelt therein, and reigned in Damascus.

25 And he was an adversary to Is

dom from thee, and will give it 7 x 2Sa. 10.8, 18. rael all the days of Solomon, beside

to thy servant.

the mischief that Hadad did and

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Abijah's prophecy.


B. C. 984.

y ch.12.2 2Ch.13.6.

he abhorred Israel, and reigned over Syria. 26 And Jeroboam y the son of Nehat, an Ephrathite of Zereda, Solomon's servant, (whose mother's name was Zeruah, a widow z 2Sa.20.21. woman,) even he lifted up z his hand against the king.

27 And this was the cause that he lifted up his hand against the king: Solomon built Millo, a and 7 repaired the breaches of the city of David his father.

28 And the man Jeroboam was

a ch.9.24. closed.

8 did work. burden.

b ch.14.2.

Solomon's death.

38 And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee, and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that m I will be with thee, and'n build thee a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel unto thee.

39 And I will for this afflict the seed of David, but o not for ever. 40 Solomon sought p therefore to kill Jeroboam. And Jeroboam

a mighty man of valour: and Solo- c 1Sa. 15.27. arose, and fled into Egypt, unto mon seeing the young man that he d ver. 11-13. 8was industrious, he made him ruler over all the 9 charge of the e ver.5-7. house of Joseph.

29 And it came to pass at that time, when Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem, that the prophet Ahijah b the Shilonite found him in the way; and he had clad himself with a new garment; and they two were alone in the field:

30 And Ahijah caught c the new garment that was on him, and rent it in twelve pieces:


f Ps. 103. 10.

g Is.55.3.

h Ex.20.5,6.

i ch.12.17.

k ch.15.4.

2K1.8.19. Ps. 132.17.

31 And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: ford thus saith the 10 lamp, or, LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I candle. will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:

1 ch.9.4,5.

32 (But he shall have one tribe for my servant David's sake, and m Jos. 1.5. for Jerusalem's sake, the city which I have chosen out of all the n 2Sa.7.11,27. tribes of Israel:)

33 Because e that they have forsaken me, and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways, to do that which is right in mine eyes, and to keep my statutes and my judgments, as did David his father.

31 Howbeit f I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand: but I will make him prince all the days of his life for David g my servant's sake, whom I chose, because he kept my commandments and my statutes;

o Ps.89.30


La.3.31,32. P Pr.19.21. q2Ch.9.29


11 words, or,

12 days.

13 called
(CHAP. 12.)

a 2Ch.10.1,


35 Buth I will take the kingdom out of his son's hand, and will give b ch.11.26,40. it unto thee, even ten tribes.

c ch.4.7.

9.15. 1Sa.8.11-18.

d Job 12.12.

36 And unto his son will I give i one tribe, that k David my servant may have a 10 light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there. And I will take thee, and thou e Mar.10.43, shalt reign according to all that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over israel.

Pr. 15.1.


Shishak king of Egypt, and was in Egypt until the death of Solomon. 41 T And q the rest of the 11 acts of Solomon, and all that he did, and his wisdom, are they not written in the book of the acts of Solomon?

42 And the 12 time that Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Israel was forty years.

43 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David his father: and 13 Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.


The Israelites assemble at Shechem to crown Rehoboam.

ANDa Rehoboam went to She

chem for all Israel were come to Shechem to make him king. 2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, heard of it, (for he was fled from the presence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt;)

3 That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the congrègation of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying,

4 Thy father made our yoke c grievous now, therefore, make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee.

5 And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed.

6 And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise, that I may answer this people? 7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant e unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words f to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.

8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given Thim, and consulted with the young

Ten tribes revolt.

men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him:

B. C. 975.

1 hardly.

i Pr. 13.20.


Jeroboam's idolatry.

of David, but the tribe of Judah only.r

21 And s when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.

9 And he said unto them, What g Eze.2.6. counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which h Pr.10.11,32, thy father did put upon us lighter? Ec. 10.12. 10 And the young men that were Jam.3.17. grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins. 11 And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, Im ch.11.11, people, saying, will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.g 12 So Jeroboam and all the peo-o ch.11.13,36. return every man to his house; fort

ple came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third day. 13 And the king answered the people 1 roughly, h and forsook the old men's counsel that they gave him;

14 And k spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.


Ju. 14.4.


n 25a.20.1.

p ch.4.6.


2 strength

ened him-

q 2Ki.17.21.

3 or, fell

r Ho.11.12.

s 2Ch.11.1,

t ver. 15.


v Ju.8.17.

Deut. 12.5,

15 Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people; for the cause was from the LORD, that he might perform his saying, which the LORD u Ju.9.45. spake m by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the son of Nebat. 16 So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What a portion have we in Da-x 2Ki. 10.29. vid? neither have we inheritance in 17.16. the son of Jesse: to your tents, Oy Ex.32.4,8. Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So Israel departed unto their tents.

z Ge.28.19.
a Ju.18.29.


c Nu.3.10.
2Ki. 17.32.

17 But o as for the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Ju-b ch.13.34. dah, Rehoboam reigned over them. 18 Then king Rehoboam sent p. Adoram, who was over the tribute; and all Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. Therefore king Rehoboam 2 made speed tod get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.



4 or, went up
to the altar.
5 or, to sacri

19 So q Israel 3 rebelled against the house of David unto this day. 20 And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam wase Am.7.13. come again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was none that followed the house

or, went up


22 But the word of God came unto Shemaiah the man of God, saying, 23 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant of the

24 Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel:

this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the LORD, and returned to depart, according to the word of the LORD. 25 Then Jeroboam built Shechem u in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel.v

26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David":

27 If this people go up w to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me,and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah. 28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves r of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold y thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

29 And he set the one in Beth-el, z and the other put he in Dan.a 30 And this thing became ba sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.

31 And he made an house of high places, and made priests c of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.

32 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast d that is in Judah, and 4 he offered upon the altar, (so did he in Beth-el,) 5 sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Beth-el e the priests of the high places which he had made. 33 So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Beth-el, the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had de

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