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1 Kings Chapter 14 | Parsha:

1At that time, Abijah, a son of Jeroboam, fell sick. 2Jeroboam said to his wife, “Go and disguise yourself, so that you will not be recognized as Jeroboam’s wife, and go to Shiloh. The prophet Ahijah lives there, the one who predicted that I would be king over this people. 3Take with you ten loaves, some wafers, and a jug of honey, and go to him; he will tell you what will happen to the boy.” 4Jeroboam’s wife did so; she left and went to Shiloh and came to the house of Ahijah. Now Ahijah could not see, for his eyes had become sightless with age; 5but the Lord had said to Ahijah, “Jeroboam’s wife is coming to inquire of you concerning her son, who is sick. Speak to her thus and thus. When she arrives, she will be in disguise.”

6Ahijah heard the sound of her feet as she came through the door, and he said, “Come in, wife of Jeroboam. Why are you disguised? I have a harsh message for you. 7Go tell Jeroboam: Thus said the Lord, the God of Israel: I raised you up from among the people and made you a ruler over My people Israel; 8I tore away the kingdom from the House of David and gave it to you. But you have not been like My servant David, who kept My commandments and followed Me with all his heart, doing only what was right in My sight. 9You have acted worse than all those who preceded you; you have gone and made for yourself other gods and molten images to vex Me; and Me you have cast behind your back. 10Therefore I will bring disaster upon the House of Jeroboam and will cut off from Jeroboam every male, bond and free, in Israel. I will sweep away the House of Jeroboam utterly, as dung is swept away. 11Anyone belonging to Jeroboam who dies in the town shall be devoured by dogs; and anyone who dies in the open country shall be eaten by the birds of the air; for the Lord has spoken. 12As for you, go back home; as soon as you set foot in the town, the child will die. 13And all Israel shall lament over him and bury him; he alone of Jeroboam’s family shall be brought to burial, for in him alone of the House of Jeroboam has some devotion been found to the Lord, the God of Israel. 14Moreover, the Lord will raise up a king over Israel who will destroy the House of Jeroboam, this day and even now.

15“The Lord will strike Israel until it sways like a reed in water. He will uproot Israel from this good land that He gave to their fathers, and will scatter them beyond the Euphrates, because they have provoked the Lord by the sacred posts that they have made for themselves. 16He will forsake Israel because of the sins that Jeroboam committed and led Israel to commit.”

17Jeroboam’s wife got up and left, and she went to Tirzah. As soon as she stepped over the threshold of her house, the child died. 18They buried him and all Israel lamented over him, in accordance with the word that the Lord had spoken through His servant the prophet Ahijah.

19The other events of Jeroboam’s reign, how he fought and how he ruled, are recorded in the Annals of the Kings of Israel. 20Jeroboam reigned twenty-two years; then he slept with his fathers, and his son Nadab succeeded him as king.

21Meanwhile, Rehoboam son of Solomon had become king in Judah. Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem—the city the Lord had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel to establish His name there. His mother’s name was Naamah the Ammonitess. 22Judah did what was displeasing to the Lord, and angered Him more than their fathers had done by the sins that they committed. 23They too built for themselves shrines, pillars, and sacred posts on every high hill and under every leafy tree; 24there were also male prostitutes in the land. [Judah] imitated all the abhorrent practices of the nations that the Lord had dispossessed before the Israelites.

25In the fifth year of King Rehoboam, King Shishak of Egypt marched against Jerusalem 26and carried off the treasures of the House of the Lord and the treasures of the royal palace. He carried off everything; he even carried off all the golden shields that Solomon had made. 27King Rehoboam had bronze shields made instead, and he entrusted them to the officers of the guard who guarded the entrance to the royal palace. 28Whenever the king went into the House of the Lord, the guards would carry hem and hen bring them back to the armory of the guards.

29The other events of Rehoboam’s reign, and all his actions, are recorded in the Annals of the Kings of Judah. 30There was continual war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam. 31Rehoboam slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the City of David; his mother’s name was Naamah the Ammonitess. His son Abijam succeeded him as king.

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