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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 14

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Death of Abijah. 1At that time Abijah, son of Jeroboam, took sick. 2So Jeroboam said to his wife, “Get ready and disguise yourself so that none will recognize you as Jeroboam's wife. Then go to Shiloh, where you will find the prophet Ahijah. It is he who predicted my reign over this people. z 1 Kgs 11, 29 . 3Take along ten loaves, some cakes, and a jar of preserves, and go to him. He will tell you what will happen to the child.” 4The wife of Jeroboam obeyed. She made the journey to Shiloh and entered the house of Ahijah who could not see because age had dimmed his sight.

5The LORD had said to Ahijah: “Jeroboam's wife is coming to consult you about her son, for he is sick. This is what you must tell her. When she comes, she will be in disguise.” 6So Ahijah, hearing the sound of her footsteps as she entered the door, said, “Come in, wife of Jeroboam. Why are you in disguise? I have been commissioned to give you bitter news. 7Go, tell Jeroboam, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: I exalted you from among the people and made you ruler of my people Israel. 8I deprived the house of David of the kingdom and gave it to you. Yet you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commandments and followed me with his whole heart, doing only what pleased me. 9You have done worse than all who preceded you: you have gone and made for yourself strange gods and molten images to provoke me; but me you have cast behind your back. 10Therefore, I am bringing evil upon the house of Jeroboam: I will cut off every male in Jeroboam's line, whether slave or freeman in Israel, and will burn up the house of Jeroboam completely, as though dung were being burned. a 1 Kgs 15, 29 . 11When one of Jeroboam's line dies in the city, dogs will devour him; when one of them dies in the field, he will be devoured by the birds of the sky. For the LORD has spoken!’ b 1 Kgs 16, 4 . 12So leave; go home! As you step inside the city, the child will die, 13and all Israel will mourn him and bury him, for he alone of Jeroboam's line will be laid in the grave, since in him alone of Jeroboam's house has something pleasing to the LORD, the God of Israel, been found. 14Today, at this very moment, the LORD will raise up for himself a king of Israel who will destroy the house of Jeroboam. 15The LORD will strike Israel like a reed tossed about in the water and will pluck out Israel from this good land which he gave their fathers, scattering them beyond the River, because they made sacred poles for themselves and thus provoked the LORD. 16He will give up Israel because of the sins Jeroboam has committed and caused Israel to commit.”

17So Jeroboam's wife started back; when she reached Tirzah and crossed the threshold of her house, the child died. 18He was buried with all Israel mourning him, as the LORD had prophesied through his servant the prophet Ahijah.

19The rest of the acts of Jeroboam, with his warfare and his reign, are recorded in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel. 20The length of Jeroboamvs reign was twenty-two years. He rested with his ancestors, and his son Nadab succeeded him as king.

Reign of Rehoboam. 21Rehoboam, son of Solomon, reigned in Judah. He was forty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city in which, out of all the tribes of Israel, the LORD chose to be honored. His mother was the Ammonite named Naamah. c 2 Chr 12, 13 .

22Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and by their sins angered him even more than their fathers had done. 23They, too, built for themselves high places, pillars, and sacred poles, upon every high hill and under every green tree. 24There were also cult prostitutes in the land. Judah imitated all the abominable practices of the nations whom the LORD had cleared out of the Israelites’ way.

25In the fifth year of King Rehoboam, Shishak, king of Egypt, attacked Jerusalem.* 26He took everything, including the treasures of the temple of the LORD and those of the royal palace, as well as all the gold shields made under Solomon. d 1 Kgs 10, 16 . 27To replace them, King Rehoboam had bronze shields made, which he entrusted to the officers of the guard on duty at the entrance of the royal palace. 28Whenever the king visited the temple of the LORD, those on duty would carry the shields, and then return them to the guardroom.

29The rest of the acts of Rehoboam, with all that he did, are recorded in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah. 30There was constant warfare between Rehoboam and Jeroboam. 31Rehoboam rested with his ancestors; he was buried with them in the City of David. His mother was the Ammonite named Naamah. His son Abijam succeeded him as king.

Notes:

z: 1 Kgs 11, 29 .

a: 1 Kgs 15, 29 .

b: 1 Kgs 16, 4 .

c: 2 Chr 12, 13 .

d: 1 Kgs 10, 16 .

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