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1 Kings 14 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:1 - At that time Abijah son of Jeroboam became ill,

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:2 - and Jeroboam said to his wife, “Go, disguise yourself, so you won’t be recognized as the wife of Jeroboam. Then go to Shiloh. Ahijah the prophet is there—the one who told me I would be king over this people.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:3 - Take ten loaves of bread with you, some cakes and a jar of honey, and go to him. He will tell you what will happen to the boy.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:4 - So Jeroboam’s wife did what he said and went to Ahijah’s house in Shiloh. Now Ahijah could not see; his sight was gone because of his age.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:5 - But the LORD had told Ahijah, “Jeroboam’s wife is coming to ask you about her son, for he is ill, and you are to give her such and such an answer. When she arrives, she will pretend to be someone else.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:6 - So when Ahijah heard the sound of her footsteps at the door, he said, “Come in, wife of Jeroboam. Why this pretense? I have been sent to you with bad news.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:7 - Go, tell Jeroboam that this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘I raised you up from among the people and appointed you ruler over my people Israel.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:8 - I tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you, but you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commands and followed me with all his heart, doing only what was right in my eyes.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:9 - You have done more evil than all who lived before you. You have made for yourself other gods, idols made of metal; you have aroused my anger and turned your back on me.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:10 - “ ‘Because of this, I am going to bring disaster on the house of Jeroboam. I will cut off from Jeroboam every last male in Israel—slave or free.[fn] I will burn up the house of Jeroboam as one burns dung, until it is all gone.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:11 - Dogs will eat those belonging to Jeroboam who die in the city, and the birds will feed on those who die in the country. The LORD has spoken!’

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:12 - “As for you, go back home. When you set foot in your city, the boy will die.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:13 - All Israel will mourn for him and bury him. He is the only one belonging to Jeroboam who will be buried, because he is the only one in the house of Jeroboam in whom the LORD, the God of Israel, has found anything good.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:14 - “The LORD will raise up for himself a king over Israel who will cut off the family of Jeroboam. Even now this is beginning to happen.[fn]

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:15 - And the LORD will strike Israel, so that it will be like a reed swaying in the water. He will uproot Israel from this good land that he gave to their ancestors and scatter them beyond the Euphrates River, because they aroused the LORD’s anger by making Asherah poles.[fn]

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:16 - And he will give Israel up because of the sins Jeroboam has committed and has caused Israel to commit.”

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:17 - Then Jeroboam’s wife got up and left and went to Tirzah. As soon as she stepped over the threshold of the house, the boy died.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:18 - They buried him, and all Israel mourned for him, as the LORD had said through his servant the prophet Ahijah.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:19 - The other events of Jeroboam’s reign, his wars and how he ruled, are written in the book of the annals of the kings of Israel.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:20 - He reigned for twenty-two years and then rested with his ancestors. And Nadab his son succeeded him as king.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:21 - Rehoboam son of Solomon was king in Judah. He 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 in which to put his Name. His mother’s name was Naamah; she was an Ammonite.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:22 - Judah did evil in the eyes of the LORD. By the sins they committed they stirred up his jealous anger more than those who were before them had done.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:23 - They also set up for themselves high places, sacred stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:24 - There were even male shrine prostitutes in the land; the people engaged in all the detestable practices of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:25 - In the fifth year of King Rehoboam, Shishak king of Egypt attacked Jerusalem.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:26 - He carried off the treasures of the temple of the LORD and the treasures of the royal palace. He took everything, including all the gold shields Solomon had made.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:27 - So King Rehoboam made bronze shields to replace them and assigned these to the commanders of the guard on duty at the entrance to the royal palace.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:28 - Whenever the king went to the LORD’s temple, the guards bore the shields, and afterward they returned them to the guardroom.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:29 - As for the other events of Rehoboam’s reign, and all he did, are they not written in the book of the annals of the kings of Judah?

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:30 - There was continual warfare between Rehoboam and Jeroboam.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 14:31 - And Rehoboam rested with his ancestors and was buried with them in the City of David. His mother’s name was Naamah; she was an Ammonite. And Abijah[fn] his son succeeded him as king.
NIV Footnotes
Or Israel—every ruler or leader
The meaning of the Hebrew for this sentence is uncertain.
That is, wooden symbols of the goddess Asherah; here and elsewhere in 1 Kings
Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint (see also 2 Chron. 12:16); most Hebrew manuscripts Abijam

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