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14* At that time Jeroboam’s son Abijah fell sick; 2 and Jeroboam said to his wife “Up with you, and change your clothes so that they will not know you are Jeroboam’s wife, and go to Shiloh: there you will find the prophet Ahijah; it was he predicted my being king over this people. 3* And take in your hand ten cakes of bread, and seed-cakes and a bottle of honey, and go in where he is: he will tell you what is to happen to the boy.” 4 And Jeroboam’s wife did so, and rose and went to Shiloh and into Ahijah’s house. And Ahijah could not see, because his eyes were set as a result of his old age; 5 but Jehovah had said to Ahijah “Here is Jeroboam’s wife come to make an inquiry of you as to her son, because he is sick: thus and so you shall speak to her.” And when she came in she was in disguise; 6 but when Ahijah heard the sound of her feet as she came in at the door he said “Come in, wife of Jeroboam; what are you in disguise for, when I am sent to you with a hard message? 7 Go say to Jeroboam ‘Says Jehovah the God of Israel, Whereas I elevated you from among the people and set you as warden over my people Israel, 8 and tore the kingship away from the family of David and gave it to you, and you have not been like my servant David in his keeping all my commandments and following me with all his heart, doing only what I approved, 9 but have done worse than all that there had been before you, and have gone and made yourself other gods and statues, to provoke me, and thrown me behind your back, 10 therefore I am bringing mischief to Jeroboam’s family, and will exterminate every male person that belongs to Jeroboam, barred and unbarred in Israel, and rout out Jeroboam’s family as one routs dung, till it is all out. 11 Whoever of Jeroboam’s dies in the city the dogs shall eat, and whoever dies in the country the birds of the air shall eat; for Jehovah has spoken.’ 12 And as for you, rise and go home: when your feet enter the city the child shall die; 13 and all Israel shall bewail him and bury him—for he alone out of Jeroboam’s family shall go into a grave, since he in Jeroboam’s family has something good found in him with reference to Jehovah the God of Israel. 14 And Jehovah will raise up for himself a king over Israel who shall exterminate Jeroboam’s family: this is the day, and what even now? 15 And Jehovah will strike Israel as reeds sway in the water, and will uproot Israel from the good soil he gave to their fathers and scatter them on the other side of the River, since they have been making their asherahs, provoking Jehovah; 16 and he will give Israel away on account of Jeroboam’s sins which he committed and caused Israel to commit.” 17 And Jeroboam’s wife rose and went, and came to Tirsah; as she came on the threshold of the house the boy died. 18 And they buried him, and all Israel bewailed him, in accordance with Jehovah’s prediction that he had made by his servant the prophet Ahijah. 19 And as to the rest of the history of Jeroboam, his fighting and his becoming king, it is recorded in the chronicles of the kings of Israel. 20 And the time that Jeroboam was king was twenty-two years; and he went to rest with his fathers, and his son Nadab succeeded him. 21 And Rehoboam the son of Solomon became king in Judah; Rehoboam was forty-one years old at his accession to the throne, and reigned seventeen years at Jerusalem, the city Jehovah had chosen, to put his name there, out of all the tribes of Israel; and his mother’s name was Naʽamah the ʽAmmonite. 22** And Judah did what displeased Jehovah, and stirred his jealousy beyond all that their fathers did by their sins which they committed; 23 and they too built themselves heights and obelisks and asherahs on every high hill and under every verdant tree. 24 And there was also religious prostitution in the country; they did just like the detestable ways of the nations Jehovah had dispossessed before the sons of Israel. 25 And in the year five of King Rehoboam, King Shoshak of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, 26 and took the treasures of Jehovah’s house and of the palace, took everything; and he took all the golden shields Solomon had made. 27 And King Rehoboam made bronze shields instead, and committed them to the charge of the captains of the runners who guarded the door of the palace; 28 and as often as the king came to Jehovah’s house the runners carried them, and took them back to the guard-chamber. 29 And as to the rest of the history of Rehoboam, and all that he did, it is recorded in the chronicles of the kings of Judah. 30 And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the time. 31** And Rehoboam went to rest with his fathers, and was buried in David’s City, and his son Abijam succeeded him.