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Jeroboam's idolatry. CHAP. XIII.

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to depart, according to the word of the]
Lord.

25 TT Then Jeroboam built Shecbem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein and went out from thence, and built Penuel.

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

27 if this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of Uie LoHnat Jerusalei then shall the heart of this people tu again unto their lord, even unto Iteh boam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.

23 Whereupon the king took counsel, | and made two calves o/gold, and said unto ;hem, It is too much lor you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt

'29 And he set the one in Beth-el, andj the other put he in Dan.

30 And this thing became a the people went toxoorship before the one, even unto Dan.

01 And he made a house of high places, and made priests of thelowesr of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.

32 And Jeroborm ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah; and he ofTered upon the altar. So did he in Beth-el,sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Beth-el the priests of tin 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 devised of his own heart: and ordained a feast unto] the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar and burnt incense.

CHAP. XIII.

AND, behold, there came a man of | God out of Judah by the word of the Lord unto Beth-el: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to bum incense.

2 And he cried against the altar in the word of the Lord, and said, O altar,altar! thus saith the Lord, Behold, a child shall be born unto the!

/lis hand wlUercth. house of David, Josiah by name: and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men's bones shall be burnt upon thee.

3 And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign which the Lord hath spoken; Behold, the aluir shall be rent, and the ashes thai art upon it shall be poured out.

4 1T And it came to pass, when king Jeroboam heard the saying of the man of God, which had cried iigninst the altar in Beth-el, that he put forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold - - him. And his hand, which he put

xh against him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in again to him.

5 The altar was also rent, and the ashes poured out from the altar, ac cording to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of Use Lord.

And the king answered and said unto the man of God, Entreat now the face of the Lono thy God,and pray for ie, that my hand may be restored me gain. And the man of God besought the Lord, and the king's hand waa tored him again, and became as il ivas before. 7 If And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward. "And the man of God said unto the g, If thou wilt give me half thy house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place:

9 For so was it charged me by the word of the Lord, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that, thou earnest

10 So'he went another way, and reurned not by the way thai he came to

Beth-el.

11 TTNow there dwelt an old prophet in Beth-el; and Ids sons came and told iim all the works that the man of God ind done that day in Beth-el: the i-ords which he had epoken unto the

king,them they told also to theirfather.

12 And their father said unto them "What way went he? For his sons had seen what way the man of God went, which came from Judah.

13 And he said unto his sons, Saddle ic the ass. So they saddled him the

ass, and he rode thereon,

The deceived KI

14 And wenl after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak: and lie said unto him, Art thou the man of God that earnest from Judah? A nd lie said, 1 cm.

15 Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread.

16* And lie said, I may not return with thee, nor go hi with thee; neither will 1 eat bread nor drink water with thee in this place:

17 For it was said to me by the word of the Lord, Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the \yay that thou earnest.

18 He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel ?pake unto me by the word of the Lord, saying, Bring liim back with thee into thy Douse, that he may eatbread and drink water. But he lied unto him.

19 So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water.

20 IT And it came to pass, as they sat) at the table, that the word of the Lord

• came unto the prophet that brought him back:

21 And he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Forasmuch as thou !iast disobeyed the mouth of the Lord, and hast not kept the commandment which the Lord thy God commanded thee,

22 But earnest bacft, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place of the which the LORD did say to thee, Eat no bread, and drink no water; thy carcase shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy father.

23 Tf And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread, and after he had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass'fo n<it for the prophet whom he had brought back.

24 And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him; his carcase was cast in iJie way, the ass stood by it, the lion also stood oy Uie carcase.

25 And, behold, men passed by, and saw the carcase cast in the v ~ ~ *'' the lion standing by the cares tlwy came and told it in the city where] flie o.!d prophet dwelt.

26 Tf And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he <mid, it is the man of God

fGS. Frophet slain.

vlio was disobedient unto the word of he Lord; therefore the Lord hath delivered him unto the lien, which hath him, and slain him, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake unto him.

27 And he spake to his sons, saying, Saddle me the ass. And they saddled

28 And he went, and found his car:ase cast in the way, and the ass and the lion standing by the carcase: the

had not eaten the carcase, nor tonthe ass.

;9 And the prophet took up the carise of the roan ol God, and laid it upon the ass, and brought it back: and the old prophet came to the city to mourn, and to bury him.

30 And he laid his carcase in his own ;rave: and they mourned over him, ■ai/hig, Alas, my brother 1

31 And it came to pass, after he had >uried him, that he spake to his sons, saying, When 1 am dead, then bury me in the sepulchre wherein the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones:

32 For the saying which he cried by the word of the Lord against the altar in Beth-el, and against all the houses of the high places which are in the r:ities of Samaria, shall surely come to pass.

33 IT After this tiling Jeroboam returned not from his evil way but made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high places: whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places.

34 And this thingbecame sin unto the house of Jeroboam, even to cutii off. and to destroy it from oft* the face of the earth.

CHAP. XIV.

AT that time Abijah the son of Jeroboam fell sick.

2 And Jeroboam said to his wife, Arise, I pray thee, and disguise thyself, that thou be not known to be the wile of Jeroboam, :ind get thee to Shiloh: behold, there is Ahi.jah the prophet, which told me that j should be king over this people.

3 And take with thee ten loaves, and cracknels, and a cruse of honf y,and g> > to him: he shall tell thee what shall become of the child.

Jeroboam threatened. CHAP.

4 And Jeroboam's wife did so, and arose, and went to Shiloh, and came to the house of Ajiijah. But Ahijah could not see; for his eyes were set by reason of his age.

6 And the Lord said unto Ahijah, Behold, the wife of Jeroboam cometli to ask a tiling; of thee for her son; for he is sick; thus and thus shalt thoi 6ayunto her; for it shall be, when sin cometh in, that she 6hall feign herself to be another woman.

6 And it was so, when Ahijah beard the sound of her feet, as she came in at the door, that be said, Come , wife of Jeroboam; why feignest thou thyself to be auother? forlrtmseiK to thee with heavy tidings.

7 Go tell Jeroboam, Thus saith th Lord God of Israel, Forasmuch as I exalted thee from among the people, and made thee prmce over my peoph Israel,

8 And rent the kingdom away fron the house of David, and gave it thee; and yet thou hast not been as my servant David, who kept my commandments, and who followed me with all his heart, to do that only which ti> viglit in mine eyes;

y But hast done evil above all that were before thee: for thou hast gone and made thee other gods, and molten images, to provoke me to anger, and hast cast me behind thy back:

10 Therefore, behold, 1 will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisselh against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel, and will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as amantakethaway dung, till it be all gone.

11 Him thatdieth of Jeroboam in the city shall the dogs eat; and him thai dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat: for the Lord hath spoKen

12 Arise thou therefore, get thee to thine own house; and when thy feet enter into the city, the child shall die.

13 And all Israel shall mourn lor him, and bury bim; for lie only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him there is found some good tiling toward the Loan God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.

14 Moreover, the Lord shall raise him up a king over Israel, who shall

XIV. His cntfof aieth.

'cut off the house of Jeroboam that day: but wfeat? even now.

15 For the Lord shall smite Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water, and he shall root up Israel out of this good land, which he gave to their fathers, and shall scatter them beyond the riv

ause they have made their groves, provoking the Lord to anger.

16 And he shall give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, who did sin, and who made Israel to sin.

17 ITAnd Jeroboam's wife arose, and departed, and came to Tirzah: and when she came to the threshold of the door, the child died;

18 And they buried him; and all Israel mourned for him, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by the hand of his servant Ahijah the prophet.

19 TT And the rest of the acts of Jero )oam, how he warred, and how he •eigried, behold, they arc written in the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel.

20 And the days which Jeroboam • eigned were two and twenty years, and he slept with his fathers; and .Nu:lab his son reigned in his stead.

21 TT And Rehoboam the son of Solomon reigned in Judah. llehoboam

forty and one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the Lord did choose out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there; and his mother's name was Naamah, an Ammonitess.

22 And Judah did evil in the sight of the Lord, and they provoked him to

Ijealousy with their sins which they had committed, above all that their fathers had done.

23 For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree.

2-t And there were also Sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations h the Lord cast out before the children of Israel.

25 IT And it came to pas.\m the fifth year of king Rehoboam, that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Juruaa

26 And he took away the treasures of the house of the Loud, and the

Abijam's wickdd reign. I. Kl

treasures of tlic king's house; neeven took away all: and lie took away all the shields of gold which Solom.au had made.

27 And kingRehoboatn made in their stead brazen shields, and committed tkem unto the hands of the chief of | the guard, which kept the door of the king's house.

28 And it was so, when the king went .nto the house of the Lord, that the guard bare them, and brought them back into the guard -chamber.

29 Now the rest of the acts of Rehoboain, and all that lie did, «re they not written in the book of the Chronicles] of the kings of Judah?

30 And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam a\\ their days.

31 And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David: and his moihe name was Naamah, an Ammonites and Abijam his son reigned in his stead.

CHAP. XV.

NOW in the eighteenth year of king Jeroboam t lie son of Nebat reigned Abijam over Judah.

2 Three years reigned he in Jerusalem: and his mother's nnmervas Maachah, the daughter of Abislialom.

3 And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father.

■1 Nevertheless, for David's sake, did the Lord his God give him a lamp Jerusalem, to set up his son after hi and to establish Jerusalem:

5 Because David did that ivhirh u right in the eyes of the Loud, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the daysofliis life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittile.

6 And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days of his life.

7 IT Now the rest of the acts of Abijam, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the Chronicles; of the kings of Judah ? And there waswarbelweeln Abijam and Jerobi

*JGS. Asa's good reign.

9 IT And in the twentieth year of Jeoboam king of Israel reigned Asa over

Judah.

10 And forty and one years reigned ie in Jerusalem: and his mother's name was Maachah, the daughter of Abislialom.

11 And Asa did that which ivas right in the eyes of the Lord, asa'iti David his father.

12 And he took away the Sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his lathers had made.

13 And also Maachah his mother ven her he removed from being queen,

because she had made an idol in a and Asa destroyed her idol, and burnt it by the brook Kidron.

14 .But the high places were not renoved: nevertheless Asa's heart w:is

perfect with the Lord all his days

15 And he brought in the things which his father had dedicated, and the things which himself had dedicated, into the house of the Lord, silver, and golJ, and vessels.

lb' V And there was war between Asa and Baasha king of Israel all their days.

17 And Baasha kingoflsrael went up against Judah, and built Ramah, that he might not suller any to go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.

18 Then Asa look all the silver and the gold thai were left in the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king's house,and delivered them into the hand of his servants; . and king Asasent them to Ben hadad, the son of Tabnmon, the son of Hezion, king of Syria, that dwelt at Da

10 There is a league between me and thee, anu between my father and thy father; behold, I have sent unto Lhee a present of silver and gold; come and break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me.

20 So Ben-hadad lien rkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of the hosi which he had against the cities of Is rael, and smote Ijon, and Dan, an( Abel-beth-maachah, and all Chine roth, with all the land of Naplitali.

21 And it came to pass, when Baasha

And Abijam slept with his fathers,, heard thereof, that he left ofTbuildii; and they buried him in the city or Da-1 of Ramah, and dwelt in Tirzah. vid; and Asa his sou reigned in his 22 Then king Asa made a proclaim stead. "[tionthronsl oui all Judah; (none w<

Nadab slain. CHAP, exempted ;) and they took away the stones ofRamah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha had builded; and king A9a built with them Gabaof Benjamin, and Mizpah.

23 V The rest of all the acts of Asa, and all his might, and all that he did, and the cities which he built, c/rethey not written in the book of the Chronicles of the kings ofJudah ? Nevertheless in the time of his old age he was diseased in his feet.

24 And Asa slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father; and Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his stead.

25 IT And Nabab the son ofJeroboam began to reign over Israel in the second year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned over Israel two years.

26 And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the way of his father, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin.

27 IT And Baasha the son of Ahijah, of the house of Issachar, conspired against him: and Baasha smote him nt Gibbethon, which bclo7igcd to the Philistines ; (for Nadab and all Israel laid siege to Gibbethon ;)

23 Even in the third year of-Asa king of Judah did Baasha slay him, and reigned in his stead.

29 And it came to pass, when he reigned, that he smote all the house of J eroboam; he left not to Jeroboam any that breathed, until he had destroyed him, according unto the saying of the Loro, which he spake by his servant Ahijah the Shilonite:

30 Because of the sins of Jeroboam wliich he sinned, and which he made Israel sin, by his provocation wherewith he provoked the Loud God of Israel to anger.

01 IT Now the rest of the acts of Nadab, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel?

32 And there was war between Asa & Baasha king of Israe. all their days.

33 In the third year of Asa king of Judah began Baasha the son of Ahijah to reign over all Israel in Tirzab, twenty and four years.

34 And he did evil in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the way ofJeroboam, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin.

XVI Jehu's prophecy.

CHAP. XVI.

THEN the word of the Loud came to Jehu the son of Hauani against Baasha, saying,

2 Forasmuch as I exalted thee out of the dus\, and made thee prince over my people Israel, and thou hast walk ed in the way of Jeroboam, and hast made my people Israel to sin, to pro voke me to anger with their sins:

3 Behold, 1 will lake away the pos terity of Baasha, and the posterity of his house; and will make thy house like the house of Jeroboam die son of Nebat.

4 Him tha t dieth of Baasha in the ci ty shall the dogs eat; and him that dieth of his in the field shall the fowls of the air eat

5 Now the rest of the acts of Baaslm, and what he did, and his might, ai-e they not written in the book of the Chronicles of the kings of Israel?

6 So Baasha slept with his fathers, and was buried in Tirznh; and Elah his son reigned in bis stead.

7 And also by the hand of the prophet Jehu the sou ofHanani cair.e the word oflheLoiD againstBaasha.and against his house, even for all the evil that he did in the sight of the Lord,in provoking him to anger with the work of his "hands, in being like the house of Jeroboam ; and because he killed him.

S IT In the twenty and sixth year of Asa king of Judah began Elah the son of Baaslia to reign over Israel in Tir zah, two years.

9 And his servant Zimri, captain of half his chariotSj conspired against him as he was in Tirr.ab, drinking himself drunk in the house of Arza, steward of his house in Tirzah.

10 And Zimri went in and smote him, and killed him, in the twenty and seventh year of Asa king of Judah, and reigned in his stead.

11 IT And it came to pass when he began to reign, as soon as he sat on his throne, that he slew all the house of Baasha: he left him not one that piss eth against a wall, neither of Ins Kins folks, nor of his friends.

12 Thus did Zimri destroy all the house of Baasha, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake against Baasha by Jehu the prophet,

13 For all tine shisof Baasha.and the sins of Elah his son by which they sin

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