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yet in Egypt, heard of it, (for he || 11 And now whereas my father was fled from the presence of king I did lade you with a heavy yoke, I Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in will add to your yoke : my father Egypt;)

hath chastised you with whips, but 3 That they sent and called him. I will chastise you with scorpions. And Jeroboam and all the congre 12 So Jeroboam and all the peogation of Israel came, and spake ple came to Rehoboam the third unto Rehoboam, saying,

day, as the king had appointed, say4 Thy father made our yoke ing, Come to me again the third grievous : now therefore make thou day. the grievous service of thy father, 13 And the king answered the and his heavy yoke which he put people roughly, and forsook the old upon us, lighter, and we will serve men's counsel that they gave him ; thee.

14 And spake to them after the 5 And he said unto them, Depart counsel of the young men, saying, yet for three days, then come again My father made your yoke heavy, to me. And the people departed. and I will add to your yoke : my

6 And king Rehoboam consulted father also chastised you with whips, with the old men, that stood before but I will chastise you with scorSolomon his father while he yet pions. lived, and said, How do ye advise 15 Wherefore the king hearkened that I may answer this people? not unto the people ; for the cause

7 And they spake unto him, say was from the LORD, that he might ing, If thou wilt be a servant unto perform his saying, which the LORD this people this day, and wilt serve spake by Ahijah the Shilonite unto them, and answer them, and speak Jeroboam the son of Nebat. good words to them, then they will 16 So when all Israel saw that the be thy servants for ever.

king hearkened not unto them, the 8 But he forsook the counsel of people answered the king, saying, the old men, which they had given What portion have we in David ? him, and consulted with the young neither have we inheritance in the men that were grown up with him, son of Jesse : to your tents, O Isand which stood before him :

rael : now see to thine own house, 9 And he said unto them, What David. So Israel departed unto counsel give ye that we may answer their tents. this people, who have spoken to me, 17 But as for the children of Issaying, Make the yoke which thy rael which dwelt in the cities of father did put upon us lighter? Judah, Rehoboam reigned over

10 And the young men that were them. grown up with him spake unto him, 18 Then king Rehoboam sent saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto Adoram, who was over the tribute ; this people that spake unto thee, and all Israel stoned him with stones, saying, Thy father made our yoke that he died. Therefore king Reheavy, but make thou it lighter hoboam made speed to get him up unto us; thus shalt thou say unto to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem. them, My little finger shall be thick 19 So Israel rebelled against the er than my father's loins.

house of David unto this day.

as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the Lord, and hast not kept the commandment which the LORD thy God commanded thee,

22 But camest back, 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 fathers.

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

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

25 And, behold, men passed by, and saw the carcase cast in the way, and the lion standing by the carcase: and they came and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt.

26 And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he said, It is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the LORD: therefore the Lord hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn 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 him.

28 And he went and found his carcase cast in the way, and the ass and the lion standing by the carcase: the lion had not eaten the carcase, nor torn the ass.

29 And the prophet took up the carcase of the man of God, and laid it upon the ass, and brought it back : and the old prophet came

to the city, to mourn and to bury bim.

30 And he laid his carcase in his own grave; and they mourned over hiin, saying, Alas, my brother!

31 And it came to pass, after he had buried him, that he spake to his sons, saying, When I 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 cities of Samaria, shall surely come to pass.

33 After this thing 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 thing became sin unto the house of Jeroboam, even to cut it off, and to destroy it from off the face of the earth.

CHA P. 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 wife of Jeroboam; and get thee to Shiloh : behold, there is Ahijah the prophet, which told me that I should be king over this people.

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

4 And Jeroboam's wife did so, and arose, and went to Shiloh, and came to the house of Ahijahı. But

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Ahijah could not see ; for his eyes were set by reason of his age.

5 And the LORD said unto Ahijah, Behold, the wife of Jeroboam cometh to ask a thing of thee for her son; for he is sick : thus and thus shalt thou say unto her: for it shall be, when she cometh in, that she shall feign herself to be another woman.

6 And it was so, when Ahijah heard the sound of her feet, as she came in at the door, that he said, Come in, thou wife of Jeroboam ; why feignest'thou thyself to be another? for I am sent to thee with heavy tidings.

7 Go, tell Jeroboam, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Forasmuch as I exalted thee from among the people, and made thee prince over my people Israel,

8. And rent the kingdom away from the house of David, and gave it thee: and yet thou hast not been as my servant David, who kept my commandinents, and who followed me with all his heart, to do that only which was right in mine eyes;

9 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, I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth 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 a man taketh away dung, till it be all gone.

11 Him that dieth of Jeroboam in the city shall the dogs eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the

fowls of the air eat : for the LORD hath spoken it.

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 for him, and bury him : for he only of Jeroboam shall come to the grave, because in him there is found some good thing toward the LORD God of Israel in the house of Jeroboam.

14 Moreover the LORD shall raise him up a king over Israel, who shall cut off the house of Jeroboam that day : but what? even now.

15 For the LORD shall smite Is, rael, 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 river, because 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 And 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 And the rest of the acts of Jeroboam, how he warred, and how he reigned, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.

20 And the days which Jeroboam reigned were two and twenty years : and he slept with his fathers, and Nadab his son reigned in his stead. 21 And Rehoboam the son of

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