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2 Chronicles Chapter 12 | Parsha:

1When the kingship of Rehoboam was firmly established, and he grew strong, he abandoned the Teaching of the Lord, he and all Israel with him.

2In the fifth year of King Rehoboam, King Shishak of Egypt marched against Jerusalem—for they had trespassed against the Lord— 3with 1,200 chariots, 60,000 horsemen and innumerable troops who came with him from Egypt: Lybians, Sukkites, and Kushites. 4He took the fortified towns of Judah and advanced on Jerusalem. 5The prophet Shemaiah came to Rehoboam and the officers of Judah, who had assembled in Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said to them, “Thus said the Lord: You have abandoned Me, so I am abandoning you to Shishak.” 6Then the officers of Israel and the king humbled themselves and declared, “The Lord is in the right.” 7When the Lord saw that they had submitted, the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah, saying, “Since they have humbled themselves, I will not destroy them but will grant them some measure of deliverance, and My wrath will not be poured out on Jerusalem through Shishak. 8They will be subject to him, and they will know the difference between serving Me and serving the kingdoms of the earth.” King Shishak of Egypt marched against Jerusalem. 9He took away the treasures of the House of the Lord and the treasures of the royal palace; he took away everything; he took away the golden shields that Solomon had made. 10King Rehoboam had bronze shields made in their place, and entrusted them to the officers of the guard who guarded the entrance to the royal palace. 11Whenever the king entered the House of the Lord, the guards would carry them and then bring them back to the armory of the guards. 12After he had humbled himself, the anger of the Lord was averted and He did not destroy him entirely; in Judah, too, good things were found.

13King Rehoboam grew strong in Jerusalem and exercised kingship. Rehoboam 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 to establish His name there. His mother’s name was Naamah the Ammonitess. 14He did what was wrong, for he had not set his heart to seek the Lord. 15The deeds of Rehoboam, early and late, are recorded in the chronicles of the prophet Shemaiah and Iddo the seer, in the manner of genealogy. There was continuous war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam. 16Rehoboam slept with his fathers and was buried in the City of David. His son Abijah succeeded him as king.

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