11[1-6] Now Ruler Solomon loved many foreign women, along with the daughter of the Ruler of Egypt, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites; of the nations about which Yahweh said to the people of Israel, “You won’t go with them, neither will they come among you because, truly, they’ll turn your heart away from Me after their false gods;” but Solomon love them and married them. He had 700 wives who were princesses, and 300 mistresses; and his wives turned his heart away from God. When Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart to other gods; and his heart wasn’t right with Yahweh God, as was the heart of David his father. Solomon followed Ashtoreth (Cannanite false goddess of love and war) the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the false god of the Ammonites. Solomon did what Yahweh said was evil, and didn’t go fully after Yahweh, as did David his father.
[7-13] Then Solomon built a place of worship for Chemosh, the evil false god of Moab, on the mountain that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech (worshiped with child sacrifice by fire), the evil false god of the people of Ammon.So he did for all his foreign wives who burnt incense and sacrificed to their gods.Yahweh was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned away from Yahweh, the God of Israel, Who had appeared to him twice, and had warned him about this thing, that he shouldn’t worship other gods; but he didn’t do what Yahweh had told him. So Yahweh said to Solomon, “Because you’ve done this, and you haven’t kept My promised agreement and My laws which I’ve told you, I’ll truly tear the nation from you, and give it to your worker. Though I won’t do it in your days, for David your father’s sake; but I’ll tear it away from your son. I won’t tear away all the people; but I’ll give one family group to your son, for David, My follower’s sake, and for Jerusalem’s sake which I’ve chosen.”
[14-22] Yahweh raised up an enemy to Solomon, Hadad, the Edomite; he was a relative of the Ruler of Edom. When David was in Edom, and Joab the captain of the troops was gone up to bury the dead, and had fought every male in Edom (for Joab and all Israel were left there six months, until he had killed every male in Edom); that Hadad ran, he and certain Edomites of his father’s workers with him, to go into Egypt, Hadad being still a little child. They went out of Midian, and came to Paran, taking men with them out of Paran, and they came to Egypt, to the Ruler of Egypt, who gave him a house, food, and land. Hadad was well liked by the Ruler of Egypt, so that he gave him as wife the sister of his own wife, the sister of Tahpenes, the queen. The sister of Tahpenes had him Genubath, his son, whom Tahpenes weaned in Ruler of Egypt’s house; and Genubath was in Ruler of Egypt’s house among the descendants of the Ruler of Egypt. When Hadad heard in Egypt that David died, and that Joab, the captain of the troops was dead, Hadad said to the Ruler of Egypt, “Let me go back to my own country.” Then the Ruler of Egypt said to him, “But what have you lacked with me, that you want to go to your own country?” He answered, “Nothing; but let me go.”
[23-25] God raised up another enemy to him, Rezon, son of Eliada, who had run from his leader Hadadezer, Ruler of Zobah.He gathered men to him, and became captain over a troop when David killed those of Zobah; and they went to Damascus, and lived and ruled there in Damascus.He was an enemy to Israel all the days of Solomon, besides the trouble that Hadad stirred up; and he hated Israel, and ruled over Syria.
[26-28] Jeroboam of Nebat, an Ephraimite of Zeredah, a worker of Solomon, whose mother’s name was Zeruah, a death survivor, also came against the Ruler.This was the reason why he came against the Ruler; Solomon built Millo, and fixed the breach of the city of David, his father.Jeroboam was a brave man of courage; and Solomon saw that the young man was a hard worker, and he put him in charge over all the work of the house of Joseph.
[29-39] At that time, when Jeroboam went out from Jerusalem, the preacher Ahijah, the Shilonite, met him on the road; now Ahijah had put on a new clothes; and they were alone in the field.Ahijah, took hold of the new clothes that was on him, and tore it in 12 pieces.He said to Jeroboam, “Take ten pieces, because Yahweh, the God of Israel, says, “See, I’ll tear the countries from Solomon, and will give ten family groups to you (but he’ll have one family group, for my follower David’s sake and for Jerusalem’s sake, the city which I’ve chosen out of all the family groups of Israel); because they’ve left me, and have worshiped Ashtoreth, the false goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh, the false god of Moab, and Milcom, the false god of the people of Ammon; and they’ve not kept My ways, to do what’s right to Me, and to keep My laws and My rules, as did David his father.But I won’t take the whole nation from him; but I’ll make him head all the days of his life, for David, My follower’s sake, whom I chose, who kept My words and My laws; but I’ll take the countries from his son, and will give it to you, ten family groups.To his son I’ll give one family group, that David, My follower, may have a lamp always before Me in Jerusalem, the city where I’ve chosen to put My Name.I’ll take you, and you’ll rule however you want, and will be Ruler over Israel.If you listen to what I tell you, and follow Me, and do what’s right to Me, to keep My laws and My words, as David my worker did, I’ll be with you, and will let your family rule, as I did for David, and will give Israel to you.I’ll trouble the descendants of David for this, but not forever.”
[40-43] SoSolomon searched to kill Jeroboam; but Jeroboam went to Egypt, to Shishak, Ruler of Egypt, and was in Egypt until Solomon died.Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, and what he did, and his wisdom, are written in The Book of the Acts of Solomon. Solomon ruled 40 years in Jerusalem over all Israel.Solomon died, and was buried in the city of David, his father; and Rehoboam, his son, ruled in his place.
12[1-5] Rehoboam went to Shechem because all Israel had come to Shechem to make him Ruler. When Jeroboam of Nebat heard it (for he was still in Egypt where he had run from Ruler Solomon, and Jeroboam lived in Egypt, and they sent and called him), so that Jeroboam and all the assembly of Israel came, saying to Rehoboam, “Your father made our work very hard; So now make that very hard work of your father, and the hard jobs he put on us, easier, and we’ll serve you. So he said to them, Come back to me after three days” and the people left.
[6-11] Ruler Rehoboam counseled with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he still lived, saying, “What answer can you give me to say to these people?” They said to him, “If you’re kind to these people, and do what they want, and speak kindly to them, then they’ll be your workers forever.” But he didn’t take the advice of the old men which they had given him, and asked the young men, who had grown up with him, who stood before him. He said to them, “What answer can you give me that we may say to these people, who have said to me, ‘Make the work that your father put on us easier?’”The young men who had grown up with him said to him, “You should tell the people who said to you, ‘Your father made our work hard, but make it easier to us;’ you should say to them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s penis.Now while my father gave you hard work, I’ll add more work to you; my father punished you with whips, but I’ll punish you with scorpions.’”
[12-19] So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the Ruler had said, “Come back to me the third day.” The Ruler answered them roughly; and he refused the advice of the old men, saying to them what the soldiers had said, “My father made your service hard, but I’ll add to it; my father punished you with whips, but I’ll punish you with scorpions.” So the Ruler didn’t listen to the people because it was brought about of God that Yahweh would prove the word which was said, by Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam of Nebat.When all Israel saw that the Ruler didn’t listen to them, the people answered him, saying, “What part do we have in David? nor do we have any part in the son of Jesse; everyone go home, Israel; now see to your own house, David.” So all Israel went home. But as for the people of Israel who lived in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam ruled over them. Then Ruler Rehoboam sent Hadoram who was over their workers; and the people of Israel stoned him to death with stones. Ruler Rehoboam quickly got into his war vehicle, and ran to Jerusalem. So Israel rebelled against the house of David until today.
[20-24] When all Israel heard that Jeroboam had gone back, they sent and called him to the people, and made him Ruler over all Israel; there was no one who followed the house of David, but the family group of Judah only.When Rehoboam had come to Jerusalem, he gathered the people of Judah and Benjamin, 180,000 of the best soldiers, who were warriors, to fight against Israel, to take the country back for Rehoboam, son of Solomon. But the word of Yahweh came to Shemaiah, the follower of God, saying, “Speak to Rehoboam, son of Solomon, Ruler of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying, Yahweh says, You won’t go up, nor fight against your family members; everyone go back home because this thing is of Me. So they listened to the words of Yahweh, and went back home as Yahweh told them.
[25-28 ] Then Jeroboam built Shechem in the mountains of Ephraim, and lived in it; and he went out from there, and built Penuel. Jeroboam said in his heart, “The countries will go back to the house of David if the people go up to offer sacrifices in the Place of Worship of Yahweh at Jerusalem, and their hearts will turn back to their leader, Rehoboam, Ruler of Judah; and they’ll kill me, and go back to Rehoboam, Ruler of Judah. So the Ruler spoke with his counselors, and made two calves of gold; and he said to them, “It’s too much for you to go up to Jerusalem; see these are your gods, Israel, which brought you up out of the land of Egypt.”
[29-33] He set one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan.This thing was a sin because the people went to worship it in Dan. He made places of false worship, and made preachers from among all the people, who weren’t of the descendants of Levi. Jeroboam called for a celebration on the 15th day in the 8th month (Cheshvan, Oct-Nov), like the celebration that is in Judah, and he went up to the altar; and he did so in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves that he had made; and he placed the preachers of the places of false worship that he had made in Bethel. He went up to the altar which he had made in Bethel on the 15th day in the 8th month, in the time which he had planned in his own heart; and he called for a celebration for the people of Israel, and went up to the altar, to burn incense.
13[1-5] A follower of God came out of Judah by the word of Yahweh to Bethel; and Jeroboam was standing by the altar to burn incense. He cried against the altar by the word of Yahweh, saying, “Yahweh says ‘Altar, altar, a son will be born to the house of David, Josiah by name; and on you will he sacrifice the preachers of the places of false worship who burn incense on you, and men’s bones will they burn on you.’” He gave a sign the same day, saying, “This is the sign which Yahweh has said, “See, the altar will be broken, and the ashes that are on it will be poured out.” When the Ruler heard what the follower of God had said which he cried against the altar in Bethel, Jeroboam reached out from the altar, saying, “Grab him. His hand which he put out against him, dried up, so that he couldn’t bring it back to him again. Then the altar was broken, and the ashes poured out from the altar, just like the sign which the follower of God had given them by the word of Yahweh.
[6-10] The Ruler answered the follower of God, “Ask Yahweh your God, and pray for me, that my hand may be healed again.” The follower of God asked Yahweh, and the Ruler’s hand was healed again, and became as it was before. The Ruler said to the follower of God, “Come home with me, and refresh yourself, and I’ll give you a reward.” The follower of God said to the Ruler, “If you gave me half your house, I wouldn’t go with you, nor would I eat bread or drink water in this place because it was told me by the word of Yahweh, saying, ‘You’ll eat nothing, nor drink water, nor go back the same way that you came.’” So he went another way, and didn’t go back the way that he came to Bethel.
[11-18] Now there lived an old preacher in Bethel; and his sons came and told him all the works that the follower of God had done that day in Bethel; the words which he had said to the Ruler, they told to their father. Their father asked them, “Which way did he go?” Now his sons had seen which way the follower of God went who came from Judah. He said to his sons, “Saddle me the donkey.” So they saddled him the donkey; and he rode on it. He followed the follower of God, and found him sitting under an oak; and he said to him, “Are you the follower of God who came from Judah?” He said, “I am.” Then he said to him, “Come home with me, and eat.” He said, “I can’t go back with you, nor go in with you; neither could I eat bread or drink water with you in this place, because it was said to me by the word of Yahweh, ‘You’ll eat nothing nor drink water there, nor turn back to go the way that you came.’ He said to him, “I also am a preacher as you are; and an angel said to me by the word of Yahweh, saying, ‘Bring him back with you into your house, that he may eat and drink water.’ But he lied to him.
[19-24] So he went back with him, and ate bread in his house, and drank water. As they sat at the table, the word of Yahweh came to the preacher who brought him back; and he said to the follower of God who came from Judah, “Yahweh says, ‘Because you’ve been disobedient to the word of Yahweh, and haven’t kept the word which Yahweh your God told you, but came back, and have eaten bread and drunk water in the place which God said to you, ‘Don’t eat or drink anything; your body won’t be buried in the grave of your ancestors.’ After he had eaten and drunk, he saddled for him the donkey, that is, for the preacher whom he had brought back. When he was gone, a lion met him on the road, and killed him; and his body was thrown in the road, and the donkey stood by it; and the lion also stood by the body.
[25-30] Then some men passed by, and saw the body laying in the road, and the lion standing by it; and they came and told it in the city where the old preacher lived. When the preacher who brought him back from the road heard it, he said, “It’s the follower of God who was disobedient to the Word of Yahweh; so Yahweh has given him to the lion which has torn him, and killed him, as Yahweh had told him.He said to his sons, “Saddle me the donkey.” They saddled it. He went and found his body laying in the road, and the donkey and the lion standing by the body; and the lion hadn’t eaten the body, nor hurt the donkey. The old preacher took the body of the follower of God, and laid it on the donkey, and brought it back; and he came back to his city to mourn and bury him. He laid the preacher’s body in his own grave and mourned over him, saying, “Ah, my brother!”
[31-34] After he had buried him, he said to his sons, “When I’m dead, then bury me in the grave in which the follower of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones. The saying which he cried by the word of Yahweh against the altar in Bethel, and against all the places of false worship which are in the cities of Samaria, will truly happen.” After this, Jeroboam didn’t turn from his evil ways, but made again from all the people, preachers for the places of false worship; he dedicated whoever would, so that there would be preachers for the places of false worship. This thing was a sin to the house of Jeroboam, to end it, and to destroy it from the face of the earth.
14[1-5] At that time Abijah, son of Jeroboam fell sick.Jeroboam said to his wife, “Please go and disguise yourself, that you not be known to be the wife of Jeroboam; and go to Shiloh, where Ahijah, the preacher, is, who said about me that I would be Ruler over this people. Take with you ten loaves, and cakes, and a jar of honey, and go to him; he’ll tell you what will happen to the child. So Jeroboam’s wife did so, and went to Shiloh, and came to the house of Ahijah. Now Ahijah couldn’t see because his eyes were blind because of his age. Yahweh said to Ahijah, “See, the wife of Jeroboam comes to ask of you about her son because he is sick; this and this will you tell her because when she comes in, she’ll pretend to be another woman.”
[6-16] When Ahijah heard the sound of her feet as she came in at the door, he said, “Come in, wife of Jeroboam; why do you pretend to be another? I have bad news for you. Go, tell Jeroboam, Yahweh, the God of Israel says, ‘Because I uplifted you from among the people, and made you head over My people Israel, and tore the countries away from the house of David, and gave it you; and still you haven’t been as my follower David, who kept my words, and who followed me with all his heart, to do only what was right to Me, but have done evil above all who were before you, and have gone and made other false gods, to make Me angry, and have thrown me behind your back; so, see, I’ll bring evil on the house of Jeroboam, and will take from Jeroboam every boy, those who are imprisoned and those who are free in Israel, and will completely throw away the house of Jeroboam, as someone throws away waste, until it ‘s all gone. Those who die of Jeroboam in the city the dogs will eat; and those who die in the field the birds of the sky will eat because Yahweh has said it.’ Get up, go to your house; and when your feet go into the city, the child will die. All Israel will mourn for him, and burn him as he is the only one of Jeroboam who will be buried, because there’s some good in him toward Yahweh, the God of Israel, in the house of Jeroboam. Besides this, Yahweh will raise up a Ruler over Israel, who will put an end to the house of Jeroboham today; yes, even now. For Yahweh will fight Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water, and will root up Israel out of this good land, which God gave to their ancestors, and will scatter them across the river, because they’ve made their False fertility gods, the Asherim,, making Yahweh angry. He’ll give Israel up because of the sins Jeroboam has done, and with which he has made Israel to sin.”
[17-20] Jeroboam’s wife got up, and left, and came to Tirzah; and as she came to the doorway of the house, the child died. All Israel buried him, and mourned for him, as Yahweh had said, by Ahijah, the preacher, God’s follower. The rest of the acts of Jeroboam, how he fought, and how he ruled are written in The Book of the Chronicles of the Rulers of Israel. The days which Jeroboam ruled were 22 years; and he died and was buried, and Nadab his son ruled in his place.
[21-24] Rehoboam, of Solomon, ruled in Judah. Rehoboam was 41 years old when he began to rule, and ruled 17 years in Jerusalem, the city which Yahweh had chosen out of all the family groups of Israel, to put the Name of God there; and his mother’s name was Naamah, the Ammonitess. Judah did what Yahweh said was evil, and made God jellous with their sins which they had done, above what their ancestors had done. They also built them places of false worship, and pillars, and put up false fertility gods, the Asherim, on every mountain, and under the evergreen trees; and there were also Sodomites (homosexuals) in the land; they did all the horrible sins of the nations which Yahweh drove out before the people of Israel.
[25-31] In the fifth year of Ruler Rehoboam, Shishak, Ruler of Egypt, came up against Jerusalem and took away the treasures of the Place of Worship of Yahweh, and the treasures of the Ruler’s house; he took it all and took away all the shields of gold which Solomon had made. Ruler Rehoboam made in their place shields of brass, and put them in the hands of the leaders of the guard, who kept the door of the Ruler’s house. As often as the Ruler went into the Place of Worship of Yahweh, the guard had them, and brought them back into the guard room.Now the rest of the acts of Rehoboam, are written in The Book of the Chronicles of the Rulers of Judah. There was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually. Rehoboam died, and was buried with his ancestors in the city of David. His mother’s name was Naamah, the Ammonitess. Abijam, his son, ruled in his place.
15[1-8] Now in the 18th year of Ruler Jeroboam, son of Nebat, Abijam began to rule over Judah.He ruled three years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Maacah, the daughter of Abishalom. He did all the sins of his father, which he had done before him; and his heart wasn’t right with Yahweh God, as the heart of David, his ancestor. But for David’s sake, Yahweh God gave him a light in Jerusalem, to put up his son after him, and to set up Jerusalem; because David did what was right to Yahweh, and didn’t turn from anything that God had told him all his life, except only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite. Now there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days of his life. The rest of the acts of Abijam, and what he did, are written in The Book of the Chronicles of the Rulers of Judah. There was war between Abijam and Jeroboam. Abijam died; and they buried him in the city of David; and Asa his son ruled in his place.
[9-15] In the 20th year of Jeroboam, Ruler of Israel, Asa began to rule over Judah, who ruled41 years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Maacah, the daughter of Abishalom. Asa did what was right to Yahweh, as did David his ancestor. He put all the homosexuals out of the land, and took away all the false gods that his ancestors had made. Also Maacah, his mother, he removed from being queen, because she had made an evil Asherah (wooden idol used for worship of Astarte, Canaanite fertility goddess, the wife of Baal); and Asa cut down her idol, and burnt it at the Kidron River, though the places of false worship weren’t taken away; But the heart of Asa was right with Yahweh all his days. He brought into the Place of Worship of Yahweh all the things that both he and his father had dedicated, silver, gold, and pots.
[16-21] There was war between Asa, Ruler of Judah, and Baasha, Ruler of Israel, all their days. Baasha went up against Judah and built Ramah, that he not let anyone go out or come in to Asa. Then Asa took all the silver and gold that was left in the treasures of the Place of Worship of Yahweh, and the treasures of the Ruler’s house, and gave it to his workers; and Ruler Asa sent them to Ben Hadad, son of Tabrimmon, of Hezion, Ruler of Syria, who lived at Damascus, saying, “There is an agreement between me and you, between my father and your father; I’ve sent to you a present of silver and gold; go, break your agreement with Baasha, Ruler of Israel, to make him leave from me. Ben Hadad listened to Ruler Asa, and sent the captains of his troops against the cities of Israel, and fought Ijon, Dan, Abel Beth Maacah, and all Chinneroth, with all the land of Naphtali. When Baasha heard it, he stopped building Ramah, and lived in Tirzah.
[22-24] Then Ruler Asa made an announcement to all Judah; no one was excused; and they carried away the stones of Ramah, and its wood with which Baasha had built it; and Ruler Asa built with it Geba of Benjamin, and Mizpah. Now the rest of the acts of Asa, and all his strength, and what he did, and the cities which he built, are written in The Book of the Chronicles of the Rulers of Judah. But in the time of his old age, he had a disease that affected his feet. Asa died, and was buried with his ancestors in the city of David his father; and Jehoshaphat, his son, ruled in his place.
[25-34] Nadab, son of Jeroboam, began to rule over Israel in the second year of Asa, Ruler of Judah; and he ruled over Israel two years. He did what Yahweh said was evil, and sinned like his father, with which he made Israel to sin. Baasha, son of Ahijah, of the house of Issachar, schemed against him; and Baasha fought him at Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines, because Nadab and all Israel were trying to take Gibbethon. In the third year of Asa, Ruler of Judah, Baasha killed him, and ruled in his place. As soon as he was Ruler, he fought all the house of Jeroboam; he didn’t leave to Jeroboam any alive, until he had destroyed them all; according to what Yahweh had said, by Ahijah, the Shilonite, God’s follower; for the sins of Jeroboam which he sinned, and with which he made Israel to sin, because of the evil with which he made Yahweh, the God of Israel, angry. Now the rest of the acts of Nadab, and what he did, are written in The Book of the Chronicles of the Rulers of Israel.There was war between Asa and Baasha Ruler of Israel all their days. In the third year of Asa, Ruler of Judah, Baasha, son of Ahijah, began to rule over all Israel in Tirzah, and ruled 24 years. He did what Yahweh said was evil, and did sins like Jeroboam did, with which he made Israel to sin.