Jeroboam

Jeroboam

 
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  • Another rebel leader was Jeroboam son of Nebat, one of Solomon's own officials. He came from the city of Zeredah in Ephraim, and his mother was Zeruah, a widow. - 1 Kings 11:26


  • Jeroboam was a very capable young man, and when Solomon saw how industrious he was, he put him in charge of the labor force from the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh.*3 - 1 Kings 11:28


  • One day as Jeroboam was leaving Jerusalem, the prophet Ahijah from Shiloh met him on the road, wearing a new cloak. The two of them were alone in a field, - 1 Kings 11:29


  • Then he said to Jeroboam, "Take ten of these pieces, for this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: `I am about to tear the kingdom from the hand of Solomon, and I will give ten of the tribes to you! - 1 Kings 11:31


  • Solomon tried to kill Jeroboam, but he fled to King Shishak of Egypt and stayed there until Solomon died. - 1 Kings 11:40


  • When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard of Solomon's death, he returned from Egypt,* for he had fled to Egypt to escape from King Solomon.1 - 1 Kings 12:2


  • The leaders of Israel sent for Jeroboam, and the whole assembly of Israel went to speak with Rehoboam. - 1 Kings 12:3


  • Three days later, Jeroboam and all the people returned to hear Rehoboam's decision, just as the king had requested. - 1 Kings 12:12


  • So the king paid no attention to the people's demands. This turn of events was the will of the LORD, for it fulfilled the LORD's message to Jeroboam son of Nebat through the prophet Ahijah from Shiloh. - 1 Kings 12:15


  • When the people of Israel learned of Jeroboam's return from Egypt, they called an assembly and made him king over all Israel. So only the tribe of Judah remained loyal to the family of David. - 1 Kings 12:20


  • Jeroboam then built up the city of Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and it became his capital. Later he went and built up the town of Peniel.*3 - 1 Kings 12:25


  • Jeroboam thought to himself, "Unless I am careful, the kingdom will return to the dynasty of David. - 1 Kings 12:26


  • Jeroboam built shrines at the pagan high places and ordained priests from the rank and file of the people--those who were not from the priestly tribe of Levi. - 1 Kings 12:31


  • Jeroboam also instituted a religious festival in Bethel, held on a day in midautumn,* similar to the annual Festival of Shelters in Judah. There at Bethel he himself offered sacrifices to the calves he had made. And it was at Bethel that he appointed priests for the pagan shrines he had made.1 - 1 Kings 12:32


  • So on the appointed day in midautumn, a day that he himself had designated, Jeroboam offered sacrifices on the altar at Bethel. He instituted a religious festival for Israel, and he went up to the altar to burn incense. - 1 Kings 12:33
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    New Living Translation Bible used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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