1 Kings 11

1 Kings 11

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30 and Ahijah took the new cloak he was wearing and tore it into twelve pieces.

31 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!

32 But I will leave him one tribe for the sake of my servant David and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel.

33 For Solomon has abandoned me and worshiped Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians; Chemosh, the god of Moab; and Molech, the god of the Ammonites. He has not followed my ways and done what is pleasing in my sight. He has not obeyed my laws and regulations as his father, David, did.

34 " `But I will not take the entire kingdom from Solomon at this time. For the sake of my servant David, the one whom I chose and who obeyed my commands and laws, I will let Solomon reign for the rest of his life.

35 But I will take the kingdom away from his son and give ten of the tribes to you.

36 His son will have one tribe so that the descendants of David my servant will continue to reign* in Jerusalem, the city I have chosen to be the place for my name.1

37 And I will place you on the throne of Israel, and you will rule over all that your heart desires.

38 If you listen to what I tell you and follow my ways and do whatever I consider to be right, and if you obey my laws and commands, as my servant David did, then I will always be with you. I will establish an enduring dynasty for you as I did for David, and I will give Israel to you.

39 But I will punish the descendants of David because of Solomon's sin--though not forever.' "

40 Solomon tried to kill Jeroboam, but he fled to King Shishak of Egypt and stayed there until Solomon died.

41 The rest of the events in Solomon's reign, including his wisdom, are recorded in [The Book of the Acts of Solomon.]

42 Solomon ruled in Jerusalem over all Israel for forty years.

43 When Solomon died, he was buried in the city of his father, David. Then his son Rehoboam became the next king.

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1: Hebrew will continue to have a lamp.

New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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