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1 When Rehoboam reached Jerusalem, he mustered a hundred and eighty thousand picked warriors of the House of Judah and Benjamin to fight Israel and win back the kingdom for Rehoboam.
1Kgs 12:21-24  Ps 33:10  Ps 33:16  Prov 21:30-31 

2 But the word of Yahweh came to Shemaiah, man of God,
2Chr 12:15  1Kgs 12:22-24  1Sam 2:27  1Tim 6:11  2Chr 8:14  2Chr 12:5-7  Deut 33:1 

3 'Say this to Rehoboam son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin,
2Kgs 17:34  Exod 24:4  Gen 49:28  Phil 3:5  Rev 7:4-8 

4 "Yahweh says this: Do not go and make war on your brothers; let everyone go home, for this is my doing." ' They obeyed Yahweh's command and went back instead of marching against Jeroboam.
1Kgs 11:29-38  2Chr 10:15-16  2Chr 25:7-10  2Chr 28:8-15  Gen 50:20  Ps 33:11  1Cor 6:5-8 

5 Rehoboam, residing in Jerusalem, fortified a number of towns for the defence of Judah.
2Chr 8:2-6  2Chr 11:23  2Chr 14:6-7  2Chr 16:6  2Chr 17:12  2Chr 26:6  2Chr 27:4 

6 He built Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,
1Chr 4:32  1Sam 17:12  2Chr 20:20  2Sam 14:2  Amos 1:1  Gen 35:19  Jer 6:1 

7 Beth-Zur, Soco, Adullam,
Josh 15:35  1Sam 22:1  2Sam 23:13  Josh 12:15  Josh 15:58  Mic 1:15 

8 Gath, Mareshah, Ziph,
1Chr 18:1  1Sam 23:14  1Sam 23:19  Josh 15:24  Josh 15:44  Ps 54:1 

9 Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah,
2Chr 32:9  Josh 10:5  Josh 10:11  Josh 15:35  Josh 15:39 

10 Zorah, Aijalon, Hebron, these being the fortified towns in Judah and Benjamin.
2Sam 2:11  Gen 23:2  Josh 14:14  Josh 15:33  Josh 19:41-42  Josh 20:7  Num 13:22 

11 He equipped these fortresses, stationing commanders in them, with supplies of food, oil and wine,
2Chr 11:23  2Chr 17:19  Isa 22:10-11 

12 and shields and spears in each of these towns, making them extremely strong and thus retaining control of Judah and Benjamin.
2Chr 26:14-15  2Chr 32:5  2Sam 13:19  2Sam 13:22 

13 The priests and the Levites from all over Israel left their districts to put themselves at his disposal.

14 The Levites, indeed, abandoned their pasture lands and their holdings and came to Judah and Jerusalem because Jeroboam and his sons had excluded them from the priesthood of Yahweh.
2Chr 13:9  Num 35:2-5  1Kgs 12:28-33  1Chr 6:66-81  1Kgs 13:33  Josh 21:20-42  Lev 27:30-34 

15 Jeroboam had appointed his own priests for the high places dedicated to the satyrs and calves which he had made.
1Kgs 12:28  1Kgs 12:31  1Kgs 13:33  Deut 32:17  1Kgs 14:9  1Tim 4:1  Exod 32:4-8 

16 And those members of all the tribes of Israel who were determined to seek Yahweh, God of Israel, followed those priests and Levites to Jerusalem to sacrifice to Yahweh, God of their ancestors.
2Chr 15:9  1Chr 16:29  1Chr 22:1  1Chr 22:19  1Sam 7:3-4  2Chr 30:11  2Chr 30:18-19 

17 These added strength to the kingdom of Judah and gave their support to Rehoboam son of Solomon for three years. For three years they remained loyal to David and Solomon.
2Chr 12:1  2Chr 1:1-12  2Chr 7:17-19  2Chr 8:13-16  Hos 6:4  Matt 13:20-21 

18 Rehoboam married Mahalath daughter of Jerimoth, son of David, and of Abihail daughter of Eliab son of Jesse,
1Sam 16:6  1Chr 27:18  1Sam 17:13  1Sam 17:28  1Chr 2:13 

19 and she bore him sons: Jeush, Shemariah and Zaham.

20 After her, he married Maacah daughter of Absalom, who bore him Abijah, Attai, Ziza and Shelomith.
2Chr 13:2  1Kgs 15:1-2  2Chr 11:21  2Chr 12:16  Matt 1:7 

21 Rehoboam loved Maacah daughter of Absalom, more than all his other wives and concubines. He had in fact a total of eighteen wives and sixty concubines and fathered twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters.
Deut 17:17  1Kgs 11:3  2Sam 3:2-5  Song 6:8-9  1Chr 3:1-9  2Chr 11:23  2Sam 5:13 

22 Rehoboam named Abijah son of Maacah as head, hence leader, of his brothers, with a view to making him king,
Deut 21:15-17  1Chr 5:1-2  1Chr 29:1 

23 and acted wisely by distributing his sons throughout the territories of Judah and Benjamin, some in each fortified town, where he provided plenty of food for them and found them wives.
1Kgs 1:5-6  2Chr 10:8-15  2Chr 21:3  Gen 25:6  Luke 16:8