Bible Text & Cross-references:
Roboam, for his sins, is delivered up into the hands of the
king of Egypt: who carrieth away all the treasures of the temple.
1 And *when the kingdom of Roboam was strengthened and fortified, he forsook
the law of the Lord, and all Israel with him.
2 And in the fifth year *of the reign of Roboam, Sesac, king of Egypt came
up against Jerusalem (because they had sinned against the Lord)
3 With twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen: and the
people were without number that came with him out of Egypt; to wit, Lybians, and Troglodites, and Ethiopians.
4 And he took the strongest cities in Juda, and came to Jerusalem.
5 And Semeias, the prophet, came to Roboam, and to the princes of Juda,
that were gathered together in Jerusalem, fleeing from Sesac, and he said to them: Thus saith the Lord: You have left me,
and I have left you in the hand of Sesac.
6 And the princes of Israel, and the king, being in a consternation, said:
The Lord is just.
7 And when the Lord saw that they were humbled, the word of the Lord came
to Semeias, saying: Because they are humbled, I will not destroy them, and I will give them a little help, and my wrath shall
not fall upon Jerusalem by the hand of Sesac.
8 But yet they shall serve him, that they may know the difference between
my service, and the service of a kingdom of the earth.
9 So Sesac, king of Egypt, departed from Jerusalem, taking away the treasures
of the house of the Lord, and of the king's house, and he took all with him, and the golden shields that Solomon had made,
10 Instead of which the king made brazen ones, and delivered them to the
captains of the shield-bearers, who guarded the entrance of the palace.
11 And when the king entered into the house of the Lord, the shield-bearers
came and took them, and brought them back again to their armoury.
12 But yet, because they were humbled, the wrath of the Lord turned away
from them, and they were not utterly destroyed: for even in Juda there were found good works.
13 *King Roboam, therefore, was strengthened in Jerusalem, and reigned:
he was one and forty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the Lord
chose out of all the tribes of Israel, to establish his name there: and the name of his mother was Naama, an Ammonitess.
14 But he did evil, and did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord.
15 Now the acts of Roboam, first and last, are written in the books of
Semeias, the prophet, and of Addo, the seer, and diligently recorded: and there was war between Roboam and Jeroboam, all their
16 And Roboam slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David.
And Abia, his son, reigned in his stead.
1: Year of the World 3032.
2: Year of the World 3033, Year before Christ 971.; 3 Kings
13: 3 Kings xiv. 21.