11:11 He fortified these cities and placed officers in them, as well as storehouses of food, olive oil, and wine. 11:12 In each city there were shields and spears; he strongly fortified them. 1 Judah and Benjamin belonged to him.
11:13 The priests and Levites who lived throughout Israel supported him, no matter where they resided. 2 11:14 The Levites even left their pasturelands and their property behind and came to Judah and Jerusalem, for Jeroboam and his sons prohibited them from serving as the Lord’s priests. 11:15 Jeroboam 3 appointed his own priests to serve at the worship centers 4 and to lead in the worship of the goat idols and calf idols he had made. 5 11:16 Those among all the Israelite tribes who were determined to worship the Lord God of Israel followed them to Jerusalem 6 to sacrifice to the Lord God of their ancestors. 7 11:17 They supported 8 the kingdom of Judah and were loyal to 9 Rehoboam son of Solomon for three years; they followed the edicts of 10 David and Solomon for three years.
1 tn Heb “he strengthened them greatly, very much.”
2 tn Heb “and the priests and the Levites who were in all Israel supported him from all their territory.”
3 tn Heb “he”; the referent (Jeroboam) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
4 tn Heb “for the high places.”
5 tn Heb “and for the goats and for the calves he had made.”
6 tn Heb “and after them from all the tribes of Israel, the ones giving their heart[s] to seek the
7 tn Heb “fathers.”
8 tn Or “strengthened.”
9 tn Or “strengthened.”
10 tn Heb “they walked in the way of.”