Scripture Stories
Chapter 32: The Divided Kingdom

“Chapter 32: The Divided Kingdom,” Old Testament Stories (1980), 125–27

“Chapter 32,” Old Testament Stories, 125–27

Chapter 32

The Divided Kingdom

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Solomon was the king of Israel for a long time. He obeyed God for many years.

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Solomon had many wives. Some of his wives did not believe in God. They worshiped idols.

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When Solomon was old, he forgot God. His wives wanted him to worship their idols. Solomon did the wrong thing. He made sacrifices to the idols. God was angry at him.

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God said Solomon’s kingdom would be divided after he died. Solomon died. He was buried near his father, David.

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After Solomon died, the twelve tribes of Israel were divided. The south part of the land was called the Kingdom of Judah. Two Israelite tribes lived there. They were called Jews. Rehoboam was the king.

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Rehoboam was Solomon’s son. He was not a good king. He was mean to the people.

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The north part of the land was called the Kingdom of Israel. Ten Israelite tribes lived there. Jeroboam was their king. Jeroboam was strong and brave, but he was not a good king.

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Jeroboam made golden idols and burned sacrifices to them. He told the people to worship the idols.

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A prophet of God told Jeroboam to repent. But Jeroboam would not repent.

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Jeroboam and Rehoboam had armies. They fought each other for many years. Jeroboam and Rehoboam were wicked kings. They did not teach the people to obey God.

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The Israelites became wicked like their kings.