According to Kings and Chronicles, the intervention of Shemaiah prevented a war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam. Chronicles further claims that he prophesied the punishment of Rehoboam by Shishak, king of Egypt.
King Rehoboam had assembled 180,000 troops to forcefully bring back the ten rebellious tribes. Shemaiah was known as a "man of God", and prophesies in verse 24 that this thing is from the Lord, and they are not to go up against the Northern Tribes, so "Everyone returned to their own house".
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- 1 Kings 12:22-24; 2 Chronicles 11:2-4
- 2 Chronicles 12:5,7