Definitions of jeroboam

  1. increase of the people. Jeroboam II., the son and successor of Jehoash, and the fourteenth king of Israel, over which he ruled for forty-one years, B.C. 825-784 ( 2 Kings 14:23 ). He followed the example of the first Jeroboam in keeping up the worship of the golden calves ( 2 Kings 14:24 ). His reign was contemporary with those of Amaziah ( 2 Kings 14:23 ) and Uzziah ( 15:1 ), kings of Judah. He was victorious over the Syrians ( 13:4 ; 2 Kings 14:26 2 Kings 14:27 ), and extended Israel to its former limits, from " the entering of Hamath to the sea of the plain" ( 14:25 ; Amos 6:14 ). His reign of forty-one years was the most prosperous that Israel had ever known as yet. With all this outward prosperity, however, iniquity widely prevailed in the land ( Amos 2:6-8 ; 4:1 ; 6:6 ; Hosea 4:12-14 ). The prophets ( Hosea 1:1 ), ( Joel 3:16 ; Amos 1:1 Amos 1:2 ), ( Amos 1:1 ), and Jonah ( 2 Kings 14:25 ) lived during his reign. He died, and was buried with his ancestors ( 14:29 ). He was succeeded by his son Zachariah ( q.v.). His name occurs in Scripture only in 2 Kings 13:13 ; 2 Kings 14:16 2 Kings 14:23 2 Kings 14:27 2 Kings 14:28 2 Kings 14:29 ; 2 Kings 15:1 2 Kings 15:8 ; 1 Chronicles 5:17 ; Hosea 1:1 ; Amos 1:1 ; Amos 7:9 Amos 7:10 Amos 7:11 . In all other passages it is Jeroboam the son of Nebat that is meant. These dictionary topics are fromM.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.[ N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible[H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names[S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible DictionaryBibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. " Entry for Jeroboam". " Easton's Bible Dictionary". .
  2. ( whose people are many ). 1. The first king of the divided kingdom of Israel, B.C. 975-954, was the son of an Ephraimite of the name of Nebat. He was raised by Solomon to the rank of superintendent over the taxes and labors exacted from the tribe of Ephraim. ( 1 Kings 11:28 ) he made the most of his position, and at last was perceived by Solomon to be aiming at the monarchy. He was leaving Jerusalem, when he was met by Ahijah the prophet, who gave him the assurance that, on condition of obedience to his laws, God would establish for him a kingdom and dynasty equal to that of David. ( 1 Kings 11:29-40 ) The attempts of Solomon to cut short Jeroboams designs occasioned his flight into Egypt. There he remained until Solomons death. After a years longer stay in Egypt, during which Jeroboam married Ano, the elder sister of the Egyptian queen Tahpenes, he returned to Shechem, where took place the conference with Rehoboam [ REHOBOAM], and the final revolt which ended in the elevation of Jeroboam to the throne of the northern kingdom. Now occurred the fatal error of his policy. Fearing that the yearly pilgrimages to Jerusalem would undo all the work which he effected, he took the bold step of rending the religious unity of the nation, which was as yet unimpaired, asunder. He caused two golden figures of Mnevis, the sacred calf, to be made and set up at the two extremities of his kingdom, one at Dan and the other at Bethel. It was while dedicating the altar at Bethel that a prophet from Judah suddenly appeared, who denounced the altar, and foretold its desecration by Josiah, and violent overthrow. The king, stretching out his hand to arrest the prophet, felt it withered and paralyzed, and only at the prophets prayer saw it restored, and acknowledged his divine mission. Jeroboam was at constant war with the house of Judah, but the only act distinctly recorded is a battle with Abijah, son of Rehoboam, in which he was defeated. The calamity was severely felt; he never recovered the blow, and soon after died, in the 22d year of his reign, ( 2 Chronicles 13:20 ) and was buried in his ancestral sepulchre. ( 1 Kings 14:20 ) 2. Jeroboam II., the son of Joash, the fourth of the dynasty of Jehu. ( B.C. 825-784.) The most prosperous of the kings of Israel. He repelled the Syrian invaders, took their capital city Damascus, ( 2 Kings 14:28 ) and recovered the whole of the ancient dominion from Hamah to the Dead Sea. ch ( 2 Kings 14:25 ) Ammon and Moab were reconquered, and the transjordanic tribes were restored to their territory, ( 2 Kings 13:5 ; 1 Chronicles 5:17-22 ) but it was merely an outward restoration.
  3. jer-o-b[= o]' am, n. a large metal bowl: eight bottles. [ Allusion to 1 Kings, xi. 28.]
  4. a large wine bottle ( holds 4/ 5 of a gallon)
  5. ( Old Testament) first king of the northern kingdom of Israel who led Israel into sin ( 10th century BC)