18 Rehoboam married Mahalath, daughter of David's son Jerimoth and of Abihail the daughter of Jesse's son Eliab. 19 She gave to him three sons, who were Jeush, Shemariah and Zaham. 20 Then he married Absalom's daughter Maakah and she gave to him Abijah, Attai, Ziza and Shelomith. 21 Rehoboam loved Absalom's daughter Maakah better than he loved any of his other wives. He had 18 wives and 60 slave wives. And he was the father of 28 sons and 60 daughters.
22 Rehoboam said that Abijah, son of Maakah was the most important among all his sons. He wanted him to become king. 23 He did a wise thing. He sent his sons to different parts of Judah and Benjamin and to all the strong cities. He gave to them plenty of food to store and he found many wives for them.