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1 Kings 12

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 1 Now Rehoboam went to Shechem for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him king.

 2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it, (for he was still in Egypt, where he had fled from the presence of king Solomon), that he returned from Egypt.

 3 So they sent for Jeroboam, and he and all the congregation of Israel went to Rehoboam and spoke to him, saying,

 4 "Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the hard labor and this heavy yoke that he put on us, and we will serve you."

 5 And he replied to them, "Depart for three days and then come back to me." So the people departed.

 6 Then King Rehoboam consulted with the old men who had served Solomon his father while he still lived and said, "How do you advise me to answer this people?"

 7 And they said to him, "If you will be a servant to this people and will serve them and answer them with favorable words, then they will be your servants forever."

 8 But he rejected the counsel the elders had given him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and who served him.

 9 And he said to them, "What do you advise me to answer this people who have said to me, 'Make the yoke that your father put on us lighter?'"

 10 And the young men who had grown up with him said to him, "To the people who have said to you, 'Your father made our yoke heavy, but you make it lighter for us;' say to them, 'My little finger shall be thicker than my father's waist.

 11 And whereas my father made your yoke heavy, I will add to your yoke; for my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.'"

 12 Then Jeroboam and all the people came back to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king had appointed, saying, "Come back to me on the third day."

 13 And the king answered the people harshly and rejected the elder's counsel,

 14 And followed the advice of the young men, saying, "My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions."

 15 Therefore the king did not listen to the people for this turn of events was from the LORD to fulfill the word the LORD had spoken by Ahijah, the Shilonite, to Jeroboam, the son of Nebat.

 16 Now when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people said to the king, "What portion do we have in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. To your tents, O Israel! Look after your own house, David!" So Israel departed to their homes.

 17 But Rehoboam still reigned over the children of Israel who dwelt in the cities of Judah.

 18 Then King Rehoboam sent out Adoram, who was over the tribute [the forced labor], but all Israel stoned him to death. Therefore King Rehoboam hastened to get into his chariot and flee to Jerusalem.

 19 So Israel has rebelled against the house of David to this day.

 20 Now when all Israel heard that Jeroboam had returned, they sent and called him to the congregation and made him king over all Israel. None followed the house of David except the tribe of Judah.

 21 When Rehoboam had come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, a hundred and eighty thousand chosen men who were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel to restore the kingdom to Rehoboam, the son of Solomon.

 22 But the word of God came to Shemaiah, the man of God, saying, [The Word of God came, "saying." Scriptures do not speak, so the Bible cannot be the word of God. The Word of God "came to Shemaiah." Scriptures do not walk, fly, or travel. But the Spirit of Jesus, whose name is the word of God, both travels and speaks. This verse is proof positive that the Word of God is the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Jesus.]

 23 "Speak to Rehoboam, son of Solomon, king of Judah, and all the house of Judah and Benjamin and the remnant of the people, saying,

 24 'Thus says the LORD: You shall not go up or fight against your brethren, the children of Israel. Every man return to his own house, for this thing is from me.'" So they harkened to the word of the LORD and returned home, according to the word of the LORD.

 25 Then Jeroboam built Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim and lived there. He also went out from there and built Penuel.

 26 And Jeroboam thought in his heart, "Now the kingdom may return to the house of David.

 27 If this people goes up to sacrifice in the temple of the LORD at Jerusalem, then the heart of this people shall turn again to their lord, Rehoboam, king of Judah; and they shall kill me and return to Rehoboam, king of Judah."

 28 So after seeking advice, the king made two calves of gold, and said to the people, "It is too much for you to have to go up to Jerusalem. Behold your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt."

 29 And he set one golden calf in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan.

 30 Now this thing became a sin for the people went as far as Dan to worship before the calf there.

 31 He also made shrines on the high places and made priests of the lowest class of people who were not of the sons of Levi.

 32 And Jeroboam instituted a feast on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, like the feast kept in Judah, and he offered sacrifices on the altar. So he sacrificed to the calves that he had made in Bethel. And he also installed the priests at the high place he had made in Bethel.

 33 So he offered sacrifices upon the altar that he had made in Bethel on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, a date that he had devised in his own heart; and he ordained a feast for the children of Israel and he himself went up to the altar to make offerings and to burnt incense.


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