|2 Chronicles 10 |
1 Rehoboam went to Shechem because all Israel had gathered at Shechem to make him king.
2 It came to pass, when Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, who was in Egypt where he had fled from the presence of Solomon the king,1 heard it [that Solomon was dead], that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.
3 And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam, saying,
4 "Your father made our yoke grievous. Now therefore ease somewhat the grievous servitude of your father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve you."
5 And he said to them, "Come again to me after three days." And the people departed.
6 And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, "What counsel give you me to return answer to this people?"
7 And they spoke to him, saying, "If you are kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be your servants forever."
8 But he forsook the counsel that the old men had given him, and took counsel with the young men who were his companions of youth and who stood before him.
9 And he said to them, "What advice do you give that we may answer to this people who have spoken to me, saying, 'Ease somewhat the yoke that your father put upon us?'"
10 And the young men who had been his companions from youth spoke to him, saying, "Thus shall you answer the people that spoke to you, saying, 'Your father made our yoke heavy, but make you it somewhat lighter for us;' thus shall you say to them, 'My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins.
11 For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more to your yoke. My father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.'"
12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king had ordered, saying, "Come again to me on the third day."
13 And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men,
14 And answered them after the advice of the young men, saying, "My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it. My father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions."
15 So the king did not listen to the people because of God [hardening his heart], that the LORD might perform his word, which he had spoken by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam, the son of Nebat.
16 And when all Israel saw that the king would not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying, "What portion do we have in David? We have none of the inheritance in the son of Jesse. Every man to your tents, O Israel; and now, David, see to your own house." So all Israel went to their tents.
17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelled in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
18 Then king Rehoboam sent [to the cities] Hadoram who was in charge of the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, so that he died. King Rehoboam quickly went to his chariot and fled to Jerusalem.
19 And so Israel had rebelled against the house of David, to this day.
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1 When Solomon fell to worshiping idols, the Lord told Solomon he would take the kingdom of Israel from his son and give it to another. Jeroboam was then promised the Kingdom of ten of Israel's tribes bythe Ahijah the prophet. When Solomon heard of it, he tried to have Jeroboam killed; so Jeroboam fled to Egypt.
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