1Rehoboam went to Shechem; for all Israel were come to Shechem to
make him king.
2It happened, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it,
(for he was in Egypt, where he had fled from the presence of king Solomon),
that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.
3They sent and called him; and
Jeroboam and all Israel came, and they spoke to Rehoboam, saying,
father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make you the grievous service of
your father, and his heavy yoke which he put on us, lighter, and we will
5He said to them, Come again to me after three days. The
6King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, who had
stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give
you me to return answer to this people?
7They spoke to him, saying,
If you are kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to
them, then they will be your servants forever.
8But he forsook the
counsel of the old men which they had given him, and took counsel with the
young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him.
9He said to
them, What counsel give you, that we may return answer to this people,
who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke that your father did put on us
10The young men who had grown up with him spoke to him, saying,
Thus shall you tell the people who spoke to you, saying, Your father made our
yoke heavy, but make you it lighter to us; thus shall you say to them, My
little finger is thicker than my father’s waist.
11Now whereas my father
did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father chastised
you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king bade,
saying, Come to me again the third day.
13The king answered them roughly;
and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men,
14and spoke to them
after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy,
but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I will
chastise you with scorpions.
15So the king didn’t listen to the
people; for it was brought about of God, that Yahweh might establish his
word, which he spoke by Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
16When all Israel saw that the king didn’t listen to them, the people
answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? neither have we
inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, Israel: now see to
your own house, David. So all Israel departed to their tents.
for the children of Israel who lived in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned
18Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram, who was over the men
subject to forced labor; and the children of Israel stoned him to death with
stones. King Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to
19So Israel rebelled against the house of David to this