S E C O N D C H R O N I C L E
This chapter is copied almost verbatim from
1 Kings xii.
1-19, where it was opened at large. Solomon's defection
from God was not repeated, but the defection of the ten tribes from
his family is, in this chapter, where we find, I. How foolish
Rehoboam was in his treating with them, ver. 1, 5-14. II. How wicked the people
were in complaining of Solomon (ver.
2-4) and forsaking Rehoboam, ver. 16-19. III. How just and righteous
God was in all this, ver.
15. His counsel was thereby fulfilled. With him are
strength and wisdom; both the deceived and the deceiver (the fool
and the knave) are his (Job xii.
16), that is, are made use of by him to suit his