2Ch 10:1-15. Rehoboam
Refusing the Old Men's Good Counsel.
1. Rehoboam went to Shechem—(See on 1Ki 12:1). This chapter is, with a few verbal
alterations, the same as in 1Ki 12:1-19.
3. And they sent—rather, "for they had
sent," &c. This is stated as the reason of Jeroboam's return from
7. If thou be kind to this people, and please
them, and speak good words to them—In the Book of Kings
12:7], the words are, "If
thou wilt be a servant unto this people, and wilt serve them." The
meaning in both is the same, namely, If thou wilt make some reasonable
concessions, redress their grievances, and restore their abridged
liberties, thou wilt secure their strong and lasting attachment to thy
person and government.
15-17. the king hearkened not unto the people, for
the cause was of God—Rehoboam, in following an evil counsel,
and the Hebrew people, in making a revolutionary movement, each acted
as free agents, obeying their own will and passions. But God, who
permitted the revolt of the northern tribes, intended it as a
punishment of the house of David for Solomon's apostasy. That event
demonstrates the immediate superintendence of His providence over the
revolutions of kingdoms; and thus it affords an instance, similar to
many other striking instances that are found in Scripture, of divine
predictions, uttered long before, being accomplished by the operation
of human passions, and in the natural course of events.