Rehoboam’s Reign of Folly
1 aThen Rehoboam° went° to Shechem°, for all° Israel° had come° to Shechem° to make° him king°. 2 When Jeroboam° the son° of Nebat° heard° [of it] (for ahe was in Egypt° where° he had fled° from the presence° of King° Solomon°), Jeroboam° returned° from Egypt°. 3 So they sent° and summoned° him. When Jeroboam° and all° Israel° came°, they spoke° to Rehoboam°, saying°, 4 “Your father° made° our ayoke° hard°; now° therefore lighten° the hard° service° of your father° and his heavy° yoke° which° he put° on us, and we will serve° you.” 5 He said° to them, “Return° to me again° in three° days°.” So the people° departed°.
6 ¶ Then King° Rehoboam° aconsulted° with the elders° who° had° Iserved°° his father° Solomon° while he was still alive°, saying°, “How° do you counsel° [me] to answer°° this° people°?” 7 They spoke° to him, saying°, “If° you will be kind° to this° people° and please° them and aspeak° good° words° to them, then they will be your servants° forever°°.” 8 But he aforsook° the counsel° of the elders° which° they had given° him, and consulted° with the young° men° who° grew° up with him Iand served°° him. 9 So he said° to them, “What° counsel° do you give° that we may answer°° this° people°, who° have spoken° to me, saying°, ‘Lighten° the yoke° which° your father° put° on us’?” 10 The young° men° who° grew° up with him spoke° to him, saying°, “Thus° you shall say° to the people° who° spoke° to you, saying°, ‘Your father° made° our yoke° heavy°, but you make° it lighter° for us.’ Thus° you shall say° to them, ‘My little° finger° is thicker° than° my father’s° loins°! 11 Whereas° my father° loaded° you with a heavy° yoke°, I will add° to your yoke°; my father° disciplined° you with whips°, but I [will discipline you] with scorpions°.’”
12 ¶ So Jeroboam° and all° the people° came° to Rehoboam° on the third° day° as the king° had Idirected°, saying°, “Return° to me on the third° day°.” 13 The king° answered° them harshly°, and King° Rehoboam° forsook° the counsel° of the elders°. 14 He spoke° to them according to the advice° of the young° men°, saying°, “IMy father° made° your yoke° heavy°, but I will add° to it; my father° disciplined° you with whips°, but I [will discipline you] with scorpions°.” 15 So the king° did not listen° to the people°, afor it was a turn° [of events] from God° bthat the LORD° might establish° His word°, which° He spoke° through° Ahijah° the Shilonite° to Jeroboam° the son° of Nebat°.
16 ¶ When all° Israel° [saw] that the king° did not listen° to them the people° answered° the king°, saying°,
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The Israelites, assembled at Shechem to crown Rehoboam, by Jeroboam make a suit of relaxation unto him.
1 ¶ And Rehoboamº went¹ª² to Shechem:º for² to Shechemº were all² Israelº comeºª to make him king.ºª² 2 And it came to pass,² when Jeroboamº the sonº of Nebat,º who² [was] in Egypt,º whither² he had fledºª from the presenceº² of Solomonº the king,º heardºª [it], that Jeroboamº returnedºª out of Egypt.º² 3 And they sentºª and calledºª him. So Jeroboamº and all² Israelº cameºª and spakeºª to² Rehoboam,º saying,ºª 4 Thy fatherº made² our yokeº grievous:ºª now² therefore easeºª thou somewhat the grievousº servitudeº² of thy father,º and his heavyº yokeº² that² he putºª upon² us, and we will serveºª thee. 5 And he saidºª unto² them, Come againºª unto² me after² threeº days.º And the peopleº departed.¹ª²
 Gn 12:6; 37:12; Jsh 20:7; 24:1; Jg 9:1; 1K 4:1; 12:1; 1Ch 3:10; 12:38; Mt 1:7.
 1K 11:26, 28, 40; 12:2.
 1K 12:3.
 Ex 1:13; 2:23; 1S 8:11; 1K 4:20, 25; 9:22; 12:4; Is 47:6; Mt 11:29; 23:4; 1Jn 5:3.
 1K 12:5; Pv 3:28.
Rehoboam, refusing the old men's cousel, by the advice of young men answereth them roughly.
6 ¶ And kingº Rehoboamº took counselºª with² the old¹ men² that² had² stoodºª beforeº Solomonº his fatherº while he yet lived,º² saying,ºª Whatº counsel giveºª ye² [me] to returnºª answerº to this² people?º 7 And they spakeºª unto² him, saying,ºª If² thou be² kindº to this² people,º and pleaseºª them, and speakºª goodº wordsº to² them, they will be² thy servantsº for ever.º² 8 But he forsookºª² the counselº which² the old menº gaveºª him, and took counselºª with² the young menº that² were brought upºª with² him, that stoodºª beforeº him. 9 And he saidºª unto² them, What² advice¹ª give² ye² that we may returnºª answerº² to this² people,º which² have spokenºª to² me, saying,ºª Easeºª somewhat² the yokeº that² thy fatherº did putºª upon² us? 10 And the young menº that² were brought upºª with² him spakeºª unto² him, saying,ºª Thus² shalt thou answerºª the peopleº that² spakeºª unto² thee, saying,ºª Thy fatherº made¹ª our yoke¹ heavy,ºª²² but make thou [it] somewhat lighterºª² for²² us; thus² shalt thou sayºª unto² them, My littleº [finger] shall be thickerºª than my father'sº loins.º² 11 For whereasº my fatherº putºª a heavyº yokeº upon² you, I² will put moreºª to² your yoke:º my fatherº chastisedºª you with whips,º but I² [will chastise you] with scorpions.º 12 So Jeroboamº and all² the peopleº cameºª to² Rehoboamº on the thirdº day,º as² the kingº bade,ºª saying,ºª Come againºª to² me on the thirdº day.º 13 And the kingº answeredºª them roughly;º and kingº Rehoboamº forsookºª² the counselº of the old men,º 14 And answeredºª² them after the adviceº of the young men,º saying,ºª My fatherº made your yoke¹ heavy,ºª²² but I² will addºª thereto:² my fatherº chastisedºª you with whips,º but I² [will chastise you] with scorpions.º 15 So the kingº hearkenedºª not² unto² the people:º for² the causeº was² of²² God,º that² the LORDº might performºª² his word,º which² he spakeºª by the handº of Ahijahº the Shiloniteº to² Jeroboamº the sonº of Nebat.º
 2S 16:20; 17:5; Jb 12:12; 32:7; Pv 12:15; 19:20; 27:10; Jr 42:2, 20.
 Gn 49:21; 2S 15:2; 1K 12:7; Pv 15:1.
 2S 17:14; 2Ch 25:15; Pv 1:25; 9:9; 19:20; 25:12; Ec 10:2, 16; Is 30:1.
 2S 17:5; 1K 22:6; 2Ch 10:4, 6.
 2S 17:7; 1K 12:10; Pv 10:14; 13:16; 14:16; 18:6; 21:30; 28:25; 29:23; Is 19:11.
 Ex 1:13; 5:5, 18; 1S 8:18; 2Ch 10:4; Is 47:6; 58:6; Jr 28:13; Mt 11:29; Lk 10:19; Rv 9:3, 5, 10.
 1K 12:12; 2Ch 10:5.
 Gn 42:7, 30; Ex 10:28; 1S 25:10; 1K 20:6; 2Ch 10:8; Pv 15:1; 19:27.
 2Ch 10:10; 22:4; Pv 12:5; 17:14; Ec 2:19; 7:8; 10:16; Dn 6:7; Jm 3:14; 4:1.
 Dt 2:30; Jg 14:4; 1S 2:25; 1K 11:29, 31; 12:15, 24; 22:20; 2Ch 9:29; 25:16; Is 19:14; 30:12; Jn 12:37; 19:24, 32; Ac 2:23; 4:28.
Ten tribes revolting kill Hadoram, and make Rehoboam to flee.
16 ¶ And when all² Israelº [saw]¹ª that² the kingº would not² hearkenºª unto them, the peopleº answeredºª² the king,º saying,ºª What² portionº have we in David?º and [we have] none² inheritanceº in the sonº of Jesse:º every manº to your tents,º O Israel:º [and] now,² David,º seeºª to thine own house.º So all² Israelº went¹ª² to their tents.º 17 But [as for] the childrenº of Israelº that dweltºª in the citiesº of Judah,º Rehoboamº reignedºª over² them. 18 Then kingº Rehoboamº sentºª² Hadoramº that² [was] over² the tribute;º and the childrenº of Israelº stonedºª him with stones,º that he died.ºª But kingº Rehoboamº made speedºª to get him upºª to [his] chariot,º to fleeºª to Jerusalem.º 19 And Israelº rebelledºª against the houseº of Davidº unto² this² day.º
 Jg 8:35; 1S 20:27, 30; 22:7, 9, 13; 2S 7:15; 15:13; 16:11; 20:1; 1K 11:13, 34; 12:16; 1Ch 17:14; 2Ch 10:19; Ps 2:1; 76:10; 89:29; 132:17; Is 9:6; 11:1; Jr 33:20, 25; Ezk 37:24; Am 9:11; Lk 1:32; 19:14, 27; Jn 6:66; 7:53; Ac 2:30; 1Co 15:25; Rv 22:16.
 1K 11:36; 12:17; 2Ch 11:1.
 1K 4:6; 5:14; 2Ch 10:18; 24:21; Ac 7:57.
 Jsh 4:9; 1K 12:19; 2K 17:21; 2Ch 5:9; 10:16; 13:5; Ezr 9:7; Ps 89:30.
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