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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.

[1] a1K 12:1-20
[2] a1K 11:40
[4] a1K 5:13-16

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.’”

[6] ILit stood before aJb 8:8, 9; 32:7
[7] aPv 15:1
[8] ILit who stood before a2S 17:14; Pv 13:20

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.

[12] ILit spoken
[14] IMany mss read I have made
[15] a2Ch 25:16-20 b1K 11:29-39

16 ¶ When all Israel [saw] that the king did not listen to them the people answered the king, saying,
  “aWhat portion do we have in David?
  [We have] no inheritance in the son of Jesse.
  Every man to your tents, O Israel;
  Now look after your own house, David.”
bSo all Israel departed to their tents. 17 But as for the sons of Israel who lived in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them. 18 Then King Rehoboam sent Hadoram, who was aover the forced labor, and the sons of Israel stoned him Ito death. And King Rehoboam made haste to mount his chariot to flee to Jerusalem. 19 So aIsrael has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.

[16] a2S 20:1 b2Ch 10:19
[18] ILit with stones that he died a1K 4:6; 5:14
[19] a1K 12:19


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The Israelites, assembled at Shechem to crown Rehoboam, by Jeroboam make a suit of relaxation unto him.

1 ¶ And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for to Shechem were all Israel come to make him king. 2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who [was] in Egypt, whither he had fled from the presence of Solomon the king, heard [it], that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt. 3 And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came and spake to Rehoboam, saying, 4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee. 5 And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the people departed.

[1] 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.
[2] 1K 11:26, 28, 40; 12:2.
[3] 1K 12:3.
[4] 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.
[5] 1K 12:5; Pv 3:28.

Rehoboam, refusing the old men's cousel, by the advice of young men answereth them roughly.

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 ye [me] to return answer to this people? 7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever. 8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him. 9 And he said unto them, What advice give ye that we may return answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us? 10 And the young men that were brought up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou [it] somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto 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 bade, 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 thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I [will chastise you] with scorpions. 15 So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause was of God, that the LORD might perform his word, which he spake by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

[6] 2S 16:20; 17:5; Jb 12:12; 32:7; Pv 12:15; 19:20; 27:10; Jr 42:2, 20.
[7] Gn 49:21; 2S 15:2; 1K 12:7; Pv 15:1.
[8] 2S 17:14; 2Ch 25:15; Pv 1:25; 9:9; 19:20; 25:12; Ec 10:2, 16; Is 30:1.
[9] 2S 17:5; 1K 22:6; 2Ch 10:4, 6.
[10] 2S 17:7; 1K 12:10; Pv 10:14; 13:16; 14:16; 18:6; 21:30; 28:25; 29:23; Is 19:11.
[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.
[12] 1K 12:12; 2Ch 10:5.
[13] Gn 42:7, 30; Ex 10:28; 1S 25:10; 1K 20:6; 2Ch 10:8; Pv 15:1; 19:27.
[14] 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.
[15] 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 all Israel [saw] that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? and [we have] none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: [and] now, David, see to thine own house. So all Israel went to their tents. 17 But [as for] the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them. 18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that [was] over the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to [his] chariot, to flee to Jerusalem. 19 And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.

[16] 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.
[17] 1K 11:36; 12:17; 2Ch 11:1.
[18] 1K 4:6; 5:14; 2Ch 10:18; 24:21; Ac 7:57.
[19] 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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