Here is the account of how he rebelled against the king: Solomon had built the supporting terracesa1 and had filled in the gap in the wall of the city of David his father.
Now Jeroboam was a man of standing,2 and when Solomon saw how well3 the young man did his work, he put him in charge of the whole labor force of the house of Joseph.
About that time Jeroboam was going out of Jerusalem, and Ahijah4 the prophet of Shiloh met him on the way, wearing a new cloak. The two of them were alone out in the country,
and Ahijah took hold of the new cloak he was wearing and tore5 it into twelve pieces.
Then he said to Jeroboam, "Take ten pieces for yourself, for this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'See, I am going to tear6 the kingdom out of Solomon's hand and give you ten tribes.
But for the sake7 of my servant David and the city of Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, he will have one tribe.
I will do this because they haveb forsaken me and worshiped8 Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Molech the god of the Ammonites, and have not walked9 in my ways, nor done what is right in my eyes, nor kept my statutes10 and laws as David, Solomon's father, did.
" 'But I will not take the whole kingdom out of Solomon's hand; I have made him ruler all the days of his life for the sake of David my servant, whom I chose and who observed my commands and statutes.
I will take the kingdom from his son's hands and give you ten tribes.
I will give one tribe11 to his son so that David my servant may always have a lamp12 before me in Jerusalem, the city where I chose to put my Name.
However, as for you, I will take you, and you will rule13 over all that your heart desires;14 you will be king over Israel.