Now Jeroboam was a man of standing,1 and when Solomon saw how well2 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 Ahijah3 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 tore4 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 tear5 the kingdom out of Solomon's hand and give you ten tribes.
But for the sake6 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 havea forsaken me and worshiped7 Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Molech the god of the Ammonites, and have not walked8 in my ways, nor done what is right in my eyes, nor kept my statutes9 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 tribe10 to his son so that David my servant may always have a lamp11 before me in Jerusalem, the city where I chose to put my Name.
However, as for you, I will take you, and you will rule12 over all that your heart desires;13 you will be king over Israel.
If you do whatever I command you and walk in my ways and do what is right14 in my eyes by keeping my statutes15 and commands, as David my servant did, I will be with you. I will build you a dynasty16 as enduring as the one I built for David and will give Israel to you.