1 Kings 12:16-26 (New International Version)

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16 When all Israel saw that the king refused to listen to them, they answered the king: "What share1 do we have in David, what part in Jesse's son? To your tents, O Israel!2 Look after your own house, O David!" So the Israelites went home.3 17 But as for the Israelites who were living in the towns of Judah,4 Rehoboam still ruled over them. 18 King Rehoboam sent out Adoniram,a5 who was in charge of forced labor, but all Israel stoned him to death.6 King Rehoboam, however, managed to get into his chariot and escape to Jerusalem. 19 So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David7 to this day. 20 When all the Israelites heard that Jeroboam had returned, they sent and called him to the assembly and made him king over all Israel. Only the tribe of Judah remained loyal to the house of David.8 21 When Rehoboam arrived in Jerusalem, he mustered the whole house of Judah and the tribe of Benjamin--a hundred and eighty thousand fighting men--to make war9 against the house of Israel and to regain the kingdom for Rehoboam son of Solomon. 22 But this word of God came to Shemaiah10 the man of God:11 23 "Say to Rehoboam son of Solomon king of Judah, to the whole house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the rest of the people, 24 'This is what the LORD says: Do not go up to fight against your brothers, the Israelites. Go home, every one of you, for this is my doing.' " So they obeyed the word of the LORD and went home again, as the LORD had ordered.

Golden Calves at Bethel and Dan

25 Then Jeroboam fortified Shechem12 in the hill country of Ephraim and lived there. From there he went out and built up Peniel.b13 26 Jeroboam thought to himself, "The kingdom will now likely revert to the house of David.
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