While he was in Egypt, Hadad heard that David rested with his fathers and that Joab the commander of the army was also dead. Then Hadad said to Pharaoh, "Let me go, that I may return to my own country."
"What have you lacked here that you want to go back to your own country?" Pharaoh asked. "Nothing," Hadad replied, "but do let me go!"
And God raised up against Solomon another adversary,1 Rezon son of Eliada, who had fled from his master, Hadadezer2 king of Zobah.
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He gathered men around him and became the leader of a band of rebels when David destroyed the forces [of Zobah]; the rebels went to Damascus,3 where they settled and took control.
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Rezon was Israel's adversary as long as Solomon lived, adding to the trouble caused by Hadad. So Rezon ruled in Aram4 and was hostile toward Israel.
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Also, Jeroboam son of Nebat rebelled5 against the king. He was one of Solomon's officials, an Ephraimite from Zeredah, and his mother was a widow named Zeruah.
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Here is the account of how he rebelled against the king: Solomon had built the supporting terraces6 and had filled in the gap in the wall of the city of David his father.
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Now Jeroboam was a man of standing,7 and when Solomon saw how well8 the young man did his work, he put him in charge of the whole labor force of the house of Joseph.
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About that time Jeroboam was going out of Jerusalem, and Ahijah9 the prophet of Shiloh met him on the way, wearing a new cloak. The two of them were alone out in the country,
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and Ahijah took hold of the new cloak he was wearing and tore10 it into twelve pieces.
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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 tear11 the kingdom out of Solomon's hand and give you ten tribes.
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