Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had gone there to make him king.
References for 1 Kings 12:1
When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard this (he was still in Egypt, where he had fled from King Solomon), he returned from Egypt.
References for 1 Kings 12:2
So they sent for Jeroboam, and he and the whole assembly of Israel went to Rehoboam and said to him:
“Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you.”
References for 1 Kings 12:4
Rehoboam answered, “Go away for three days and then come back to me.” So the people went away.
Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. “How would you advise me to answer these people?” he asked.
References for 1 Kings 12:6
They replied, “If today you will be a servant to these people and serve them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants.”
References for 1 Kings 12:7
But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him.
References for 1 Kings 12:8
He asked them, “What is your advice? How should we answer these people who say to me, ‘Lighten the yoke your father put on us’?”
The young men who had grown up with him replied, “These people have said to you, ‘Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but make our yoke lighter.’ Now tell them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist.