Rehoboam went to Shechem,1 for all the Israelites had gone there to make him king.
When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard this (he was still in Egypt, where he had fled2 from King Solomon), he returned froma Egypt.
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 yoke3 on us, but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you."
Rehoboam answered, "Go away for three days and then come back to me." So the people went away.