But Rehoboam rejected1 the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him.
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, "Tell these people who have said to you, 'Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but make our yoke lighter'--tell them, 'My little finger is thicker than my father's waist.
My father laid on you a heavy yoke; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.' "
Three days later Jeroboam and all the people returned to Rehoboam, as the king had said, "Come back to me in three days."
The king answered the people harshly. Rejecting the advice given him by the elders,
he followed the advice of the young men and said, "My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged2 you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions."
So the king did not listen to the people, for this turn of events was from the LORD,3 to fulfill the word the LORD had spoken to Jeroboam son of Nebat through Ahijah4 the Shilonite.
When all Israel saw that the king refused to listen to them, they answered the king: "What share5 do we have in David, what part in Jesse's son? To your tents, O Israel!6 Look after your own house, O David!" So the Israelites went home.7