Rehoboam traveled to Shechem where all Israel had gathered to inaugurate him as king.
Jeroboam was then in Egypt, where he had taken asylum from King Solomon; when he got the report of Solomon's death, he came back.
Summoned by Israel, Jeroboam and all Israel went to Rehoboam and said,
When all Israel realized that the king hadn't listened to a word they'd said, they stood up to him and said, Get lost, David! We've had it with you, son of Jesse! Let's get out of here, Israel, and fast! From now on, David, mind your own business.
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