That they sent and called him
That is, the people of Israel, some of the principal of them, especially of the tribe of Ephraim, sent messengers to him, and gave him an invitation to come to them at Shechem; or, they had sent F5, as Kimchi interprets it, which was the reason of his returning from Egypt, at least one of them:
and Jeroboam, and all the congregation of Israel, came;
the chief men of them, the heads of the people; these, with Jeroboam at the head of them, who was come out of Egypt, came to Shechem, where Rehoboam was, and they had appointed to meet him:
and spake unto Rehoboam;
one in the name of them all, perhaps Jeroboam:
F5 So Pagninus, Montanus.