And it came to pass, when all Israelheard that Jeroboam was come again , that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was none that followed the house of David,but the tribe of Judah only.
And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscorethousand chosen men , which were warriors , to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdomagain to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.22
But the word of God came unto Shemaiah the man of God,saying ,
23Speak unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon,king of Judah, and unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant of the people,saying ,
Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up , nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel:return every man to his house; for this thingis from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the LORD, and returned to depart , according to the word of the LORD.25
Then JeroboambuiltShechem in mountEphraim, and dwelt therein; and went out from thence, and builtPenuel.26
And Jeroboamsaid in his heart, Now shall the kingdomreturn to the house of David:27
If this people go up to dosacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboamking of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboamking of Judah.28
Whereupon the king took counsel , and madetwocalves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.29
And he set the one in Bethel, and the otherput he in Dan.30
And this thing became a sin: for the peoplewent to worship before the one, even unto Dan.