And Rehoboamwent to Shechem: for to Shechem were all Israelcome to make him king .
And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was in Egypt, whither he had fled from the presence of Solomon the king,heard it, that Jeroboamreturned out of Egypt.3
And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israelcame and spake to Rehoboam,saying ,
Thy father made our yokegrievous : now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievousservitude of thy father, and his heavyyoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee.
And he said unto them, Come again unto me after threedays. And the peopledeparted .
And kingRehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stoodbeforeSolomon his father while he yet lived,saying , What counsel give ye me to returnanswer to this people?7
And they spake unto him, saying , If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speakgoodwords to them, they will be thy servants for ever.8
But he forsook the counsel which the old mengave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stoodbefore him.
And he said unto them, What advice give ye that we may returnanswer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying , Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us?
And the young men that were brought up with him spake unto him, saying , Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake unto thee, saying , Thy fathermade our yokeheavy , but make thou it somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father'sloins.11
For whereas my fatherput a heavyyoke upon you, I will put more to your yoke: my fatherchastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.12
So Jeroboam and all the peoplecame to Rehoboam on the thirdday, as the kingbade , saying , Come again to me on the thirdday.13
And the kinganswered them roughly; and kingRehoboamforsook the counsel of the old men,14
And answered them after the advice of the young men,saying , My father made your yokeheavy , but I will add thereto: my fatherchastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.15
So the kinghearkened not unto the people: for the cause was of God, that the LORD might perform his word, which he spake by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.16
And when all Israelsaw that the king would not hearken unto them, the peopleanswered the king,saying , What portion have we in David? and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: and now, David,see to thine own house. So all Israelwent to their tents.17
But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah,Rehoboamreigned over them.
Then kingRehoboamsentHadoram that was over the tribute; and the children of Israelstoned him with stones, that he died . But kingRehoboam made speeda to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.19
And Israelrebelled against the house of David unto this day.