The youngmenwhogrew up with him spoke to him, saying, "Thus you shall say to thispeoplewhospoke to you, saying, 'Your fathermade our yokeheavy, now you make it lighter for us!' But you shall speak to them, 'My littlefinger is thickerthan my father'sloins!
11'Whereas my fatherloaded you with a heavyyoke, I will add to your yoke; my fatherdisciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.' "
Then Jeroboam and all the peoplecame to Rehoboam on the thirdday as the king had adirected, saying, "1Return to me on the thirdday."
The kinganswered the peopleharshly, for he forsook the advice of the elderswhich they had bgiven him,
and he spoke to them according to the advice of the youngmen, saying, "2My fathermade your yokeheavy, but I will add to your yoke; my fatherdisciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions."
So the king did not listen to the people; 3for it was a turn of events from the LORD, 4that He might establish His word, which the LORDspokethroughAhijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
When allIsrael saw that the king did not listen to them, the peopleanswered the king, saying, "Whatportion do we have in David? We have noinheritance in the son of Jesse; 5To your tents, O Israel! Nowlook after your own house, David!" So Israeldeparted to their tents.
But 6as for the sons of Israel who lived in the cities of Judah, Rehoboamreignedover them.
Then KingRehoboamsent7Adoram, who was over the forcedlabor, and allIsraelstoned him cto death. And KingRehoboammadehaste to mount his chariot to flee to Jerusalem.
198So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to thisday.
It came about when allIsraelheard that Jeroboam had returned, that they sent and called him to the assembly and made him kingoverallIsrael. 9None but the tribe of Judahfollowed the house of David.