The young men who grew up with him spoke to him, saying, "Thus you shall say to this people who spoke to you, saying, 'Your father made our yoke heavy, now you make it lighter for us!' But you shall speak to them, 'My little finger is thicker than my father's loins!
'Whereas my father loaded you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.' "
Then Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day as the king had directed, saying, "1Return to me on the third day."
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The king answered the people harshly, for he forsook the advice of the elders which they had given him,
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and he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, "2My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions."
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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 LORD spoke through Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
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When all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying, "What portion do we have in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse; 5To your tents, O Israel! Now look after your own house, David!" So Israel departed to their tents.
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But 6as for the sons of Israel who lived in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
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Then King Rehoboam sent 7Adoram, who was over the forced labor, and all Israel stoned him to death. And King Rehoboam made haste to mount his chariot to flee to Jerusalem.
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8So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.
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It came about when all Israel heard that Jeroboam had returned, that they sent and called him to the assembly and made him king over all Israel. 9None but the tribe of Judah followed the house of David.
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