When all Israel heard that Jeroboam had returned, they sent and called him to the assembly and made him king over all Israel. There was no one who followed the house of David, except the tribe of Judah alone.
When Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah and the tribe of Benjamin, one hundred eighty thousand chosen troops to fight against the house of Israel, to restore the kingdom to Rehoboam son of Solomon.
But the word of God came to Shemaiah the man of God:
Say to King Rehoboam of Judah, son of Solomon, and to all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the rest of the people,
"Thus says the Lord, You shall not go up or fight against your kindred the people of Israel. Let everyone go home, for this thing is from me." So they heeded the word of the Lord and went home again, according to the word of the Lord.
Then Jeroboam built Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and resided there; he went out from there and built Penuel.
Then Jeroboam said to himself, "Now the kingdom may well revert to the house of David.
If this people continues to go up to offer sacrifices in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, the heart of this people will turn again to their master, King Rehoboam of Judah; they will kill me and return to King Rehoboam of Judah."
So the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold. He said to the people, a "You have gone up to Jerusalem long enough. Here are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt."
He set one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan.
And this thing became a sin, for the people went to worship before the one at Bethel and before the other as far as Dan. b
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