2 Chronicles 10 KJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for to Shechem were all Israel come to make him king . 1 Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all the Israelites had gone there to make him king.
2 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 Jeroboam returned out of Egypt. 2 When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard this (he was in Egypt, where he had fled from King Solomon), he returned from Egypt.
3 And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came and spake to Rehoboam, saying , 3 So they sent for Jeroboam, and he and all Israel went to Rehoboam and said to him:
4 Thy father made our yoke grievous : now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee. 4 "Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you."
5 And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the people departed . 5 Rehoboam answered, "Come back to me in three days." So the people went away.
6 And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying , What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people? 6 Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. "How would you advise me to answer these people?" he asked.
7 And they spake unto him, saying , If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever. 7 They replied, "If you will be kind to these people and please them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants."
8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him. 8 But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him.
9 And he said unto them, What advice give ye that we may return answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying , Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us? 9 He asked them, "What is your advice? How should we answer these people who say to me, 'Lighten the yoke your father put on us'?"
10 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 father made our yoke heavy , but make thou it somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins. 10 The young men who had grown up with him replied, "Tell the people who have said to you, 'Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but make our yoke lighter'--tell them, 'My little finger is thicker than my father's waist.
11 For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. 11 My father laid on you a heavy yoke; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.' "
12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king bade , saying , Come again to me on the third day. 12 Three days later Jeroboam and all the people returned to Rehoboam, as the king had said, "Come back to me in three days."
13 And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men, 13 The king answered them harshly. Rejecting the advice of the elders,
14 And answered them after the advice of the young men, saying , My father made your yoke heavy , but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions. 14 he followed the advice of the young men and said, "My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions."
15 So the king hearkened 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. 15 So the king did not listen to the people, for this turn of events was from God, to fulfill the word the LORD had spoken to Jeroboam son of Nebat through Ahijah the Shilonite.
16 And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered 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 Israel went to their tents. 16 When all Israel saw that the king refused to listen to them, they answered the king: "What share do we have in David, what part in Jesse's son? To your tents, O Israel! Look after your own house, O David!" So all the Israelites went home.
17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them. 17 But as for the Israelites who were living in the towns of Judah, Rehoboam still ruled over them.
18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died . But king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem. 18 King Rehoboam sent out Adoniram, who was in charge of forced labor, but the Israelites stoned him to death. King Rehoboam, however, managed to get into his chariot and escape to Jerusalem.
19 And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day. 19 So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.