17 But as for the Israelites who were living in the towns of Judah, Rehoboam still ruled over them.

Read 1 Kings 12:17 Using Other Translations

But as for the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
But Rehoboam reigned over the people of Israel who lived in the cities of Judah.
But Rehoboam continued to rule over the Israelites who lived in the towns of Judah.