The people request Rehoboam to ease their grievances, ver. 1 - 5.
Rehoboam rejecting the old mens counsel, by the advice of the young men answers them roughly, ver. 6 - 15.
Ten tribes revolt, ver. 16 - 19.
|10:4||Grievous - It is probable, when Solomon had declined from God, that God left him to himself to act thus impolitically.|
|10:7||If thou be kind, &c. - Moderate counsels are generally best.Gentleness will do what violence will not do. Good words cost nothing but a little self - denial, and yet they purchase great things.|
|10:16||See to thine own house - When public affairs are in a ferment, violent proceedings do but make ill worse. Many have been driven to the mischief they did not intend, by being too severely dealt with.|