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1 Kings 12

CEBA 1 Rehoboam went to Shechem where all Israel had come to make him king. NIV 1 Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had gone there to make him king. CEBA 2 When Jeroboam, Nebat's son, heard the news, he returned from Egypt where he had fled from King Solomon. NIV 2 When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard this (he was still in Egypt, where he had fled from King Solomon), he returned from Egypt. CEBA 3 The people sent and called for Jeroboam, who along with the entire Israelite assembly went and said to Rehoboam, NIV 3 So they sent for Jeroboam, and he and the whole assembly of Israel went to Rehoboam and said to him: CEBA 4 "Your father made our workload very hard for us. If you will lessen the demands your father made of us and lighten the heavy workload he demanded from us, then we will serve you." NIV 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.” CEBA 5 He answered them, "Come back in three days." So the people left. NIV 5 Rehoboam answered, “Go away for three days and then come back to me.” So the people went away. CEBA 6 King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon when he was alive. "What do you advise?" Rehoboam asked. "How should I respond to these people?" NIV 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. CEBA 7 "If you will be a servant to this people by answering them and speaking good words today," they replied, "then they will be your servants forever." NIV 7 They replied, “If today you will be a servant to these people and serve them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants.” CEBA 8 But Rehoboam ignored the advice the elders gave him and instead sought the counsel of the young advisors who had grown up with him and now served him. NIV 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. CEBA 9 "What do you advise?" he asked them. "How should we respond to these people who have said to me, ‘Lighten the workload your father demanded of us'?" NIV 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’?” CEBA 10 The young people who had grown up with him said to him, "This people said to you, ‘Your father made our workload heavy; lighten it for us!' Now this is what you should say to them: ‘My baby finger is thicker than my father's entire waist! NIV 10 The young men who had grown up with him replied, “These people have said to you, ‘Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but make our yoke lighter.’ Now tell them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist. CEBA 11 So if my father made your workload heavy, I'll make it even heavier! If my father disciplined you with whips, I'll do it with scorpions!'" NIV 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.’ ” CEBA 12 Jeroboam and all the people returned to Rehoboam on the third day, just as the king had specified when he said, "Come back to me in three days." NIV 12 Three days later Jeroboam and all the people returned to Rehoboam, as the king had said, “Come back to me in three days.” CEBA 13 The king then answered the people harshly. He ignored the elders' advice NIV 13 The king answered the people harshly. Rejecting the advice given him by the elders, CEBA 14 and instead followed the young people's advice. He said, "My father made your workload heavy, but I'll make it even heavier! My father disciplined you with whips, but I'll do it with scorpions!" NIV 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.” CEBA 15 The king didn't listen to the people because this turn of events came from the LORD so that he might keep the promise he delivered through Ahijah from Shiloh concerning Jeroboam, Nebat's son. NIV 15 So the king did not listen to the people, for this turn of events was from the LORD, to fulfill the word the LORD had spoken to Jeroboam son of Nebat through Ahijah the Shilonite. CEBA 16 When all Israel saw that the king wouldn't listen to them, the people answered the king: "Why should we care about David? We have no stake in Jesse's son! Go back to your homes, Israel! You better look after your own house now, David!" Then the Israelites went back to their homes, NIV 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, Israel! Look after your own house, David!” So the Israelites went home. CEBA 17 and Rehoboam ruled over only the Israelites who lived in the cities of Judah. NIV 17 But as for the Israelites who were living in the towns of Judah, Rehoboam still ruled over them. CEBA 18 When King Rehoboam sent Adoram to them (he was the leader of the work gang), all Israel stoned him to death. King Rehoboam quickly got into his chariot and fled to Jerusalem. NIV 18 King Rehoboam sent out Adoniram, who was in charge of forced labor, but all Israel stoned him to death. King Rehoboam, however, managed to get into his chariot and escape to Jerusalem. CEBA 19 Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day. NIV 19 So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day. CEBA 20 When all Israel heard that Jeroboam had returned, they sent for him. They called him to the assembly and crowned him king of all Israel. Nothing was left to the house of David except the tribe of Judah. NIV 20 When all the Israelites heard that Jeroboam had returned, they sent and called him to the assembly and made him king over all Israel. Only the tribe of Judah remained loyal to the house of David. CEBA 21 When Rehoboam arrived at Jerusalem, he assembled the whole house of Judah and the tribe of Benjamin—one hundred eighty thousand select warriors—to fight against the house of Israel and restore the kingdom for Rehoboam, Solomon's son. NIV 21 When Rehoboam arrived in Jerusalem, he mustered all Judah and the tribe of Benjamin—a hundred and eighty thousand able young men—to go to war against Israel and to regain the kingdom for Rehoboam son of Solomon. CEBA 22 But God's word came to Shemaiah the man of God, NIV 22 But this word of God came to Shemaiah the man of God: CEBA 23 "Tell Judah's King Rehoboam, Solomon's son, and all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and the rest of the people, NIV 23 “Say to Rehoboam son of Solomon king of Judah, to all Judah and Benjamin, and to the rest of the people, CEBA 24 ‘This is what the LORD says: Don't make war against your relatives the Israelites. Go home, every one of you, because this is my plan.'" When they heard the LORD's words, they went back home, just as the LORD had said. NIV 24 ‘This is what the LORD says: Do not go up to fight against your brothers, the Israelites. Go home, every one of you, for this is my doing.’ ” So they obeyed the word of the LORD and went home again, as the LORD had ordered. CEBA 25 Jeroboam fortified Shechem at Mount Ephraim and lived there. From there he also fortified Penuel. NIV 25 Then Jeroboam fortified Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim and lived there. From there he went out and built up Peniel. CEBA 26 Jeroboam thought to himself, The kingdom is in danger of reverting to the house of David. NIV 26 Jeroboam thought to himself, “The kingdom will now likely revert to the house of David. CEBA 27 If these people continue to sacrifice at the LORD's temple in Jerusalem, they will again become loyal to their master Rehoboam, Judah's king, and they will kill me so they can return to Judah's King Rehoboam. NIV 27 If these people go up to offer sacrifices at the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem, they will again give their allegiance to their lord, Rehoboam king of Judah. They will kill me and return to King Rehoboam.” CEBA 28 So the king asked for advice and then made two gold calves. He said to the people, "It's too far for you to go all the way up to Jerusalem. Look, Israel! Here are your gods who brought you out from the land of Egypt." NIV 28 After seeking advice, the king made two golden calves. He said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” CEBA 29 He put one calf in Bethel, and the other he placed in Dan. NIV 29 One he set up in Bethel, and the other in Dan. CEBA 30 This act was sinful. The people went to worship before the one calf at Bethel and before the other one as far as Dan. NIV 30 And this thing became a sin; the people came to worship the one at Bethel and went as far as Dan to worship the other. CEBA 31 Jeroboam made shrines on the high places and appointed priests from all sorts of people, but none were Levites. NIV 31 Jeroboam built shrines on high places and appointed priests from all sorts of people, even though they were not Levites. CEBA 32 Jeroboam set a date for a celebration on the fifteenth day of the eighth month. It was just like the celebration in Judah. He sacrificed on the altar. At Bethel he sacrificed to the calves he had made. There also he installed the priests for the shrines he had made. NIV 32 He instituted a festival on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, like the festival held in Judah, and offered sacrifices on the altar. This he did in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves he had made. And at Bethel he also installed priests at the high places he had made. CEBA 33 On the fifteenth day of the eighth month—the time he alone had decided—Jeroboam went up to the altar he had built in Bethel. He made a celebration for the Israelites and offered sacrifices on the altar by burning them up. NIV 33 On the fifteenth day of the eighth month, a month of his own choosing, he offered sacrifices on the altar he had built at Bethel. So he instituted the festival for the Israelites and went up to the altar to make offerings.

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