And he said unto them, "Come again unto me after three days." And the people departed.
And King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men who had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, "What counsel give ye me to return an answer to this people?"
And they spoke 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."
But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men who were brought up with him, who stood before him.
And he said unto them, "What advice give ye that we may return an answer to this people who have spoken to me, saying, `Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father put upon us'?"
And the young men who were brought up with him spoke unto him, saying, "Thus shalt thou answer the people who spoke 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.
For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more on your yoke. My father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.'"
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."
And the king answered them roughly; and King Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men,
and answered them according to 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!"
So the king hearkened not unto the people, for the cause was of God, that the LORD might perform His word which He spoke by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.