10 And Rehoboam came to Shekem, because all Israel had come to Shekem to install him as king. 2 And when Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it (he was in Egypt, as he had fled away from King Solomon) Jeroboam came back from Egypt; 3 and they sent and called him, and Jeroboam and all Israel came and told Rehoboam 4 “Your father made our yoke bear hard on us; now make the hard service to your father rather easier, and his heavy yoke that he put on us, and we will be your subjects.” 5 And he said to them “Come back to me again in three days”; and the people went. 6 And King Rehoboam consulted the old men who had been in the service of his father Solomon when he was alive, asking them “How do you advise me to reply to these people?” 7 and they told him “If you will be kindly to these people and take everything in good part from them and speak them fair, they will be subjects to you permanently.” 8 But he discarded the old men’s policy which they had recommended to him, and consulted the young men who had grown up with him, whom he had in his service, 9 and said to them “What reply do you advise that we give to these people who have told me ‘Make the yoke your father put on us rather easier’?” 10 And the young men who had grown up with him told him “This is what you will say to the people who have told you ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, be easier on us’: you will tell them ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s hips. 11 Now my father imposed a heavy yoke on you, and I will add to your yoke; my father punished you with whips, and I will with scorpions.’” 12 And Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day as the king had told them “Come back to me on the third day”; 13 and the king gave them a harsh answer. And King Rehoboam discarded the old men’s policy 14 and spoke to them in accordance with the young men’s policy, “I will make your yoke heavy and add to it; my father punished you with whips, and I will with scorpions.” 15 * And the king did not listen to the people, because it was a crisis determined by God in order that Jehovah might make good his prediction which he had given by Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat. 16 * And all Israel saw that the king had not listened to them; and the people replied to the king “What share have we in David? no estate in Jesse’s son; all to your homes, Israel! now look after your own house, David!” and all Israel went to their homes. 17 But over the sons of Israel who lived in the cities of Judah Rehoboam became king. 18 And King Rehoboam sent Hadoram, the superintendent of the corvée; and the sons of Israel stoned him to death. And King Rehoboam put his best foot foremost in getting into his chariot to take flight to Jerusalem; 19 and Israel rebelled against the house of David, and it has lasted to this day.
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