2 Chronicles 10
1 And Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him
2 And it happened, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard it, where he was in Egypt,
where he had fled from the presence of King Solomon, that Jeroboam returned from
3 And they sent for him and called him. And Jeroboam and all Israel came and spoke to
4 Your father made our yoke heavy; now therefore, lighten the burdensome service of
your father and his heavy yoke which he has put on us, and we will serve you.
5 So he said to them, Come back to me after three days. And the people departed.
6 And King Rehoboam consulted the elders who stood before his father Solomon while
he still lived, saying, How do you advise me to answer these people?
7 And they spoke to him, saying, If you are kind to the people, and please them, and speak
good words to them, they will be your servants forever.
8 But he rejected the counsel which the elders had given him, and consulted the young
men who had grown up with him, who stood before him.
9 And he said to them, What advice do you give? How should we answer this people who
have spoken to me, saying, Lighten the yoke which your father had put on us?
10 And the young men who had grown up with him spoke to him, saying, Thus you
should speak to the people who have spoken to you, saying, Your father made our yoke
heavy, but you make it lighter on us; thus you shall say to them: My little finger shall be
thicker than my father's loins!
11 And now, whereas my father put a heavy yoke on you, I will add to your yoke; my
father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions!
12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king had
spoken, saying, Come back to me the third day.
13 And the king answered them harshly. King Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the
14 and he spoke to them according to the counsel of the young men, saying, My father
made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it; my father chastised you with whips, but I will
chastise you with scorpions!
15 So the king did not consent to the people; for the turn of events was from God, that
Jehovah might fulfill His word, which He had spoken by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite
to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
16 And when all Israel saw that the king did not consent to them, the people answered the
king, saying: What portion have we in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse.
Every man to your tents, O Israel! Now see to your own house, O David! And all Israel
departed to their tents.
17 But Rehoboam reigned over the children of Israel dwelling in the cities of Judah.
18 And King Rehoboam sent Hadoram, who was over the labor force; but the sons of
Israel stoned him with stones, and he died. So King Rehoboam mounted his chariot in
haste to flee to Jerusalem.
19 Thus Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.