THE SECOND BOOK OF THE
2 Chronicles 10 ©
Rehoboam goes to Shechem to be made king by the people, who were there assembled, v. 1, etc. The people, by means of Jeroboam, request easement of their heavy burdens, 2. Rehoboam, following the counsel, not of the aged but of the young lords, returns a sharp answer to the people, 6. Wherefore ten tribes revolt from him, 16. And stone Hadoram, his commissioner, but himself escapes to Jerusalem, 18.
ANDa1Rehoboam went to 2Shechem: for to Shechem were all Israel come to make him king.
And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was in Egypt, whither he had fled 3from the presence of Solomon the king, heardbit, that Jeroboam 4returned out of Egypt.
And they 5sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came and spake to Rehoboam, saying,
Thy father made our yoke 6grievous: now therefore 7ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee.
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 that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people?
And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be 8kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants 9for ever.
But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with 10the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.
And he said unto them, What advice give ye that we may return answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us?
And the young men that were brought up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto them, 11My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins.
For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more to your yoke: 12my father chastised you with whips, but I 13will chastise you with 14scorpions.
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 15them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook 16the counsel of the old men,
And answered them after 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 17cause was of God, that the LORD might perform his word, whichc he spake by the 18hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
¶And when 19all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people 20answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine own house. So all Israel went to their tents.
But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
Then king Rehoboam 21sent 22Hadoram that was over the 23tribute; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.
And Israel rebelled against the house of David 24unto this day.