1 Kings 12 ©
The Israelites, assembled at Shechem to make Rehoboam king, appeal to him with Jeroboam at their head for redress of grievances. Rehoboam slighteth the good advice of his father's old counsellors, and consulteth with the young men, who advise to answer the people roughly. He followeth their indiscreet counsel. The ten tribes revolting kill Adoram, and make Rehoboam flee. Jeroboam is made king over Israel. Rehoboam raiseth an army to reduce the revolters, but is forbidden to proceed by the prophet Shemaiah. Jeroboam buildeth Shechem and Penuel. He setteth up the idolatrous worship of the golden calves in Beth-el and Dan.
That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the congregation of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying,
And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed.
And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, jMy little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins.
And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
¶So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third day.
And the king answered the people 1roughly, and forsook the old men's counsel that they gave him;
Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people; for the cause was lfrom the LORD, that mhe might perform his saying, which nthe LORD spake by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
¶So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, oWhat portion have we in David? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So Israel departed unto their tents.
So Israel 3rebelled against the house of David unto this day.
And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they ssent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was tnone that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only.
¶And uwhen Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.
Thus saith the LORD, yYe shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; zfor this thing is from me. They ahearkened therefore to the word of the LORD, and returned to depart, according to the word of the LORD.
Whereupon the king htook counsel, and made itwo calves of gold, and said unto them, jIt is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
And Jeroboam ordained a qfeast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto rthe feast that is in Judah, and he 4offered upon the altar. So did he in sBeth-el, 5sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Beth-el the priests of the high places which he had made.
So he 6offered upon the altar which he had made in Beth-el the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had tdevised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he uoffered upon the altar, 7and burnt incense.