2 Chronicles 10 ©
1 The Israelites, assembled at Shechem to make Rehoboam king, sue to him with Jeroboam at their head for redress of grievances. 6 Rehoboam slighteth the good advice of his father's old counsellers, and consulteth with the young men, who advise to answer the people roughly. 12 He followeth their indiscreet counsel. 16 The ten tribes revolting kill Hadoram, and make Rehoboam flee.
AND aRehoboam went to Shechem: 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, bwhither he had fled from the presence of Solomon the king, heard it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.
And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came and spake to Rehoboam, saying,
And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be 1kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.
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, gThus 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, hMy little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins.
For whereas 2my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more to 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.
So the king hearkened not unto the people: lfor the 3cause was of God, that the LORD might perform his word, which he spake by the mhand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
¶And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying, nWhat 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 sent oHadoram that was over the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam 4made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.
And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.