1 Kings 12:1-17, 25-29
1 RehoboamI wentII to Shechem,III
for allIV IsraelV had comeVI to Shechem to make him king.VII
2 VIIIWhen JeroboamIX sonX of NebatXI
heardXII of it (for he was still in Egypt,XIII where he had fledXIV
fromXV KingXVI Solomon),XVII then Jeroboam remainedXVIII in Egypt.
3 And they sentXIX and calledXX him, and Jeroboam and all the assemblyXXI of Israel came and saidXXII to Rehoboam,XXIII
4 “Your fatherXXIV made our yokeXXV heavy.XXVI Now,XXVII therefore, lightenXXVIII
the hardXXIX serviceXXX of your father and his heavyXXXI yoke that he placedXXXII on us, and we will serveXXXIII you.”
5 He saidXXXIV to them, “Go awayXXXV for threeXXXVI days,XXXVII then come againXXXVIII to me.” So the peopleXXXIX went away.
6 Then King Rehoboam took counselXL with the older menXLI whoXLII had attendedXLIII, XLIV his father Solomon
while he wasXLV still alive,XLVI saying,XLVII “How do you adviseXLVIII me to answerXLIX this people?”
7 They answeredL him,LI “If you will be a servantLII to this people todayLIII and serve them and speakLIV
goodLV wordsLVI to them when you answerLVII them, then they will be your servants forever.”LVIII
8 But he disregardedLIX the adviceLX that the older men gaveLXI him and consultedLXII with the young menLXIII who had grown upLXIV with him and now attendedLXV him.
9 He saidLXVI to them, “What do you advise that we answerLXVII this people who have saidLXVIII to me,LXIX ‘Lighten the yoke that your father putLXX on us’?”
10 The young men who had grown up with him saidLXXI to him,LXXII “Thus you should sayLXXIII to this people who spokeLXXIV to you,LXXV ‘Your father made our yoke heavy,LXXVI but you must lighten it for us’;
thus you should sayLXXVII to them, ‘My littleLXXVIII finger is thickerLXXIX than my father’s loins.LXXX
11 Now, whereas my father laidLXXXI on you a heavyLXXXII yoke, I will addLXXXIII to your yoke. My father disciplinedLXXXIV you with whips,LXXXV but I will discipline you with scorpions.’”LXXXVI
12 So Jeroboam and all the people cameLXXXVII to Rehoboam the thirdLXXXVIII day, as the king had said,LXXXIX, XC “Come to me againXCI the third day.”
13 The king answeredXCII the people harshly.XCIII He disregarded the advice that the older men had given him 14 and spokeXCIV to them according to the advice of the young men,XCV “My father made your yoke heavy,XCVI but I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.”
15 So the king did not listenXCVII to the people because it was a turnXCVIII of affairs brought about by the LordXCIX toC fulfillCI his word
that the Lord had spoken byCII AhijahCIII the ShiloniteCIV to Jeroboam son of Nebat.
16 When all Israel sawCV that the king would not listen to them, the people answeredCVI the king,CVII
“What shareCVIII do we have in David?CIX
We have no inheritanceCX in the son of Jesse.CXI
To your tents,CXII O Israel!
LookCXIII now to your own house,CXIV O David.”
So Israel went away to their tents. 17 But Rehoboam reignedCXV over the IsraelitesCXVI who were livingCXVII in the townsCXVIII of Judah.CXIX
25 Then Jeroboam builtCXX Shechem in the hill countryCXXI of EphraimCXXII and residedCXXIII there; he went outCXXIV from there and built Penuel.CXXV
26 Then Jeroboam saidCXXVI to himself,CXXVII “Now the kingdomCXXVIII may well revertCXXIX to the house of David.
27 If this people continues to go upCXXX to offerCXXXI sacrificesCXXXII in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem,CXXXIII
the heartCXXXIV of this people will turn againCXXXV to their master,CXXXVI King Rehoboam of Judah; they will killCXXXVII me and returnCXXXVIII to King Rehoboam of Judah.”
28 So the king took counsel and madeCXXXIX twoCXL calvesCXLI of gold.CXLII
He saidCXLIII to the people, “You have gone up to Jerusalem long enough.CXLIV HereCXLV are your gods,CXLVI O Israel, who brought you upCXLVII out of the landCXLVIII of Egypt.”
29 He setCXLIX oneCL in Bethel,CLI and the otherCLII he put in Dan.CLIII
Image credit: “Rehoboam” – it is a “fragment of the wall painting in the Great Council Chamber of Basel Town Hall” by Hans Holbein the Younger, 1530.