2 Chronicles 10


The people apply to Rehoboam to ease them of their burdens, 1-4.

Rejecting the advice of the aged counsellors, and following that

of the young men, he gives them an ungracious answer, 5-14.

The people are discouraged, and ten tribes revolt, 15-17.

They stone Hadoram, who went to collect the tribute; and

Rehoboam but barely escapes, 18, 19.


Verse 1. Rehoboam went to Shechem] This chapter is almost word

for word the same as 1Ki 12:1-19, to the notes on which the

reader is referred.

Verse 10. By little finger shall be thicker] "My weakness shall

be stronger than the might of my father."-Targum.

Verse 15. For the cause was of God] "For there was an occasion

Divinely given."-Targum.

Verse 16. To your tents, O Israel] "To your cities, O


Now, David, see to thine own house.] "Now, David, rule over the

men of thy own house."-Targum.

Verse 18. Stoned him] When he endeavoured to collect the tribute

which Solomon had imposed on them.-Jarchi.

Verse 19. Israel rebelled] A few soft words, and the removal of

a part of the oppressive taxes, (for they said, Ease thou SOMEWHAT

the grievous servitude,) would have secured this people to the

state, and prevented the shedding of a sea of human blood, which

was the consequence of the separation of this kingdom. Rehoboam

was a fool; and through his folly he lost his kingdom. He is not

the only example on record: the Stuarts lost the realm of England

much in the same way; and, by a different mode of treatment, the

House of Brunswick continues to fill the British throne. May the

thread of its fortune, woven by the hand of God, never be

undone! and may the current of its power glide on to the latest


Talia secla, suis dixerunt, currite, fusis

Concordes stabili fatorum numine Parcae.

VIRG. Ecl. iv., ver. 46.

"God's firm decree, by which this web was spun,

Shall ever bless the clue, and bid it smoothly run."

Labitur, et labetur in omne volubilis AEvum.

HORAT. Epist., l. i., c. 2, v. 43.

"Still glides the river, and shall ever glide."

Amen! Amen!

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