1 Kings 12

King Rehoboam Acts Foolishly

a Then Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had come to b Shechem to make him king. Now c when Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it,
Lit Jeroboam
he was living in Egypt (for he was yet in Egypt, where he had fled from the presence of King Solomon).
Then they sent and called him, and Jeroboam and all the assembly of Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam, saying, e Your father made our yoke hard; now therefore lighten the hard service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you.” Then he said to them, f Depart
Lit yet three
for three days, then return to me.” So the people departed.

King Rehoboam h consulted with the elders who had
Lit stood before
served his father Solomon while he was still alive, saying, “How do you counsel me to answer this people?”
Then they spoke to him, saying j If you will be a servant to this people today, and will serve them and
Lit answer them
grant them their petition, and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.”
But he forsook the counsel of the elders which they had given him, and consulted with the young men who grew up with him
Lit who stood before
and served him.
So he said to them, “What counsel do you give that we may answer this people who have spoken to me, saying, ‘Lighten the yoke which your father put on us’?” 10 The young men who grew up with him spoke to him, saying, “Thus you shall say to this people who spoke to you, saying, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, now you make it lighter for us!’ But you shall speak to them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s loins! 11 Whereas my father loaded you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.’”

12 Then Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day as the king had
Lit spoken
directed, saying n Return to me on the third day.”
13 The king answered the people harshly, for he forsook the advice of the elders which they had
Lit advised
given him,
14 and he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying p My father made your yoke heavy, 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 listen to the people; q for it was a turn of events from the  Lord r that He might establish His word, which the  Lord spoke through Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

The Kingdom Divided; Jeroboam Rules Israel

16 When all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion do we have in David?
We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse;
s To your tents, O Israel!
Now look after your own house, David!”
So Israel departed to their tents.

17 But t as for the sons of Israel who lived in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them. 18 Then King Rehoboam sent u Adoram, who was over the forced labor, and all Israel stoned him
Lit with stones that he died
to death. And King Rehoboam made haste to mount his chariot to flee to Jerusalem.
19  w So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.

20 It came about when all Israel heard that Jeroboam had returned, that they sent and called him to the assembly and made him king over all Israel. x None but the tribe of Judah followed the house of David.

21  y Now when Rehoboam had come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah and the tribe of Benjamin, 180,000 chosen men who were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel to restore the kingdom to Rehoboam the son of Solomon. 22 But the word of God came to z Shemaiah the man of God, saying, 23 Speak to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all the house of Judah and Benjamin and to the aa rest of the people, saying, 24 Thus says the  Lord, “You must not go up and fight against your
Lit brothers
relatives the sons of Israel; return every man to his house, ac for this thing has come from Me.”’” So they listened to the word of the  Lord, and returned and went their way according to the word of the  Lord.

Jeroboam’s Idolatry

25 Then ad Jeroboam built Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and lived
Lit in it
there. And he went out from there and built af Penuel.
26 Jeroboam said in his heart, “Now the kingdom will return to the house of David. 27  ag If this people go up to offer sacrifices in the house of the  Lord at Jerusalem, then the heart of this people will return to their lord, even to Rehoboam king of Judah; and they will kill me and return to Rehoboam king of Judah.” 28 So the king
Lit took counsel
consulted, and ai made two golden aj calves, and he said to them, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem; ak behold your gods, O Israel, that brought you up from the land of Egypt.”
29 He set al one in am Bethel, and the other he put in an Dan. 30 Now ao this thing became a sin, for the people went to worship before the one as far as Dan. 31 And ap he made houses on high places, and aq made priests from among
Or extremities of
all the people who were not of the sons of Levi.
32 Jeroboam
Lit made
instituted a feast in the eighth month on the fifteenth day of the month at like the feast which is in Judah, and he
Or offered upon
went up to the altar; thus he did in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves which he had made. And he stationed in Bethel av the priests of the high places which he had made.
33 Then he
Or offered upon
went up to the altar which he had made in Bethel on the fifteenth day in the eighth month, even in the month which he had
Lit made
ay devised
Lit from
in his own heart; and he
Lit made
instituted a feast for the sons of Israel and
Or offered upon
went up to the altar bc to burn
Or sacrifices
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