0 SAB 2 Chronicles 10

And Rehoboam ... took eighteen wives, and threescore concubines. 11:21

Trivia: How many animals did Solomon sacrifice at Gibeon?

2 Chronicles


The people of Israel rebel against Rehoboam
10:1-19, Cf. 1 Kg 12:1-19

1 And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for to Shechem were all Israel come to make him king.

After Solomon died, his son Rehoboam went to Shechem.

And all the people of Israel went there to meet him to make him king.

2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was in Egypt, whither he fled from the presence of Solomon the king, heard it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.

When Jeroboam heard about it, he came back to Israel from Egypt (where he had fled to avoid being killed by Solomon).

3 And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came and spake to Rehoboam, saying,

4Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee.

Jeroboam and all the people of Israel said to Rehoboam,
Your father Solomon was hard on us.

You need to treat us better.

5 And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the people departed.

Rehoboam said to them,
Go away and come back in three days.

6 And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people?

Rehoboam consulted with the old men that advised Solomon, saying,
How should I respond to these people?

7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.

8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.

9 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?

The old men said to him,

If you're going to be king, you need to speak kindly to them.

If you do, they'll serve you forever.

But he ignored the advice of the old men, and asked the young men what to do.

10 And the young men that were brought up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus 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, My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins.

The young men said that he should say the following words to the people:

My little finger will be thicker than my father's penis.

11For whereas my 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.

My father laid a heavy burden on you. I will add to your burden.

He punished you with whips; I'll punish you with scorpions.

12 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.

13 And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men,

14 And answered them after the advice of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

On the third day Jeroboam and all the people of Israel returned to hear what king would say.

And here's what he said:

My father laid a heavy burden on you. I will add to your burden.

He punished you with whips; I'll punish you with scorpions.

(He left out the part about his father's penis.)

15 So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause was of God, that the LORD might perform his word, which he spake by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

Rehoboam spoke this way because that is the way God wanted him to speak, as Ahijah explained to Jeroboam when he ripped his clothes into twelve pieces.

16 And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What 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.

When everyone in Israel heard Rehoboam's words, they said to him,
We want nothing to do with David.

We're going home.

17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.

But Rehoboam ruled over Judah.

18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.

Rehoboam sent Hadoram to the people of Israel.

But everyone in Israel stoned him to death.

So Rehoboam got in his chariot and fled to Jerusalem.

19 And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.

And Israel has rebelled against David's kingdom to this very day.

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