1 Kings 12
Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to Shechem to make him king.
2And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, heard of it, (for he was
fled from the presence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt;)
3That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the congregation of Israel came, and spake unto
4Thy father made our yoke
grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and
we will serve thee.
5And he said unto them,
Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed.
6And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived,
and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people?
they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and
speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.
8But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young
men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him:
he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which
thy father did put upon us lighter?
the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee,
saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger
shall be thicker than my father's loins.
now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but
I will chastise you with scorpions.
and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third day.
13And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men's counsel that
they gave him;
14And spake to them after the
counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you
with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
the king hearkened not unto the people; for the cause was from the LORD, that he might perform his saying, which the LORD
spake by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David?
neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So Israel departed
unto their tents.
17But as for the children
of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
18Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was over the tribute; and all Israel stoned him with stones,
that he died. Therefore king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.
19So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.
20And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that
they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was none that followed the house
of David, but the tribe of Judah only.
when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore
thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the
son of Solomon.
22But the word of God came
unto Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant of the
24Thus saith the LORD, Ye
shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing is
from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the LORD, and returned to depart, according to the word of the LORD.
25Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and went out
from thence, and built Penuel.
said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:
27If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart
of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam
king of Judah.
28Whereupon the king took counsel,
and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel,
which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.
this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.
31And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people,
which were not of the sons of Levi.
Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and
he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the
priests of the high places which he had made.
he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had
devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense.