2 Chronicles 10
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2 Chronicles 10
Israel Rebels Against Rehoboam...
And Rehab`am went to Shekem, for all Yisra`el had gone to Shekem to set him up to reign.
And it came to be, when Yarob'am son of Nebat heard it - he was in Mitsrayim where he had fled from the presence of Shelomoh the sovereign - that Yarob'am returned from Mitsrayim.
So they sent for him and called him. And Yarob'am and all Yisra'el came and spoke to Rehab'am, saying,
'Your father made our yoke hard, and now, lighten the hard service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us, then we shall serve you.'
And he said to them, 'Come back to me after three days.' And the people went.
Then Sovereign Rehab'am consulted the elders who stood before his father Shelomoh while he still lived, saying, 'What do you advise me to answer these people?'
And they spoke to him, saying, 'If you are good to these people, and shall please them, and speak good words to them, they shall be your servants all the days.'
But he ignored the advice the elders gave him, and consulted the young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him.
And he said to them, 'What advice do you give? How should we answer this people who have spoken to me, saying, 'Lighten the yoke which your father put on us'?'
And the young men who had grown up with him spoke to him, saying, 'Say this to the people who have spoken to you, saying, 'Your father made our yoke heavy, but you make it lighter on us.' Say this to them, 'My little finger is thicker than my father's waist!
'And now, my father put a heavy yoke on you, but I, I add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I with scourges!''
So Yarob'am and all the people came to Rehab'am on the third day, as the sovereign commanded, saying, 'Come back to me the third day.'
And the sovereign answered them harshly. Thus Sovereign Rehab'am ignored the advice of the elders,
and spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, 'My father made your yoke heavy, but I, I add to it; my father chastised you with whips, but I with scourges!'
So the sovereign did not listen to the people, for the turn of events was from Elohim, in order for YHWH to establish His word, which He had spoken by the hand of Ahiyahu the Shilonite to Yarob'am son of Nebat.
And when all Yisra'el saw that the sovereign did not listen to them, the people answered the sovereign, saying, 'What portion have we in Dawid? And we have no inheritance in the son of Yishai. Every man to your mighty ones, O Yisra'el! Now see to your own house, O Dawid!' So all Yisra'el went to their tents.
But as for the children of Yisra'el who dwelt in the cities of Yehudah, Rehab'am reigned over them.
Then Sovereign Rehab'am sent Hadoram, who was over the compulsory labour, and the children of Yisra'el stoned him with stones, and he died. And Sovereign Rehab'am hastily mounted his chariot to flee to Yerushalayim.
Thus Yisra'el revolted against the house of Dawid to this day.
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