2 Chronicles 10

1 Rehoboam went to Shechem, because all the Israelites had gone to Shechem to make him king. 2 Jeroboam, son of Nebat, was still in Egypt when he heard about this. (He had run away to Egypt to escape from King Solomon and was living there.) 3 The Israelite leaders sent for him. Jereboam and all the Israelites went to talk with Rehoboam. 4 “Your father placed a heavy burden on us,” they told him. “But now if you lighten the load your father imposed and the heavy demands he laid on us, we will serve you.” 5 Rehoboam answered, “Come back in three days time.” So the people left. 6 King Rehoboam asked for advice from the elders who had served his father Solomon when he was alive. “How do you advise me to reply to these people about this?” he asked. 7 They replied, “If you treat these people well, and please them by speaking kindly to them, they will always serve you.” 8 But Rehoboam dismissed the advice of the elders. He instead asked advice from the young men who he had grown up with, and who were close to him. 9 He asked them, “What response do you advise that we send back to these people who have told me, ‘Lighten the burden your father put on us’?” 10 The young men who he had grown up with told him, “This is what you have to tell these people who said to you, ‘Your father made our burden heavy, but you should make it lighter.’ This is what you should answer them: ‘My little finger is thicker than my father's waist! 11 My father placed a heavy burden on you, and I will make it even heavier. My father punished you with whips; I will punish you with scorpions.’” 12 Three days later, Jeroboam and all the people returned to Rehoboam, because the king had told them, “Come back in three days time.” 13 The king answered them sharply. Dismissing the advice of the elders, 14 he replied using the advice of the young men. He said, “My father placed a heavy burden on you, and I will make it even heavier. My father punished you with whips; I will punish you with scorpions.” 15 The king did not listen to what the people said, for this change in circumstances was from God, to fulfill what Lord had told Jeroboam son of Nebat through Ahijah the Shilonite. 16 When all the Israelites saw that the king wasn't listening to them, they told the king: “What share do we have in David, and what part do we have in the son of Jesse? Go home, Israel! You're on your own, house of David!” So all the Israelites went home. 17 However, Rehoboam still ruled over the Israelites who lived in Judah. 18 Then King Rehoboam sent out Hadoram, who was in charge of forced labor, but the Israelites stoned him to death. King Rehoboam quickly jumped into his chariot and raced back to Jerusalem. 19 As a result, Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.