1 Kings 12
The Israelites, assembled at Shechem to crown Rehoboam, by Jeroboam make a suit of relaxation unto him.
1 Kings 12:1 And Roboam went to Sichem: for thither were all Israel come together to make him king. 1 Kings 12:2 But Jeroboam, the son of Nabat, who was yet in Egypt, a fugitive from the face of king Solomon, hearing of his death, returned out of Egypt. 1 Kings 12:3 And they sent and called him: and Jeroboam came, and all the multitude of Israel, and they spoke to Roboam, saying: 1 Kings 12:4 Thy father laid a grievous yoke upon us: now, therefore, do thou take off a little of the grievous service of thy father, and of his most heavy yoke, which he put upon us, and we will serve thee. 1 Kings 12:5 And he said to them: Go till the third day, and come to me again. And when the people was gone,
Rehoboam, refusing the old men's counsel, by the advice of young men, answereth them roughly.
1 Kings 12:6 King Roboam took counsel with the old men, that stood before Solomon, his father, while he yet lived, and he said: What counsel do you give me, that I may answer this people? 1 Kings 12:7 They said to him: If thou wilt yield to this people to day, and condescend to them, and grant their petition, and wilt speak gentle words to them, they will be thy servants always. 1 Kings 12:8 But he left the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that had been brought up with him, and stood before him. 1 Kings 12:9 And he said to them: What counsel do you give me, that I may answer this people, who have said to me: Make the yoke, which thy father put upon us, lighter? 1 Kings 12:10 And the young men that had been brought up with him, said: Thus shalt thou speak to this people, who have spoken to thee, saying: Thy father made our yoke heavy, do thou ease us. Thou shalt say to them: My little finger is thicker than the back of my father. 1 Kings 12:11 And now my father put a heavy yoke upon you, but I will add to your yoke: my father beat you with whips, but I will beat you with scorpions.
1 Kings 12:12 So Jeroboam, and all the people, came to Roboam the third day, as the king had appointed, saying: Come to me again the third day. 1 Kings 12:13 And the king answered the people roughly, leaving the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, 1 Kings 12:14 And he spoke to them according to the counsel of the young men, saying: My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke: My father beat you with whips, but I will beat you with scorpions. 1 Kings 12:15 And the king condescended not to the people: for the Lord was turned away from him, to make good his word, which he had spoken in the hand of Ahias, the Silonite, to Jeroboam, the son of Nabat.
Ten tribes revolting, kill Adoram, and make Rehoboam to flee.
1 Kings 12:16 Then the people, seeing that the king would not hearken to them, answered him, saying: What portion have we in David? or what inheritance in the son of Isai? Go home to thy dwellings, O Israel: now, David, look to thy own house. So Israel departed to their dwellings. 1 Kings 12:17 But as for all the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Juda, Roboam reigned over them. 1 Kings 12:18 Then king Roboam sent Aduram, who was over the tribute: and all Israel stoned him, and he died. Wherefore king Roboam made haste to get him up into his chariot, and he fled to Jerusalem: 1 Kings 12:19 And Israel revolted from the house of David, unto this day. 1 Kings 12:20 And it came to pass when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they gathered an assembly, and sent and called him, and made him king over all Israel, and there was none that followed the house of David but the tribe of Juda only.
Rehoboam, raising an army, is forbidden by Shemaiah.
1 Kings 12:21 And Roboam came to Jerusalem, and gathered together all the house of Juda, and the tribe of Benjamin, a hundred fourscore thousand chosen men for war, to fight against the house of Israel, and to bring the kingdom again under Roboam, the son of Solomon. 1 Kings 12:22 But the word of the Lord came to Semeias, the man of God, saying: 1 Kings 12:23 Speak to Roboam, the son of Solomon, the king of Juda, and to all the house of Juda, and Benjamin, and the rest of the people, saying: 1 Kings 12:24 Thus saith the Lord: You shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren, the children of Israel: let every man return to his house, for this thing is from me. They hearkened to the word of the Lord, and returned from their journey, as the Lord had commanded them.
Jeroboam strengtheneth himself by cities,
1 Kings 12:25 And Jeroboam built Sichem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt there, and going out from thence, he built Phanuel.
and by the idolatry of the two calves.
1 Kings 12:26 And Jeroboam said in his heart: Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David, 1 Kings 12:27 If this people go up to offer sacrifices in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem: and the heart of this people will turn to their lord Roboam, the king of Juda, and they will kill me, and return to him. 1 Kings 12:28 And finding out a device, he made two golden calves, and said to them: Go ye up no more to Jerusalem: Behold thy gods, O Israel, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt. 1 Kings 12:29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other in Dan: 1 Kings 12:30 And this thing became an occasion of sin: for the people went to adore the calf as far as Dan. 1 Kings 12:31 And he made temples in the high places, and priests of the lowest of the people, who were not of the sons of Levi. 1 Kings 12:32 And he appointed a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, after the manner of the feast that was celebrated in Juda. And going up to the altar, he did in like manner in Bethel, to sacrifice to the calves, which he had made: and he placed in Bethel priests of the high places, which he had made. 1 Kings 12:33 And he went up to the altar, which he had built in Bethel, on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, which he had devised of his own heart: and he ordained a feast to the children of Israel, and went up on the altar to burn incense.