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 Rehoboam went to Sichem for all Israel were come to Sichem to make hym kynge. 1 Kings 12:2 And when Ieroboam the sonne of Nabat hearde of it beyng yet in Egypte: for he fleed to Egypte for feare of Salomon, and dwelt in Egypte. 1 Kings 12:3 And they sent & called hym: and so Ieroboam & all the congregacyon of Israel came and spake vnto Rehoboam, sayinge: 1 Kings 12:4 thy father made oure youcke greuouse, but nowe make thou the greuouse seruyce of thy father & hys sore youcke which he put vpon vs, lyghter; and so we wyl serue the. 1 Kings 12:5 And he sayde vnto them: departe yet for þe space of thre dayes, and then come agayne to me. And the people departed.
Rehoboam, refusing the old men's counsel, by the advice of young men, answereth them roughly.
1 Kings 12:6 And kynge Rehoboam toke councell wyth the olde men that stode before Salomon hys father whyle he yet lyued, & sayd: what councell geue ye to aunswere thys people with al? 1 Kings 12:7 And they sayd vnto hym: If thou shalt be a seruaunt vnto this people this daye and serue them, & answere them, & speake kynd wordes to them: they wyll be thy seruauntes for euer. 1 Kings 12:8 But he lefte the councell that the olde men had geuen hym, & counceled with the young men þt were nourished vp with him, & had waited on him. 1 Kings 12:9 And he sayd vnto them: what councel geue ye, to aunswere this people with all whiche haue communed wyth me, sayinge: make the youcke whiche thy father dyd put vpon vs, lighter? 1 Kings 12:10 And the young men that were brought vp wyth hym, aunswered hym, sayinge: thys people that haue sayde vnto the: thy father made our youcke heuye, make thou it vs lighter: thus aunswere them. My lytle fynger shalbe wayghtyer then my fathers loynes. 1 Kings 12:11 And nowe where my father put a greuouse youcke vpon you, I wyll make it heauyer. For where my father corrected you wt scourges, I wil chastyse you wt scorpions.
1 Kings 12:12 And when Ieroboam and all the people were come to Rehoboam the thyrde daye, as the kynge annoynted them, saying: come to me agayn this daye thre dayes: 1 Kings 12:13 the kynge aunswered the people churlyshlye, and lefte the aduise that olde men gaue hym: 1 Kings 12:14 and spake to them after the councell of the younge men, sayinge. My father made youre youcke greuouse, but I wyl make it greuouser. For where my father chastysed you with whyppes, I wyll chastyse you with scorpyons. 1 Kings 12:15 And so the kynge herkened not vnto the people: for the turnynge awaye was of the Lorde, to performe hys sayinge, which the Lorde sayde by Ahiah the Silonite vnto Ieroboam the sonne of Nabat.
Ten tribes revolting, kill Adoram, and make Rehoboam to flee.
1 Kings 12:16 And when all Israel sawe that the kynge regarded them not, the people aunswered the kynge agayne sayinge: we haue no parte in Dauid, nor enheritaunce in the sonne of Isai. To youre tentes therfor Israel, & nowe se to thyne owne house Dauid. And so Israell departed vnto theyr tentes. 1 Kings 12:17 How be it ouer the chyldren of Israel which dwelt in the cytye of Iuda, dyd Rehoboam raygne stil. 1 Kings 12:18 Then king Rehoboam sente Aduram the receyuer of the trybute. And all Israel stoned him to deathe with stones. But kyng Rehoboam made spede & gat him vp to hys charet, & fleed to Ierusalem. 1 Kings 12:19 And so Israel departed from the house of Dauid vnto thys daye. 1 Kings 12:20 And when all Israell hearde that Ieroboam was come agayn, they sent & called hym vnto the congregacyon and made him kyng ouer Israel: so there folowed the house of Dauid, but the trybe of Iuda only.
Rehoboam, raising an army, is forbidden by Shemaiah.
1 Kings 12:21 And when Rehoboam was come to Ierusalem, he gathered all the house of Iuda & the trybe of Beniamin an hundred and foure skore thousandes of chosen men and good warryours, to fyghte agaynst the house of Israel and to brynge the kyngdome agayne to Rehoboam the sonne of Salomon. 1 Kings 12:22 Then came the worde of the Lorde vnto Semeiah the man of God sayinge: 1 Kings 12:23 speake vnto Rehoboam the sonne of Salomon kynge of Iuda, and vnto all the house of Iuda and Beniamin, and the remnaunt of the people & saye. 1 Kings 12:24 Thus sayth the Lorde: go not nor yet fyght agaynste youre brethren the chyldren of Israel, but returne euery man to his house, for thys doynge is of the Lorde. And they obeyed the worde of the Lorde, and returned & departed accordynge to the word of the Lord.
Jeroboam strengtheneth himself by cities,
1 Kings 12:25 Then Ieroboam buylte Sichem in mounte Ephraim, and dwelt therin. And went from thence and buylt Phanuel.
and by the idolatry of the two calves.
1 Kings 12:26 And Ieroboam thought in hys hert: now myght the kyngdome returne to the house of Dauid agayne. 1 Kings 12:27 For yf thys people shall go vp, & do sacryfyce in the house of the Lord at Ierusalem, then shall theyr hertes turne againe vnto theyr Lorde Rehoboam kynge of Iuda. And so shall they kyll me, and go agayne to Rehoboam kyng of Iuda. 1 Kings 12:28 Whervpon the kynge toke councell, and made two calues of golde and sayde vnto the people: ye shall not neade to go any more to Ierusalem. Beholde youre Goddes Israel which brought you out of the lande of Egypte. 1 Kings 12:29 And he put the one in Bethel, and the other in Dan. 1 Kings 12:30 And that doynge, was a cause of synne. And the people went before the one as farre as Dan. 1 Kings 12:31 And he made houses of hyllaulters, and made of the lowest of the people priestes whiche were not of the sonnes of Leui. 1 Kings 12:32 And Ieroboam made a feast the .xv. daye of the .viij. moneth like vnto the feast that was in Iuda, and offered on the aultare. And so dyd he in Bethell, to offer vnto the calues that he had made. And he put in Bethel the pryestes of the hyll aultares whiche he had made. 1 Kings 12:33 And he offered vpon the aulter whiche he had made in Bethell, the .xv. daye of the .viij. moneth, which he had ymagined of hys owne hert: and made a solempne feaste vnto the chyldren of Israel, and wente vp to the aultare to burne sacrifyce.