2 Chronicles 10
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1Then Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him king.1Rehoboam traveled to Shechem, for all Israel had gathered in Shechem to make Rehoboam king.
2When Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it (for he was in Egypt where he had fled from the presence of King Solomon), Jeroboam returned from Egypt.2When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard the news, he was still in Egypt, where he had fled from King Solomon. Jeroboam returned from Egypt.
3So they sent and summoned him. When Jeroboam and all Israel came, they spoke to Rehoboam, saying,3They sent for him and Jeroboam and all Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam, saying,
4"Your father made our yoke hard; now therefore lighten the hard service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you."4"Your father made us work too hard! Now if you lighten the demands he made and don't make us work as hard, we will serve you."
5He said to them, "Return to me again in three days." So the people departed.5He said to them, "Go away for three days, then return to me." So the people went away.
6Then King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who had served his father Solomon while he was still alive, saying, "How do you counsel me to answer this people?"6King Rehoboam consulted with the older advisers who had served his father Solomon when he had been alive. He asked them, "How do you advise me to answer these people?"
7They spoke to him, saying, "If you will be kind to this people and please them and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever."7They said to him, "If you are fair to these people, grant their request, and are cordial to them, they will be your servants from this time forward."
8But he forsook the counsel of the elders which they had given him, and consulted with the young men who grew up with him and served him.8But Rehoboam rejected their advice and consulted the young advisers who served him, with whom he had grown up.
9So he said to them, "What counsel do you give that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, 'Lighten the yoke which your father put on us'?"9He asked them, "How do you advise me to respond to these people who said to me, 'Lessen the demands your father placed on us'?"
10The young men who grew up with him spoke to him, saying, "Thus you shall say to the people who spoke to you, saying, 'Your father made our yoke heavy, but you make it lighter for us.' Thus you shall say to them, 'My little finger is thicker than my father's loins!10The young advisers with whom Rehoboam had grown up said to him, "Say this to these people who have said to you, 'Your father made us work hard, but now lighten our burden'--say this to them: 'I am a lot harsher than my father!
11Whereas my father loaded you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.'"11My father imposed heavy demands on you; I will make them even heavier. My father punished you with ordinary whips; I will punish you with whips that really sting your flesh.'"
12So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day as the king had directed, saying, "Return to me on the third day."12Jeroboam and all the people reported to Rehoboam on the third day, just as the king had ordered when he said, "Return to me on the third day."
13The king answered them harshly, and King Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the elders.13The king responded to the people harshly. He rejected the advice of the older men
14He spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, "My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions."14and followed the advice of the younger ones. He said, "My father imposed heavy demands on you; I will make them even heavier. My father punished you with ordinary whips; I will punish you with whips that really sting your flesh."
15So the king did not listen to the people, for it was a turn of events from God that the LORD might establish His word, which He spoke through Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.15The king refused to listen to the people, because God was instigating this turn of events so that he might bring to pass the prophetic announcement he had made through Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam son of Nebat.
16When all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them the people answered the king, saying, "What portion do we have in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. Every man to your tents, O Israel; Now look after your own house, David." So all Israel departed to their tents.16When all Israel saw that the king refused to listen to them, the people answered the king, "We have no portion in David--no share in the son of Jesse! Return to your homes, O Israel! Now, look after your own dynasty, O David!" So all Israel returned to their homes.
17But as for the sons of Israel who lived in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.17(Rehoboam continued to rule over the Israelites who lived in the cities of Judah.)
18Then King Rehoboam sent Hadoram, who was over the forced labor, and the sons of Israel stoned him to death. And King Rehoboam made haste to mount his chariot to flee to Jerusalem.18King Rehoboam sent Hadoram, the supervisor of the work crews, out after them, but the Israelites stoned him to death. King Rehoboam managed to jump into his chariot and escape to Jerusalem.
19So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.19So Israel has been in rebellion against the Davidic dynasty to this very day.
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