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2 Chronicles 10 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 10:1 - Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had gone there to make him king.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 10:2 - When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard this (he was in Egypt, where he had fled from King Solomon), he returned from Egypt.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 10:3 - So they sent for Jeroboam, and he and all Israel went to Rehoboam and said to him:

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 10:4 - “Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 10:5 - Rehoboam answered, “Come back to me in three days.” So the people went away.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 10:6 - Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. “How would you advise me to answer these people?” he asked.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 10:7 - They replied, “If you will be kind to these people and please them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 10:8 - But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 10:9 - He asked them, “What is your advice? How should we answer these people who say to me, ‘Lighten the yoke your father put on us’?”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 10:10 - The young men who had grown up with him replied, “The people have said to you, ‘Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but make our yoke lighter.’ Now tell them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 10:11 - My father laid on you a heavy yoke; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.’ ”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 10:12 - Three days later Jeroboam and all the people returned to Rehoboam, as the king had said, “Come back to me in three days.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 10:13 - The king answered them harshly. Rejecting the advice of the elders,

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 10:14 - he followed the advice of the young men and said, “My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.”

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 10:15 - So the king did not listen to the people, for this turn of events was from God, to fulfill the word the LORD had spoken to Jeroboam son of Nebat through Ahijah the Shilonite.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 10:16 - When all Israel saw that the king refused to listen to them, they answered the king: “What share do we have in David, what part in Jesse’s son? To your tents, Israel! Look after your own house, David!” So all the Israelites went home.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 10:17 - But as for the Israelites who were living in the towns of Judah, Rehoboam still ruled over them.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 10:18 - King Rehoboam sent out Adoniram,[fn] who was in charge of forced labor, but the Israelites stoned him to death. King Rehoboam, however, managed to get into his chariot and escape to Jerusalem.

Unchecked Copy Box2Ch 10:19 - So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.
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Hebrew Hadoram, a variant of Adoniram

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