2Ch:10:6: And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people?
2Ch:10:7: And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.
2Ch:10:8: But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men that were brought up with him, that stood before him.
2Ch:10:9: And he said unto them, What advice give ye that we may return answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us?
2Ch:10:10: And the young men that were brought up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my fatherís loins.
2Ch:10:11: For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon you, I will put more to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
2Ch:10:12: So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king bade, saying, Come again to me on the third day.
2Ch:10:13: And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men,
2Ch:10:14: And answered them after the advice of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
2Ch:10:15: So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the cause was of God, that the LORD might perform his word, which he spake by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
2Ch:10:16: And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? and we have none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine own house. So all Israel went to their tents.
2Ch:10:17: But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
2Ch:10:18: Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. But king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.
2Ch:10:19: And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.
2Ch:11:1: And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered of the house of Judah and Benjamin an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against Israel, that he might bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam.
2Ch:11:2: But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
2Ch:11:3: Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying,
2Ch:11:4: Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren: return every man to his house: for this thing is done of me. And they obeyed the words of the LORD, and returned from going against Jeroboam.
2Ch:11:5: And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah.
2Ch:11:6: He built even Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,
2Ch:11:7: And Beth-zur, and Shoco, and Adullam,
2Ch:11:8: And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph,
2Ch:11:9: And Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah,
2Ch:11:10: And Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in Benjamin fenced cities.
2Ch:11:11: And he fortified the strong holds, and put captains in them, and store of victual, and of oil and wine.
2Ch:11:12: And in every several city he put shields and spears, and made them exceeding strong, having Judah and Benjamin on his side.
2Ch:11:13: And the priests and the Levites that were in all Israel resorted to him out of all their coasts.
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