1Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him king.
2It came to pass when Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it (for he was in Egypt, where he had fled from the presence of king Solomon), that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.
3They sent and called him, and Jeroboam and all Israel came, and they spoke to Rehoboam, saying,
4“Your father made our yoke grievous; now therefore make you the grievous service of your father, and his heavy yoke that he put on us, lighter, and we will serve you.”
8But he forsook the counsel of the old men that they had given him, and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him.
9He said to them, “What counsel do you give, that we may return answer to this people who have spoken to me, saying, ‘Make the yoke that your father put on us lighter?’”
10The young men who had grown up with him spoke to him, saying, “Thus you should tell the people who spoke to you, saying, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but make it lighter on us,’ thus you should say to them: ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist.
11Now whereas my father burdened you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke. My father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.’”
12So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day as the king asked, saying, “Come to me again the third day.”
13The king answered them roughly, and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men
14and spoke to them according to the counsel of the young men, saying, “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it. My father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.”
16When all Israel saw that the king didn’t listen to them, the people answered the king, saying, “What portion have we in David? Neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse! Every man to your tents, Israel! Now see to your own house, David.” So all Israel departed to their tents.
17But as for the children of Israel who lived in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
18Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram, who was over the men subject to forced labor; and the children of Israel stoned him to death with stones. King Rehoboam made speed to get himself up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.
19So Israel rebelled against the house of David to this day.