1 Kings 12:12–20

12 Three days later Jeroboam and all the people returned to Rehoboam, as the king had said, “Come back to me in three days.” 13 The king answered the people harshly. Rejecting the advice given him by the elders, 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 scourgedu you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.” 15 So the king did not listen to the people, for this turn of events was from the Lord,v to fulfill the word the Lord had spoken to Jeroboam son of Nebat through Ahijahw the Shilonite.

16 When all Israel saw that the king refused to listen to them, they answered the king:

“What sharex do we have in David,

what part in Jesse’s son?

To your tents, Israel!y

Look after your own house, David!”

So the Israelites went home.z 17 But as for the Israelites who were living in the towns of Judah,a Rehoboam still ruled over them.

18 King Rehoboam sent out Adoniram,b b who was in charge of forced labor, but all Israel stoned him to death.c King Rehoboam, however, managed to get into his chariot and escape to Jerusalem. 19 So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of Davidd to this day.

20 When all the Israelites heard that Jeroboam had returned, they sent and called him to the assembly and made him king over all Israel. Only the tribe of Judah remained loyal to the house of David.e

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