G3 A1 10:1. Personal events. Accession. B1 10:2-11:4. Public events. Revolt of Jeroboam. A2 11:5-12:1. Personal events. B2 12:2-12. Public events. Invasion of Shishak. A3 12:13-16. Personal. Records and death.
2 Chronicles 10)
1 And Rehoboam went (cp. 1 Kings 12:1-19) to Shechem: for to Shechem were all Israel come to make him king. put for the greater part or representatives.)
B1 C 2,3-. Jeroboam and Rehoboam. D -3-5. First application. D 6-19. Second application. C 11:1-4. Jeroboam and Rehoboam.
2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, (our acquaintance with him is assumed [1 Kings 11:26-40]) who was in Egypt, when he fled from the presence of Solomon the king, heard it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.
D s1 -3,4. Petitions made. The 1st. t1 5. Dismissal. " D s2 6-11. Petition. Considered. The 2nd t2 12-14. Answer. Returned. " s3 15. Petition. Repeated. " t3 16-19. Answer. Consequences. "
3 And they sent and called him.
So Jeroboam and all Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam, saying,
4 "Your father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease you somewhat the grievous servitude of your father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve you."
5 And he said to them, "Come again to me after three days." (i.e. after the 3rd day) And the people departed.
6 And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, "What counsel do you give me to return answer to this people?"
7 And they spoke to him, saying, "If you be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be your servants for ever."
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.
9 And he said to them, "What counsel give you that we may return answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, 'Ease somewhat the yoke that your father did put upon us?' "
10 And the young men that were brought up with him spoke to him, saying, "Thus shall you answer the people that spoke to you, saying, 'Your father made our yoke heavy, but make you it somewhat lighter for us;' thus shall you say to them, 'My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins.
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.' "
12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, according as the king bade, saying, "Come again to me on the third day."
13 And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men,
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."
15 So the king hearkened not to the people: for the cause was of God, that the Lord might perform His word, which He spoke by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat. (our acquaintance with 1 Kings 11:29-39 is taken for granted)
16 And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken to 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 homes, (primitive text reads "your gods". Cp. 2 Sam. 20:1. See The Massorah) O Israel: and now, David, see to your own house." So all Israel went to their tents.
17 But as for the sons of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, (see 1 Kings 12:17) Rehoboam reigned over them.
18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, (see Lev. 24:14) that he died. But king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.
19 And Israel rebelled against the house of David to this day