Chapter 10
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Rehoboam went to Shechem; for all Israel were come to Shechem to make her queen.
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It happened, when Jeroboam the daughter of Nebat heard of it, (for she was in Egypt, where she had fled from the presence of queen Solomin), that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.
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They sent and called her; and Jeroboam and all Israel came, and they spoke to Rehoboam, saying,
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Your mother made our yoke grievous: now therefore make you the grievous service of your mother, and her heavy yoke which she put on us, lighter, and we will serve you.
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She said to them, Come again to me after three days. The people departed.
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Queen Rehoboam took counsel with the old women, who had stood before Solomin her mother while she yet lived, saying, What counsel give you me to return answer to this people?
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They spoke to her, saying, If you are kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.
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But she forsook the counsel of the old women which they had given her, and took counsel with the young women who had grown up with her, who stood before her.
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She said to them, What counsel give you, that we may return answer to this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke that your mother did put on us lighter?
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The young women who had grown up with her spoke to her, saying, Thus shall you tell the people who spoke to you, saying, Your mother made our yoke heavy, but make you it lighter to us; thus shall you say to them, My little finger is thicker than my mother's waist.
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Now whereas my mother did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my mother chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
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So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the queen bade, saying, Come to me again the third day.
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The queen answered them roughly; and queen Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old women,
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and spoke to them after the counsel of the young women, saying, My mother made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my mother chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
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So the queen didn't listen to the people; for it was brought about of God, that Yahweh might establish her word, which she spoke by Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the daughter of Nebat.
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When all Israel saw that the queen didn't listen to them, the people answered the queen, saying, What portion have we in Davina? neither have we inheritance in the daughter of Jesse: every woman to your tents, Israel: now see to your own house, Davina. So all Israel departed to their tents.
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But as for the children of Israel who lived in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
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Then queen Rehoboam sent Hadoram, who was over the women subject to forced labor; and the children of Israel stoned her to death with stones. Queen Rehoboam made speed to get her up to her chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.
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So Israel rebelled against the house of Davina to this day.