Thematic Bible

1 Kings 12:1 (show verse)

And Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel came to Shechem to make him king.

1 Kings 12:2 (show verse)

And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it (for he was yet in Egypt where he had fled from the presence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt,

1 Kings 12:3 (show verse)

and they sent and called him), that Jeroboam and all the assembly of Israel came, and spoke to Rehoboam, saying,

1 Kings 12:4 (show verse)

Thy father made our yoke grievous. Now therefore make thou lighter the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, and we will serve thee.

1 Kings 12:5 (show verse)

And he said to them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed.

1 Kings 12:6 (show verse)

And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men who had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye to me to return an answer to this people?

1 Kings 12:7 (show verse)

And they spoke to him, saying, If thou will be a servant to this people this day, and will serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants forever.

1 Kings 12:8 (show verse)

But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and took counsel with the young men that grew up with him, who stood before him.

1 Kings 12:9 (show verse)

And he said to them, What counsel give ye, that we may return an answer to this people who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke that thy father put upon us lighter?

1 Kings 12:10 (show verse)

And the young men that grew up with him spoke to him, saying, Thus shall thou say to this people that spoke to thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter to us; thus shall thou speak to them, My little f

1 Kings 12:11 (show verse)

And now 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.

1 Kings 12:12 (show verse)

So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king bade, saying, Come to me again the third day.

1 Kings 12:13 (show verse)

And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the counsel of the old men which they had given him,

1 Kings 12:14 (show verse)

and spoke to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke. My father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.

1 Kings 12:15 (show verse)

So the king did not hearken to the people, for it was a thing brought about by LORD, that he might establish his word, which LORD spoke by Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

1 Kings 12:16 (show verse)

And when all Israel saw that the king did not hearken to them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? Neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse. To your tents, O Israel. Now see to thine own hous

1 Kings 12:17 (show verse)

But as for the sons of Israel who dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.

1 Kings 12:18 (show verse)

Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram who was over the men subject to task work. And all Israel stoned him to death with stones. And king Rehoboam made speed to get up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.

1 Kings 12:19 (show verse)

So Israel rebelled against the house of David to this day.

1 Kings 12:20 (show verse)

And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was returned, that they sent and called him to the congregation, and made him king over all Israel. There was none that followed the house of David, but only the tribe of Jud

1 Kings 12:21 (show verse)

And when Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, and the tribe of Benjamin, a hundred and eighty thousand chosen men, who were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to R

1 Kings 12:22 (show verse)

But the word of God came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying,

1 Kings 12:23 (show verse)

Speak to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the rest of the people, saying,

1 Kings 12:24 (show verse)

Thus says LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brothers the sons of Israel. Return every man to his house, for this thing is of me. So they hearkened to the word of LORD, and returned and went their way according to the

1 Kings 12:25 (show verse)

Then Jeroboam built Shechem in the hill-country of Ephraim, and dwelt therein. And he went out from there, and built Penuel.

1 Kings 12:26 (show verse)

And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now the kingdom will return to the house of David.

1 Kings 12:27 (show verse)

If this people go up to offer sacrifices in the house of LORD at Jerusalem, then the heart of this people will turn again to their lord, even to Rehoboam king of Judah. And they will kill me, and return to Rehoboam king of Judah.

1 Kings 12:28 (show verse)

Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold. And he said to them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

1 Kings 12:29 (show verse)

And he set the one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan.

1 Kings 12:30 (show verse)

And this thing became a sin, for the people went [to worship] before the one, even to Dan.

1 Kings 12:31 (show verse)

And he made houses of high places, and made priests from among all the people who were not of the sons of Levi.

1 Kings 12:32 (show verse)

And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like the feast that is in Judah, and he went up to the altar. So he did in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves that he had made. And he placed in B

1 Kings 12:33 (show verse)

And he went up to the altar which he had made in Bethel on the fifteenth day in the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart. And he ordained a feast for the sons of Israel, and went up to the altar to