Old Testament Commentary - 2 Chronicles 10

by Don R. Hender

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              CHAPTER 10                 

The people request relief, but Rehoboam promises to increase the burdens upon the people—Israel rebels and the kingdom is divided.

Rehoboam comes up to Mount Ephraim to Shechem expecting to be accepted as the King of Israel as well as of Judah—Isreal/Ephraim request relief from such burdens as had been imposed by Solomon upon the people—Rehoboam promises to multiply and increase those burdens upon the people—The people of Israel at Shechem therefore reject Rehoboam as their king and the kingdom becomes divided.
 1 AND aRehoboam went to Shechem: for to Shechem were all Israel come to make him king.
 2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was in Egypt, whither he had fled from the presence of Solomon the king, heard it, that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.
 3 And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came and spake to Rehoboam, saying,
 4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee.
 5 And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. 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 give ye me to return answer to this people?
 7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy 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 unto them, What advice give ye that we may return answer to this people, which have spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat the yoke that thy father did put upon us?
 10 And the young men that were brought up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto 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, 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 unto the people: for the cause was of God, that the LORD might perform his word, which he spake by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
 16 ¶ And when all Israel saw that the king would not hearken unto 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 tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine own house. So all Israel went to their tents.
 17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over thema.
 17a the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them While the various lands were divided per tribe by Joshua, the events of time had altered the borders, such as when Benjamin was reduced in number and when it was King David who took Jerusalem, which once was held by the tribe of Benjamin as asigned by Joshua. Further, such places as Rachel's tomb would have naturally been a place of joint habitation, it being the grave of the mother of those who were of Benjamin, Ephraim and Manasseh. Such was Lehi and Ishmael. And then again, all those of the various tribes which did serve in the 'capitol' city of Jerusalem in David's and Sonlomon's courts, they too would have benn in and of the land of Jerusalem. And certainly there would well be others for various other numbers of reasons also.
 18 Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tributea; and the children of Israel stoned him with stones, 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 unto this day.
 18a Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute Rehoboam was not ready to accept Israel's rejection of his being their king. In fact his next act was to then send his 'tax' or 'tribute' collector to collect the expected tribute from Israel. But Israel who had already pointedly rejected Rehoboam as their king was not about to pay him tribute and they stoned Rehoboam's to death. This did make Rehoboam furious with Israel and he would return to Jerusalem and muster his forces for war against Israel to compell Israel to be his subjects.