Matthew Poole's Commentary
And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for to Shechem were all Israel come to make him king.Rehoboam made king. The Israelites by Jeroboam request a relaxation, 2 Chronicles 10:1-5. Rehoboam refusing the old men’s counsel, by the advice of young men, answereth them roughly, 2 Chronicles 10:6-15. Ten tribes revolting, kill Hadoram, and make Rehoboam to flee, 2 Chronicles 10:16-19.
The contents of this chapter are in 1 Kings 12$, where see the notes.
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.No text from Poole on this verse.
And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and all Israel came and spake to Rehoboam, saying,And they sent; or, for (as that particle is oft used, as hath been noted before) they had sent, &c. So this is the reason why he returned, as was said, 2 Chronicles 10:2.
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.No text from Poole on this verse.
And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the people departed.No text from Poole on this verse.
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?No text from Poole on this verse.
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.No text from Poole on this verse.
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.No text from Poole on this verse.
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?No text from Poole on this verse.
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.No text from Poole on this verse.
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.No text from Poole on this verse.
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.No text from Poole on this verse.
And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men,No text from Poole on this verse.
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.No text from Poole on this verse.
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.No text from Poole on this verse.
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.No text from Poole on this verse.
But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.No text from Poole on this verse.
Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram that was over the tribute; 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.No text from Poole on this verse.
And Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.No text from Poole on this verse.