1 Venit autem Roboam in Sichem; illuc enim congregatus erat omnis Israel ad constituendum eum regem.
2 At Ieroboam filius Nabat, cum adhuc esset in Aegypto profugus a facie regis Salomonis, audito hoc nuntio, reversus est de Aegypto.
3 Miseruntque et vocaverunt eum. Venit ergo Ieroboam et omnis multitudo Israel, et locuti sunt ad Roboam dicentes:
12:4" Pater tuus durissimum iugum imposuit nobis; tu itaque nunc imminue paululum de imperio patris tui durissimo et de iugo gravissimo, quod imposuit nobis, et serviemus tibi".
5 Qui ait eis: "Ite usque ad tertium diem et revertimini ad me". Cumque abisset populus,
6 iniit consilium rex Roboam cum senioribus, qui assistebant coram Salomone patre eius, cum adhuc viveret, et ait: "Quod mihi datis consilium, ut respondeam populo huic?".
7 Qui dixerunt ei: "Si hodie oboedieris populo huic et servieris et petitioni eorum cesseris locutusque fueris ad eos verba lenia, erunt tibi servi cunctis diebus".
8 Qui dereliquit consilium senum, quod dederant ei, et adhibuit adulescentes, qui nutriti fuerant cum eo et assistebant illi,
9 dixitque ad eos: "Quod mihi datis consilium, ut respondeam populo huic, qui dixerunt mihi: "Levius fac iugum, quod imposuit pater tuus super nos"?".
10 Et dixerunt ei iuvenes, qui nutriti fuerant cum eo: "Sic loquere populo huic, qui locuti sunt ad te dicentes: "Pater tuus aggravavit iugum nostrum, tu releva nos"; sic loqueris ad eos: Minimus digitus meus grossior est lumbis patris mei.
11 Et nunc, pater meus posuit super vos iugum grave, ego autem addam super iugum vestrum; pater meus cecidit vos flagellis, ego autem caedam scorpionibus".
12 Venit ergo Ieroboam et omnis populus ad Roboam die tertia, sicut locutus fuerat rex dicens: "Revertimini ad me die tertia".
13 Responditque rex populo dura, derelicto consilio seniorum, quod ei dederant,
14 et locutus est eis secundum consilium iuvenum dicens: "Pater meus aggravavit iugum vestrum, ego autem addam iugo vestro; pater meus cecidit vos flagellis, ego autem caedam vos scorpionibus".
15 Ergo non acquievit rex populo, quoniam dispositum erat a Domino, ut suscitaret verbum suum, quod locutus fuerat in manu Ahiae Silonitae ad Ieroboam filium Nabat.
16 Videns itaque omnis Israel quod noluisset eos audire rex, respondit ei dicens: "Quae nobis pars in David, vel quae hereditas in filio Isai? Vade in tabernacula tua, Israel! Nunc vide domum tuam, David!". Et abiit Israel in tabernacula sua.
17 Super filios autem Israel, quicumque habitabant in civitatibus Iudae, regnavit Roboam.
18 Misit rex Roboam Adoniram, qui erat super servitutem; et lapidavit eum omnis Israel, et mortuus est. Porro rex Roboam festinus ascendit currum et fugit in Ierusalem.
19 Recessitque Israel a domo David usque in praesentem diem.
20 Factum est autem cum audisset omnis Israel quod reversus esset Ieroboam, miserunt et vocaverunt eum, congregato coetu, et constituerunt eum regem super omnem Israel; nec secutus est quisquam domum David praeter tribum Iudae solam.
21 Venit autem Roboam Ierusalem et congrcgavit universam domum Iudae et tribum Beniamin, centum octoginta milia electorum virorum bellatorum, ut pugnaret contra domum Israel et reduceret regnum Roboam filio Salomonis.
22 Factus est vero sermo Domini ad Semeiam virum Dei dicens:
12:23" Loquere ad Roboam filium Salomonis regem Iudae et ad omnem domum Iudae et Beniamin et reliquos de populo dicens:
24 Haec dicit Dominus: Non ascendetis neque bellabitis contra fratres vestros, filios Israel; revertatur vir in domum suam; a me enim factum est hoc". Audierunt sermonem Domini et reversi sunt de itinere, sicut eis praeceperat Dominus.
25 Aedificavit autem Ieroboam Sichem in monte Ephraim et habitavit ibi; et egressus inde aedificavit Phanuel.
26 Dixitque Ieroboam in corde suo: "Nunc revertetur regnum ad domum David,
27 si ascenderit populus iste, ut faciat sacrificia in domo Domini in Ierusalem, et convertetur cor populi huius ad dominum suum Roboam regem Iudae, interficientque me et revertentur ad Roboam regem Iudae".
28 Et excogitato consilio, fecit rex duos vitulos aureos et dixit ad populum: "Nolite ultra ascendere in Ierusalem! Ecce dii tui, Israel, qui te eduxerunt de terra Aegypti".
29 Posuitque unum in Bethel et alterum donavit in Dan;
30 et factum est hoc in peccatum: ibat enim populus coram uno usque in Dan.
31 Et fecit fana in excelsis et sacerdotes de extremis populi, qui non erant de filiis Levi.
32 Constituitque diem sollemnem in mense octavo, quinta decima die mensis, in similitudinem sollemnitatis, quae celebratur in Iuda. Et ascendit altare; sic fecit in Bethel, ut immolaret vitulis, quos fabricatus erat; constituitque in Bethel sacerdotes excelsorum, quae fecerat.
33 Et ascendit super altare, quod exstruxerat in Bethel, quinta decima die mensis octavi, quem finxerat de corde suo; et fecit sollemnitatem filiis Israel et ascendit super altare, ut adoleret.
King James Version
1 And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to Shechem to make him king.
2 And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, heard of it, (for he was fled from the presence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt;)
3 That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the congregation of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying,
4 Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee.
5 And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed.
6 ¶ And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people?
7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.
8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him:
9 And he said unto them, What counsel give ye that we may answer this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke which thy father did put upon us lighter?
10 And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speak unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins.
11 And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
12 ¶ So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had appointed, saying, Come to me again the third day.
13 And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men's counsel that they gave him;
14 And spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke: my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
15 Wherefore the king hearkened not unto the people; for the cause was from the LORD, that he might perform his saying, which the LORD spake by Ahijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
16 ¶ So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto 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 house, David. So Israel departed unto their tents.
17 But as for the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
18 Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was over the tribute; and all Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. Therefore king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.
19 So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.
20 And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was none that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only.
21 ¶ And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.
22 But the word of God came unto Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
23 Speak unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant of the people, saying,
24 Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the LORD, and returned to depart, according to the word of the LORD.
25 ¶ Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel.
26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:
27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.
28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto 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.
29 And he set the one in Beth-el, and the other put he in Dan.
30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.
31 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.
32 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Beth-el, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Beth-el the priests of the high places which he had made.
33 So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Beth-el the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense.