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10 And the young men that were growen vp with him, spake vnto him, saying, Thus shalt thou speake vnto this people that spake vnto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heauy, but make thou it lighter vnto vs; thus shalt thou say vnto them, My litle finger shall bee thicker then my fathers loynes.
14 And spake to them after the counsell of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heauy, and I will adde to your yoke; my father also chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
15 Wherefore the king hearkened not vnto the people: for the cause was from the Lord, that hee might performe his saying, which the Lord spake by Ahiiah the Shilonite vnto Ieroboam the sonne of Nebat.
16 ¶ So when all Israel saw that the king hearkned not vnto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion haue we in Dauid? neither haue we inheritance in the sonne of Iesse: to your tents, O Israel: nowe see to thine owne house, Dauid. So Israel departed vnto their tents.
20 And it came to passe when all Israel heard that Ieroboam was come againe, that they sent and called him vnto the Congregation, and made him king ouer all Israel: there was none that followed the house of Dauid, but the tribe of Iudah onely.
21 ¶ And when Rehoboam was come to Ierusalem, hee assembled all the house of Iudah, with the tribe of Beniamin, an hundred and fourescore thousand chosen men which were warriers, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdome againe to Rehoboam the sonne of Solomon.
24 Thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not goe vp, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: returne euery 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.
27 If this people goe vp, to doe sacrifice in the house of the Lord at Ierusalem, then shall the heart of this people turne againe vnto their lorde, euen vnto Rehoboam king of Iudah, and they shall kill mee, and goe againe to Rehoboam king of Iudah.
28 Whereupon the king tooke counsell, and made two calues of gold, and said vnto them, It is too much for you to goe vp to Ierusalem: Behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee vp out of the land of Egypt.
32 And Ieroboam ordeined a feast in the eight moneth, on the fifteenth day of the moneth, like vnto the feast that is in Iudah, and he offered vpon the altar (so did he in Bethel,) sacrificing vnto the calues that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.
33 So hee offered vpon the altar, which hee had made in Bethel, the fifteenth day of the eighth moneth, euen in the moneth which he had deuised of his owne heart: and ordeined a feast vnto the children of Israel, and he offered vpon the altar, and burnt incense.
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RALPH M. WATERS's 1 Kings Chapter 12 comment on 3/29/2012, 8:58am...
"THE WORD OF GOD",. THE WORD OF GOD IS "TRUE", JUST AS GOD HARDENED PHAROAH KING OF EGYPT'S HEART, HE HARDENED REHOBOAM'S HEART. GOD SAID, IT, AND THATS THE BOTTOM LINE. IT WILL COME TRUE. IF WE COULD JUST LEARN TO TRUST AND OBEY, FOR THERE IS RETRIBUTION BEHIND ALL OUR ACTIONS, IN THIS CHAPTER, WE SEE GOD'S WORD IS FULFILLED AS TOLD TO BOTH DAVID AND SOLOMON.
JEROBOAM, STILL YET SINNED, WHETHER EITHER TRYING TO HARD TO SEE THAT EVERYONE WORSHIPPED THE LORD OR JUST OUT OF STUPIDITY, IN MAKING THE BRONZE CALVES. SOMETIMES IN PLEASING THE LORD, WE NEED TO REMEMBER ONE THING, WE DO NOT HAVE PROPHETS, BUT WE DO HAVE HIS WORD, "THE BIBLE IS GOD'S WORD, GIVEN TO MAN", WE MUST TRUST AND FOLLOW IT, NOT ADDING NOR TAKING AWAY FROM IT.
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