“Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel.”
King James Version (KJV)
12:25 Shechem - He repaired, and enlarged, and fortified it; for it hadbeen ruined long since, #Judg 9:45|. He might chuse it as a place bothauspicious, because here the foundation of his monarchy was laid; andcommodious, as being near the frontiers of his kingdom. Penuel - A placebeyond Jordan; to secure that part of his dominions.