Now when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying:
i "What share have we in David?
We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse.
To your tents, O Israel!
Now, see to your own house, O David!"
So Israel departed to their tents. 17 But Rehoboam reigned over j the children of Israel who dwelt in the cities of Judah. 18 Then King Rehoboam k sent Adoram, who was in charge of the revenue; but all Israel stoned him with stones, and he died. Therefore King Rehoboam mounted his chariot in haste to flee to Jerusalem. 19 So l Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day. 20 Now it came to pass when all Israel heard that Jeroboam had come back, they sent for him and called him to the congregation, and made him king over all m Israel. There was none who followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah n only.
21 And when o Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah with the tribe of p Benjamin, one hundred and eighty thousand chosen men who were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, that he might restore the kingdom to Rehoboam the son of Solomon. 22 But q the word of God came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying, 23 "Speak to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, to all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the rest of the people, saying, 24 'Thus says the LORD: "You shall not go up nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel. Let every man return to his house, r for this thing is from Me." ' " Therefore they obeyed the word of the LORD, and turned back, according to the word of the LORD.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.