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1 Kings chapter 12

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Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all the Israelites had gone there to make him king.
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When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard this (he was still in Egypt, where he had fled from King Solomon), he returned from Egypt.
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So they sent for Jeroboam, and he and the whole assembly of Israel went to Rehoboam and said to him:
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"Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you."
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Rehoboam answered, "Go away for three days and then come back to me." So the people went away.
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Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. "How would you advise me to answer these people?" he asked.
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They replied, "If today you will be a servant to these people and serve them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants."
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But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him.
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He asked them, "What is your advice? How should we answer these people who say to me, 'Lighten the yoke your father put on us'?"
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The young men who had grown up with him replied, "Tell these people who have said to you, 'Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but make our yoke lighter'-- tell them, 'My little finger is thicker than my father's waist.
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My father laid on you a heavy yoke; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.'"
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Three days later Jeroboam and all the people returned to Rehoboam, as the king had said, "Come back to me in three days."
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The king answered the people harshly. Rejecting the advice given him by the elders,
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he followed the advice of the young men and said, "My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions."
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So the king did not listen to the people, for this turn of events was from the LORD, to fulfill the word the LORD had spoken to Jeroboam son of Nebat through Ahijah the Shilonite.
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When all Israel saw that the king refused to listen to them, they answered the king: "What share do we have in David, what part in Jesse's son? To your tents, O Israel! Look after your own house, O David!" So the Israelites went home.
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But as for the Israelites who were living in the towns of Judah, Rehoboam still ruled over them.
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King Rehoboam sent out Adoniram, who was in charge of forced labor, but all Israel stoned him to death. King Rehoboam, however, managed to get into his chariot and escape to Jerusalem.
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So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.
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When all the Israelites heard that Jeroboam had returned, they sent and called him to the assembly and made him king over all Israel. Only the tribe of Judah remained loyal to the house of David.
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When Rehoboam arrived in Jerusalem, he mustered the whole house of Judah and the tribe of Benjamin-- a hundred and eighty thousand fighting men-- to make war against the house of Israel and to regain the kingdom for Rehoboam son of Solomon.
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But this word of God came to Shemaiah the man of God:
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"Say to Rehoboam son of Solomon king of Judah, to the whole house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the rest of the people,
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'This is what the LORD says: Do not go up to fight against your brothers, the Israelites. Go home, every one of you, for this is my doing.'" So they obeyed the word of the LORD and went home again, as the LORD had ordered.
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Then Jeroboam fortified Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim and lived there. From there he went out and built up Peniel.
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Jeroboam thought to himself, "The kingdom will now likely revert to the house of David.
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If these people go up to offer sacrifices at the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem, they will again give their allegiance to their lord, Rehoboam king of Judah. They will kill me and return to King Rehoboam."
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After seeking advice, the king made two golden calves. He said to the people, "It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt."
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One he set up in Bethel, and the other in Dan.
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And this thing became a sin; the people went even as far as Dan to worship the one there.
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Jeroboam built shrines on high places and appointed priests from all sorts of people, even though they were not Levites.
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He instituted a festival on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, like the festival held in Judah, and offered sacrifices on the altar. This he did in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves he had made. And at Bethel he also installed priests at the high places he had made.
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On the fifteenth day of the eighth month, a month of his own choosing, he offered sacrifices on the altar he had built at Bethel. So he instituted the festival for the Israelites and went up to the altar to make offerings.

2 Chronicles chapter 10

1
Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all the Israelites had gone there to make him king.
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When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard this (he was in Egypt, where he had fled from King Solomon), he returned from Egypt.
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So they sent for Jeroboam, and he and all Israel went to Rehoboam and said to him:
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"Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but now lighten the harsh labor and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you."
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Rehoboam answered, "Come back to me in three days." So the people went away.
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Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. "How would you advise me to answer these people?" he asked.
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They replied, "If you will be kind to these people and please them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants."
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But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him.
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He asked them, "What is your advice? How should we answer these people who say to me, 'Lighten the yoke your father put on us'?"
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The young men who had grown up with him replied, "Tell the people who have said to you, 'Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but make our yoke lighter'-- tell them, 'My little finger is thicker than my father's waist.
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My father laid on you a heavy yoke; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.'"
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Three days later Jeroboam and all the people returned to Rehoboam, as the king had said, "Come back to me in three days."
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The king answered them harshly. Rejecting the advice of the elders,
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he followed the advice of the young men and said, "My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions."
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So the king did not listen to the people, for this turn of events was from God, to fulfill the word the LORD had spoken to Jeroboam son of Nebat through Ahijah the Shilonite.
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When all Israel saw that the king refused to listen to them, they answered the king: "What share do we have in David, what part in Jesse's son? To your tents, O Israel! Look after your own house, O David!" So all the Israelites went home.
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But as for the Israelites who were living in the towns of Judah, Rehoboam still ruled over them.
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King Rehoboam sent out Adoniram, who was in charge of forced labor, but the Israelites stoned him to death. King Rehoboam, however, managed to get into his chariot and escape to Jerusalem.
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So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.

2 Chronicles chapter 11

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When Rehoboam arrived in Jerusalem, he mustered the house of Judah and Benjamin-- a hundred and eighty thousand fighting men-- to make war against Israel and to regain the kingdom for Rehoboam.
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But this word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God:
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"Say to Rehoboam son of Solomon king of Judah and to all the Israelites in Judah and Benjamin,
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'This is what the LORD says: Do not go up to fight against your brothers. Go home, every one of you, for this is my doing.'" So they obeyed the words of the LORD and turned back from marching against Jeroboam.
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Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem and built up towns for defense in Judah:
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Bethlehem, Etam, Tekoa,
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Beth Zur, Soco, Adullam,
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Gath, Mareshah, Ziph,
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Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah,
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Zorah, Aijalon and Hebron. These were fortified cities in Judah and Benjamin.
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He strengthened their defenses and put commanders in them, with supplies of food, olive oil and wine.
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He put shields and spears in all the cities, and made them very strong. So Judah and Benjamin were his.
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The priests and Levites from all their districts throughout Israel sided with him.
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The Levites even abandoned their pasturelands and property, and came to Judah and Jerusalem because Jeroboam and his sons had rejected them as priests of the LORD.
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And he appointed his own priests for the high places and for the goat and calf idols he had made.
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Those from every tribe of Israel who set their hearts on seeking the LORD, the God of Israel, followed the Levites to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices to the LORD, the God of their fathers.
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They strengthened the kingdom of Judah and supported Rehoboam son of Solomon three years, walking in the ways of David and Solomon during this time.
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Rehoboam married Mahalath, who was the daughter of David's son Jerimoth and of Abihail, the daughter of Jesse's son Eliab.
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She bore him sons: Jeush, Shemariah and Zaham.
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Then he married Maacah daughter of Absalom, who bore him Abijah, Attai, Ziza and Shelomith.
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Rehoboam loved Maacah daughter of Absalom more than any of his other wives and concubines. In all, he had eighteen wives and sixty concubines, twenty-eight sons and sixty daughters.
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Rehoboam appointed Abijah son of Maacah to be the chief prince among his brothers, in order to make him king.
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He acted wisely, dispersing some of his sons throughout the districts of Judah and Benjamin, and to all the fortified cities. He gave them abundant provisions and took many wives for them.

Philippians chapter 2

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If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,
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then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
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Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
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Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
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Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
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Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
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but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
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And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross!
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Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,
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that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
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and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
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Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed-- not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence-- continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,
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for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
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Do everything without complaining or arguing,
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so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe
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as you hold out the word of life-- in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing.
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But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.
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So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
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I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you.
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I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare.
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For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.
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But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel.
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I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me.
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And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon.
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But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs.
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For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill.
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Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow.
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Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety.
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Welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor men like him,
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because he almost died for the work of Christ, risking his life to make up for the help you could not give me.