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2 Chronicles 10

Rehoboam’s Reign of Folly

1Then Rehoboam went to Shechem, because all Israel had come to Shechem to make him king. When Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard about the new king (for he was in [a]Egypt, where he had fled from the presence of King Solomon), Jeroboam returned from Egypt. And the people sent messengers and summoned him. So when Jeroboam and all Israel came, they spoke to Rehoboam, saying, “Your father [King Solomon] made our yoke hard (heavy, difficult); so now lighten the hard service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you.” Rehoboam replied, “Come back to me again in three days.” So the people departed.

Then King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who had served his father Solomon [as advisers] while he was alive, asking, “What advice do you give me in answer to these people?” They answered him, saying, “If you are kind to these people and please them and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.” But the king rejected the advice which the elders gave him, and consulted with the young men who grew up with him and served him [as advisers]. He asked them, “What advice do you give to us regarding the answer to these people, who have spoken to me, saying, ‘Lighten the yoke which your father put on us’?” 10 The young men who grew up with him told him, “Tell the people who said to you, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you make it lighter for us’: ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s [b]loins! 11 Now my father loaded you with a heavy yoke, but I will add [more weight] to your yoke. My father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions (extremely painful scourges).’”

12 So on the third day Jeroboam and all the people returned to Rehoboam just as the king had directed, saying, “Return to me on the third day.” 13 The king answered them harshly, for King Rehoboam rejected the counsel of the elders. 14 He spoke to them in accordance with the advice of the young men, saying, “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with scorpions.” 15 So the king did not listen to the people, for the [c]turn of events was from God that the Lord might fulfill His word, which He had spoken through Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

16 When all Israel saw that the king did not listen and pay attention to them, the people answered him,

“What portion do we have in David?
We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse.
Every man to your tents, O Israel;
Now, [Rehoboam, descendant of] David, see to your own house.”

So all Israel went to their tents. 17 But as for the Israelites who lived in Judah’s cities, Rehoboam ruled over them. 18 Then King Rehoboam [d]sent Hadoram, who was over the forced labor, and the Israelites stoned him and he died. And King Rehoboam hurried to mount his [royal] chariot to escape to Jerusalem. 19 And Israel has rebelled against the house of David to this day.

  1. 2 Chronicles 10:2 Jeroboam had been living in Egypt under the protection of the pharaoh, Shishak.
  2. 2 Chronicles 10:10 The midsection of the body between the lower ribs and the hips.
  3. 2 Chronicles 10:15 God brought about the revolt of the northern tribes, intending it as a punishment of the house of David for Solomon’s apostasy.
  4. 2 Chronicles 10:18 This evidently was a last-resort effort by Rehoboam to assert control over the Israelites.

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2 Crônicas 10

A Revolta de Israel contra Roboão

1Roboão foi a Siquém, onde todos os israelitas tinham se reunido para proclamá-lo rei. Jeroboão, filho de Nebate, tinha fugido do rei Salomão e estava no Egito. Assim que soube da reunião em Siquém, voltou do Egito. E mandaram chamá-lo. Então ele e todo o Israel foram ao encontro de Roboão e disseram: “Teu pai colocou sobre nós um jugo pesado, mas agora diminui o trabalho árduo e este jugo pesado, e nós te serviremos”.

Roboão respondeu: “Voltem a mim daqui a três dias”. E o povo foi embora.

O rei Roboão perguntou às autoridades que haviam servido ao seu pai Salomão durante a vida dele: “Como vocês me aconselham a responder a este povo?”

Eles responderam: “Se hoje fores bom para esse povo, se o agradares e lhe deres resposta favorável, eles sempre serão teus servos”.

Roboão, contudo, rejeitou o conselho que as autoridades de Israel lhe deram e consultou os jovens que haviam crescido com ele e o estavam servindo. Perguntou-lhes: “Qual é o conselho de vocês? Como devemos responder a este povo que me diz: ‘Diminui o jugo que teu pai colocou sobre nós’?”

10 Os jovens que haviam crescido com ele responderam: “A este povo que te disse: ‘Teu pai colocou sobre nós um jugo pesado; torna-o mais leve’ — dize: ‘Meu dedo mínimo é mais grosso do que a cintura do meu pai. 11 Pois bem, meu pai lhes impôs um jugo pesado; eu o tornarei ainda mais pesado. Meu pai os castigou com simples chicotes; eu os castigarei com chicotes pontiagudose’”.

12 Três dias depois, Jeroboão e todo o povo voltaram a Roboão, segundo a orientação dada pelo rei: “Voltem a mim daqui a três dias”. 13 Mas o rei lhes respondeu asperamente. Rejeitando o conselho das autoridades de Israel, 14 seguiu o conselho dos jovens e disse: “Meu pai lhes tornou pesado o jugo; eu o tornarei ainda mais pesado. Meu pai os castigou com simples chicotes; eu os castigarei com chicotes pontiagudos”. 15 E o rei não atendeu o povo, pois esta mudança nos acontecimentos vinha da parte de Deus, para que se cumprisse a palavra que o Senhor havia falado a Jeroboão, filho de Nebate, por meio do silonita Aías.

16 Quando todo o Israel viu que o rei se recusava a ouvi-lo, respondeu ao rei:

“Que temos em comum com Davi?
Que temos em comum
    com o filho de Jessé?
Para as suas tendas, ó Israel!
Cuide da sua própria casa, ó Davi!”

E assim os israelitas foram para as suas casas. 17 Quanto, porém, aos israelitas que moravam nas cidades de Judá, Roboão continuou como rei deles.

18 O rei Roboão enviou Adonirão[a], chefe do trabalho forçado, mas todo o Israel o apedrejou até a morte. O rei, contudo, conseguiu subir em sua carruagem e fugir para Jerusalém. 19 Desta forma Israel se rebelou contra a dinastia de Davi, e assim permanece até hoje.

  1. 10.18 Conforme alguns manuscritos da Septuaginta. O Texto Massorético diz Adorão. Veja 1Rs 4.6 e 5.14.