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1 Kings chapter 12

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And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to Shechem to make him king.
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And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it (for he was yet in Egypt, whither he had fled from the presence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt,
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and they sent and called him), that Jeroboam and all the assembly of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying,
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Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee.
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And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed.
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And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people?
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And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.
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But he forsook the counsel of the old men which they had given him, and took counsel with the young men that were grown up with him, that stood before him.
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And he said unto them, What counsel give ye, that we may return answer to this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke that thy father did put upon us lighter?
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And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou say unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou speak unto them, My little finger is thicker than my father`s loins.
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And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
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So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king bade, saying, Come to me again the third day.
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And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the counsel of the old men which they had given him,
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and spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
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So the king hearkened not unto the people; for it was a thing brought about of Jehovah, that he might establish his word, which Jehovah spake by Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
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And when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So Israel departed unto their tents.
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But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
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Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was over the men subject to taskwork; and all Israel stoned him to death with stones. And king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.
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So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.
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And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was returned, that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was none that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only.
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And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, and the tribe of Benjamin, a hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, that were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.
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But the word of God came unto Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
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Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the rest of the people, saying,
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Thus saith Jehovah, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing is of me. So they hearkened unto the word of Jehovah, and returned and went their way, according to the word of Jehovah.
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Then Jeroboam built Shechem in the hill-country of Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and he went out from thence, and built Penuel.
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And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now will the kingdom return to the house of David:
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if this people go up to offer sacrifices in the house of Jehovah at Jerusalem, then will the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah; and they will kill me, and return to Rehoboam king of Judah.
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Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold; and he said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
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And he set the one in Beth-el, and the other put he in Dan.
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And this thing became a sin; for the people went [to worship] before the one, even unto Dan.
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And he made houses of high places, and made priests from among all the people, that were not of the sons of Levi.
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And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he went up unto the altar; so did he in Beth-el, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Beth-el the priests of the high places that he had made.
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And he went up unto the altar which he had made in Beth-el on the fifteenth day in the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart: and he ordained a feast for the children of Israel, and went up unto the altar, to burn incense.

2 Chronicles chapter 10

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And Rehoboam went to Shechem; for all Israel were come to Shechem to make him king.
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And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard of it, (for he was in Egypt, whither he had fled from the presence of king Solomon,) that Jeroboam returned out of Egypt.
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And they sent and called him; and Jeroboam and all Israel came, and they spake to Rehoboam, saying,
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Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he put upon us, lighter, and we will serve thee.
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And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the people departed.
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And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people?
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And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.
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But he forsook the counsel of the old men which they had given him, and took counsel with the young men that were grown up with him, that stood before him.
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And he said unto them, What counsel give ye, that we may return answer to this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke that thy father did put upon us lighter?
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And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou say unto the people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou say unto them, My little finger is thicker than my father`s loins.
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And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I [will chastise you] with scorpions.
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So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king bade, saying, Come to me again the third day.
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And the king answered them roughly; and king Rehoboam forsook the counsel of the old men,
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and spake to them after the counsel of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with whips, but I [will chastise you] with scorpions.
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So the king hearkened not unto the people; for it was brought about of God, that Jehovah might establish his word, which he spake by Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
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And when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So all Israel departed unto their tents.
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But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
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Then king Rehoboam sent Hadoram, who was over the men subject to taskwork; and the children of Israel stoned him to death with stones. And king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem.
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So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.

2 Chronicles chapter 11

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And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled the house of Judah and Benjamin, a hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, that were warriors, to fight against Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam.
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But the word of Jehovah came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying,
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Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying,
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Thus saith Jehovah, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren: return every man to his house; for this thing is of me. So they hearkened unto the words of Jehovah, and returned from going against Jeroboam.
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And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah.
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He built Beth-lehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,
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And Beth-zur, and Soco, and Adullam,
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and Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph,
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and Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah,
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and Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in Benjamin, fortified cities.
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And he fortified the strongholds, and put captains in them, and stores of victuals, and oil and wine.
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And in every city [he put] shields and spears, and made them exceeding strong. And Judah and Benjamin belonged to him.
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And the priests and the Levites that were in all Israel resorted to him out of all their border.
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For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons cast them off, that they should not execute the priest`s office unto Jehovah;
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and he appointed him priests for the high places, and for the he-goats, and for the calves which he had made.
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And after them, out of all the tribes of Israel, such as set their hearts to seek Jehovah, the God of Israel, came to Jerusalem to sacrifice unto Jehovah, the God of their fathers.
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So they strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and made Rehoboam the son of Solomon strong, three years; for they walked three years in the way of David and Solomon.
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And Rehoboam took him a wife, Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David, [and of] Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse;
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and she bare him sons: Jeush, and Shemariah, and Zaham.
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And after her he took Maacah the daughter of Absalom; and she bare him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith.
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And Rehoboam loved Maacah the daughter of Absalom above all his wives and his concubines: (for he took eighteen wives, and threescore concubines, and begat twenty and eight sons and threescore daughters.)
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And Rehoboam appointed Abijah the son of Maacah to be chief, [even] the prince among his brethren; for [he was minded] to make him king.
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And he dealt wisely, and dispersed of all his sons throughout all the lands of Judah and Benjamin, unto every fortified city: and he gave them victuals in abundance. And he sought [for them] many wives.

Philippians chapter 2

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If there is therefore any exhortation in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any tender mercies and compassions,
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make full my joy, that ye be of the same mind, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind;
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[doing] nothing through faction or through vainglory, but in lowliness of mind each counting other better than himself;
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not looking each of you to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others.
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Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
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who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped,
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but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men;
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and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient [even] unto death, yea, the death of the cross.
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Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and gave unto him the name which is above every name;
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that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven and [things] on earth and [things] under the earth,
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and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
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So then, my beloved, even as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;
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for it is God who worketh in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure.
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Do all things without murmurings and questionings:
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that ye may become blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom ye are seen as lights in the world,
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holding forth the word of life; that I may have whereof to glory in the day of Christ, that I did not run in vain neither labor in vain.
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Yea, and if I am offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all:
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and in the same manner do ye also joy, and rejoice with me.
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But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.
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For I have no man likeminded, who will care truly for your state.
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For they all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ.
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But ye know the proof of him, that, as a child [serveth] a father, [so] he served with me in furtherance of the gospel.
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Him therefore I hope to send forthwith, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me:
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but I trust in the Lord that I myself also shall come shortly.
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But I counted it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow-worker and fellow-soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need;
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since he longed after you all, and was sore troubled, because ye had heard that he was sick:
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for indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, that I might not have sorrow upon sorrow.
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I have sent him therefore the more diligently, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.
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Receive him therefore in the Lord with all joy; and hold such in honor:
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because for the work of Christ he came nigh unto death, hazarding his life to supply that which was lacking in your service toward me.