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2 Chronicles Chapter Ten


2 Chronicles 10 Outline of Contents

The Revolt Against Rehoboam (v.1~19)

New King James Version (NKJV)



This chapter is not only in sense the same, but is expressed almost in the selfsame words as First Kings chapter twelve, verses one through nineteen, so there needs not anything to be added to the notes there, which the reader is referred to. See Gill on 1 Kings 12:1.


2 Chronicles 10:1  And Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had gone to Shechem to make him king.

   YLT  1And Rehoboam goeth to Shechem, for [to] Shechem have all Israel come to cause him to reign.

Verses 1-10

See Chapter Introduction


2 Chronicles 10:2  2 So it happened, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard it (he was in Egypt, where he had fled from the presence of King Solomon), that Jeroboam returned from Egypt.

   YLT  2And it cometh to pass, at Jeroboam son of Nebat's -- who [is] in Egypt because he hath fled from the face of Solomon the king -- hearing, that Jeroboam turneth back out of Egypt;


2 Chronicles 10:3  3 Then they sent for him and called him. And Jeroboam and all Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam, saying,

   YLT  3and they send and call for him, and Jeroboam cometh in, and all Israel, and speak unto Rehoboam, saying,


2 Chronicles 10:4  4 “Your father made our yoke heavy; now therefore, lighten the burdensome service of your father and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you.”

   YLT  4`Thy father made our yoke sharp, and now, make light [somewhat] of the sharp service of thy father, and of his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we serve thee.'


2 Chronicles 10:5  5 So he said to them, “Come back to me after three days.” And the people departed.

   YLT  5And he saith unto them, `Yet three days -- then return ye unto me;' and the people go.


2 Chronicles 10:6  6 Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who stood before his father Solomon while he still lived, saying, “How do you advise me to answer these people?”

   YLT  6And king Rehoboam consulteth with the aged men who have been standing before Solomon his father in his being alive, saying, `How are ye counselling to answer this people?'


2 Chronicles 10:7  7 And they spoke to him, saying, “If you are kind to these people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be your servants forever.”

   YLT  7And they speak unto him, saying, `If thou dost become good to this people, and hast been pleased with them, and spoken unto them good words, then they have been to thee servants all the days.'


2 Chronicles 10:8  8 But he rejected the advice which the elders had given him, and consulted the young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him.

   YLT  8And he forsaketh the counsel of the aged men that they counselled him, and consulteth with the lads who have grown up with him, those standing before him,


2 Chronicles 10:9  9 And he said to them, “What advice do you give? How should we answer this people who have spoken to me, saying, ‘Lighten the yoke which your father put on us’?”

   YLT  9and he saith unto them, `What are ye counselling, and we answer this people that have spoken unto me, saying, Make light [somewhat] of the yoke that thy father put upon us?'


2 Chronicles 10:10  10 Then the young men who had grown up with him spoke to him, saying, “Thus you should speak to the people who have spoken to you, saying, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you make it lighter on us’—thus you shall say to them: ‘My little finger shall be thicker than my father’s waist!

   YLT  10And the lads who have grown up with him, speak with him, saying, `Thus dost thou say to the people who have spoken unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, and thou, make light [somewhat] of our yoke; thus dost thou say unto them, My little finger is thicker than the loins of my father;


2 Chronicles 10:11  11 And now, whereas my father put a heavy yoke on you, I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!’”[a]

   YLT  11and now, my father laid on you a heavy yoke, and I -- I add unto your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, and I -- with scorpions.'

Verses 11-19

See Introduction to Chapter 9


2 Chronicles 10:12  12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king had directed, saying, “Come back to me the third day.”

  YLT  12And Jeroboam cometh in, and all the people, unto Rehoboam on the third day, as the king spake, saying, `Return unto me on the third day.'


2 Chronicles 10:13  13 Then the king answered them roughly. King Rehoboam rejected the advice of the elders,

   YLT  13And the king answereth them sharply, and king Rehoboam forsaketh the counsel of the aged men,


2 Chronicles 10:14  14 and he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, “My father[b] made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!”[c]

   YLT  14and speaketh unto them according to the counsel of the lads, saying, `My father made your yoke heavy, and I -- I add unto it; my father chastised you with whips, and I -- with scorpions.'


2 Chronicles 10:15  15 So the king did not listen to the people; for the turn of events was from God, that the Lord might fulfill His word, which He had spoken by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

   YLT  15And the king hath not hearkened unto the people, for the revolution hath been from God, for the sake of Jehovah's establishing His word that He spake by the hand of Abijah the Shilonite unto Jeroboam son of Nebat.


2 Chronicles 10:16  16 Now when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying: “What share have we in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. Every man to your tents, O Israel! Now see to your own house, O David!” So all Israel departed to their tents.

   YLT  16And all Israel have seen that the king hath not hearkened to them, and the people send back [to] the king, saying, `What portion have we in David? yea, there is no inheritance in a son of Jesse; each to thy tents, O Israel; now, see thy house -- David,' and all Israel go to their tents.


2 Chronicles 10:17  17 But Rehoboam reigned over the children of Israel who dwelt in the cities of Judah.

   YLT  17As to the sons of Israel who are dwelling in the cities of Judah -- Rehoboam reigneth over them.


2 Chronicles 10:18  18 Then King Rehoboam sent Hadoram, who was in charge of revenue; but the children of Israel stoned him with stones, and he died. Therefore King Rehoboam mounted his chariot in haste to flee to Jerusalem.

   YLT  18And king Rehoboam sendeth Hadoram, who [is] over the tribute, and the sons of Israel cast at him stones, and he dieth; and king Rehoboam hath strengthened himself to go up into a chariot to flee to Jerusalem;


2 Chronicles 10:19  19 So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.

   YLT  19and Israel transgress against the house of David unto this day.


──John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible


New King James Version (NKJV)


  1. 2 Chronicles 10:11 Literally scorpions
  2. 2 Chronicles 10:14 Following many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate (compare verse 10 and 1 Kings 12:14); Masoretic Text reads I.
  3. 2 Chronicles 10:14 Literally scorpions