The response of Israel (2 Chr 10:16-10:19)

“When all Israel saw that the king would not listen to them, the people answered the king.

‘What share do we have in King David?

We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse.

Each of you to your tents, O Israel!

Look now to your own house, King David.’

So all Israel departed to their tents. King Rehoboam ruled over the Israelites who were living in the cities of Judah. When King Rehoboam sent Hadoram, who was his taskmaster over the forced labor, the Israelites stoned him to death. King Rehoboam hurriedly mounted his chariot to flee to Jerusalem. Thus Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.”

Once again, this is based almost word for word on 1 Kings, chapter 12. When the people of Israel heard King Rehoboam, they responded that he was not listening to them. They would have nothing to do with King David, the son of Jesse. Israel would go to its tents and not with the house of David. However, King Rehoboam was still in charge of the Israelites who lived in Judah. However, when he sent his taskmaster in charge of forced labor, Hadoram here and not Adoram as in 1 Kings, to Israel, they stoned him to death. Then King Rehoboam took off for Jerusalem. This split was so complete that it lasted until the writing of this biblical work as well as the book of 1 Kings. This split was never resolved.