It is written before me!
‘I will not keep silent.
But I will repay.
I will indeed repay into their laps
For their iniquities
With their ancestor’s iniquities together.’
‘Because they offered incense
On the mountains,
They reviled me on the hills.
I will measure into their laps
Full payment for their actions.’”
Their actions have not gone unnoticed. Yahweh saw what was happening since it was written before him. He was not going to be silent. He wanted them to pay back for what they did. They would not only have to pay for their own sins and iniquities, but also repay for the sins of their ancestors. They have offered incense on the mountains and reviled Yahweh in the hills. He was going to measure out for them the full payment for their actions.
“When the rule of King Rehoboam was established and he grew strong, he abandoned the law of the Yahweh. He and all Israel with him abandoned Yahweh.”
Now this text does not go into the particulars about how King Rehoboam, the son of King Solomon, had abandoned Yahweh as a sinner. In 1 Kings, chapter 14, that biblical author was fairly specific. King Rehoboam allowed his people to worshiping false local gods, worse than any before them. This would seem strange since they had this beautiful temple in Jerusalem. Why would they want to go to the hills and build altars and sacred totem poles? Apparently the people of Judah seemed to want private local worship rather than the big city large Temple worship. In 1 Kings, the biblical author mentioned that they were doing the same things that the people before the Israelites were doing. King Rehoboam seemed to be about the same as King Jeroboam in the north.