10:1 And Rehoboam a went to Shechem: for to Shechem were all
Israel come to make him king.
(a) After the death of Solomon.
10:4 Thy father b made our yoke grievous: now therefore ease
thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy father, and his
heavy yoke that he put upon us, and we will serve thee.
(b) That is, handled us rudely, it seems that God hardened
their hearts, so that they murmured without cause,
which declares also the inconstancy of the people.
10:8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and
took counsel with the young men that were brought up with
him, that c stood before him.
(c) Or, that stood by him, that is, which were of his
counsel and secrets.
10:10 And the young men that were brought up with him spake unto
him, saying, Thus shalt thou answer the people that spake
unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but
make thou [it] somewhat lighter for us; thus shalt thou
say unto them, My d little [finger] shall be thicker
than my father's loins.
(d) Or, little finger, meaning that he was of far greater
power than his father was.
10:15 So the king hearkened not unto the people: for the e
cause was of God, that the LORD might perform his word,
which he spake by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to
Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
(e) God's will overrides all so that nothing can be done
but according to the same, and yet man's will works by
itself, so that he cannot use the excuse that his deed
was of God's ordinance.