Rehoboam, Solomon's son, had come before a public gathering to be proclaimed king officially (I Kings 12:1; II Chronicles 10:1), although he had actually been Israel's new ruler from the time of his father's death. (I Kings 11:43.) Rehoboam's attitude was that of a young man accustomed to what great wealth could provide, He had little interest in the welfare of his people. Jeroboam's Sedition. Conflict with his subjects started on his inauguration day.
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