II Chronicles 10:6
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6  King Rechovam took counsel with the elders who had served during the lifetime of his father Shlomo. He said, “What answer do you counsel to give these people?”

va-yi-va-ATZ ha-ME-lekh r’-khav-AM et ha-z’-kay-NEEM a-sher ha-YU o-m’-DEEM lif-NAY sh’-lo-MOH a-VEEV bih-yo-TO KHAI lay-MOR AYKH a-TEM no-a-TZEEM l’-ha-SHEEV la-AM ha-ZEH da-VAR

ו  וַיִּוָּעַץ הַמֶּלֶךְ רְחַבְעָם אֶת־הַזְּקֵנִים אֲשֶׁר־הָיוּ עֹמְדִים לִפְנֵי שְׁלֹמֹה אָבִיו בִּהְיֹתוֹ חַי לֵאמֹר אֵיךְ אַתֶּם נוֹעָצִים לְהָשִׁיב לָעָם־הַזֶּה דָּבָר׃

10:6   Who had served during the lifetime of his father Shlomo

Upon assuming the throne after his father’s death, Rechovam is approached by representatives of the nation who request an easing of the tax burden that had been placed upon them by King Shlomo. Rechovam first consults the elders who had advised his father, but not liking the counsel they give, he instead turns to the younger people, his own contemporaries. This was a breach of the principle, “Ask your father, he will inform you, Your elders, they will tell you” (Deuteronomy 32:7). Rechovam follows the advice of his young friends, and this leads to the split in the kingdom, setting the ten tribes of the kingdom of Yisrael on a very negative path of idolatry and sin. Had Rechovam appreciated the meaning and importance of history and tradition, instead of trying to assert himself and his reign over the nation, much evil might have been averted.

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  • How easy it would have been for Rehoboan to hear what the older men cautioned, it sounds like he listened but did not hear, either that or he was rebelling against not only the older men, but his father as well. What a tragic path he set for Israel. I wonder if he had it in his heart to disregard the older men, even before he sought their advice? More or less paying 'lip service to them'. Perhaps he thought he'd be a better king doing things his own way than his father.

    Much the same today when young people pay attention more to their friends and peers, and the problems they have to deal with. Wisdom after the fact is not really wisdom, is it!

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II Chronicles 10:6

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