The Israelites ask Rehoboam to give them less work
1 Rehoboam went to Shechem, where all the Israelites had gone. They thought that he would become their king there. 2 Jeroboam, son of Nebat was in Egypt when people told him about this. He had run there from King Solomon. But he returned from Egypt when people told him this news. 3 So the Israelites asked Jeroboam to meet with them. All the Israelites went to Rehoboam and they said to him, 4 ‘Your father made our work very difficult, but will you make it easier? If you do that, we will be your servants.’
10:1Shechem was about 30 miles (48 kilometres) north of Jerusalem.
10:4Rehoboam was already king over Judah (2 Chronicles 9:31). But he went to the city called Shechem for all the Israelites to accept him as king.
5 Rehoboam answered, ‘Come to me again after three days.’ So the people went away.