Israel and Judah become separate countries
16 All the Israelites saw that the king did not listen to them. Then they answered him, ‘We have no part in David, no part in Jesse's son. Israelites, we should return to our tents. David's people can be separate from us.’ So all the Israelites went to their homes. 17 But Rehoboam still ruled over the Israelites who lived in the towns of Judah.
18 Hadoram was the officer who caused the people to do very difficult work. King Rehoboam sent him to the Israelites. But the Israelites threw stones at him until he died. Then King Rehoboam got in his chariot and he went away to Jerusalem.
19 So Israel has refused to obey David's descendants to this day.
2 Chronicles 11
1 When Rehoboam returned to Jerusalem, he sent servants to bring all the soldiers in Judah and Benjamin to him. He had 180,000 best soldiers to fight for him against Israel. Rehoboam wanted them to help him to become the king of all the people again.
11:1Only the two tribes, Judah and Benjamin, served the family of David.
2 But the Lord said to Shemaiah, the servant of God, 3 ‘Speak to Rehoboam, son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all the Israelites in Judah and Benjamin. 4 Tell them that the Lord is saying this: “Do not go up to fight your relatives. Each man must return to his house, because I have caused this to happen.” ’ So they obeyed the words of the Lord. They turned round and they did not attack Jeroboam.
11:4By this time, Jeroboam had become the king of Israel (the 10 northern tribes). (see 1 Kings 12:20)