Rehoboam asks the old men and the young men what they think
6 Then King Rehoboam asked the older men what they thought. Those men had been servants of his father Solomon when he was alive. ‘What should I say to these people?’ he asked.
7 They replied, ‘Be kind to these people. Give to them what they want. And speak good words to them. If you do that, they will always be your servants.’
8 But Rehoboam did not do what the older men had said. He asked the young men who had been children with him. They were standing in front of him. 9 ‘What answer should I give to these people who have spoken to me?’ he said. ‘They have said to me, “Your father made our work very difficult, but will you make it easier?” ’
10 The young men who had been children with him replied, ‘Say this to the people who said, “Your father made our work very difficult, but will you make it easier?” Say, “I am much greater than my father was. 11 My father made your work difficult but I will make your work more difficult. He hurt you a little, but I will hurt you badly.” ’