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The Northern Tribes Secede

12 Rehobo′am went to Shechem,[a] for all Israel had come to Shechem to make him king. And when Jerobo′am the son of Nebat heard of it (for he was still in Egypt, whither he had fled from King Solomon), then Jerobo′am returned from[b] Egypt.

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  1. 12.1 Shechem was the old religious center of the northern tribes. The alliance between these and Judah was never very strong, even during the united monarchy.
  2. 1 Kings 12:2 Gk Vg Compare 2 Chron 10.2: Heb dwelt in

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