How did Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, incite Israel to rebel?

ANSWER

He told the people he would rule harshly.

1st Kings 12 :

(14) he followed the advice of the young men and said, “My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions.” (15) So the king did not listen to the people, for this turn of events was from the LORD, to fulfill the word the LORD had spoken to Jeroboam son of Nebat through Ahijah the Shilonite.

(16) When all Israel saw that the king refused to listen to them, they answered the king:

“What share do we have in David, what part in Jesse’s son? To your tents, Israel! Look after your own house, David!”

So the Israelites went home. (17) But as for the Israelites who were living in the towns of Judah, Rehoboam still ruled over them.

(18) King Rehoboam sent out Adoniram, who was in charge of forced labor, but all Israel stoned him to death. King Rehoboam, however, managed to get into his chariot and escape to Jerusalem. (19) So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.
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