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Solomon, though wise and great, taxed the people heavily to pay for the building of the elaborate Temple and the more elaborate Palace. After his death, Rehoboam became king. Before his coronation, the nothern 10 tribes requested some reforms, to lower the taxes from the people. Older men counseled Rehoboam to accept the demands to please the people. However, his frat boys told him not to give in. They said, "Don't show any weakness, bro. Tell them, 'If my father taxed you heavily, I will tax you ten times more.'" Unlike his father, Rehoboam had no wisdom, listened to his frat boys. The northern 10 tribes were not pleased. They left Rehoboam with his Temple and his Palace and set up another Israeli kingdom in the north. Rehoboam was left with the tribe of Judah and the very small tribe of Benjamin in the south.
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