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He addresses Jeroboam and 'all Israel'. Presumably by that 'all', he is including not only the followers of the upstart monarch of the north (contrast v. la 53 men as well. The significance of 'all Israel' is made clear by the emphasis on Israel twice in v. 5: the LORD is identified as the 'God of Israel' and David is the one who has been given 'kingship over Israel for ever'. The combined armies of Israel are the hosts of the LORD to carry out his purpose on earth; here, in bitter irony, they are drawn up against one another in potentially self-destructive conflict.
16; cf. 21, 25): the fifteen fortresses have gone; only Jerusalem, the central focus of God's rule on earth through the house of David, is spared being ravaged—and even that by no means escapes unscathed, as the next section makes clear. Once the relationship with God has been broken, the damage endures. There is no cheap grace. The way to restoration is costly—as C is now setting out in his work to portray. The immediate effect is, therefore, that Israel 'will become slaves' to the Pharaoh (v.
Deut. 21; 2 Chron. 21). The break away of the north is absolute and is given a veneer of legal respectability. The Hadoram of the text appears in Kings as Adoram (as in 2 Sam. 14. If these are all the same individual, then, having been in office already under David, he must have been well advanced in years—Jeroboam's erstwhile senior colleague among the forced labour supervisers, in fact. The venerability of this, the senior superviser, and his possible authority over Jeroboam, availed Rehoboam nothing.