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19:43 ten shares in the king. Whereas there are ten northern tribes, there are only two southern tribes, Judah and Simeon. The northerners felt slighted.
you despise us. The north-south hostility so much in evidence will fuel Sheba’s revolt (ch. 20) and eventually bring about the division of the kingdom (1 Kin. 12). See note 1 Sam. 11:8.