1 Kings 12:8
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New International Version
But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him.

New Living Translation
But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the older men and instead asked the opinion of the young men who had grown up with him and were now his advisers.

English Standard Version
But he abandoned the counsel that the old men gave him and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and stood before him.

Berean Study Bible
But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the elders; instead, he consulted the young men who had grown up with him and served him.

New American Standard Bible
But he forsook the counsel of the elders which they had given him, and consulted with the young men who grew up with him and served him.

King James Bible
But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him:

Christian Standard Bible
But he rejected the advice of the elders who had advised him and consulted with the young men who had grown up with him and attended him.

Contemporary English Version
But Rehoboam refused their advice and went to the younger men who had grown up with him and were now his officials.

Good News Translation
But he ignored the advice of the older men and went instead to the young men who had grown up with him and who were now his advisers.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But he rejected the advice of the elders who had advised him and consulted with the young men who had grown up with him and served him.

International Standard Version
But Rehoboam ignored the counsel that his elder advisors had given him. Instead, he consulted the younger men who had grown up with him and who worked for him.

NET Bible
But Rehoboam rejected their advice and consulted the young advisers who served him, with whom he had grown up.

New Heart English Bible
But he forsook the counsel of the old men which they had given him, and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But he ignored the advice the older leaders gave him. He sought advice from the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But he forsook the counsel of the old men which they had given him, and took counsel with the young men that were grown up with him, that stood before him.

New American Standard 1977
But he forsook the counsel of the elders which they had given him, and consulted with the young men who grew up with him and served him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him and who stood before him.

King James 2000 Bible
But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and who stood before him:

American King James Version
But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him:

American Standard Version
But he forsook the counsel of the old men which they had given him, and took counsel with the young men that were grown up with him, that stood before him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he left the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men, that had been brought up with him, and stood before him.

Darby Bible Translation
But he forsook the advice of the old men which they had given him, and consulted with the young men, who had grown up with him, that stood before him.

English Revised Version
But he forsook the counsel of the old men which they had given him, and took counsel with the young men that were grown up with him, that stood before him.

Webster's Bible Translation
But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that had grown up with him, and who stood before him:

World English Bible
But he forsook the counsel of the old men which they had given him, and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him.

Young's Literal Translation
And he forsaketh the counsel of the elders which they counselled him, and consulteth with the lads who have grown up with him, who are standing before him;
Study Bible
Rebellion Against Rehoboam
7They replied, “If you will be a servant to these people and serve them this day, and if you will respond by speaking kind words to them, they will be your servants forever.” 8But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the elders ; instead, he consulted the young men who had grown up with him and served him. 9He asked them, “What message do you advise that we send back to these people who have spoken to me, saying, ‘Lighten the yoke your father put on us’?”…
Cross References
1 Kings 12:7
They replied, “If you will be a servant to these people and serve them this day, and if you will respond by speaking kind words to them, they will be your servants forever.”

1 Kings 12:9
He asked them, “What message do you advise that we send back to these people who have spoken to me, saying, ‘Lighten the yoke your father put on us’?”

Treasury of Scripture

But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him:

2 Chronicles 10:8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men gave him, and took counsel …

2 Chronicles 25:15,16 Why the anger of the LORD was kindled against Amaziah, and he sent …

Proverbs 1:2-5,25,30 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding…

Proverbs 19:20 Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter end.

Proverbs 25:12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise …

Ecclesiastes 10:2,3 A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left…







Verse 8. - But he forsook the counsel of the old men which they had given [Heb. counselled] him ["We can easily imagine that their proposal was not very agreeable to the rash and imperious young king, in whose veins Ammonite blood flowed" (Bahr) ], and consulted with the young men [see on ver. 1. "The very change argues weakness.. Green wood is ever shrinking" (Hall)] that were grown up with him [possibly his companions in the harem], and which stood before him [i.e., as his courtiers and counsellors (cf. ver. 6). The old men were the counsellors of Solomon; the young men alone are spoken of as the ministers of Rehoboam. But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him,.... He did not rightly relish it, nor cordially receive it; it did not suit with his haughty temper, he could not brook it, to stoop to his people; he thought it a lessening of his dignity to do anything that looked like courting their favour; and therefore determined not to take the advice given him by the old men, but to seek for other:

and consulted with the men, that were grown up with him, and which stood before him; the sons of nobles, with whom he had his education, and who were his companions from his youth upwards, and who were now officers in his court, and of his privy council, being his favourites, and those he consulted on this occasion; and though they are called young men, as they were in comparison of the old men, yet since they were contemporary with Rehoboam, who was now forty one years of age, they must be about forty, or not much under, and at an age to be wiser than they appeared to be. 12:1-15 The tribes complained not to Rehoboam of his father's idolatry, and revolt from God. That which was the greatest grievance, was none to them; so careless were they in matters of religion, if they might live at case, and pay no taxes. Factious spirits will never want something to complain of. And when we see the Scripture account of Solomon's reign; the peace, wealth, and prosperity Israel then enjoyed; we cannot doubt but that their charges were false, or far beyond the truth. Rehoboam answered the people according to the counsel of the young men. Never was man more blinded by pride, and desire of arbitrary power, than which nothing is more fatal. God's counsels were hereby fulfilled. He left Rehoboam to his own folly, and hid from his eyes the things which belonged to his peace, that the kingdom might be rent from him. God serves his own wise and righteous purposes by the imprudences and sins of men. Those that lose the kingdom of heaven, throw it away, as Rehoboam, by wilfulness and folly.
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