2 Chronicles 12:14
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New International Version
He did evil because he had not set his heart on seeking the LORD.

New Living Translation
But he was an evil king, for he did not seek the LORD with all his heart.

English Standard Version
And he did evil, for he did not set his heart to seek the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
He did evil because he did not set his heart to seek the LORD.

King James Bible
And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Rehoboam did what was evil, because he did not determine in his heart to seek the LORD.

International Standard Version
He practiced evil by not setting his heart to seek the LORD.

NET Bible
He did evil because he was not determined to follow the LORD.

New Heart English Bible
He did that which was evil, because he did not set his heart to seek the LORD.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He did evil things because he was not serious about dedicating himself to serving the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And he did that which was evil, because he set not his heart to seek the LORD.

New American Standard 1977
And he did evil because he did not set his heart to seek the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he did evil because he did not prepare his heart to seek the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.

American King James Version
And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.

American Standard Version
And he did that which was evil, because he set not his heart to seek Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he did evil, and did not prepare his heart to seek the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
And he did evil, for he applied not his heart to seek Jehovah.

English Revised Version
And he did that which was evil, because he set not his heart to seek the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.

World English Bible
He did that which was evil, because he didn't set his heart to seek Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
and he doth the evil thing, for he hath not prepared his heart to seek Jehovah.
Study Bible
The Death of Rehoboam
13So King Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem and reigned. Now Rehoboam was forty-one years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the LORD had chosen from all the tribes of Israel, to put His name there. And his mother's name was Naamah the Ammonitess. 14He did evil because he did not set his heart to seek the LORD. 15Now the acts of Rehoboam, from first to last, are they not written in the records of Shemaiah the prophet and of Iddo the seer, according to genealogical enrollment? And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually.…
Cross References
1 Kings 14:22
Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked Him to jealousy more than all that their fathers had done, with the sins which they committed.

2 Chronicles 19:3
"But there is some good in you, for you have removed the Asheroth from the land and you have set your heart to seek God."
Treasury of Scripture

And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.

he prepared [heb] he fixed

2 Chronicles 11:16 And after them out of all the tribes of Israel such as set their …

2 Chronicles 19:3 Nevertheless there are good things found in you, in that you have …

2 Chronicles 30:19 That prepares his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers…

1 Samuel 7:3 And Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, If you do return …

1 Chronicles 29:18 O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers…

Psalm 57:7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.

Psalm 78:8,37 And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; …

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always …

1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch you, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

to seek

Deuteronomy 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, …

Psalm 105:3,4 Glory you in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD…

Isaiah 45:19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said …

Isaiah 55:6,7 Seek you the LORD while he may be found, call you on him while he is near…

Ezekiel 33:31 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you …

Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, …

(14) And he did evil.--Syriac adds "before the Lord." The nature of his evil-doing is explained immediately: "for he directed not his heart to seek Jehovah." This estimate of Rehoboam's conduct seems to refer to the early years of his reign, which ended in the catastrophe of Shishak's invasion. 1Kings 14:22, says, "And Judah did evil in the eyes of Jehovah "; and then goes on to tell of the acts of apostacy which brought that judgment upon the nation.

The phrase "direct or prepare the heart to seek the Lord," recurs 2Chronicles 19:3; 2Chronicles 30:19; Ezra 7:10.

The book.--History.

Concerning genealogies.--For registration (lehithyah?sh). On the authorities here named, see the Introduction. The important particulars about the reign which are not given in Kings, e.g., the fortification of the southern cities, the migration of the priests, and Rehoboam's private relations, were probably drawn by the chronicler from these sources.

First and last.--The former and the latter. (See on, 2Chronicles 17:3.)

And there were wars.--And the wars of Rehoboam and Jeroboam [continued] all the days, i.e., throughout the reign. So 1Kings 14:30, "Now there had been war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all the days." Reuss is wrong in regarding this as "a contradiction" of 2Chronicles 11:4. What Shemaiah forbade was a particular attempt to recover the obedience of the northern kingdom by force of arms. The permanent attitude of the rival kings could hardly be other than hostile, especially as Jeroboam appears to have instigated the Egyptian invasion of Judah; and this hostility must often have broken out into active injuries.

Verse 14. - These summarizing moral estimates of the character of the succeeding kings are, indeed, common to the compilers of both Chronicles and Kings, though absent, in the case of Rehoboam, from the parallel. And he did evil,.... Committed idolatry, relapsed into that, his humiliation not being hearty and sincere:

because he prepared not his heart to seek the Lord; by prayer and supplication, and by an attendance on the service and worship of God; for though he did these things outwardly, yet not sincerely and heartily; he did not engage in them seriously and in good earnest, with affection and fervour. 12:1-16 Rehoboam, forsaking the Lord, is punished. - When Rehoboam was so strong that he supposed he had nothing to fear from Jeroboam, he cast off his outward profession of godliness. It is very common, but very lamentable, that men, who in distress or danger, or near death, seem much engaged in seeking and serving God, throw aside all their religion when they have received a merciful deliverance. God quickly brought troubles upon Judah, to awaken the people to repentance, before their hearts were hardened. Thus it becomes us, when we are under the rebukes of Providence, to justify God, and to judge ourselves. If we have humbled hearts under humbling providences, the affliction has done its work; it shall be removed, or the property of it be altered. The more God's service is compared with other services, the more reasonable and easy it will appear. Are the laws of temperance thought hard? The effects of intemperance will be found much harder. The service of God is perfect liberty; the service of our lusts is complete slavery. Rehoboam was never rightly fixed in his religion. He never quite cast off God; yet he engaged not his heart to seek the Lord. See what his fault was; he did not serve the Lord, because he did not seek the Lord. He did not pray, as Solomon, for wisdom and grace; he did not consult the word of God, did not seek to that as his oracle, nor follow its directions. He made nothing of his religion, because he did not set his heart to it, nor ever came up to a steady resolution in it. He did evil, because he never was determined for good.
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