2 Chronicles 12:8
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New International Version
They will, however, become subject to him, so that they may learn the difference between serving me and serving the kings of other lands."

New Living Translation
But they will become his subjects, so they will know the difference between serving me and serving earthly rulers."

English Standard Version
Nevertheless, they shall be servants to him, that they may know my service and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.”

New American Standard Bible
"But they will become his slaves so that they may learn the difference between My service and the service of the kingdoms of the countries."

King James Bible
Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
However, they will become his servants so that they may recognize the difference between serving Me and serving the kingdoms of other lands."

International Standard Version
Nevertheless, they will become his slaves so they may learn to differentiate between what it means to serve me and to serve the kingdoms of these nations."

NET Bible
Yet they will become his subjects, so they can experience how serving me differs from serving the surrounding nations."

New Heart English Bible
Nevertheless they shall be his servants, that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But they will become his servants so that they can learn the difference between serving me and serving foreign kings."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know My service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.'

New American Standard 1977
“But they will become his slaves so that they may learn the difference between My service and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Nevertheless, they shall be his slaves that they may know what it is to serve me and to serve the kingdoms of the nations.

King James 2000 Bible
Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.

American King James Version
Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.

American Standard Version
Nevertheless they shall be his servants, that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But yet they shall serve him, that they may know the difference between my service, and the service of a kingdom of the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.

English Revised Version
Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.

Webster's Bible Translation
Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.

World English Bible
Nevertheless they shall be his servants, that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries."

Young's Literal Translation
but they become servants to him, and they know My service, and the service of the kingdoms of the lands.'
Study Bible
Egypt Invades Judah
7When the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah, saying, "They have humbled themselves so I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some measure of deliverance, and My wrath shall not be poured out on Jerusalem by means of Shishak. 8"But they will become his slaves so that they may learn the difference between My service and the service of the kingdoms of the countries." 9So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took the treasures of the house of the LORD and the treasures of the king's palace. He took everything; he even took the golden shields which Solomon had made.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 28:47
"Because you did not serve the LORD your God with joy and a glad heart, for the abundance of all things;

Deuteronomy 28:48
therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the LORD will send against you, in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness, and in the lack of all things; and He will put an iron yoke on your neck until He has destroyed you.
Treasury of Scripture

Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.

Nevertheless

Nehemiah 9:36 Behold, we are servants this day, and for the land that you gave …

Isaiah 26:13 O LORD our God, other lords beside you have had dominion over us: …

that they may

Deuteronomy 28:47 Because you served not the LORD your God with joyfulness, and with …

Judges 3:1 Now these are the nations which the LORD left, to prove Israel by …

Jeremiah 10:24 O LORD, correct me, but with judgment; not in your anger, lest you …

Hosea 8:10 Yes, though they have hired among the nations, now will I gather them…

(8) Nevertheless they shall be.--For they shall become servants (i.e., tributaries) to him; scil., for a while.

That they may know (or, discern) my service, and the service of the kingdoms.--That they may learn by experience the difference between the easy yoke of their God, and the heavy burden of foreign tyranny, which was entailed upon them by deserting Him.

Kingdoms of the countries.--See 1Chronicles 29:30.

Verse 8. - The genius of this verse, nevertheless, will quite admit of the Authorized Version rendering, proposed to be superseded in the last verse. This says life shall be spared, but still severe moral reckoning (that of servitude in a sense and tributariness) shall be taken with the transgressors and forsakers of the Lord! The contrast of God's service and that of men and the world again touchingly recalls the words of Christ (Matthew 11:28-30). Nevertheless, they shall be his servants,.... tributaries to the king of Egypt:

that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries; the difference between them, how easy the one, which they might perform without taxes and tributes, and how hard and heavy the other, through the exactions and exorbitant demands of those to whom they became subjects. 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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