1 Kings 12:26
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New International Version
Jeroboam thought to himself, "The kingdom will now likely revert to the house of David.

New Living Translation
Jeroboam thought to himself, "Unless I am careful, the kingdom will return to the dynasty of David.

English Standard Version
And Jeroboam said in his heart, “Now the kingdom will turn back to the house of David.

Berean Study Bible
Jeroboam said in his heart, “Now, the kingdom might revert to the house of David.

New American Standard Bible
Jeroboam said in his heart, "Now the kingdom will return to the house of David.

King James Bible
And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:

Christian Standard Bible
Jeroboam said to himself, "The kingdom might now return to the house of David.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jeroboam said to himself, "The way things are going now, the kingdom might return to the house of David.

International Standard Version
Jeroboam was thinking to himself, "The kingdom is about to return to David's control.

NET Bible
Jeroboam then thought to himself: "Now the Davidic dynasty could regain the kingdom.

New Heart English Bible
Jeroboam said in his heart, "Now the kingdom will return to the house of David.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He said to himself, "The kingdom will probably return to David's dynasty now.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Jeroboam said in his heart: 'Now will the kingdom return to the house of David.

New American Standard 1977
And Jeroboam said in his heart, “Now the kingdom will return to the house of David.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David

King James 2000 Bible
And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:

American King James Version
And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:

American Standard Version
And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now will the kingdom return to the house of David:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Jeroboam said in his heart: Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David,

Darby Bible Translation
And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David.

English Revised Version
And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:

Webster's Bible Translation
And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:

World English Bible
Jeroboam said in his heart, "Now the kingdom will return to the house of David.

Young's Literal Translation
and Jeroboam saith in his heart, 'Now doth the kingdom turn back to the house of David --
Study Bible
Jeroboam's Idolatry
25Then Jeroboam built Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim and lived there. And from there he went out and built Penuel. 26Jeroboam said in his heart, “Now, the kingdom might revert to the house of David. 27If these people go up to offer sacrifices in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, their hearts will return to their lord, Rehoboam king of Judah; then they will kill me and return to Rehoboam king of Judah.”…
Cross References
1 Kings 12:25
Then Jeroboam built Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim and lived there. And from there he went out and built Penuel.

1 Kings 12:27
If these people go up to offer sacrifices in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, their hearts will return to their lord, Rehoboam king of Judah; then they will kill me and return to Rehoboam king of Judah."

1 Kings 15:17
Baasha king of Israel went to war against Judah and fortified Ramah to prevent anyone from leaving or entering the territory of Asa king of Judah.

2 Kings 13:2
And he did evil in the sight of the LORD and followed the sins that Jeroboam son of Nebat had caused Israel to commit; he did not turn away from them.

Treasury of Scripture

And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:

said in his heart

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Mark 2:6-8 But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning …

Luke 7:39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spoke within …

Now shall

1 Kings 11:38 And it shall be, if you will listen to all that I command you, and …

1 Samuel 27:1 And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul…

2 Chronicles 20:20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness …

Isaiah 7:9 And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's …

Jeremiah 38:18-21 But if you will not go forth to the king of Babylon's princes, then …

John 11:47-50 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and …

John 12:10,11,19 But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death…

Acts 4:16,17 Saying, What shall we do to these men…







Verse 26. - And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David [It needed much less prescience than Jeroboam seems to have possessed to perceive that fortresses and armies would be of no avail for the defence of his realm, so long as Jerusalem remained the one sanctuary of the land. He clearly foresaw that if the people went up thither, as in time past, three times a year, to keep the feasts, the religious sentiment would in time reassert itself and sweep him and his new dynasty away. With one religion, one sanctuary, one priesthood, there could not long be two kingdoms. People who had so much in common would, sooner or later, complete the unity of their national life under a common sovereign. And we find, indeed, that so powerful were the attractions of the temple, and the religious system of which it was the centre, that "the priests and Levites that were in all Israel," together with the more devout laity, fell away to Rehoboam (2 Chronicles 11:13, 16), while the speech of Abijah on Mount Zemaraim (2 Chronicles 13:11), proves that others as well as Jeroboam were well aware that the old religion and the new kingdom could hardly coexist.] And Jeroboam said in his heart, As he was musing about the state of his kingdom and the affairs of it:

now shall the kingdom return to the house of David; such were his fears, unless some method could be taken to prevent it, particularly with respect to religion, which was what his thoughts were employed about. 26-32. Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David—Having received the kingdom from God, he should have relied on the divine protection. But he did not. With a view to withdraw the people from the temple and destroy the sacred associations connected with Jerusalem, he made serious and unwarranted innovations on the religious observances of the country, on pretext of saving the people the trouble and expense of a distant journey. First, he erected two golden calves—the young bulls, Apis and Mnevis, as symbols (in the Egyptian fashion) of the true God, and the nearest, according to his fancy, to the figures of the cherubim. The one was placed at Dan, in the northern part of his kingdom; the other at Beth-el, the southern extremity, in sight of Jerusalem, and in which place he probably thought God was as likely to manifest Himself as at Jerusalem (Ge 32:1-32; 2Ki 2:2). The latter place was the most frequented—for the words (1Ki 12:30) should be rendered, "the people even to Dan went to worship before the one" (Jer 48:13; Am 4:4, 5; 5:5; Ho 5:8; 10:8). The innovation was a sin because it was setting up the worship of God by symbols and images and departing from the place where He had chosen to put His name. Secondly, he changed the feast of tabernacles from the fifteenth of the seventh to the fifteenth of the eighth month. The ostensible reason might be, that the ingathering or harvest was later in the northern parts of the kingdom; but the real reason was to eradicate the old association with this, the most welcome and joyous festival of the year.12:25-33 Jeroboam distrusted the providence of God; he would contrive ways and means, and sinful ones too, for his own safety. A practical disbelief of God's all-sufficiency is at the bottom of all our departures from him. Though it is probable he meant his worship for Jehovah the God of Israel, it was contrary to the Divine law, and dishonourable to the Divine majesty to be thus represented. The people might be less shocked at worshipping the God of Israel under an image, than if they had at once been asked to worship Baal; but it made way for that idolatry. Blessed Lord, give us grace to reverence thy temple, thine ordinances, thine house of prayer, thy sabbaths, and never more, like Jeroboam, to set up in our hearts any idol of abomination. Be thou to us every thing precious; do thou reign and rule in our hearts, the hope of glory.
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