2 Chronicles 10:7
New International Version
They replied, "If you will be kind to these people and please them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants."

New Living Translation
The older counselors replied, “If you are good to these people and do your best to please them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your loyal subjects.”

English Standard Version
And they said to him, “If you will be good to this people and please them and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.”

Berean Study Bible
They replied, “If you will be kind to these people and please them by speaking kind words to them, they will be your servants forever.”

New American Standard Bible
They spoke to him, saying, "If you will be kind to this people and please them and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever."

King James Bible
And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.

Christian Standard Bible
They replied, "If you will be kind to this people and please them by speaking kind words to them, they will be your servants forever."

Contemporary English Version
They answered, "If you want them to serve and obey you, then you should be kind and promise to make their work easier."

Good News Translation
They replied, "If you are kind to these people and try to please them by giving a considerate answer, they will always serve you loyally."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They replied, "If you will be kind to these people and please them by speaking kind words to them, they will be your servants forever."

International Standard Version
In reply, they told him, "If you will be kind to this people, please them, and speak appropriately to them with kind words, they'll serve you forever."

NET Bible
They said to him, "If you are fair to these people, grant their request, and are cordial to them, they will be your servants from this time forward."

New Heart English Bible
They spoke to him, saying, "If you are kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They told him, "If you are good to these people and try to please them by speaking gently to them, then they will always be your servants."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they spoke unto him, saying: 'If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.'

New American Standard 1977
And they spoke to him, saying, “If you will be kind to this people and please them and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they spoke unto him, saying, If thou wilt seek the good of this people and please them and speak good words to them, they will be thy slaves for ever.

King James 2000 Bible
And they spoke unto him, saying, If you are kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be your servants forever.

American King James Version
And they spoke to him, saying, If you be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be your servants for ever.

American Standard Version
And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And they spoke to him, saying, If thou wouldest this day befriend this people, and be kind to them, and speak to them good words, then will they be thy servants for ever.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they said to him: If thou please this people, and soothe them with kind words, they will be thy servants for ever.

Darby Bible Translation
And they spoke to him saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.

English Revised Version
And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants forever.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they spoke to him, saying, If thou wilt be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.

World English Bible
They spoke to him, saying, "If you are kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever."

Young's Literal Translation
And they speak unto him, saying, 'If thou dost become good to this people, and hast been pleased with them, and spoken unto them good words, then they have been to thee servants all the days.'
Study Bible
Rebellion Against Rehoboam
6Then King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. “How do you advise me to respond to these people?” he asked. 7They replied, “If you will be kind to these people and please them 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.…
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."

Proverbs 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Treasury of Scripture

And they spoke to him, saying, If you be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be your servants for ever.

If thou be king

1 Kings 12:7
And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.

Proverbs 15:1
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

speak good

Genesis 49:21
Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.

2 Samuel 15:2-6
And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him, and said, Of what city art thou? And he said, Thy servant is of one of the tribes of Israel…







Lexicon
They replied,
וַיְדַבְּר֨וּ (way·ḏab·bə·rū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

“If
אִם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

you will be
תִּֽהְיֶ֨ה (tih·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

kind
לְט֜וֹב (lə·ṭō·wḇ)
Preposition-l | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

to these
הַזֶּה֙ (haz·zeh)
Article | Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2088: This, that

people
לְהָעָ֤ם (lə·hā·‘ām)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

and please them
וּרְצִיתָ֔ם (ū·rə·ṣî·ṯām)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7521: To be pleased with, to satisfy a, debt

by speaking
וְדִבַּרְתָּ֥ (wə·ḏib·bar·tā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

kind
טוֹבִ֑ים (ṭō·w·ḇîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

words
דְּבָרִ֣ים (də·ḇā·rîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

to them,
אֵלָ֜יו (’ê·lāw)
Preposition | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

they will be
וְהָי֥וּ (wə·hā·yū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

your servants
עֲבָדִ֖ים (‘ă·ḇā·ḏîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5650: Slave, servant

forever.”
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every
(7) If thou be kind to this people.--A free paraphrase of, "If to-day thou become a servant to this people and serve them" (Kings)--words which may have seemed inappropriate to the redactor, in connection with the king, but which form a pointed antithesis to the last clause of the verse, "they will be thy servants for ever."

And please them.--Be propitious to them, receive them graciously (racah). (Genesis 33:10.) Kings, "answer them."

Verses 7, 8. - Rehoboam was now (1 Kings 14:21; 2 Chronicles 12:13; but cf. 13:7) forty-one years of age; he was just too old to find any excuse for inability to gauge either the experience, and value of it, of the "old," or the inexperience, and foolishness of it, of the immature human heart. According to the modern phrase, he was just ripe to have known and bethought himself of this. But all rashly Rehoboam casts the die. The sound judgment, real knowledge, opportune and practical advice of the "old men," uttered evidently off so kind a tongue, should have been indeed now "as good as an inheritance; yea, better too" (Ecclesiastes 7:11, margin). The reading of the parallel is well worthy to be noted (1 Kings 11:7), with its manifestly pleasantly and skilfully worded antithesis, "If thou this day will be a servant to this people... then they will be thy servants for ever." Our words, however, have their own exquisite beauty about them, If thou wilt be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them. One might fancy that Saul, and David, and Solomon, and angels themselves bended over the scene, and looked and listened and longed for wisdom and love and right to prevail. The young men that had grown up with him. While this expression throws light as above on that which speaks of Rehoboam's old men counsellors, it wakens the question how men of forty-one years of age can be called "young," as Rehoboam was not living in patriarchal aged times. And the question is emphasized by the language applied to Rehoboam in 2 Chronicles 13:7, where he is described as "young and tenderhearted," and unable, for want of strength of character and of knowledge, to "withstand vain men" (as he surely shows too clearly now). It has been suggested ('Speaker's Commentary,' 2:562, Note C) that כא (21) should be read for מא (41) in the two passages quoted above (1 Kings 14:21; 2 Chronicles 12:13). The suggestion seems good, and it is certainly reasonable for the requirements of both matter and manner. 10:1-19 The ten tribes revolt from Rehoboam. - Moderate counsels are wisest and best. Gentleness will do what violence will not do. Most people like to be accosted mildly. Good words cost only a little self-denial, yet they purchase great things. No more needs to be done to ruin men, than to leave them to their own pride and passion. Thus, whatever are the devices of men, God is doing his own work by all, and fulfilling the word which he has spoken. No man can bequeath his prosperity to his heirs any more than his wisdom; though our children will generally be affected by our conduct, whether good or bad. Let us then seek those good things which will be our own for ever; and crave the blessing of God upon our posterity, in preference to wealth or worldly exaltation.
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