2 Chronicles 12:14
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.

Berean Study Bible
And Rehoboam did evil because 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.

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

Contemporary English Version
but he still did wrong and refused to obey the LORD.

Good News Translation
He did what was evil, because he did not try to find the LORD's will.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he did evil, for he directed not his heart to seek the Lord.

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
13Thus King Rehoboam established himself in Jerusalem. He was forty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city the LORD had chosen from all the tribes of Israel in which to put His Name. His mother's name was Naamah the Ammonite. 14And Rehoboam 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 concerning the genealogies? There was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam throughout their days.…
Cross References
1 Kings 14:22
And Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and by the sins they committed they provoked Him to jealous anger more than all their fathers had done.

2 Chronicles 19:3
However, some good is found in you, for you have removed the Asherah poles from the land and 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 hearts to seek the LORD God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the LORD God of their fathers.

2 Chronicles 19:3
Nevertheless there are good things found in thee, in that thou hast taken away the groves out of the land, and hast prepared thine heart to seek God.

2 Chronicles 30:19
That prepareth his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though he be not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary.

to seek

Deuteronomy 5:29
O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

Psalm 105:3,4
Glory ye 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 not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the LORD speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.







Lexicon
And Rehoboam did evil
וַיַּ֖עַשׂ (way·ya·‘aś)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

because
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

he did not
לֹ֤א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

set
הֵכִין֙ (hê·ḵîn)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3559: To be erect

his heart
לִבּ֔וֹ (lib·bōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

to seek
לִדְר֖וֹשׁ (liḏ·rō·wōš)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 1875: To tread, frequent, to follow, to seek, ask, to worship

the LORD.
יְהוָֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel
(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. 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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