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.

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

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

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.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Was one and forty years old - Houbigant thinks he was but sixteen years old when he began to reign; and brings many and forcible arguments to prove that the number forty-one must be a mistake. That he was young when he came to the throne, is evident from his consulting the young men that were brought up with him, 2 Chronicles 10:8, 2 Chronicles 10:10. They were young men then; and if he was brought up with them, he must have been young then also. Besides, Abijah, in his speech to Jeroboam, 2 Chronicles 13:7, says that at the time Rehoboam came to the throne he was tender-hearted, and therefore could not withstand the children of Belial raised up against him by Jeroboam: but surely at that time no man could be reputed young and tender-hearted - quite devoid of experience, who was above forty years of age. Besides, if this reading were allowed, it would prove that he was born before his father Solomon began to reign, for Solomon reigned only forty years, and Rehoboam immediately succeeded him.

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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...

2 Chronicles 19:3 Nevertheless there are good things found in you, in that you have taken away the groves out of the land...

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 to the LORD with all your hearts...

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; a generation that set not their heart aright...

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord...

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

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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...

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 not to the seed of Jacob, Seek you me in vain...

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 as my people, and they hear your words, but they will not do them...

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

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'They shall be his servants: that they may know My service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries.'--2 Chron. xii. 8. Rehoboam was a self-willed, godless king who, like some other kings, learned nothing by experience. His kingdom was nearly wrecked at the very beginning of his reign, and was saved much more by the folly of his rival than by his own wisdom. Jeroboam's religious revolution drove all the worshippers of God among the northern kingdom into flight. They might have endured the
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1 Kings 14:22
Judah did evil in the eyes of the LORD. By the sins they committed they stirred up his jealous anger more than those who were before them had done.

2 Chronicles 19:3
There is, however, some good in you, for you have rid the land of the Asherah poles and have set your heart on seeking God."

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