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Bible Commentaries
1 Kings 14

Everett's Study Notes on the Holy ScripturesEverett's Study Notes

Verses 1-20

The Reign of Jeroboam over Northern Israel (930-909 B.C.) In 1 Kings 12:1 to 1 Kings 14:20 we have the story of Jeroboam ruling over the northern kingdom of Israel. It is important to draw a parallel account of Jeroboam’s reign to that of King David and Solomon. The reigns of both David and Solomon record the judgment of adversaries, the establishment of their thrones, the institution of national worship, God makes a covenant with David and Solomon, the prosperity of their reigns, their sin and judgment, and an epilogue. Jeroboam’s rule follows a similar sequence of events.

1. Jereboam Establishes His Throne 1 Kings 12:1-24

2. Jereboam Institutes National Worship 1 Kings 12:25-33

3. God Speaks to Jereboam thru a Prophet 1 Kings 13:1-32

4. Jereboam’s Sin and Judgment 1 Kings 13:33 to 1 Kings 14:18

5. Epilogue to Jereboam’s Reign 1 Kings 14:19-20

Verses 1-31

1 Kings 14:1-2 Comments Human Depravity - 1 Kings 14:1-2 shows the true nature of depraved mankind. Jerobam was exalted to be king. He became proud and sinful. God warned him of repenting. No repentance came, so God is cutting off his seed. Then when sickness comes, man many times turns back to God, but often it is too late (Proverbs 29:1). The previous verse (1 Kings 13:34) states that God would cut off the seed of Jeroboam.

Proverbs 29:1, “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.”

1 Kings 14:5 And the LORD said unto Ahijah, Behold, the wife of Jeroboam cometh to ask a thing of thee for her son; for he is sick: thus and thus shalt thou say unto her: for it shall be, when she cometh in, that she shall feign herself to be another woman.

1 Kings 14:5 Comments - The divine gift of the word of knowledge was operating in 1 Kings 14:5.

1 Kings 14:27 And king Rehoboam made in their stead brasen shields, and committed them unto the hands of the chief of the guard, which kept the door of the king's house.

1 Kings 14:27 Comments - The brass shields that Rehoboam made in the place of golden shields were an outward manifestation moral decline in the nation of Israel. Israel’s prosperity was directly related to its righteousness.

Bibliographical Information
Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on 1 Kings 14". Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/ghe/1-kings-14.html. 2013.
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