Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

1 Kings 12:17

But as for the sons of Israel who lived in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Canaan;   Citizens;   Government;   Jeroboam;   Petition;   Rebellion;   Rehoboam;   Revolt;   Treason;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Kings;   Tribes of Israel, the;   Tribute;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Rehoboam;   Shechem;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Israel;   Jeroboam;   Jerusalem;   King;   Rehoboam;   Solomon;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Kings, First and Second, Theology of;   Wages;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Israel, Kingdom of;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Kings, 1 and 2;   Tribes of Israel, the;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Israel;   Rehoboam,;   Solomon;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Rehoboam ;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Government of the Hebrews;   Jeroboam;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Revolt;   Kingdom of Israel;   Kingdom of Judah;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Kings, Books of;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Israel … - The Israelites proper, or members of the other tribes, who happened to be settled within the limits of the land of Judah. These Israelites quietly submitted to Rehoboam. “Israel” through this chapter, and throughout the rest of Kings, designates ordinarily “the ten tribes,” and is antithetical to “Judah.”

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 1 Kings 12:17". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-kings-12.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

But as for the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah,.... Either such Israelites of the ten tribes that had before dwelt, or now upon this removed, for the sake of worship, to dwell in the tribe of Judah; or else that part of Israel, the tribe of Judah, which dwelt in the cities belonging to it:

Rehoboam reigned over them; they owned him to be their king, and submitted to his government.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 12:17". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-kings-12.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

But as for the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.

Judah — The tribe of Judah; with those parts of the tribes of Levi, and Simeon, and Benjamin, whose dwellings were within the confines of Judah.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 12:17". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/1-kings-12.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

1 Kings 12:17 But [as for] the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.

Ver. 17. But as for the children of Israel.] Not the men of Judah only, but the Simeonites that were mingled among them, the Benjamites that were joined unto them, the Levites and other convenae that set their hearts to seek the Lord in his holy temple. [2 Chronicles 11:16; 2 Chronicles 15:9]

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 12:17". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/1-kings-12.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Which dwelt in the cities of Judah; by which phrase he principally understands the tribe of Judah; but withal, those parts and parcels of the tribes of Levi, and Simeon, and Benjamin, whose dwellings were within the confines of Judah, or intermixed with them.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 1 Kings 12:17". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/1-kings-12.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

17.Children of Israel’ cities of Judah — Israelites not belonging to the house of Judah, but dwelling within the territory of that tribe.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 1 Kings 12:17". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/1-kings-12.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Them, as well as over many, who came into his territory, that they might practise the true religion, without restraint. (Haydock) (Chap. xi. 13.) --- The kings of Juda afterwards made various conquests, chap. xiii. 19. Hence they were able to contend with the other tribes (Calmet) with advantage. (Haydock) --- Even at first, Roboam put himself at the head of 180,000 chosen men, ver. 21. Abia had an army of 400,000, and Asa near 600,000; while Josaphat had 1,160,000 soldiers, 2 Paralipomenon xiii. 3., and xiv. 8., and xvii. 14.

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 1 Kings 12:17". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/1-kings-12.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

children = sons.

Israel which dwelt in. Judah. Here was a nucleus of true worshippers constantly increased (1 Kings 12:19. 1 Chronicles 9:3. 2 Chronicles 10:17; 2 Chronicles 11:3, 2 Chronicles 11:16, 2 Chronicles 11:17; 2 Chronicles 15:9; 2 Chronicles 16:1; 2 Chronicles 19:8; 2 Chronicles 23:2; 2 Chronicles 30:1, 2 Chronicles 30:5, 2 Chronicles 30:10, 2 Chronicles 30:11; 2 Chronicles 31:6). In Ezra 1:5; Ezra 2:2, Ezra 2:59, Ezra 2:70; Ezra 7:13; Ezra 9:1; Ezra 10:5, those returning of Judah"s captivity are called "of Israel", and "all Israel", 1 Kings 2:2, 1 Kings 2:70; 1 Kings 3:1; 1 Kings 6:21; 1 Kings 7:10, 1 Kings 7:13; 1 Kings 8:25; 1 Kings 9:1; 1 Kings 10:1, 1 Kings 10:2, 1 Kings 10:5, 1 Kings 10:10, 1 Kings 10:25. Nehemiah 2:10; Nehemiah 7:7, Nehemiah 7:61, Nehemiah 7:73; Nehemiah 8:17; Nehemiah 10:33; Nehemiah 11:3; Nehemiah 12:47. Judah was thus always representative of "all Israel". Hence Acts 4:27, "the People of Israel", and Acts 2:14, Acts 2:22, Acts 2:36, "of Judah". The two words are used interchangeably, except where otherwise stated. See note on "all the house of Israel", Exodus 16:31. Also on 1 Chronicles 22:17; 1 Chronicles 23:2. 2 Chronicles 12:6, "princes of Israel", used of Judah before the division. Also, on the cause of the increase of Judah, see note on 2 Chronicles 13:3.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 1 Kings 12:17". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/1-kings-12.html. 1909-1922.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(17) The children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah.—The expression is doubly significant. (a) Historically the tribe of Judah had its semi-dependent tribes—Simeon, already absorbed into Judah; Dan, in great part transferred to the extreme north; and Benjamin, closely united to Judah by the position of Jerusalem. All these, it would seem, are here included—so that the territory of the southern kingdom would be really the Judœa of later times. In addition to these, we find from 2 Chronicles 11:13-16, that, at any rate after the idolatry of Jeroboam, priests and Levites and other Israelites made their way into the cities of Judah. (b) But, besides this, there may be a significance in the phrase “children of Israel.” Although the northern kingdom henceforth inherited the proud title of the kingdom of Israel, the phrase, as here used, is perhaps intended to remind the reader that in Judah also dwelt “children of Israel”—true descendants of the “Prince of God,” and inheritors of the promise.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 12:17". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/1-kings-12.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

But as for the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.
the children
11:13,36; 2 Chronicles 10:17; 11:13-17
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 12:20 - none that followed;  2 Chronicles 10:16 - What portion;  2 Chronicles 12:1 - all Israel

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 Kings 12:17". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-kings-12.html.