Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

1 Kings 12:5

Then he said to them, "Depart for three days, then return to me." So the people departed.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Government;   Jeroboam;   Petition;   Rehoboam;   Revolt;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Kings;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Jeroboam;   Rehoboam;   Shechem;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Jeroboam;   Jerusalem;   Rehoboam;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Kings, First and Second, Theology of;   Wages;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Israel, Kingdom of;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Kings, the Books 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;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And he said unto them, depart yet for three days, then come again to me,.... Suggesting that he would consider of their proposal and inquire into the merits of it and as things should appear to him he would give them an answer in three days time; which at first sight may seem a point of prudence in him, to take time for deliberation and counsel in this affair, but in his case and circumstance it was very imprudent; for he might easily see there was discontent among the people, and a faction forming against him, and, by taking time to himself, he gave them time to take their measures, and hasten and ripen them for a revolt; for, by giving them such an answer, they might plainly perceive he was not inclined to give them satisfaction; it would have been the most advisable in him to have promised them at once that he would make them easy:

and the people departed; to their quarters, and there remained to the third day.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 12:5". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-kings-12.html. 1999.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

1 Kings 12:5 And he said unto them, Depart yet [for] three days, then come again to me. And the people departed.

Ver. 5. Depart yet for three days.] This was foolishly done, saith Pellican and Martyr, to give them three days’ respite; because in this time they might consult about a defection, whatsoever answer he should make. If he had pacified their wrath by a soft answer at present, as his father counselleth, [Proverbs 15:1] he had hit it.

Regnorum sub rege novo mitissima sors est. ” - Lucan.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 12:5". 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

Give me that time for deliberation and advice.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 1 Kings 12:5". 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

5.People departed — Retired from Rehoboam’s presence, not to return home, but to tarry at Shechem three days to await the king’s decision.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 1 Kings 12:5". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/1-kings-12.html. 1874-1909.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed.

He said ... Depart yet for three days. It was prudent to take the peoples demand into calm and deliberate consideration. Whether, had the advice of the sage and experienced counselors been adopted, any good result would have followed, it is impossible to say. It would at least have removed all pretext for the separation. But he preferred the counsel of his young companions (not in age, because they were all about forty-one, but in experience), who recommended prompt and decisive measures to quell the malcontents.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 1 Kings 12:5". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/1-kings-12.html. 1871-8.