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1 Kings 12:6

King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who had served his father Solomon while he was still alive, saying, "How do you counsel me to answer this people?"
New American Standard Version

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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Government;   Jeroboam;   Petition;   Rehoboam;   Revolt;   Young Men;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Kings;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Rehoboam;   Shechem;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Jeroboam;   Jerusalem;   Rehoboam;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Counselor;   Education in Bible Times;   Elder;   Kings, First and Second, Theology of;   Wages;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Age;   Israel, Kingdom of;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Elder;   Kings, the Books of;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Counselor;   Kings, 1 and 2;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Government;   Israel;   Rehoboam,;   Solomon;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Rehoboam ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Elder;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Government of the Hebrews;   Jeroboam;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Revolt;   Kingdom of Israel;   Kingdom of Judah;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - How;   King;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Age old;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Kings, Books of;  

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

The old men, that stood before Solomon his father - Perhaps “the princes” of 1 Kings 4:2. Solomon placed great value upon good advisers Proverbs 11:14; Proverbs 15:22; Proverbs 24:6.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 1 Kings 12:6". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-kings-12.html. 1870.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

REHOBOAM HEARD TWO KINDS OF ADVICE

"And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, that had stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, saying, "What counsel give ye me to return answer to this people? And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants forever. But he forsook the counsel of the old men which they had given him, and took counsel with the young men that were grown up with him, that stood before him. And he said unto them, What counsel give ye, that we may return answer to this people, who have spoken to me, saying, Make the yoke that thy father did put upon us lighter? And the young men that were grown up with him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou say unto this people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father made our yoke heavy, but make thou it lighter unto us; thus shalt thou speak unto them, My little finger is thicker than my father's loins. And now whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke: my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions."

Nobody but a fool would have ignored the solemn advice of the wise counselors of Solomon, but Rehoboam - the spoiled, ignorant, foolish, conceited and arrogant child of Solomon's godless harem - was intrigued and captivated by the senseless advice of his equally irresponsible peers. He swallowed all of it - hook, line and sinker!

"Rehoboam was the son of one of the wisest men in history, but wisdom is not inherited. It does not run in the blood"![8]

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on 1 Kings 12:6". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/1-kings-12.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And King Rehoboam consulted with the old men that stood before Solomon his father, while he yet lived,.... Which was very prudently done; for as these were men in years, and had been his father's counsellors, from whom, do doubt, they had learnt much wisdom, being often in cabinet council with him, they were capable of giving him the best advice:

and said, how do you advise, that I may answer this people? what answer would you advise me to give to them, and in what manner?

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 12:6". "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 12:6 And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people?

Ver. 6. And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men.] This was right; for "with the ancient is wisdom, and in length of days is understanding," [Job 12:12] Cautius dimicant veterani milites.

Vulneribus didicit miles habere rectum.

Those who have bought their wit, will walk more warily, and advise more solidly.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 1 Kings 12:6". 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

With the old men that stood before Solomon; with Solomon’s old counsellors, whom age, and experience of men and things, and converse with such a king, had made wise.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 1 Kings 12:6". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/1-kings-12.html. 1685.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Old man. Banaias and Jahiel. (St. Jerome, Trad.)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 1 Kings 12:6". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/1-kings-12.html. 1859.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived, and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people?
consulted
2 Samuel 16:20; 17:5; Job 12:12; 32:7; Proverbs 27:10; Jeremiah 42:2-5; 43:2
Reciprocal: Genesis 41:46 - he stood;  1 Samuel 8:3 - his sons;  1 Kings 12:23 - General1 Chronicles 6:32 - and then;  Psalm 119:100 - understand

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 Kings 12:6". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-kings-12.html.