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1 Kings 12:1

    1 Kings 12:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to Shechem to make him king.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to Shechem to make him king.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to Shechem to make him king.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And Rehoboam went to Shechem, where all Israel had come together to make him king,

    Webster's Revision

    And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to Shechem to make him king.

    World English Bible

    Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to Shechem to make him king.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to Shechem to make him king.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Kings 12:1

    Rehoboam went to Shechem - Rehoboam was probably the only son of Solomon; for although he had a thousand wives, he had not the blessing of a numerous offspring; and although he was the wisest of men himself, his son was a poor, unprincipled fool. Had Solomon kept himself within reasonable bounds in matrimonial affairs, he would probably have had more children; and such as would have had common sense enough to discern the delicacy of their situation, and rule according to reason and religion.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Kings 12:1

    The first step taken by the new king was a most judicious one. If anything could have removed the disaffection of the Ephraimites, and caused them to submit to the ascendancy of Judah, it would have been the honor done to their capital by its selection as the scene of the coronation. Shechem (now Nablous) lay on the flank of Mount Gerizim, directly opposite to Mount Ebal, in a position second to none in all Palestine. Though Abimelech had destroyed the place Judges 9:45, it had probably soon risen again, and was once more a chief city, or perhaps "the" chief city, of Ephraim. Its central position made it a convenient place for the general assembly of the tribes, as it had been in the days of Joshua Jos 8:30-35; 24:1-28; and this would furnish an additional reason for its selection.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Kings 12:1

    12:1 Were come - Rehoboam did not call them thither, but went thither, because the Israelites prevented him, and had pitched upon that place, rather than upon Jerusalem, because it was most convenient for all, being in the center of the kingdom; and because that being in the potent tribe of Ephraim, they supposed there they might use that freedom of speech, which they resolved to use, to get there grievances redressed. So out of a thousand wives and concubines, he had but one son to bear his name, and he a fool! Is not sin an ill way of building up a family?