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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Kings 11:26-40

We have here the first mention of that infamous name Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that made Israel to sin; he is here brought upon the stage as an adversary to Solomon, whom God had expressly told (1 Kgs. 11:11) that he would give the greatest part of his kingdom to his servant, and Jeroboam was the man. We have here an account, I. Of his extraction, 1 Kgs. 11:26. He was of the tribe of Ephraim, he next in honour to Judah. His mother was a widow, to whom Providence had made up the loss of a... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 11:38

And it shall be, if thou wilt hearken unto all that I command thee ,.... And be obedient thereunto: and wilt walk in my ways ; directed to in the law of Moses: and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes, and my commandments ; those particularly respecting divine worship: as David my servant did ; who very diligently and constantly attended to the ordinances of religion: that I will be with thee ; to guide and direct, protect and defend, prosper and succeed: and... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Kings 11:38

And build thee a sure house - He would have continued his posterity on the throne of Israel, had he not by his wickedness forfeited the promises of God, and thrown himself out of the protection of the Most High. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 11:26-43

The call to Jeroboam. I. THE UNWEARIED EFFORTS OF GOD TO WIN MEN FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS . This is the beginning of the story of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin. 1 . He is met by mercy . The widow's son is made king of Israel. 2 . By counsel and promise ( 1 Kings 11:38 ). The seed is east upon the stony ground and among the thorns, as well as upon the good soil. Learn— 1 . That, like the great husbandman, we should sow the seed of the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 11:29-39

The Message of Ahijah. As Jeroboam went out of Jerusalem with his commission from Solomon to rule as his lieutenant over the house of Joseph, meditating how he might use his fortune to construct a throne, he was met by Ahijah the Shilonite, who accosted him in a manner agreeable to his ambition. In the message of Ahijah we have— I. A PROPHECY . 1 . This was expressed in sign . 2 . The prophecy also is expressed in words ( 1 Kings 11:31-39 ). II. ITS REASONS .... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 11:38

And it shall be, if thou writ hearken unto all that I command thee [cf. 1 Kings 3:14 ; 1 Kings 6:12 ; 1 Kings 9:4 ], and wilt walk in my ways, and do that is right in my sight, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with thee [cf. 1 Kings 1:37 , note], and build thee a sure house [cf. 2 Samuel 7:11 , 2 Samuel 7:16 ; i.e; a family, perhaps dynasty . Observe, however, there was no promise to Jeroboam, as there was to David, of... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Kings 11:38

See the marginal references. To “build a sure house,” or “give a house,” is to give a continuity of offspring, and so secure the perpetuity of a family. The promise, it will be observed, is conditional; and as the condition was not complied with, it did not take effect (see 1 Kings 14:8-14). The entire house of Jeroboam was destroyed by Baasha 1 Kings 15:29. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Kings 11:38

1 Kings 11:38. If thou wilt hearken to all that I command thee, &c. He is hereby given to understand, that the grant of the crown to him and his descendants will be conditional, and that he and they will be upon their good behaviour. read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 11:1-43

Solomon’s idolatry (11:1-43)Although some of Solomon’s marriages were for political purposes, most of his wives and concubines were probably given to him as gifts. These women usually brought their gods into Israel, and Solomon’s weakness in worshipping these gods led finally to his downfall (11:1-8). God’s judgment on Solomon and Israel was to bring the long-standing friction between northerners and southerners to a climax in the division of the kingdom. Only Solomon’s tribe Judah (which had... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - 1 Kings 11:38

if thou wilt hearken. Same conditions as in 1 Kings 9:4 . a sure house: i.e. a long and unbroken line of descendants. read more

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