13 And the king answered the people roughly, [1] and forsook the old men's counsel that they gave him;

Other Translations of 1 Kings 12:13

New International Version

13 The king answered the people harshly. Rejecting the advice given him by the elders,

English Standard Version

13 And the king answered the people harshly, and forsaking the counsel that the old men had given him,

The Message

13 The king's answer was harsh and rude. He spurned the counsel of the elders

New King James Version

13 Then the king answered the people roughly, and rejected the advice which the elders had given him;

New Living Translation

13 But Rehoboam spoke harshly to the people, for he rejected the advice of the older counselors

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Kings 12:13

Commentary on 1 Kings 12:1-15

(Read 1 Kings 12:1-15)

The tribes complained not to Rehoboam of his father's idolatry, and revolt from God. That which was the greatest grievance, was none to them; so careless were they in matters of religion, if they might live at case, and pay no taxes. Factious spirits will never want something to complain of. And when we see the Scripture account of Solomon's reign; the peace, wealth, and prosperity Israel then enjoyed; we cannot doubt but that their charges were false, or far beyond the truth. Rehoboam answered the people according to the counsel of the young men. Never was man more blinded by pride, and desire of arbitrary power, than which nothing is more fatal. God's counsels were hereby fulfilled. He left Rehoboam to his own folly, and hid from his eyes the things which belonged to his peace, that the kingdom might be rent from him. God serves his own wise and righteous purposes by the imprudences and sins of men. Those that lose the kingdom of heaven, throw it away, as Rehoboam, by wilfulness and folly.