26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:
26 Jeroboam thought to himself, "The kingdom will now likely revert to the house of David.
26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, "Now the kingdom will turn back to the house of David.
26 But then Jeroboam thought, "It won't be long before the kingdom is reunited under David.
26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, "Now the kingdom may return to the house of David:
26 Jeroboam thought to himself, "Unless I am careful, the kingdom will return to the dynasty of David.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Kings 12:26
Commentary on 1 Kings 12:25-33
(Read 1 Kings 12:25-33)
Jeroboam distrusted the providence of God; he would contrive ways and means, and sinful ones too, for his own safety. A practical disbelief of God's all-sufficiency is at the bottom of all our departures from him. Though it is probable he meant his worship for Jehovah the God of Israel, it was contrary to the Divine law, and dishonourable to the Divine majesty to be thus represented. The people might be less shocked at worshipping the God of Israel under an image, than if they had at once been asked to worship Baal; but it made way for that idolatry. Blessed Lord, give us grace to reverence thy temple, thine ordinances, thine house of prayer, thy sabbaths, and never more, like Jeroboam, to set up in our hearts any idol of abomination. Be thou to us every thing precious; do thou reign and rule in our hearts, the hope of glory.