5 And he said unto them, Depart yet for three days, then come again to me. And the people departed.
5 Rehoboam answered, "Go away for three days and then come back to me." So the people went away.
5 He said to them, "Go away for three days, then come again to me." So the people went away.
5 "Give me three days to think it over, then come back," Rehoboam said.
5 So he said to them, "Depart for three days, then come back to me." And the people departed.
5 Rehoboam replied, "Give me three days to think this over. Then come back for my answer." So the people went away.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Kings 12:5
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.