5 And he said unto them, Come again unto me after three days. And the people departed.
5 Rehoboam answered, "Come back to me in three days." So the people went away.
5 He said to them, "Come to me again in three days." So the people went away.
5 "Give me," said Rehoboam, "three days to think it over; then come back." So the people left.
5 So he said to them, "Come back to me after three days." And the people departed.
5 Rehoboam replied, "Come back in three days for my answer." So the people went away.
Matthew Henry's Commentary on 2 Chronicles 10:5
The ten tribes revolt from Rehoboam.
Moderate counsels are wisest and best. Gentleness will do what violence will not do. Most people like to be accosted mildly. Good words cost only a little self-denial, yet they purchase great things. No more needs to be done to ruin men, than to leave them to their own pride and passion. Thus, whatever are the devices of men, God is doing his own work by all, and fulfilling the word which he has spoken. No man can bequeath his prosperity to his heirs any more than his wisdom; though our children will generally be affected by our conduct, whether good or bad. Let us then seek those good things which will be our own for ever; and crave the blessing of God upon our posterity, in preference to wealth or worldly exaltation.