New International Version
The king answered the people harshly. Rejecting the advice given him by the elders,
King James Bible
And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the old men's counsel that they gave him;
Darby Bible Translation
And the king answered the people roughly, and forsook the advice of the old men which they had given him;
World English Bible
The king answered the people roughly, and forsook the counsel of the old men which they had given him,
Young's Literal Translation
And the king answereth the people sharply, and forsaketh the counsel of the elders which they counselled him,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Chastise you with scorpions - Should you rebel, or become disaffected, my father's whip shall be a scorpion in my hand. His was chastisement, mine shall be punishment. St. Isidore, and after him Calmet and others, assert that the scorpion was a sort of severe whip, the lashes of which were armed with iron points, that sunk into and tore the flesh. We know that the scorpion was a military engine among the Romans for shooting arrows, which, being poisoned, were likened to the scorpion's sting, and the wound it inflicted.
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roughly [heb] hardly
LibraryHow to Split a Kingdom
And Rehoboam went to Shechem: for all Israel were come to Shechem to make him king. 2. And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who was yet in Egypt, heard of it (for he was fled from the presence of king Solomon, and Jeroboam dwelt in Egypt); 3. That they sent and called him. And Jeroboam and all the congregation of Israel came, and spake unto Rehoboam, saying, 4. Thy father made our yoke grievous: now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father, and his heavy yoke which he …
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1 Kings 12:12
Three days later Jeroboam and all the people returned to Rehoboam, as the king had said, "Come back to me in three days."
1 Kings 12:14
he followed the advice of the young men and said, "My father made your yoke heavy; I will make it even heavier. My father scourged you with whips; I will scourge you with scorpions."
The poor plead for mercy, but the rich answer harshly.
And who knows whether that person will be wise or foolish? Yet they will have control over all the fruit of my toil into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless.
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