12:26 Jeroboam then thought to himself: 1 “Now the Davidic dynasty could regain the kingdom. 2 12:27 If these people go up to offer sacrifices in the Lord’s temple in Jerusalem, 3 their loyalty could shift to their former master, 4 King Rehoboam of Judah. They might kill me and return to King Rehoboam of Judah.” 12:28 After the king had consulted with his advisers, 5 he made two golden calves. Then he said to the people, 6 “It is too much trouble for you to go up to Jerusalem. Look, Israel, here are your gods who brought you up from the land of Egypt.” 12:29 He put one in Bethel 7 and the other in Dan. 12:30 This caused Israel to sin; 8 the people went to Bethel and Dan to worship the calves. 9
1 tn Heb “said in his heart.”
2 tn Heb “Now the kingdom could return to the house of David.” The imperfect verbal form translated “could return” is understood as having a potential force here. Perhaps this is not strong enough; another option is “will return.”
4 tn Heb “the heart of these people could return to their master.”
5 tn The words “with his advisers” are supplied in the translation for clarification.
6 tn Heb “to them,” although this may be a corruption of “to the people.” Cf. the Old Greek translation.
8 tn Heb “and this thing became a sin.”
9 tc The MT reads “and the people went before the one to Dan.” It is likely that some words have been accidentally omitted and that the text originally said, “and the people went before the one at Bethel and before the one at Dan.”