12:6 King Rehoboam consulted with the older advisers who had served 1 his father Solomon when he had been alive. He asked them, 2 “How do you advise me to answer these people?” 12:7 They said to him, “Today if you show a willingness to help these people and grant their request, they will be your servants from this time forward.” 3 12:8 But Rehoboam rejected their advice and consulted the young advisers who served him, with whom he had grown up. 4
1 tn Heb “stood before.”
2 tn Heb “saying.”
3 tn Heb “If today you are a servant to these people and you serve them and answer them and speak to them good words, they will be your servants all the days.”
4 tn Heb “He rejected the advice of the elders which they advised and he consulted the young men with whom he had grown up, who stood before him.” The referent (Rehoboam) of the initial pronoun (“he”) has been specified in the translation for clarity.