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1 Kings 15:3-5

15:3 He followed all the sinful practices of his father before him. He was not wholeheartedly devoted to the Lord his God, as his ancestor David had been. 1  15:4 Nevertheless for David’s sake the Lord his God maintained his dynasty 2  in Jerusalem by giving him a son 3  to succeed him 4  and by protecting Jerusalem. 5  15:5 He did this 6  because David had done what he approved 7  and had not disregarded any of his commandments 8  his entire lifetime, except for the incident involving Uriah the Hittite.

1 tn Heb “his heart was not complete with the Lord his God, like the heart of David his father.”

2 tn Heb “gave him a lamp.”

3 tc The Old Greek has the plural “his sons.”

4 tn Heb “by raising up his son after him.”

5 tn Heb “and by causing Jerusalem to stand firm.”

6 tn The words “he did this” are added for stylistic reasons.

7 tn Heb “what was right in the eyes of the Lord.

8 tn Heb “and had not turned aside from all which he commanded him.”

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