Parallel Verses

International Standard Version

In reply, they told him, "If you will be kind to this people, please them, and speak appropriately to them with kind words, they'll serve you forever."

New American Standard Bible

They spoke to him, saying, "If you will be kind to this people and please them and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever."

King James Version

And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.

Holman Bible

They replied, “If you will be kind to these people and please them by speaking kind words to them, they will be your servants forever.”

A Conservative Version

And they spoke to him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants forever.

American Standard Version

And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever.

Amplified

And they answered him, If you are kind to [these] people and please them and speak good words to them, they will be your servants forever.

Bible in Basic English

And they said to him, If you are kind to this people, pleasing them and saying good words to them, then they will be your servants for ever.

Darby Translation

And they spoke to him saying, If thou be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

And they spoke unto him, saying, If thou wilt seek the good of this people and please them and speak good words to them, they will be thy slaves for ever.

Julia Smith Translation

And they will speak to him, saying, If thou wilt be for good to this people, and pleasing them, and speak to them good words, and they were servants to thee all the days.

King James 2000

And they spoke unto him, saying, If you are kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be your servants forever.

Lexham Expanded Bible

And they said to him, "If you will be good to this people and please them, then speak good words to them. Then they will be your servants {forever}."

Modern King James verseion

And they spoke to him saying, If you are kind to this people and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be your servants forever.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

And they told him saying, "If thou shalt be kind to this people and please them and shalt speak loving words to them, they will be thy servants forever."

NET Bible

They said to him, "If you are fair to these people, grant their request, and are cordial to them, they will be your servants from this time forward."

New Heart English Bible

They spoke to him, saying, "If you are kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever."

The Emphasized Bible

And they spake unto him saying, If thou wilt be kind to this people, and please them, and speak unto them kind words, then will they be thy servants, all the days.

Webster

And they spoke to him, saying, If thou wilt be kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, they will be thy servants for ever.

World English Bible

They spoke to him, saying, "If you are kind to this people, and please them, and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever."

Youngs Literal Translation

And they speak unto him, saying, 'If thou dost become good to this people, and hast been pleased with them, and spoken unto them good words, then they have been to thee servants all the days.'

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
דּבר 
Dabar 
Usage: 1142

If thou be kind
טוב 
Towb 
Usage: 553

עם 
`am 
Usage: 1867

them, and speak
דּבר 
Dabar 
Usage: 1142

דּבר 
Dabar 
Usage: 1438

to them, they will be thy servants
עבד 
`ebed 
Usage: 800

Verse Info

Context Readings

Rehoboam's Debacle

6 while King Rehoboam conferred with his advisors who had worked with his father Solomon during his administration. He asked them, "What is your advice as to what response I should return to these people?" 7 In reply, they told him, "If you will be kind to this people, please them, and speak appropriately to them with kind words, they'll serve you forever." 8 But Rehoboam ignored the counsel that his elder advisors had given him. Instead, he consulted the younger men who had grown up with him and worked for him.


Cross References

Proverbs 15:1

A gentle response diverts anger, but a harsh statement incites fury.

1 Kings 12:7

They advised him, "If today you are a servant, you will serve this people by answering them and speaking kindly to them. Then they will serve you forever."

Genesis 49:21

"Naphtali is a free running deer who produces eloquent literature."

2 Samuel 15:2-6

Then he would get up early, stand near the passageway to the palace gate, and when anyone arrived to file a legal complaint for a hearing before the king, Absalom would call to him and ask, "You're from what city?" If he replied, "Your servant is from one of Israel's tribes,"

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