The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible1 Kings 12:7
And they spake unto him, saying…
They gave their advice as
if thou wilt be servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them;
condescend to them, behave in an humble manner towards them, for this
day however, and gratify and oblige them; though indeed a king is but a
servant to his people, and his administration of government a doing
service to them; hence Antigonus F6, a king, mild, humble, and gentle,
perceiving his son to behave in a fierce and violent manner towards his
subjects, said to him, my son, dost thou not know that our glorious
kingdom is a servitude?
and answer them, and speak good words unto them;
give them a soft
answer, and speak kindly and gently to them, and make them fair
promises, and give them reason to expect that their requests will be
then they will be thy servants for ever;
such conduct would so win upon
them, and make such an impressions upon them, that they would for ever
after entertain high opinion of him, and be strongly affected and
attached to him, and readily serve him.
F6 Apud Aelian. Var. Hist. l. 2. c. 20.