38. If thou. Jeroboam was a young man of promise. He had outstanding abilities that would make him a powerful leader and a strong influence for good, if he would walk in the ways of the Lord. God is not partial, but grants His blessings to all who are faithful to Him.
A sure house. The promise was conditional, and inasmuch as the condition was not met, it did not take effect. Disobedience is a foundation of sand, and no house built upon it can stand (Matt. 7:24-27). Jeroboam’s dynasty came to an end with his son Nadab (1 Kings 15:25, 28).