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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Kings 15:9-24

We have here a short account of the reign of Asa; we shall find a more copious history of it 2 Chron. 14:1-16:14 Here is, I. The length of it: He reigned forty-one years in Jerusalem, 1 Kgs. 15:10. In the account we have of the kings of Judah we find the number of the good kings and the bad ones nearly equal; but then we may observe, to our comfort, that the reign of the good kings was generally long, but that of the bad kings short, the consideration of which will make the state of God's... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 15:15

And he brought in the things which his father had dedicated ,.... The spoils he had taken in war from Jeroboam, and which he had devoted to religious uses, but lived not to perform his vows, which his son now did for him; so that it seems, notwithstanding the sins he fell into, he had some regard to God and his worship, see 2 Chronicles 13:19 . and the things which himself had dedicated ; out of the spoils taken from the Ethiopians, 2 Chronicles 14:13 , these he brought into the... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Kings 15:15

Which his father had dedicated - On what account he and his father dedicated the things mentioned below, we know not; but it appears that Asa thought himself bound by the vow of his father. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 15:9-15

Reformation. The moral condition of Judah was fearful when Asa came to the throne. The apostasy of Solomon had inaugurated a retrogression which was aggravated in the reigns following, so that for three generations the abominations of the heathens were increasing. The condition of Israel was even worse, under the system introduced by Jeroboam, to which the successors of that monarch tenaciously held. When the Holy Land was in such a state of degeneracy, what was the condition of the world... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 15:9-24

Zeal without trust. AN OPPORTUNITY RECOGNIZED AND USED . The need of the time was manfully met. Brought up in an idolatrous home, he nevertheless saw that this sin was sapping the foundation of the nation's stability and strength, and he set himself to root it out. 1 . The land was cleansed from . filthy abomination, from legalized, and even sanctified, sin ("And he took away the Sodomites," etc.) The nation that legalizes sin will reap corruption and shame: that which... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 15:11-26

The Reign of Asa. Though this prince reigned forty and one years—a longer period than any of his predecessors, and, with two exceptions, a longer period than any of the kings who came after him—yet his reign, so far as it is recorded here, may be summed up in few words. "Happy is the nation," it has been said, "which has no history." But happier still the nation whose history, like that of Judah in the time of Asa, may be comprehended under these two heads— internal reforms, and ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Kings 15:15

And he brought in the things which his gather had dedicated [Heb. the holy things of his father . These were probably the spoils Abijah had taken in his war with Jeroboam ( 2 Chronicles 13:18 )], and the things which himself had dedicated [These were probably the spoils of the Ethiopians ( 2 Chronicles 14:15 ; cf. 2 Chronicles 15:11 )], into [the Hebrew omits this word. Keil says that "house" is an accusative governed by "brought"], the house of the Lord , silver and gold, and... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Kings 15:15

Abijam’s dedications were made after his victory over Jeroboam, and probably consisted of a portion of the spoils which were the fruit of the battle 2 Chronicles 13:16-19.Asa’s dedications may have been made from the spoils of Zerah the Ethiopian, who attacked him in his eleventh year (2 Chronicles 14:9, etc.). They were not deposited in the temple until his fifteenth year 2 Chronicles 15:10, 2 Chronicles 15:18. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Kings 15:15

1 Kings 15:15. He brought in the things which his father had dedicated Namely, Abijam, when he was in distress, and going to fight with Jeroboam, (2 Chronicles 13:0.,) though afterward he did not perform his vows , nor bring into the house of the Lord what he had devoted: probably he was prevented by death. Asa his son, however, made good his vow; and also himself brought in what he had dedicated to holy uses, namely, silver, and gold, and vessels, having gotten great spoil in his war... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Kings 15:9-24

Asa’s reformation in Judah (15:9-24)Judah’s new king, Asa, spent the first ten years of his reign getting rid of Canaanite religious practices and strengthening the nation’s defences. Strong faith and a strong fighting force enabled him to defeat a huge army that invaded Judah from the south. Plunder seized at the time enriched Judah considerably (2 Chronicles 14:1-15).A prophet pointed out how this victory proved that, as in the time of the judges, God blessed those who trusted in him in their... read more

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