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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Chronicles 11:1-12

How the ten tribes deserted the house of David we read in the foregoing chapter. They had formerly sat loose to that family (2 Sam. 20:1, 2), and now they quite threw it off, not considering how much it would weaken the common interest and take Israel down from that pitch of glory at which it had arrived in the last reign. But thus the kingdom must be corrected as well as the house of David. 1. Rehoboam at length, like a bold man, raises an army, with a design to reduce the revolters, 2 Chron.... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Chronicles 11:12

And in every several city he put shields and spears ,.... Furnished them with these and perhaps other pieces of armour, these being put for all, to defend themselves with against an enemy, and to annoy them: and made them exceeding strong ; so that they could not be easily taken: having Judah and Benjamin on his side : which tribes cleaved to one another, and to Rehoboam, and to the kings of the house of David, in later times, as well as to the true religion. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Chronicles 11:1-23

The discipline that resulted in obedience, accompanied with right and earnest endeavour. The homiletic treatment of this chapter centres round two suggestions. I. THE SIMPLE AND PROMPT OBEDIENCE OF REHOBOAM , IN CERTAIN RESPECTS , TO THE DIVINE MESSAGE OF PROHIBITION . Of which obedience on the part of Rehoboam we may notice: 1 . That it compared favourably with the conduct of those who, being bidden and encouraged in every way to go up to war, and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Chronicles 11:5-12

These eight verses tell how Rehoboam, relieved of the responsibility of attempting to reconquer the revolted, wisely betakes himself to strengthening and defending what was left to him. He builds fifteen "fenced cities," or "cities for defence," twelve of them south and west of Jerusalem, for lear of Egypt; he fortifies certain strongholds, officering them, provisioning them, and supplying to them and "every several city" the necessary weapons of warfare and shields. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Chronicles 11:5-17

The strengthening of a kingdom. I. THE ERECTION OF FORTRESSES . ( 2 Chronicles 11:5-12 .) 1 . Their object. To defend the frontiers of the kingdom, against both Israel on the north and Egypt on the south, for which last special need existed, considering the friendly relations which had subsisted between Jeroboam and Shishak. Shishak's invasion, which soon followed, showed Rehoboam's apprehensions not to have been baseless. Though wars are seldom justifiable, it is never... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Chronicles 11:12

Having Judah and Benjamin on his side . The mention of both tribes just serves to point for us the fact that Benjamin's existence and value were not absolutely ignored, but were for a short while quoted before the kingdom of Rehoboam became called by the name of Judah simply. read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 2 Chronicles 11:1-23

10:1-36:23 THE KINGS OF JUDAHDivision and its consequences (10:1-13:22)The Chronicler records the division of the kingdom (10:1-11:4; see notes on 1 Kings 12:1-24), but omits the statement in 1 Kings 12:20 that Jeroboam was made king of the northern tribes. He does not even mention Jeroboam’s reign (1 Kings 12:25-14:20). He considers that because the northerners broke away from the dynasty of David and from the true worship of God, they had no right to be called a kingdom, and certainly not the... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 2 Chronicles 11:1-23

2. Rehoboam’s kingdom ch. 11This chapter is unique to Chronicles. It contains an evaluation of both Northern and Southern Kingdoms. Israel set up a humanly devised form of worship (2 Chronicles 11:15). This resulted in many of the faithful followers of Yahweh traveling from Israel to Judah so they could continue to worship God as He had specified (2 Chronicles 11:16). Many faithful worshippers of Yahweh thus populated Judah. The true Israel was now in Judah (cf. 2 Chronicles 11:3; 2 Chronicles... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Chronicles 11:1-23

Reign of Rehoboam (continued)This chapter repeats the substance of 1 Kings 12:21-24, and adds much information relating to Rehoboam’s buildings, the withdrawal of the Levites from the kingdom of Jeroboam, and Rehoboam’s marriages.5. Built cities] Of the towns named in the following vv. Beth-lehem, Tekoa, Beth-zur, Adoraim, Ziph, and Hebron, were in the hill-country of Judah; Etam, Shoco, Adullam, Mareshah, Azekah, Zorah and Aijalon, were in the lowlands, whilst Gath (a Philistine city, which in... read more

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