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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 2 Chronicles 11:13-23

See here, I. How Rehoboam was strengthened by the accession of the priests and Levites, and all the devout and pious Israelites, to him, even all that were true to their God and their religion. 1. Jeroboam cast them off, that is, he set up such a way of worship as he knew they could not in conscience comply with, which obliged them to withdraw from his altar, and at the same time he would not allow them to go up to Jerusalem to worship at the altar there; so that he totally cast them off from... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 2 Chronicles 11:14

For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession ,.... The cities and the fields adjacent to them, which were given them in the several tribes, and were in all forty eight; see Joshua 21:1 and came to Judah and Jerusalem; to the cities of Judah, which belonged to the Levites; and to Jerusalem, where they exercised their functions: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from exercising the priest's office unto the Lord ; neither suffering them to go to Jerusalem in their... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 2 Chronicles 11:14

The Levites left their suburbs - They and the priests were expelled from their offices by Jeroboam, lest they should turn the hearts of the people to the true God, and then they would revolt to Judah, 1 Kings 12:26 ; and therefore he established a new worship, and made new gods. 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 11:5-17

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 11:13-18

Fidelity to conscience. This migration of priests and people from the other tribes of Israel to Judah and Jerusalem was a serious event in the history of the people of God, and it presents a striking and suggestive spectacle to all time. It is an early illustration of fidelity to conscience. I. THE SEVERITY OF THE STRUGGLE . These servants of Jehovah, priests and people, had to triumph over great obstacles in order to take the step on which they decided. They had: 1 . To... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Chronicles 11:14

Left their suburbs (so Le 25:34; Numbers 35:1 , Numbers 35:3 , Numbers 35:7 ; Joshua 14:4 ; Joshua 21:12 ). Jeroboam … had east them off. This glimpse reveals to us, with exceeding probability, that there had been some struggle on the solemn matter; we may readily imagine that Jeroboam had either tried it on in vain with the true priests and Levites, or had learned very conclusively beforehand that it would be vain to try it on ( 2 Chronicles 13:9 ). read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 2 Chronicles 11:14

Jeroboam probably confiscated the Levitical lands for the benefit of this new priesthood. Under these circumstances the priests and Levites emigrated in large numbers to the southern kingdom; an act which was followed by a general emigration of the more pious Israelites 2 Chronicles 11:16. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 2 Chronicles 11:14

2 Chronicles 11:14. For Jeroboam and his sons cast them off They would not suffer them to instruct the Israelites in the worship of God, nor to go up to Jerusalem to worship in their courses: and these priests would not join with them in the worship of the calves, as they were commanded by Jeroboam to do; and therefore they willingly forsook all their patrimonies and possessions for God’s sake. No secular advantages whatsoever should detain us there, where we are in danger of making... read more

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