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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 11:7

And Bethzur, and Shocho, and Adullam. All in the tribe of Judah, of which see Joshua 15:35 . 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 11:7

Beth-zur . About five miles north of Hebron (see Joshua 15:58 ; 1 Chronicles 2:45 ; Nehemiah 3:16 ). Shoco; properly, Socoh, in the Shefelah ( Joshua 15:35 ). According to Jerome and Eusebius, it was about nine miles from Eleutheropolis, on the road to Jerusalem (see also 1 Samuel 17:1 ). Adullam . In the Shefelah ( Joshua 15:35 ). It was an ancient place ( Genesis 38:1 , Genesis 38:12 , Genesis 38:20 ; Joshua 12:15 ; Nehemiah 11:30 ). See also the familiar passages... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 2 Chronicles 11:6-7

See Joshua 15:0 and notes at Joshua 15:33-36, notes; Joshua 15:48-51, notes; Joshua 15:58-59, notes.For Adullam see 1 Samuel 22:1 note. It was in the near neighborhood of Socoh Joshua 15:35; but its site cannot be actually fixed. It was a place of great antiquity Genesis 38:1. 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

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